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WWE - The American Dream - The Dusty Rhodes Story
WWE - The American Dream - The Dusty Rhodes Story
Actor: Dusty Rhodes
Genres: Sports
NR     2006     9hr 0min

WWE Legends presents The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes will forever be remembered as the working man's champion. A master at the mic and a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, ...  more »

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Actor: Dusty Rhodes
Genres: Sports
Sub-Genres: Wrestling
Studio: World Wrestling
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/06/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 9hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

WWE: The Dusty Rhodes Story | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Courtesy of

Throughout the 1970's and 80's, Dusty Rhodes was the embodiment of everything that was working class America. Starting out as "The Son of a Plumber", the American Dream went from one of Florida's most hated heel wrestlers to becoming arguably the most loved wrestler in the World during his prime years.

This 3-Disc DVD release from World Wrestling Entertainment looks at the career of Dusty Rhodes, starting out with a 90-minute documentary style feature on the life and career of the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Starting out with his childhood and upbringing, Rhodes, and others, go on to tell stories about him and Dick Murdoch during their run as one of the toughest (and arguably most talented) tag teams in wrestling at that time.

We move on from there to Rhodes' time with Florida Championship Wrestling, where the 'American Dream' was born. After a relatively successful run in FCW as a heel, Rhodes' transformation into a immensely popular babyface is incredible, and Rhodes talks about the birth of the American Dream in detail, discussing how the "gimmick" came about right through to his awesome, awesome battles with "Superstar" Billy Graham at Madison Square Garden during his time with the then WWWF.

It's Rhodes' battles for the NWA heavyweight title that so many people remember him for. He took the title from the great Harley Race, then later from Ric Flair and became one of the most loved and respected wrestling champions of all time. Dusty discusses in detail his departure from the NWA and his surprising move to the World Wrestling Federation in late 1989. The most poignant section of this is the portion devoted to his on/off/on again relationship with his son Dustin aka: Goldust. Both Dusty and Dustin speak candidly about how their rapport broke down and the eventual coming together of a father and son. Dustin gets extremely emotional during this.

The documentary also talks about Dusty's unique interview style and charisma and how it influenced so many wrestlers that came afterward. It also answers the question as to whether the "polka dots" were a rib or not and how Rhodes got paired up with his valet/manager, Sapphire, during his WWF run under the "Common Man" gimmick - an extension of sort of Rhodes' American Dream but with Vince McMahon's added twist.

The extras on this disc include matches with the likes of Murdoch, Race, Don Muraco and Terry Funk from the mid-70s through to 1977 with a classic from Madison Square Garden against Billy Graham.

Discs 2 & 3 are an old school fans dream with nothing but classic matches from the remainder of his career. Disc 2 has matches from 1977 through to 1988 including memorable encounters against legends such as Stan Stasiak, Tully Blanchard, Ivan Koloff and his title victories over Ric Flair and Harley Race. There's also a special bonus classic against Harley Race from 1979 at Madison Square Garden which was rare as the NWA Title was rarely on the line in New York. Also on this disc are some of his most famous Tag Team matches, teaming with the likes of Sting and The Road Warriors they face off against various legendary combinations such as Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard and a special 6 man Tag Team match against The Powers of Pain & Ivan Koloff.

Disc 3 concentrates on his WWE career as we see Tag Team matches with manager Sapphire against "Macho King" Randy Savage and Queen Sherri, Dusty and Dustin squaring off against Ted Dibiase and Virgil (which as a kid I loved at the time and it still holds up as entertaining if nothing else). There's also Rhodes' debut match for the then WWF against the Honky Tonk Man. There is also the 1989 Survivor Series elimination match between "The Dream Team" and Big Boss Man's "Enforcers". In addition there's also Rhodes' ECW match against Steve Corino and a match from Rhodes' time with WCW shortly before WWE purchased the company pitting Dusty and Dustin against Flair and Jeff Jarrett.

Add some awesome promo's and bonus footage to the equation, and you've got yourself a must-buy triple-DVD set.

