In true homage to one of the greatest wrestlers ever seen, the WWE has immortalized Dusty Rhodes by revealing a bronze statue of him at WrestleMania Axxess last night (March 31).
The Rhodes family - his sons Cody (Stardust) and Dustin (Goldust) & daughter-in-law Eden - and some of his star pupils from the WWE Performance Center and NXT unveiled the statue for The American Dream in front of the WWE Universe in attendance at the first night of WrestleMania Axxess at Dallas' Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Dusty now joins the likes of other wrestlers such as Bruno Sammartino, Andre The Giant, and The Ultimate Warrior, who have been immortalized through a statue.
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Triple H said at the memorial, according to WWE.com: "I looked to him as a mentor and an inspiration and a creative force behind the scenes. I cannot put into words how much he meant to me and how much he meant to this industry.
"[He's] already a Hall of Famer in every way possible. This is just another step to immortality."
The WWE has done a brilliant job of honoring Dusty since his passing nine months ago. They hosted a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament within the NXT division, a place where the iconic wrestler had touched many hearts and helped many wrestlers become the superstars we know today.
Dustin said about the months since his father's passing: "It's been a tough year for our family. Dad was an amazing man, but to us he was just 'Pops.' And he was a common man who became 'The American Dream' because he had a dream and he captured his dream. I want to say thank you to the fans who supported our father one hundred and ten percent over the years and continue to support Cody and myself.
"Right now, I can guarantee you Dad is in Heaven getting funky like a monkey with the angels, looking down, very proud of all this."
Cody said of his father: "Dusty Rhodes was famous for talking but he was a hell of a listener. If you come to this statue, take a picture. Don't be shy. Talk to him. Tell him how your day is going. Tell him who you think is going to win at WrestleMania. Tell him everything, because I have to believe that this special group of people that comes to WrestleMania, comes to Axxess, comes to NXT, people that love sports-entertainment, that echoes in heaven and earth."
The memorial closed out with Dusty's iconic theme song, Common Man Boogie.
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