DUSTY RHODES DEPARTURE
Name
Dusty Rhodes
Real Name
Virgil Runnels
Date of Birth
October 12, 1945
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1968
CM Punk
As many of you already know, CM Punk has finally decided to speak out about his departure from WWE. During that podcast interview, he took some jabs at Ryback, whom he feels is quite reckless in the ring. Ryback has decided to respond. He stated that Punk was fragile and insecure. Ryback also denied that he attempted to hurt people in the ring on purpose. In order to avoid further controversy, however, Ryback deleted his comments.
November 28, 2014
AJ Lee
Since rumors have been running rampant over the last couple of days about her possible departure from WWE, a lot of wrestling fans are under the belief that AJ Lee was punished by management at Survivor Series 2014 and forced to drop the title very quickly to Nikki Bella. Sources are saying that is not the case. It was an idea that the creative department came up and was not influenced by backstage heat.
November 24, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Since his departure from WWE was so abrupt and controversial, many are under the impression that Alberto Del Rio has backstage heat towards Vince McMahon. The former world heavyweight champion actually revealed that he holds no grudges against McMahon. Del Rio stated that his former boss was always professional and courteous towards him. His issues with the company are with others in the front office.
November 10, 2014
AJ Styles
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While there was some confusion on his actual departure from the company because he worked some matches after Summerslam 2014, Rob Van Dam has now confirmed that he is done with WWE. The former world heavyweight champion fulfilled his contractual obligations and is going to take a couple of months off. RVD stated that he will then decide if he wants to make another return or not.
August 30, 2014
Velvet Sky
There are rumors floating around right now that Velvet Sky is going to be leaving TNA soon. However, the speculations stem from an overreaction to something that might really be insignificant. The Knockout changed her profile biography on Twitter. She removed TNA from there and replaced it with other words, as there is a word limit set on the biography. As of right now, her departure from the company is far from confirmed.
August 25, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Reports going around state that Rob Van Dam finished up his latest stint with WWE during the kickoff match at Summerslam 2014. His departure from the company had been expected since he only agreed to a short term contract. Some are under the belief that this might be the last stint for RVD since the audience has been a bit lackluster towards him this time around.
August 18, 2014
Theodore Long
When he received his release from WWE, many expected Theodore Long to retire from professional wrestling. It looks like those speculations were true, as the former on screen general manager of Smackdown has been relatively quiet since his departure. Long has not made appearances on the independent wrestling circuit or other events.
August 9, 2014
CM Punk
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Austin Aries
For those that missed Impact Wrestling this week, Austin Aries defeated Seiya Sanada to capture the TNA X Division Championship. Since the match was taped before Sanada had a chance to sign a new contract with TNA, the belief is that his potential departure was one of the reasons behind the title switch. Aries also announced that he would be cashing in the belt to get a shot at the world heavyweight champion at Destination X.
July 11, 2014
Santino Marella
When he announced his sudden decision to retire, Santino Marella teased WWE fans that he might be taking over as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. While the role is vacant due to the departure of Vickie Guerrero from the company, there has been no confirmation of what Marella is claiming. The belief is that he was simply teasing the audience at this point.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Since she was given a respectable departure from the company, the belief is that Vickie Guerrero is highly regarded by WWE management. The speculation has even more credibility now that the company is airing a special tribute show for her on the WWE Network. The show is basically a highlight reel of her best performances during her longer than expected tenure with the company.
June 29, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
Bully Ray
While there are still some questions whether or not this is a shoot or a story line, Tommy Dreamer is telling fans that he might be done with TNA as a backstage agent after an incident where he bashed Dixie Carter for removing Bully Ray at the last minute from his House of Hardcore show. His departure has not been confirmed yet, and many are still under the belief that this is an elaborate work.
June 11, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
Kurt Angle
The general consensus backstage in TNA is that the company will lose Kurt Angle later on this year when his contract expires. Several of the wrestlers remaining with the company are speaking rather candidly about his imminent departure nowadays. Rumors have persisted for the last year that he was going to attempt a WWE return. Angle himself has been publicly stating his desire to return to the company that made him a star.
June 1, 2014
CM Punk
CM Punk has made the news again. Instead of people discussing his departure from WWE, the story this time is a heartwarming one. The former world heavyweight champion spotted a high school baseball team at a hotel parking lot and decided to give them an impromptu pep talk. The coach was very appreciative of the gesture and stated that Punk was a good role model for his players.
May 3, 2014
Cody Rhodes
For the last several weeks, there have been rumors floating around that Goldust was going to be leaving WWE in the near future, and the belief now is that he will be making his departure after working a feud against his brother Cody Rhodes. Seeds of dissension between the two have been planted by the writers over the last couple weeks of Monday Night Raw.
May 1, 2014
AJ Styles
"It's unfortunate. At the end of the day this is a business, not everybody is going to be happy and people go their separate ways. It's the wrestling business and we're seen it happen a million times. Unfortunately, AJ Styles was a TNA original and was the face of our company for a very long time. That departure bothers me the most. I had a great relationship with AJ, we were friends, we were part of Fortune together, and we had some great matches. I understand where AJ's coming from, it's all business, and I wish him nothing but the best. Sting was a great guy to have in our locker room. He was a veteran leader. A guy that you can go and talk to, a guy who I had some memorable matches, and a guy who mentored me a lot and taught me a lot in the ring. He's an icon; his name will live forever in this business. And I wish him nothing but the best of luck. At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to do what you can for yourself." - Bobby Roode talks about people leaving TNA
April 30, 2014
Charlie Haas
With Jeff Jarrett traveling the world to find professional wrestling stars to join his new Global Force Wrestling, a name that has popped up in the rumor mills is Charlie Haas. The former WWE star has been really quiet since his odd departure from ROH. Haas has been in semi retirement, working small shows here and there in Texas. He would bring a veteran presence and a familiar face to GFW.
April 24, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
The WWE web team recently put together a list of the best talkers in the history of professional wrestling, and they do not have a fan in Dusty Rhodes. The former world heavyweight champion was upset that he was not ranked in the top spot. Rhodes was listed at #5. He posted a message on Twitter to express how disappointed and disgusted he was with the results.
April 28, 2014
Roddy Piper
On their official website, WWE produced a list of the greatest talkers in the history of the business. The top five consisted of Ric Flair, Rock, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper and Steve Austin. The more interesting inclusion, though, is CM Punk, who is listed at #16. The company has not made much mention of him since he walked away a couple of months ago.
April 25, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Even though the brothers have not been utilized on television as strongly as they were a couple of months ago, WWE is working on a DVD that will featured around Dusty Rhodes, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The family should be receiving a push whenever the DVD is ready to be launched. There's a good chance now that Goldust will stick around a little bit longer.
March 14, 2014
Wes Brisco
A lot of younger fans are not aware of this, but Dusty Rhodes used to be a wrestling promoter, and the itch to run a show recently returned to the legendary former NWA champion. He is doing a show this weekend in Miami, where Wes Brisco, Carlito, Jesse Sorensen and several other performers have been booked to wrestle.
March 13, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
For a while, there was a very good chance that Dusty Rhodes was going to be involved at Wrestlemania 30, as his sons, Cody Rhodes and Goldust, were penciled in for a match against one another at the pay per view. However, with WWE leaning away from that idea now, there really is not much of a need for Rhodes to be booked for the show.
March 2, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
A picture of Hulk Hogan visiting the WWE Performance Center. Also pictured are Nick Dinsmore, Bill DeMott, Dusty Rhodes, Normal Smiley and former WCW star Terry Taylor.
February 22, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
Through Twitter, Dusty Rhodes posted this special happy birthday message to his granddaughter Dakota Runnels. She is the daughter of WWE star Goldust.
February 14, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be mixing business with pleasure this week, as the siblings are going to down to Florida on Thursday night to work a WWE NXT live event. Their father, the legendary Dusty Rhodes, works closely with the developmental program.