If you call yourself a wrestling fan, you need this DVD."
Match Listings | 03/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"AWA 3/9/73
Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher

AWA 3/24/73
Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher

AWA 10/6/73
Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Billy Robinson & Don Muraco

Championship Wrestling from Florida 5/1974
Dusty Rhodes & Pak Song vs. Mike & Eddie Graham

Championship Wrestling from Florida
Dusty Rhodes vs. Terry Funk

Championship Wrestling from Florida, Lumberjack Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race

Madison Square Garden 9/26/77 - WWWF Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Superstar Billy Graham

Madison Square Garden 12/19/77
Dusty Rhodes vs. Stan "The Man" Stasiak

Madison Square Garden 12/20/77
Dusty Rhodes vs. Johnny Rodz

Madison Square Garden 8/28/78 - Texas Bullrope Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Superstar Billy Graham, Alternate Commentary by: Steve Romero/Dusty Rhodes/Mike Graham

Madison Square Garden 12/17/79 - NWA World's Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race

Atlanta, GA 6/21/81 - NWA World's Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race

Great American Bash, Charlotte, NC 7/6/85 - World Television Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Tully Blanchard

Great American Bash, Greensboro, NC 7/26/86 - NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair, Commentary by: Steve Romero/Dusty Rhodes/Mike Graham

Starrcade, Chicago, IL 11/26/87 - NWA United States Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Lex Luger

Clash of the Champions, Greensboro, NC 3/27/88
Dusty Rhodes & Road Warriors vs. Ivan Koloff & Powers of Pain

NWA Main Event 4/3/88 - NWA United States Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ivan Koloff

Clash of the Champions II, Miami, FL, 6/8/88 - NWA Tag Team Championship
Dusty Rhodes & Sting vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard

Starrcade, Norfolk VA 12/26/88 - NWA World Tag Team Championship
Dusty Rhodes & Sting vs. Road Warrior

SummerSlam, E. Rutherford, NJ 8/28/89
Dusty Rhodes vs. The Honky Tonk Man

Survivor Series, Rosemont, IL 11/23/89
The Dream Team vs. The Enforcers

WrestleMania VI, Toronto, Canada 4/1/90 - Mixed Tag Team match
Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire vs. The Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri

Madison Square Garden 11/24/90
Dusty Rhodes & Dustin vs. Ted DiBiase & Virgil

Living Dangerously, Danbury, CT 3/12/00
Dusty Rhodes vs. Steve Corino

Greed, Jacksonville, FL 3/18/01 - Kiss My Ass match
Dusty Rhodes & Dustin vs. Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett

Promos & Vignettes

CWF - Dusty in dressing room

CWF - Gordon Solie interviews Dusty Rhodes

Madison Square Garden, 10/24/77 - Vince McMahon interviews Dusty Rhodes

Madison Square Garden, 11/8/77 - Vince McMahon interviews Dusty Rhodes

Championship Wrestling 4/25/78

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 1/26/83

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 1/25/84

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 12/25/84

NWA World Championship Wrestling 4/6/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 4/20/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 5/4/85

World Wide Wrestling 5/7/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 5/25/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 7/13/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 7/20/85

World Wide Wrestling 7/23/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 8/17/85

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 9/10/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 9/28/85

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 10/29/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 11/16/85

