2011 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Dusty Rhodes attends a 2011 WWE Hall of Fame initiation rite during a Philips Arena in Atlanta on Apr 3, 2011

“What am we grateful for? My polka dots!”

Wrestling fans around a universe breathed complicated sighs on Thursday as news pennyless that Virgil Runnels, who was improved famous by his theatre name Dusty “the American Dream” Rhodes, died after descending in his Orlando home progressing this week. He was 69.

“Runnels became a favourite to fans around a universe interjection to his work ethic, his ardent interviews and his unassailable spirit,” said World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a statement. “WWE extends a sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.

Over a march of his decades-long career, Runnels competed in a industry’s tip promotions, mastered a bionic bend and was inducted into a WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

The American Dream will be perpetually remembered for donning polka-dot spandex, fostering a mythological feud with Ric Flair and a Four Horsemen, expressing his consolation for blue-collar Americans who had fallen on tough times and for fathering a artist famous simply as Gold Dust.

Wrestling fans and attention insiders voiced their condolences and grief on amicable media in honour of a Dream’s legacy.