Dusty Rhodes Net Worth

Dusty Rhodes Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Dusty Rhodes net worth is
$3 Million

Dusty Rhodes Wiki Biography

Dusty Rhodes Jr. was born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. on 12 October 1945 in Austin, Texas USA. He was best known as one of the toughest professional wrestlers in WWE, earning himself the name ‘The American Dream.’ Some of his stage names included ‘Uvalde Slim,’ ‘The Midnight Rider,’ and ‘Dusty Runnels.’ He also worked as a trainer, producer and backstage booker in WWE’s ‘NXT.’ He died on 11 June 2015 from stomach cancer.

How rich was Dusty Rhodes by the time of his death? What was his net worth? According to credible sources, Dusty Rhodes was estimated to have a net worth of $3 million, and he earned his riches from his career in WWE, both as a wrestler, and manager and producer. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Champion three times and had been crowed as the United States Heavyweight Champion. Some of the wrestlers he managed include Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

Dusty Rhodes Net Worth $3 Million

Dusty Rhodes had a deep passion for wrestling from an early age. However, he started by playing football, joining the West Texas State team in the Continental Football League. It was not until he met Gary Hart that he was introduced into professional wrestling business. Gary christened the young wrestler “Dusty Rhodes,’ from the character of Andy Griffith’s “Lonesome Rhodes” in the film ‘A Face in the Crowd.’ He succeeded in the wrestling business in the 1960s, joining Dick Murdoch, a fellow Texan, to form a tag team known as The Texas Outlaws.

Although Dusty didn’t quite have a typical physique to become a wrestler, he was famous for his personality, interviews and charisma. In 1974, he became a hero after fighting Mike and Eddie Graham and Eddie in Florida, but in the process turned against his manager Gary Hart and Partner Pak Song, and decided that it was time to go solo. From 1977 to 1981, he challenged various wrestlers for WWWF Heavyweight Championship, but lost the fights. In 1985, he started working as a wrestler and booker in Mid-Atlantic with Jim Crockett Promotions, a company that eventually bought World Wrestling Championship. Three times He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, once by beating Flair and twice by beating Race.

In Mid 1989, Dusty Rhodes joined WWF, where he was managed by Sapphire. He did not stay there for long, and in 1991 he moved to WCW as one of the members of the booking committee. On August 1992, he won WCW World Heavyweight Championship, beating Big Van Vader. Later on, he was chosen to join the broadcast team, where he joined Tony Schiavone on the ‘Saturday Night.’ He was also paired with Bobby Heenan and Schiavone on pay-per-views. He left WCW and went to work for Extreme Championship Wrestling before returning to WCW to re-ignite his feud with the wrestler Rick Flair.

In 2003, Rhodes started appearing in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, before becoming the Director of Authority in 7 November 2004. During this time, he also acted both as a writer and head booker. Towards the end of the year, he made regular appearances in Carolina Championship Wrestling, teaming up with a team known as The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in order to take on and defeat Stan Lane, Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey Bobby. On 31 March 2007, he was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame by his two sons: Cody and Dustin. In September 2015, he signed a deal with WWE, which saw him join the Creative Team to work as a consultant. All these activities increased his net worth significantly.

In his personal life, Dusty Rhodes married Sandra Runnels in 1965, and they had two children but divorced in 1975. Rhodes then married Michelle Runnels, with whom he also had two children: Cody and Dustin Runnels.

Dusty Rhodes died from the effects of stomach cancer, on 11 June 2015, in his home in Orlando, Florida.

