It has been a little more than a month since WWE Hall of Famer “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes unexpectedly passed away. His son, Cody Rhodes, younger half-brother of WWE superstar Goldust, returned last Monday night on Raw after understandably missing a few weeks of work.
People were excited to see Rhodes getting back on the horse after such a tragedy, but some fans were upset to see Rhodes had not began using his original name with the company.
In June of 2014, Rhodes returned from a short hiatus as he went to “find himself” after he and Goldust lost the WWE Tag Team Championship. However, Rhodes did not return with his flashing smile or as the same guy who was inches away from winning the Money in the Bank briefcase in 2013.
Instead, he took the route of his older brother and was seen wearing face paint and a full body suit. He was going by the name Stardust, an homage to Dusty who had briefly used that name during his time with AWA. Stardust was the character that also returned last Monday night and people were disappointed that Rhodes was not back to his former self.
Rhodes wrote a letter to his deceased father, and to fans, explaining why he was not using “Cody Rhodes” and why he was carrying on with the Stardust gimmick. USA Today’s For The Win shared an excerpt from the emotional, heartwarming letter.
And thats why I sent you know who Monday. And I’m sure when he drew that first line of paint down his face, his throat rised and his eyes might of watered a bit. Leave it all out in the ring, my gift to you. And I know the man who secretly wanted to pit himself against Joe Frazier after Starrcade 84’ would get a real kick out of this.
So Dad, I hope you like what happens next, and…I hope the fans do too. Like Paul told you, they’re not marks…they’re customers. You said about them in 1978(after you took those rose-tinted shades off to let them know you were serious…I know you) “making you happy, makes my dreams fulfilled”
Right in the feels.
You can read the full letter Rhodes wrote here.
WWE fans may never see Cody Rhodes in a WWE ring again. We may see him back sometime next year. Hell, we could see Stardust as WWE World Heavyweight Champion one day. I have no idea what is going to happen with Rhodes/Stardust, but I am sure Dusty is going to be proud of his son no matter what happens.
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