Dusty Rhodes


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 289 lbs

Real Name: Virgil Runnels Jr.

DOB: 10/12/1945

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia (originally Austin, TX)

Other Names: The Masked Rider (WCW), "The American Dream" (WCW, WWF), "The Common Man" (WCW, WWF), Mr. Ichiban

Wrestler Since: 1968

Finishing Maneuver: Bionic Elbow

Other Related Websites:
nWo - Rollercoaster Bio
Dusty Rhodes - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Dusty Rhodes - Wikipedia Bio

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #193(2001), #210(2000)

History: Dusty Rhodes has been a star for a long time in the wrestling world. What's more amazing that anything is what he had to go through just as a kid to still be an athlete. When Rhodes was 6 years old, he was affected by osteomyelitis, a rare disease that attacked Rhodes' hips, making it extremely difficult to walk. Rhodes spent a long time on crutches, trying to regain the strength in his limbs. He finally beat the disease, but because of it, one leg is shorter than the other. Still, Rhodes worked through it, becoming a star in the '70s in the wrestling business.

He wrestled in various organizations before coming to the NWA (which eventually became WCW). Rhodes earned his first major title in 1968, when he defeated Tommy Martin to become the NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion. He held the belt for one month before losing to Don Kent. In 1970, he teamed frequently with Dick Murdoch, who, as the Texas Outlaws, beat Jose Lothario and Argentina Apollo for the Florida Tag-Team titles. In 1971, he was the North American Heavyweight Champion for a time. After this, Dusty continued to hone his craft for a few years mainly in Florida, where he traded 'his' Florida Heavyweight Title with many wrestlers. He also won the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship at the beginning of '86, taking down the Spoiler. The Spoiler would reclaim the belt a week later. In September 1977, Rhodes and Dick Slater won the NWA/WCW World Tag-Team Titles over Ole and Arn Anderson. The two only held the titles for a short time before the Andersons won them back, and soon after Dusty and Dick went their separate ways. In August '79, Rhodes won the NWA World Heavyweight Title from Harley Race. His first reign as the Heavyweight Champion lasted about 5 days before Race defeated him in a return bout.

In November 1980, while wrestling in the San Francisco branch of the NWA, Rhodes defeated his old partner Slater for the NWA United States Heavyweight (SF) Title. Rhodes held onto this belt until the promotion shut down in January '81. Moving to another NWA organization, Rhodes again defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Title. This time his reign was a little longer, as he held the belt for almost 3 months before losing to Ric Flair. This was during the time that Dusty and the Four Horsemen were engaged in a bitter feud which caused a lot of injuries to many of the wrestlers in their division. After being suspended for a short period, Rhodes began appearing as the Masked Rider, usually attacking Flair and the rest of the Horsemen. As the Masked Rider, Rhodes even defeated Flair for the World Title once, but returned it after he was asked to reveal his identity.

Going back to the tag-team scene, Rhodes paired with Manny Fernandez to beat Ivan Koloff and Don Kernodle for the NWA/WCW World Tag-Team Titles, Rhode's second co-championship. They lost the belts to the Russians in March 1985. Through this, Rhodes and Flair continued their huge rivalry, with match after match. In August '86, Rhodes won an enormous match over Flair, claiming his third World Title. Flair defeated him in a return match less than a month later. This would be the last gold that Rhodes would earn in the NWA/WCW, as he ventured out to the WWF soon afterward.

Dusty's career with the WWF truly was not stellar, as he claimed no gold in his time there. He did get to wrestle with his "son", Dustin Rhodes (now known as Goldust), and had feuds with such wrestlers as the Undertaker, "Macho King" Randy Savage, and the Million Dollar Man (Ted DiBiase). When he left the WWF, Rhodes retired from wrestling in the ring, and instead became an announcer/booker at WCW. In 1995, Rhodes was inducted into the WCW Wrestling Hall of Fame.

At Souled Out '98, Rhodes shocked the wrestling world by attacking Larry Zbyszko and siding with Scott Hall and the nWo. He stayed mainly a manager for Hall, aiding him frequently for the next few months. Although he and Zbyszko traded words multiple times, neither opted to get back into the ring to settle it. In late November '98, Rhodes turned on Eric Bischoff, when he, as a special referee, stopped the match between Dean Malenko and Barry Windham and gave the win to Malenko, thus setting up a match at Starrcade between Flair and Bischoff. After this, however, Rhodes headed into the background, now only appearing to do announcing sometimes.

In the early months of 2000, Dusty Rhodes appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling. He wrestled there for a few months, having a long-term feud with Steve Corino. They exchanged victories in Bullrope matches, with both trying to choke their opponent out. Rhodes then left ECW behind, working on his own affiliates, including Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling. Rhodes also reappeared in WCW with Dustin Rhodes in 2001, when Ric Flair tried to buy the younger son off. Dustin refused, then was attacked by Jeff Jarrett. Dusty soon came to the rescue. Dustin & Dusty had a short feud with Jarrett & Flair, including facing the two at WCW Greed in March '01. The Rhodes came out on top, defeating Jarrett & Flair, and Dusty got some revenge on Jarrett for his 'impersonations' of the American Dream, by sitting on his face. Later on, Dusty & Dustin made Flair kiss Rhode's ass... his mule, Silver Bullet. Dusty's involvement in WCW most likely ended when Vince McMahon bought the company. Now Rhodes is concentrating solely on the TCW. At the TCW show at the end of March, Rhodes fought with TCW Champion Barry Windham, with interference causing the DQ win for Rhodes.