Full NameDusty Rhodes
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of Birth12 October, 1945 in Austin, TX,
Died11 June, 2015, Orlando, FL,
ProfessionAn American professional wrestler, trainer for WWE,
EducationWest Texas A&M University,
SpouseMichelle Runnels (1978 - 2015), Sandra Runnels (1965 - 1975),
ChildrenDustin Runnels, Cody Rhodes, Kristin Runnels Ditto, Teil Runnels,
SiblingsConnie Rhodes, Larry Rhodes
Nicknames‘Uvalde Slim,’ ‘The Midnight Rider,’ ‘Dusty Runnels',
AwardsNWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Heavyweight Championship,
MoviesThe Wrestler, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, Paradise Park, Outside the Ropes Presents: Life in the Fast Lane, WWE: SummerSlam 1989, ECW on TNN, New York Giants Vintage World Series Film, Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains
TV ShowsWCW WorldWide, WCW Monday Nitro, ECW Hardcore TV, Saturday Night's Main Event, Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling: Underground TV
1Using a cowbell as a weapon
2Finishing move: The Bionic Elbow
3Always wears cowboy boots when wrestling
1I've wined and dined with kings and queens and I've slept in alleys and dined on pork and beans.
1Was a fan of the New York Yankees.
2Inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame by sons Dustin Runnels and Cody Runnels on March 31st, 2007. [March 2007]
3Makes occasional appearances on "Total Nonstop Action" pay-per-view broadcasts (under the sanction of the National Wrestling Alliance). Also runs his own company, Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, which promotes live shows throughout the southeastern United States. [January 2003]
4Has signed a 'legends contract' with WWE. [August 2005]
5Published author.
6WWE Hall of Famer.
7Ex-father-in-law of Terri Runnels.
8Was good friends with John Belushi.
9Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.
10His son Cody Runnels is a performer in WWE as well (2008).
11Won the 1988 Bunkhouse Stampede.
12Former NWA-TNA Director of Authority.
13Brother-in-law of wrestlers Jerry Saganowich and Fred Ottman (aka "Tugboat").
14Many of the promotons he has worked for over the years include the NWA, PWF, WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NWA-TNA and the Ring of Honor.
15Opened Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, which primarily promotes matches in the Southeast.
16Did a radio appearance on WWBA in Tampa with Shannon Rose. Rhodes blamed the state of the business on fans thinking they are smart, 9/28/02.
17Played college football at the University of West Texas.
18Notable title wins include: NWA North American tag team title w/Dick Murdoch; NWA Heart of America title; NWA Brass Knuckles title; NWA Florida tag team title w/Dick Murdock; NWA North American title; NWA Florida tag team titles w/Dick Slater; NWA Florida tag team titles w/Bobo Brazil; NWA Florida tag team titles w/André the Giant; NWA Southern title (7); NWA Florida title (10); NWA Georgia title; NWA United States tag team title w/Andre The Giant; NWA United States tag team title w/Mick Foley (aka "The Spoiler"); NWA World Title (4); NWA U.S. tag team title w/Bugsy McGraw; Global tag team title w/'Magnum TA'; NWA United States tag team title w/Bob Windham (aka "Blackjack Mulligan"); NWA World tag team title w/Manny Fernandez; NWA Television title (2); NWA National title (awarded); NWA World Six-man tag team trophy w/Roadwarriors (2); NWA United States Title; PWF title; Florida Championship Wrestling title.
19Was the booker (head writer) for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) from 1984 to 1988. Later held the same job for Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
20Three-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World heavyweight champion.
21In addition to holding the NWA World title, Rhodes has held many other wrestling titles, including the 'NWA' World tag title (several versions, including the most famous JCP version), the 'NWA' U.S. title (Roy Shire and JCP versions), National heavyweight championship, American tag championship, Southern heavyweight championship, Florida heavyweight championship, U.S. tag championship, North American tag championship, and World television championship (JCP version).
22Has performed onstage with such singers as Willie Nelson and David Allan Coe.
23Father of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performer Dustin Runnels, (aka "Goldust").
24Broke in under the direction of Fritz Von Erich.
25A former rodeo star.
26Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame of May 21st, 1995.
27Competed in the first mixed tag team match (teaming with Juanita Wright [aka "Sapphire"]) at WrestleMania VI (1990).
28Professional wrestler.
29Three-time NWA/WCW Heavyweight Champion.


WWE Smackdown!2008-2010TV Series writer - 32 episodes
WWE Superstars2009-2010TV Series writer - 3 episodes
WWE RawTV Series 1 episode, 2005 writer - 41 episodes, 2006 - 2009 creator - 1 episode, 2007
E.C.W.2008-2009TV Series writer - 5 episodes
WWE Saturday Night's Main Event2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
WWE Backlash2008TV Special
WWE Great American Bash2007TV Special
WWE Vengeance2007TV Special
WWE Draft Special2007TV Special
WWE No Way Out2007TV Special
Royal Rumble2007TV Special
WWE New Year's Revolution2007TV Special
WWE Armageddon2006TV Special
Survivor Series2006TV Special
WWE Cyber Sunday2006TV Special
Summerslam2006TV Special
WWE Backlash2006TV Special
WrestleMania 222006TV Special
WWE No Way Out2006TV Special
WWE Royal Rumble2006TV Special
WWE New Year's Revolution2006TV Special
WWE Armageddon2005TV Special
The Smackdown! Special2005TV Movie
Survivor Series2005TV Special
WWE Taboo Tuesday2005TV Special
WWE No Mercy2005TV Special
WCW Slamboree 19941994TV Movie written by
Starrcade1983TV Special
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV Series


Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon2016VideoDusty Rhodes (voice)
TNA Impact! Wrestling2004TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
NWA: Total Nonstop Action2003TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
WCW Classics2000TV SeriesDusty Rhodes-Host
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesArchie 'Mad Dog' McCray
Paradise Park1991Deputy Johnny Morton
Saturday Night's Main Event1989-1990TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
WWF Superstars1989-1990TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
Fan Favourites1989VideoDusty Rhodes
Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup1988VideoThe Midnight Rider
Pro Wrestling USA1984TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
Gold Raiders1982
World Championship Wrestling1981TV SeriesDusty Rhodes
World Wrestling Federation1979TV SeriesDusty Rhodes


Clash of the Champions XXII1993TV Movie senior producer
Clash of the Champions XXI1992TV Movie senior producer - as Virgil Runnels
WCW SuperBrawl II1992TV Movie senior producer
WCW the Great American Bash1991TV Special senior producer
WCW Wrestle War1991TV Special senior producer
Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup1988Video senior producer - as Virgil Runnels
WCW World Championship Wrestling1985TV Series producer - 1 episode
Starrcade1983TV Special consulting producer - as Virgil Runnels
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV Series producer


WWE NXT2011TV Series agent - 1 episode


Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon2016Video in memory of
WWE NXT2015TV Series in memory of - 2 episodes
WWE Smackdown!2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
WWE Main Event2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
WWE Raw2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
WWE Money in the Bank2015TV Special in memory of
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake2015Documentary in memory of


WCW Slamboree: A Legends' Reunion1995TV MovieHimself
WCW Fall Brawl1994TV MovieHimself
Clash of the Champions XXVIII1994TV SpecialHimself
WCW Slamboree 19941994TV MovieHimself
Clash of the Champions XXIV1993TV SpecialHimself
WCW Slamboree 19931993TV MovieHimself
Eastern Championship Wrestling1993TV SeriesHimself (2000)
Clash of the Champions XXI1992TV MovieHimself
Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary1992TV MovieHimself
Royal Rumble1991VideoHimself
Survivor Series1990TV SpecialHimself
WrestleMania VI1990TV SpecialHimself
Royal Rumble1990VideoHimself
No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie1989TV MovieHimself
Survivor Series1989TV SpecialHimself
WWF Challenge1989TV SeriesHimself
Starrcade1988TV SpecialHimself
Clash of the Champions IV: Season's Beatings1988TV MovieHimself
Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl1988TV MovieHimself
The Great American Bash1988TV SpecialHimself
Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem1988TV MovieHimself
WCW Main Event1988TV SeriesHimself
Clash of the Champions1988TV SpecialHimself
NWA Bunkhouse Stampede1988TV MovieHimself
Starrcade1987TV SpecialHimself
Farm Aid '871987TV SpecialHimself
The Great American Bash1987TV MovieHimself
Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup1987VideoHimself
Starrcade1986TV SpecialHimself
Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup1986VideoHimself
I Like to Hurt People1985DocumentaryHimself
Starrcade '85: The Gathering1985TV SpecialHimself
Starrcade1984TV SpecialHimself
World Pro Wrestling TV1984TV SeriesHimself (1985)
Starrcade1983TV SpecialHimself - Ringside Guest
WWF Championship Wrestling1977TV SeriesHimself
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV SeriesHimself (1975-1988; 1990-1999; 2001) (as 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes)
The Wrestler1974Himself
Ivan Koloff the Russian Bear2015DocumentaryHimself
WWE Raw2005-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story2014Video documentaryHimself
WWE Rivalries2014TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania XXX2014TV MovieHimself
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHimself
WWE 2k142013Video GameHimself (voice, as 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes)
WWE Battleground2013TV SpecialHimself
Legends of the Mid-South Wrestling2013VideoHimself
WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History2013VideoHimself
WWE NXT2012TV SeriesHimself
nWo: The Revolution2012Video documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History2012VideoHimself
WWE: The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions2012VideoHimself
WWE Smackdown!2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
WWE Hall of Fame 20122012TV SpecialHimself
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 20102009Video GameHimself (voice)
WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW2009VideoHimself
X-Play2009TV SeriesHimself
WWE Hall of Fame 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Starrcade: The Essential Collection2009Himself
Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection2008VideoHimself
WWE Legends of Wrestling2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
WWE Great American Bash2007TV SpecialHimself
WWE Draft Special2007TV SpecialHimself
The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling2007VideoHimself
WWE Saturday Night's Main Event2007TV SeriesHimself
Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen2007Video documentaryHimself
WrestleMania 232007TV SpecialHimself
WWE Hall of Fame 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology2006VideoHimself - Guest Commentator
Survivor Series2006TV SpecialHimself
The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA2006Video documentaryHimself
WWE Cyber Sunday2006TV SpecialHimself
WWE: McMahon2006VideoHimself
WWE Vengeance2006TV SpecialHimself
The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story2006VideoHimself
20 Years Too Soon: Superstar Billy Graham2006VideoHimself
Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon2006Video documentaryHimself
WFP: Night of Superstars 42005VideoHimself
WWE Legends: Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '80s2005Video documentaryHimself
TNA Wrestling: Hard Justice2005TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Lockdown2005TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Destination X2005TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Against All Odds2005TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Final Resolution2005TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Turning Point2004TV SpecialHimself
TNA Wrestling: Victory Road2004TV SpecialHimself
IWC: Big Butler Fair2004VideoHimself
King of Carnage: Fatal Fourway2003VideoHimself
Major League Wrestling: The Underground2003TV SeriesHimself (2003)
MLW: King of Kings2002VideoHimself
WCW Greed2001TV MovieHimself
ECW: Anarchy Rulz2000Video GameHimself (voice)
ECW Living Dangerously '002000TV MovieHimself
ECW Guilty as Charged 20002000TV MovieHimself
The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
WCW/NWO Superstar Series: Diamond Dallas Page - Feel the Bang!1998VideoHimself
WCW Monday Nitro1998TV SeriesHimself
WCW Thunder1998TV SeriesHimself
WCW/NWO Uncensored1998TV MovieHimself
WCW/NWO SuperBrawl VIII1998TV MovieHimself
WCW/NWO Souled Out1998TV MovieHimself
WCW Road Wild1997TV MovieHimself
The Great American Bash1997TV MovieHimself
WCW Slamboree1997TV MovieHimself
WCW Spring Stampede1997TV MovieHimself
WCW Uncensored1997TV SpecialHimself
WCW SuperBrawl VII1997TV MovieHimself
WCW Fall Brawl1996TV SpecialHimself
WCW The Great American Bash1996TV SpecialHimself
WCW Uncensored1996TV SpecialHimself
WCW World Championship Wrestling1996TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
WCW SuperBrawl VI1996TV MovieHimself
WCW Starrcade 19951995TV SpecialHimself - Commentator

