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Dusty Rhodes Turns Heel On WWE RAW

Dusty RhodesWWE RAW delivered an ending right out of the old NWA World Wide Wrestling playbook. Ironically enough it involved former NWA champion “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Dusty did something he had only done once in thirty-five years.  The Dream turned heel. Rhodes was rewarded for his efforts with an RKO from Randy Orton.

I haven’t seen and ending like this in years. It was reminiscent of the old-school Four Horsemen attacks on Dusty and the NWA heroes. For as much as I bash the current WWE product, this was a heck of a moment. It is moments like these that remind me why I once became a huge pro wrestling fan.

Rhodes as acting WWE General Manager ordered a match between Randy Orton and his son, Cody Rhodes. Rhodes also named John Cena guest referee. Once Cena came out for the match, Cody, Randy, and Ted DiBiase Jr. attacked Cena. Rhodes said, “Sorry buddy” as the attack commenced. It was a setup. DX failed in a rescue attempt. Dusty completed his full fledged heel turn when he took off his boot and nailed Triple H with it.

Once Cena, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels were beaten down, the four men celebrated. Randy Orton wasn’t finished yet. Orton then nailed an RKO on Dusty out of nowhere. Cody was visibly upset and almost in tears. The show ended with a confused Cody looking at Randy and looking at his fallen dad. This was one of the best WWE RAW finishes of the decade.

Dusty really didn’t do much throughout the night as G.M. Dusty cut a promo and had a faceoff with Orton to start the show and setup the finale. The rest of the show saw Dusty and DX take shots at WCW as they watched the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD. The highlight of the night prior to the final segment was a re-enactment of the classic Shockmaster WCW entrance. Shockmaster was played tonight by Santino Marella.

The original WCW Shockmaster video.

Overall it was a pretty boring show. Price Is Right icon, Bob Barker hosts the show next week. This should be interesting. Most of the guest hosts have somehow or another gotten involved in the action. I can’t see Barker getting in the ring and wrestling, but who knows. Anything can happen with these WWE Guest Hosts, yet they are rarely entertaining. I can guarantee that whatever happens next week won’t come anywhere close to what happened tonight.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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