In an instance where a true dream became reality, SpartaCon (redserpents.com) presents The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast welcoming the one and only “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Dusty takes a walk down memory lane to discuss the illustrious history of professional wrestling in the state of Florida and Eddie Graham’s Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion. We discuss the classic feuds, crowds, atmosphere and the infamous Tampa Armory where some of wrestling’s biggest moments took place. We also get a glimpse into how the “American Dream” came to be and the driving force behind all of the spirited promos and interviews that made “the common man” a true fan favorite and one of the greatest of all time. Additionally, we find out what exactly is being taught at the WWE Performance Center to the future stars of the WWE and how the history of the wrestling business plays such a significant role in their development.
Full Episode Download Link: http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-06-08T21_00_00-07_00
Dusty Rhodes on his longtime feud with The Funk Family: https://youtu.be/VUayC_Uvrac
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The creation of the Florida Wrestling Wall of Fame at the JCC and Federation in Tampa, Florida:
It’s amazing. There are so many people that have unfortunately passed on that when you go back and look at in Florida, the wall may simply not be enough. This tribute may have to go all the way around the building. They have some great designs for it and it’s costing a lot of money. So we need the money, we need the backing, we need the focus, we need all these things to make this come true. For me it all started in Florida with The Great Malenko and Eddie Graham. It all started there. Entertainment, show business. Maybe this wall of memories can really stay up for a long time and I will be honored to be on it.
Performing at the Fort Hesterly Armory in Tampa:
Whatever they were, the mood we were in changed the course of not only the whole state but you wanted to play The Garden, The Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis for (Sam) Muchnick, you wanted to go see Paul Boesch because he had the best pay-offs in the industry in addition to the Armory. Which actually wasn’t a great pay-off but they didn’t know it then, I would have done it for nothing.
Becoming “The American Dream”:
When I became “The American Dream” they needed a hero down here. I had no money. I couldn’t buy a car without being tied under but I had to have a Cadillac with blue stars on the hood no matter what it cost because just driving in it will set how they look at me and perceive this guy, they’ll know. The first time a truck was ever driven into a building it wasn’t a beer truck. It was my truck, in the Fort Hesterly Armory through the side door with Willie Nelson blaring on the radio, making an entrance.