– Dean Ambrose and Renee Young, who are dating, arrive to the funeral of Virgil Runnels, Jr., the professional wrestler known as Dusty Rhodes, Wednesday in Tampa, Florida. Runnels died Thursday at age 69, a day after a fall at his Orlando home. No cause of death has been specified.
– WWE NXT Diva Charlotte wrote about the connection between the Rhodes and Flair families, especially as it relates to her brother Reid, who died at the age of 25 two years ago.
“When my brother passed away about two years ago I wanted to say a few words during his service. The only thing that I could think of in that moment because I didn’t have anything prepared was him ALWAYS quoting Dusty: ‘I’ve wined and dined with kings and queens, and I’ve slept in alleys and ate pork and beans.’ So that’s what I said about my brother. He would watch Rhodes vs. Flair over and over and over. I texted his wife Michelle later that day because I wanted Dusty to know my brother idolized him,” Charlotte wrote, reflecting on Dusty Rhodes on the day of his funeral.
Charlotte added that when she joined NXT, Dusty pushed her, believed in her, and encouraged her to be strong, especially for Reid.
“I know he means the world to so many people and changed so many lives…. I am where I am today because of your passion for NXT & how much you believed in all the kids. Dusty, thank you. you will forever be NXT’s angel,” Charlotte wrote.