January 28, 2014
Davey Richards

Dixie Carter placed a clue on Twitter about the new arrivals by writing the initials "DR" and "EE", which prompted Jeremy Borash to guess that it was Dusty Rhodes and Eric Embry. The widespread speculation is that it is Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.

January 16, 2014
Dusty Rhodes

While he has not been seen on television in quite some time, Yoshi Tatsu is still with WWE. The Japanese wrestler has been training with the company at the performance center. Tatsu has been working closely with Dusty Rhodes on improving himself as a character.

January 16, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
Back in 1988, Tully Blanchard was one of the top stars in the NWA, and he had no intentions of leaving a place where he was established and comfortable. All that changed, however, when Blanchard and Arn Anderson had a dispute over pay with Dusty Rhodes, who was then serving as the head booker of the NWA. The duo quickly dropped the tag titles and headed to the WWE.
January 15, 2014
Dusty Rhodes

The belief is that Dusty Rhodes was purposely kept off of the Old School Raw episode because of lingering heat with Stephanie McMahon. The WWE legend went off script during an in ring segment with the Chief Brand Officer last year.

January 9, 2014
Cody Rhodes

While many fans know that Cody Rhodes and Goldust are brothes, some do not know that they are actually half brothers. Their father is WWE legend Dusty Rhodes, but they each have different mothers. The wrestling siblings are approximately sixteen years apart in age.

January 1, 2014
Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes is one of the many former WWE stars who are making an on screen return on the special Old School edition of Monday Night Raw next week, and chances are, he will be working some sort of segment with Cody Rhodes and Goldust.

December 31, 2013
Kassius Ohno

One of the people who backed up Kassius Ohno with management was Dusty Rhodes, who was really pushing for the company to keep the former ROH star around.

November 28, 2013
Dusty Rhodes

Dustin Rhodes has been publicly campaigning for WWE to bring him back, so that he can work a pay per view match against his younger brother Cody Rhodes, but it is a move that their legendary father Dusty Rhodes does not feel will be happening any time soon.

July 23, 2013