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Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« on: June 11, 2015, 01:38:05 PM »
I used to love pro wrestling when I was a kid. When cable TV came to my town, and I was able to get the "SuperStation" WTBS from Atlanta, I completely abandoned the AWA (Vern Gagne, The Crusher, Baron Von Raschke, etc) and watched Georgia Championship Wrestling.

Dusty Rhodes was a staple star of that franchise alongside Ric Flair, Stan & Ole Hansen, Abdullah the Butcher, Tony Atlas, Mr. Wrestling #1 and #2, etc. Eventually he moved over Vince McMahon's fledgling WWWF, which eventually became the WWF and then the WWE.

Anyway, he died. Wrestlers from his generation had a pretty tough life.

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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 01:50:53 PM »
And Vince McMahon was the one to kill it off to promote the WWF.

You definitely dated yourself IDP!   ;D  It's OK, I do it all the time too!

Not that big into wrestling but I knew many of the big names and would catch some action here and there while with friends...

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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 02:15:44 PM »
Dad got a satellite dish in the 80's, and I got the Madison Square Garden channel, which had headline WWF events (as opposed to the cheesy TV program that basically is there to promote the MSG events.  Heaven.

But I was weaned on the AWA, as their territory extended down into Iowa, at least.

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Not all are gone.  One of my favorites, and still a character.

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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 03:10:20 PM »
We used to get the Madison Square Garden WWWF events when the cable station it was broadcast on didn't have a full roster of programming. The channel was just dark most of the time, or once in a while it would show bizarre "new wave" music videos. Once every few weeks, it would light up with a WWWF event from Madison Square Garden. We'd learn about the broadcast day and time by reading the wrestling magazines we stole from Walgreens.

Yes, I said it. My buddies and I went through a brief period when we stole wrestling magazines from Walgreens.
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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2015, 03:56:45 PM »
Migawd, I'm a-hangin' 'round wid a buncha former reprobates.  And here I thawt y'all were choirboyz.  I wuz wobbed.
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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 03:58:20 PM »
Heh, in my yout' the only wrestling came across the lake from Port Arthur / Ft William (now known as Thunder Bay) with Lord (Athol) Layton.  Entertaining it was!!!   ::cool::
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2015, 04:04:48 PM »
I have seen Bruno Sammartino wrestle in high school gyms in the 50s

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Re: Virgil Runnels, AKA "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2015, 04:30:12 PM »
Migawd, I'm a-hangin' 'round wid a buncha former reprobates.  And here I thawt y'all were choirboyz.  I wuz wobbed.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2015, 07:25:26 AM »
Migawd, I'm a-hangin' 'round wid a buncha former reprobates.  And here I thawt y'all were choirboyz.  I wuz wobbed.

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