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Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure2016VideoHimself
United States Championsip-A Legacy of Greatness2016VideoHimself
WWE NXT2012-2016TV SeriesHimself
NXT Takeover: Respect2015TV MovieHimself
The Legendary Stories of Dusty Rhodes!2015TV MovieHimself
WWE Smackdown!2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
Dusty Rhodes: Celebrating the Dream2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
WWE Raw1997-2015TV SeriesHimself / Dusty Rhodes
WWE Money in the Bank2015TV SpecialHimself
The Road Is Jericho: Epic Stories & Rare Matches from Y2J2015VideoHimself
True Giants2014Himself
Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman2014VideoHimself
WWE: United We Slam - Best of Great American Bash2014VideoHimself
WWE: The Best of WarGames2013VideoHimself
WWE: CM Punk - Best in the World2012VideoHimself
WWE: Falls Count Anywhere: The Greatest Street Fights and Other Out of Control Matches2012VideoHimself
Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time2011VideoHimself
Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator2011VideoHimself
WWE: Rey Mysterio - The Life of a Masked Man2011VideoHimself
WWE: DX: One Last Stand2011VideoHimself
The True Story of WrestleMania2011VideoHimself
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time2010VideoHimself
Wrestling's Highest Flyers2010VideoHimself
Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho2010VideoHimself
WWE: Allied Powers - The World's Greatest Tag Teams2009VideoHimself
WWE: Macho Madness - The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection2009VideoHimself
TNA: Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain2009Himself
WWE Legends of WrestleMania2009Video GameHimself
The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event2009VideoHimself
WWE Vintage Collection2008TV SeriesHimself
WWE: Royal Rumble - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12007VideoHimself
WWE: The New & Improved DX2007VideoHimself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22005VideoHimself
Road Warriors: The Life and Death of Wrestling's Most Dominant Tag Team2005Video documentaryHimself
The Rise & Fall of ECW2004Video documentaryHimself
Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story2004Video documentaryHimself
WWE: The Stone Cold Truth2004VideoHimself
The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection2003VideoHimself
WWE Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches2003VideoHimself
Mike Graham Presents: The Best of Classic Championship Wrestling Vol. 12003VideoHimself
WWF Divas: Tropical Pleasure2002Video documentaryHimself
WCW Thunder2001TV SeriesHimself
Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Lords of the Ring: Superstars & Superbouts1985VideoHimself

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