Dustin Rhodes’ father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes didn’t want his son to get into the business. The former Goldust said that’s all he wanted to do since the first time he worked security at an event.

Dusty Rhodes gave his son a fast crash course revealing the secrets of pro wrestling and then booked Dustin on a show the next day as a referee.

As Dustin Rhodes told Bleacher Report, that first show was very memorable. Dustin Rhodes worked two matches on that card, but it was his match with the Rock n Roll Express that really stands out in his mind, especially the finish.

“Tommy Young, the lead official, is sitting on the front row, and we’ve got a curtain sellout in the back and everyone is out there watching. Ricky (Morton) and Robert (Gibson) are in there laughing with me and telling jokes. Giving me hell. But I do the match and do everything I’m supposed to. I go down for the one, two, three and I stand up and I’m raising Ricky and Robert’s hand.”


“At first the whole building is cheering, but then they start laughing. I’m worrying that I’ve screwed something up, so I look down at Tommy Young and he’s laughing his ass off too. He’s pointing at my crotch. So, I look down, and from the top of the pants down, everything is split. From the top down, basically the waistband is the only thing that didn’t tear. And I had nothing on underneath. My junk was hanging out there for the world to see. I look back at the curtain and they are all on the ground laughing.”

“It was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me. I ran to the back. But nobody told me not to buy cotton pants. I needed some stretchable pants. So, that was me breaking into the industry.”

Perhaps this story would have been a lot less embarrassing if Dustin Rhodes would have remembered to wear underwear in all the excitement of preparing for his first pro wrestling match.

Dustin Rhodes did a lot of bizarre things as Goldust, but at least he never went as far as he did during his first experience inside the squared circle.

Felix Upton

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