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 12/3/85

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling 12/15/85

NWA World Championship Wrestling 1/4/86

NWA World Championship Wrestling 1/4/86

NWA World Championship Wrestling 6/21/86

NWA World Championship Wrestling 8/16/86

World Wide Wrestling 2/17/87

NWA World Championship Wrestling 3/19/88

NWA World Championship Wrestling 5/21/88

Superstars 6/3/89

Superstars 6/10/89

Superstars 6/17/89

Superstars 6/24/89

Superstars 7/1/89

Superstars 7/8/89

Superstars 7/15/89

Superstars 7/22/89

Superstars 10/7/89

Superstars 10/7/89

Saturday Night's Main Event 1/27/90

Superstars 5/12/90

Wrestling Challenge 6/2/90

Wrestling Challenge 9/15/90

Superstars 12/22/90

Wrestling Challenge 12/29/90

RAW 5/5/97

Documentary sucked, but the rest was fun to watch
Movie Madman | Nashville, TN | 08/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The documentary of Dusty's life didn't seem to have a lot of effort put into it. It's like they grabbed a handful of guys who were around at the time and asked them to say something about Dusty. Even John Cena mentions something on the documentary. None of the old school guys came in to say much and the few that did didn't enlighten us a whole lot. I think Arn and Tully say a few things and they recycled some stuff Flair said about Dusty in his dvd set once again.

One reviewer said they had more questions after watching the documentary. I would have to agree with that. While it was cool to see Dusty's rise to fame, it seemed to skip over a lot of stuff. He blamed overspending for Jim Crockett Promotions going out of business. Of course WWE didn't get someone from Jim Crockett promotions to say anything and I know they could have because they did it for the Flair dvd. I guess some things better left unsaid.

Then the argument over the polka dot phase of his career. I thought it would have been best for McMahon to just say it was a rib and clear the air. Instead, we have this weird section of the documentary where people are saying it is and it isn't. Either way, I liked the way Dusty handled it and he actually pulled it off. He could have become a joke in wrestling, but he refused and he actually made it work. For that fact alone, I actually became a Dusty fan by the end of the documentary. Makes me wish WWE had taken more time to clearly tell this man's life story. He seemed so interesting.

The wrestling matches, especially those from the 70s and mid-80s are well worth the price of the dvd set. Included are tons of his interviews and vignettes. These are really cool and some were pretty funny. While the documentary should have been thrown back and redone, the rest of the dvd set was thoughtfully put together. Sure I expected to see more matches from his days in Florida, but I can forgive them from not making everyone happy on the matches. Over a 30 year career, it is tough to cover all the great matches. This dvd at least gives you the highlights and also tells a great father-son story throughout the set."
D.P. | California | 11/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes is a bonified legend in this business. Dusty Rhodes was one of the men back in the early stages of wrestling (late 70's/early 80's) who was able to have a crossover appeal with fans that rarely anybody could touch. He trancended racial barriers & was accepted by all because the fans could legitly feel like he was one of them. You can call him "The Common Man" or even "Mr. Soul" but he was truely The American Dream.

The docuementry kicks off talking about him being a son of a plumber and overcoming obsticales as a kid before going into college & breaking into the business. His heel run with Dick Murdock as part of the Texas Outlaws was talked about including how they were out of control in & outside the ring and what led to Dusty breaking off from the team. His transformation into the American Dream & what his role was within Flordia Championship Wrestling was talked about next with comments from Mike Graham as well. His first run in the WWF was based about his fued with "Superstar" Billy Graham and his three matches in MSG with Graham are discussed. Dusty becoming the NWA Champion, his heavy road schedule, and his unbelievable promos & catchphrases are talked about leading up to his fued with Ric Flair leading up to their famous Great American Bash cage match in which Dusty won the title. Dusty's reign as booker in WCW and how he gets a bad rap for some of the things he's done (the Robocop angle, the "Dusty Finish" full of run-in's & false finishes) along with some of the positives (Ron Simmons becoming the first African American World Champion & his ideas for PPV's such as Great American Bash, Starrcade, and Halloweed Havoc) are profiled along with how it ended up coming to an end. Dusty's entrance in to the WWE as "The Common Man" is heavily discussed from all the promos ranging from the pizza man to the gas man to the meat man, his manager Sapphire, and his "polka dots." The storyline involving Ted Dibiase & how that led to Dustin Rhodes coming into the WWE & teaming with Dusty is a big story in this documentry as they also talk about their seperation & eventual reunion along with the story of how Dustin had to become Goldust to escape his father's shadow round out this documentry on Dusty's career. A real negative I would concider here is how they left out Dusty's long run in WCW as an announcer along with his short run in ECW as he was over & universally accepted by the ECW fans (WHICH IS VERY HARD TO BE) just based on his legendary status in the industry.

