Dwayne Johnson Tribute To Dusty Rhodes: “I’ll Forever Be Grateful For His Tremendous Influence” (PHOTO)
Dwayne Johnson paid loving tribute to Dusty Rhodes on Thursday, hours after it was revealed the WWE icon had died. He was 69.
Nicknamed “The American Dream,” Rhodes (real name: Virgil Runnels) was a WWE Hall of Famer with a legendary career that spawned two wrestling sons, “Goldust” (Dustin Runnels) and “Stardust” (Cody Runnels). But he had an affect on more than just his own family. Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” was a huge admirer since he was a child, and took to Instagram to mourn the loss.
The wrestler-turned-actor wrote, “I first met Dusty Rhodes at 5yrs old when me and my family were spending time with him and his family on their ranch. This man would become not only a great inspiration and mentor to me, but more importantly inspire and entertain wrestling fans around the world by becoming one of the greatest of all time.”
“Dusty’s epically entertaining ‘Bionic elbow’ was my inspiration to create ‘The most electrifying move in sports entertainment – The People’s Elbow,'” continued Johnson. “This Heavyweight World Champion personified the blue collar fighting spirit and his influence on the wrestling business is invaluable.”
He went on, “I’ll be forever grateful for the tremendous influence he’s had on me and my career in our beloved squared circle. Miss and love you Dusty. RIP brother.” Johnson concluded with the hashtags, “#HardTimesDaddy #SonOfAPlumber #BadDudeInTheGame #TheAmericanDream.”
Johnson’s post was accompanied by a photo of himself and Rhodes each doing their signature move. See below.