The wrestling world was shaken by the tragic and sudden death of ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. Dusty’s fellow wrestlers from the WWE flocked to Twitter to mourn the passing of their friend and legend.
Wrestling fans are still in shock over the death of Dusty Rhodes. The 69-year old wrestling icon, known as “The American Dream,” passed away on June 11. So sad! Upon hearing that he died, Superstars from WWE’s past and present went online to express how much Dusty meant to them and how even more he will be missed.
Dusty rose to fame in the 1970’s and 80’s, wrestling in the NWA, WCW and WWE. Superstars that wrestled alongside him were heartbroken by his passing. Legendary WWE interviewer Gene Okerlund said he was “absolutely devastated” to hear about the death of his friend, while Dusty’s longtime rival, Ric Flair, expressed his love and respect for his “brother.”
Stephanie McMahon, WWE CBO and daughter of Vince McMahon, sent her love to the Hall of Famer, thanking him for everything. Her husband, Triple H, expressed sorrow over the loss of his “teacher, mentor [and] friend.”
Current WWE superstars like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Adam Rose and Xavier Woods all showed gratitude to Dusty — for not just inspiring them to get into the ring, but for all for all the years of great entertainment!
I am absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of my long time friend Dusty Rhodes. One of the best ever. GO pic.twitter.com/e0BolBDNZj
— Gene Okerlund (@TheGeneOkerlund) June 11, 2015
RIP MY BROTHER DUSTY RHODES. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOREVER #RIPDUSTY
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 11, 2015
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 11, 2015
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 11, 2015
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) June 11, 2015
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) June 11, 2015
There are no words that can express the sadness in our hearts. RIP Dusty Rhodes…You will be missed, Dream…We love you pic.twitter.com/45dPxrS3JB
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) June 11, 2015
— Xavier Woods (@XavierWoodsPhD) June 11, 2015
— Adam Rose (@WWEAdamRose) June 11, 2015
The WWE expressed their sadness over the death of Dusty (real name Virgil Runnels) in a statement on June 11. Called an “indomitable spirit” and a “dedicated father,” Dusty’s was considered one of the “most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Dusty’s family, friends and fans during this time of loss. He will be missed.
— Jason Brow