This DVD set includes 47 Dusty Rhodes promos spanning from Flordia Championship Wrestling, NWA Mid-Altantic & Georgia Championship Wrestling, and the WWE. Some of these promos include interviews from his first WWE run in '77, from his fued with Ric Flair in '85/'86, all of the promos from his Tully Blanchard/Baby Doll storyline, and all the Common Man promos leading up to his second run in the WWE. There is also an inteview featuring Dustin Rhodes & Terri from '97 talking about his character Goldust & his relationship with Dustry. Also here are two hidden easter eggs talking about Mike Graham's first encounter with the Texas Outlaws and Ted Dibiase telling the story behind how his bodyguard Virgil got his name from Dusty.

Matches Include:
vs. WWWF Champion Billy Graham - This was the beginning of a series of battles between two of the most charismatic wrestlers at that time. Dusty just knew knew how to work the crowd and had them hot for every single thing he did while Graham tried to ground Dusty with headlocks & bear hugs. This was a good start to a classic series.
"MSG" Sept. '77

Bullrope Match vs. Billy Graham - This was similar to their first encounter except that this was very violent for it's day as both men used the cowbell on the bullrop various times & were heavily bleeding to the point where Chief Jay Strongbow, the special referee for the match, had a white shirt that was covered in blood.
"MSG" Aug. '78

vs. NWA Champion Harley Race - This was a rare occurance as the NWA Championship was defended in Madison Square Garden. Dusty heavily worked on Harley's neck with various headlocks & even wrenching a half-nelson on the mat at one while while Harley lived up to his reputation as one of the toughest men in the business as he had Dusty heavily bleeding.
"MSG" Dec. '79

Steel Cage Match vs. NWA Television Champion Tully Blanchard - This match had a special stipulation in that if Dusty won, he not only won the Television Championship but also won the services of Tully Blanchard's valet, Baby Doll. This was your typical cage match in that both men were brawling & bleeding while grinding their heads into the steel cage.
NWA Great American Bash '85

Steel Cage Match vs. NWA Champion Ric Flair - This was very similar to the previous cage match in that it was very competitive match between both men with both heavily bleeding & using the cage as a weapon various times against each other before Dusty walked away with this final NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The real bonus here is the commentary with Dusty along with Mike Graham on this match.
NWA Great American Bash '86

Steel Cage Match vs. NWA United States Champion Lex Luger - Wow, don't recall another superstar having this many steel cage matches on their set. This one was for the United States Championship with the stipulation that Dusty was going ot be suspended for 90 days if he lost and they had Johnny Weaver at ringside as the gatekeeper. Dusty worked a different offense than usual as he kept going to sleeperholds throughout the match including the "Weaver-lock" that Johnny Weaver made famous while grinding on Luger's arm to take away the Torture Rack. Luger also worked over Dusty's arm & used his power along with the used the cage to bust Dusty open. The ending would not only result in Dusty gaining the United States Championship but also mark the beginning of the end of Luger's membership in the Four Horsemen.
NWA Starrcade '87

Barbed Wire Match w/Road Warriors vs. Ivan Koloff & Powers Of Pain - This wasn't a "no ropes" barbed wire match that we're used to seeing in this day & age as they had one thin string of barbed wire wrapped up across all three ropes together so it looks very "tame" by today's standards but hardcore for that day & age. This was pretty short & sweet as the Warriors & Dusty (complete with his own Road Warrior facepaint) got dominated & got their revenge for the eye injury Animal suffered which forced him to wear a hockey mask in this match.
"NWA Clash Of The Champions" Mar. '88

