Rhodes finds peace of mind
The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has become part of the annual WrestleMania festivities. Monday on Raw, the first of the 2007 inductees was announced and it's none other than the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.
"It's a great honor," said Rhodes. "It's a lifetime achievement. Legacy. Legends. It's probably the biggest night of the WrestleMania timeframe. All my constituents that are in there, it's an honor roll. I'm humbled by it, I really am. I'm excited about being part of that very elite group."
With a career that has spanned almost four decades, there's never been any doubt that the "American Dream" would be inducted. However, timing is everything.
"My youngest son Cody signed with WWE down at OVW," he said with a smile full of paternal pride. "He hasn't been there a year yet, but has great ability, and I think great things are going to happen. Dustin of course, from my loins created one of the greatest characters in our industry in Goldust. I'm going to be very proud to have both of them there that night to induct me into the Hall of Fame, so it's going to be a very special night."
Reflecting on his years in the business, Rhodes is happy with what he has achieved.
"Whatever your legacy is in life, you want to have peace of mind in what you leave behind," he said, "and I have peace of mind with this business. It's about fulfilling your dream, that "American Dream" that I talked about for so long and making that happen."
Rhodes credits his fans for playing a role in his success.
"The fans are the ones that brought me to the dance," said Rhodes. "A chubby plumber's son from Austin, Texas that didn't look like a bodybuilder, just handsome as the day is long though with a tremendous smile... I talked to them [the wrestling fans] personally in interviews and they really responded to it."
Check back here later this week for information on how you can attend the Hall of Fame ceremony.