The WWE and the wider world of wrestling lost one of its all time greats last week, as Dusty Rhodes passed away at the age of 69.
'The American Dream' was a complete legend in the WWE, and was greatly loved by NXT stars past and present, whom Rhodes worked with to help them become the stars of today, like Seth Rollins, Paige and Roman Reigns.
One of those current WWE Superstars who was mentored by Rhodes in NXT is Dean Ambrose, and after losing the ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Lunatic Fringe paid tribute to Dream.
Hard Times 2015
Ambrose cut a promo after Money in the Bank went off the air, about taking the WWE World Heavyweight Title from Seth Rollins because of respect, and it was oddly reminiscent of Rhodes' legendary "Hard Times" promo.
"When I stole that championship belt a couple of weeks ago, it was about respect," Ambrose started off as saying. "It was about taking what you feel you earned. Now life ain't always fair, and I'm from right here in Ohio."
It all started off reasonably enough, with Ambrose playing the fallen hero who says he will be back and will finally claim the crown. But then he went full on Dusty Rhodes, with a rant that is very reminiscent of Hard Times.
"And you people know life ain't always fair. You can't get a car loan 'cause on a technicality, you don't have a good enough credit score, so now you gotta walk to work, your children gotta walk to school on a technicality," Ambrose said.
"Your boss pushes you around even though you're better at his job than he is, and he talks to you like you're an idiot, but he's the boss on a technicality."
Unfortunately for Ambrose, his match with Seth Rollins wasn't the best of the event, that honour goes to the incredible John Cena vs Kevin Owens matchup that felt like a prize fight, with the crowd in thunderous voice as the two titans clashed.
But Ambrose did well in the tricky world of the two man ladder match and his promo was an excellent tribute to one of the most loved wrestlers of All-Time. You can check out the original Hard Times promo and Dean Ambrose's attempt below...
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