NWA United States Championship Match vs. Ivan Koloff - With the exception of some interference from Paul Jones & cheating from Ivan such as choking & using his chain, this was a dominate Dusty from start to finish.
"NWA Main Event" Apr. '88

w/Sting vs. NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard - This was a classic "faces vs. heels" encounter as Sting & Rhodes kept getting the upperhand & dominating the Horsemen resulting in Anderson & Blanchard resorting to double teams & illegal tactics with J.J. Dillion at ringside and even Sting on the recieving end of a DDT on the floor. This was a back & forth match with the crowd hot from start to finish but this match did it's job in establishing matches & feuds going into the "Great American Bash" PPV the next month.
"NWA Clash Of The Champions" June '88

w/Sting vs. NWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors - This was during the Road Warriors' heel run which didn't get over well concidering how the fans were still cheering for the Warriors as well as Dusty & Sting. It was a good match but nothing really special or memorable.
NWA Starrcade '88
("Starrcade: The Essental Collection")

vs. Honky Tonk Man - This was Dusty's WWE PPV debut...decked in yellow polka dots. This was very entertaining in the beginning but moved into a normal wrestling match with Honky on the offense for most of the match before Dusty made his victorious comeback.
SummerSlam '89

Elimination Match w/Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, Red Rooster vs. Big Boss Man, Bad News Brown, Honky Tonk Man, Rick Martel - There were no real highlights in this match although it was just solid from beginning to end.
Survivor Series '89

w/Sapphire vs. Randy Savage & Sherri - We all know how great of a inring workhouse Randy Savage was throughout his career but this match was more about showcasing his "entertaining side" as this was one of those matches that if you took it for what it was, you'll enjoy it. This was a fun mixed tag match with some very comical moments but also a solid inring performance from both Dusty & Savage.
WrestleMania VI
("Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection")

w/Dustin Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase & Virgil - It's a nice treat to put this rare match between these two teams on here instead of their more well known Royal Rumble match. This was a nice match between both teams with Dustin being impressive in this match for still being such a young rookie. It should be noted that Jimmy Hart & Honky Tonk Man were doing commentary and they ended up playing a factor in this match.
"MSG" Nov. '90

Bullrope Match vs. Steve Corino - For those who didn't know about this feud, Steve Corino was proclaiming himself to be a legend killer in his own right & even proclaimed himself "The King Of Old School" resulting in him having so many confrontations with Dusty Rhodes that led to them meeting in Dusty's match, a bullrope match. The referee in the match also had a prior history with Corino, and his manager Jack Victory, as they attacked & bloodied him weeks earlier. This was your typical ECW style brawl with them fighting through the crowd and Dusty even getting a few shots in on Victory while the cowbell busted both men open at times. The referee also got his revenge on Corino before Dusty Rhodes dropped his infamous "old school" atomic elbow to get the victory.
ECW Living Dangerously '00

w/Dustin Rhodes vs. Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett - This match was very ironic in a various ways in that this event turned out to be WCW's final PPV before being sold to Vince McMahon two weeks later...however this was the first & only time that Dusty & Flair ever had a match on PPV. Flair was in his street clothes (if you want to refer to a hawaiian shirt along dress slacks & socks & shoes at "street" clothes). This was just as entertaining as you expected with it being full of charisma from Dusty & Flair along with various comedic spots. This was very entertaining from start to finish with an aftermath that would give Rikishi's "stinkface" a run for it's money.
WCW Greed '01

Other matches include Dusty's time in the AWA as a member of the Texas Outlaws against a young Don Muraco & Billy Robinson along with two matches against Dick The Brusier & The Crusher. His CWF matches (that were never shown in full & were just highlights) include a tag match with Pak Song vs. The Grahams where he became the "American Dream", Terry Funk, and two matches against Harley Race with one being a lumberjack match & another being his NWA title victory. Matches from his first WWWF/WWE run against Stan Stasiak & Johnny Rodz round out the extra matches on this DVD set.

This is a dream set for those who were professional wrestling fans before the days of Hulkamania & sports entertainment. Back in the territorial days of professional wrestling where the NWA name was just as powerful (if not more) than the WWE name. I highly recommend this for any wrestling fan. Also the box being able to talk isn't bad either.