TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… Oct. 29th: The Dream talks about ‘Hard Times’

DATELINE: OCT 29, 1985 

Dusty Rhodes delivers one of the greatest promos in professional wrestling history, when he tells Ric Flair about his hardscrabbe life, right before their battle at Starrcade

First of all, I would like to thank the many, many fans throughout this country that wrote cards and letters to Dusty Rhodes “The American Dream” while I was down. Secondly, I want to thank Jim Crockett Promotions for waiting and taking the time because I know how important it was. Starrcade 1985. It is to the wrestling fans. It is to Jim Crockett Promotions. And Dusty Rhodes “The American Dream” With that wait, got what I wanted.

Ric Flair, the world’s heavyweight champion. I don’t have to say a lot more about the way I feel about Ric Flair. No respect. No honor! There is no honor among thieves in the first place! He put…hard times on Dusty Rhodes and his family! You don’t know what hard times are, daddy! Hard times are when the textile workers around this country are out of work! They got four or five kids and can’t pay their wages, can’t buy their food!

Hard times are when the auto workers are out of work and they tell them “Go home”. And hard times are when a man has worked at a job for thirty years. THIRTY years! They give him watch, kick him in the butt, and say “Hey, a computer took your place, daddy!” That’s hard times! That’s hard times. And Ric Flair, you put hard times on this country by taking Dusty Rhodes out. That’s hard times and we all have had hard times together.

And I admit I don’t look like the athlete of the day is supposed to look. My belly is a little big. My hiney is just a little big, but brother, I am bad and they know I’m bad. And there were two bad people. One was John Wayne and he’s dead, brother. And the other one is right here. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. The world’s heavyweight title belongs to these people. I’m going to reach out right now. I want you at home to know. My hand is touching your hand for this gathering of the biggest body of people in this country, in this universe, all over the world reaching out because the love that was given me and this time, I will re-pay you now because I will be the next world’s heavyweight champion of this hard times’ blues. Dusty Rhodes’ tour ’85. 

And Ric Flair. “Nature Boy”. Let me leave you with this. One way to hurt Ric Flair is to take what he cherishes more than anything in the world. That’s the world’s heavyweight title. I’m going to take it. I’ve been there twice. This time when I take it, daddy, I’m going to take it for you. Let’s gather for it. Don’t let me down now because I came back…for you. For that man up there who died ten, twelve years ago who never got the opportunity to see a real world’s heavyweight champion. I’m proud of you and thank God I have you. I love you. Love you!


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