The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#42 Dustin Rhodes

The young, hardworking grandson of a plumber, Dustin Rhodes fully lived up to his nickname, “The Natural.” Among WCW’s most popular acts in the '90s, Rhodes seemed predestined for greatness from the very start, and he partnered frequently with fan favorites such as Barry Windham, Ricky Steamboat and Sting. He reliably took the fight to whichever baddies were terrorizing WCW at a given time, be it the York Foundation, Dangerous Alliance or Stud Stable.

A former two-time U.S. Champion and Tag Team Champion, Rhodes caught flak for being the son of NWA legend (and WCW power wielder) Dusty Rhodes. Almost as if it he sought out specifically to discredit claims of nepotism, Rhodes proved his mettle with intense battles against the likes of Steve Austin, Rick Rude and Arn Anderson. With bulldog tenacity (and the bulldog headlock as his finisher), Rhodes was a righteous, double-tough customer who never backed down from a challenge. — JOHN CLAPP