Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dusty Rhodes DVD - Disc 1

Nine hours of Dusty Rhodes matches and promos? I’ll need lots of caffeine.

Disc 1:
1) Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher (3/9/73) – 6
2) Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher (3/24/73) – 6
3) Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch vs. Billy Robinson & Don Muraco – Best of Three Falls – 7
4) Dusty Rhodes & Pak Song vs. Mike & Eddie Graham – 4
5) Dusty Rhodes vs. Terry Funk – 5
6) Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race – Lumberjack Match (Florida) – 6
7) Dusty Rhodes vs. Superstar Billy Graham – 7

The first two offerings served up four certifiable legends. This was back when they actually used film to record the matches with. Rhodes and Murdoch were fairly new at this time and got worked pretty good by Bruiser and Crusher. Rhodes also bled buckets to add some authenticity as if the matches needed any extra to be good. The tag match against Robinson and Muraco is essential viewing for anyone who loves wrestling. It’s the epitome of the perfect tag match and Robinson’s death sell of a knee from the apron after the match was pure gold. I don’t know much about Pak Song, or as Dusty called him “the Korean from Korea”, but he really didn’t impress me. Why the match was on this DVD is beyond me. The match against Funk, was laden with interference from a gentleman commonly known as The Spoiler. Aside from spoiling milk, he definitely spoiled the makings of a good match. The lumberjack match from Florida was also on film and from a historical perspective was really fun to watch, although I’m sure the two had better matches. Our first offering from the WWWF was against Superstar Graham. It was a fantastic match and I was definitely digging the super slow build and the psychology they used. Although the count-out finish protected both men, I would’ve preferred a pinfall or submission finish.

And now, a quote from Dusty:
“I have obtained the goals that many men only lay in bed and dream about night after night. I have wined and dined with kings and queens, and I’ve slept in alleys and dined on pork and beans.”

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