During his wrestling career, Dusty Rhodes held some gold at least 50 times, not counting the belts I couldn't find. He definitely deserves to be in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (75 - 34, 4 DCO, 1 DDQ, 2 Draws, 2 NCs)
- WCCW Brass Knuckles Title Tournament (August 6, '68) = Rhodes lost in the first round to Duke Keomuka. Kurt Hess won the tournament.
- AWA Soldiers Field (September '72) = Rhodes defeated Wahoo McDaniel.
- AJPW Open Championship ('75) = Rhodes competed in the tournament, which was won by Giant Baba.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December 11, '75) = Rhodes & Dick Murdoch fought to a Draw with Pat O'Connor & Mr. Wrestling.
- Superbowl of Wrestling (Florida) (January '78) = Rhodes defeated Kan Patera.
- NWA/WWWF World Title Unification (February 23, '78) = Rhodes & Eddie Graham won over Karl Kox & Bobby Duncum.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April '78) = Rhodes lost, via DQ, to the NWA World Champion Harley Race.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July '78) = Rhodes beat Billy Graham.
- NWA/WWWF World Title Unification (October 29, '78) = Rhodes won a "Bunkhouse" Match over Bobby Duncum.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (December '78) = Rhodes & Andre the Giant defeated Ron Bass & Ron Slinker, Bobby Jaggers & Jerry Brown, and Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen to win the vacated US Tag Titles.
- Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April 21, '79) = Rhodes & Bill Watts won a "Double Bullrope" Match over the Assassin & the Angel.
- NJPW 3rd Annual MSG League (April 25 - June 5, '79) = Rhodes competed in the League, which was won by Antonio Inoki.
- Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (May 18, '79) = Rhodes & Dick Slater beat Pak Song & Kim Duk and Ron Bass & Blackjack Lanza before falling to the eventual winners, Tommy Rich & Wahoo McDaniel.
- NWA Mid-Atlantic "Battle of the Nature Boys" (July 8, '79) = Rhodes fought to a Double-Count-Out with Ernie Ladd.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July '79) = Rhodes defeated Karl Kox.
- NWA Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (November '79) = Rhodes & Mr. Wrestling II won over Tom Shaft & Karl Kox, then lost to the eventual winners, Austin Idol & the Masked Superstar.
- NWA Central States Tag Title Tournament (February '80) = Rhodes & Dick Murdoch defeated Terry & Dory Funk Jr, then fell to Bruiser Brody and Ernie Ladd, who won the tournament.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (August '80) = Rhodes & Buck Robley won a "Double Bullrope" match over Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts.
- "The Last Tango In Tampa" (Florida) (August '80) = Rhodes fought to a draw with the NWA World Champ Harley Race.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (November '80) = Dusty Rhodes defeated Ivan Koloff.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April '81) = Rhodes & Andre the Giant defeated the Wild Samoans, then lost to the Grappler & Super Destroyed in the Mid-South Tag-Team Tournament.
- Florida North American Tag Title Tournament (Fall '81) = Rhodes & Bugsy McGraw defeated Buzz Tyler & Steve Sybert, then fell to Ox Baker & Assassin I. Jack & Jerry Brisco won the tournament.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (November '81) = Rhodes defeated the Great Kabuki.
- GCW NWA/WWF World Title Unification (July '82) = Rhodes was quickly pinned by Don Muraco.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July '83) = Rhodes was knocked out by King Kong Bundy in a Bullrope match.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (November '83) = Rhodes fought Nikolia Volkoff to a Double Count-Out.
- NWA Florida Lords of the Ring (June '84) = Rhodes won a "3 Falls" Match over then-NWA World Champ Ric Flair. The belt was not exchanged due to a disqualification fall.
- GCW Crockett Cadillac Cup '84 (August) = Rhodes defeated Assassin #1, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Black Bart, and Tully Blanchard to win the tournament.
- WCW Starrcade '84 = Rhodes lost to then-NWA World Champion Ric Flair, when the match was stopped due to Rhodes' excessive bleeding. Joe Frazier was the special referee.
- WCW Great American Bash '85 = Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard in a Steel Cage Match to win the NWA Television Title.
- Polynesian Hot Summer Night (August '85) = Rhodes and Magnum T.A. defeated Nikita Koloff and Krusher Khruschev.
- WCW Starrcade '85 = Rhodes won, via DQ, over Ric Flair, who retained the NWA World Title.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April '86) = Rhodes won a "Steel Cage" Match over Arn Anderson.
- WCW Great American Bash '86 (July 5th) = Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Baby Doll won over Midnight Express and Jim Cornette.
- WCW Great American Bash '86 (July 26th) = Rhodes defeated Ric Flair in a Steel Cage Match to win the NWA World Title.
- NWA Central States Title Tournament (November '86) = Rhodes fought to a Double Countout with the Warlord. Sam Houston won the tournament.
- WCW Starrcade '86 = Rhodes lost the NWA TV Title to Tully Blanchard in a "First Blood" Match.
- Eddie Graham Memorial Show (May '87) = Rhodes won via DQ over NWA World Champion Ric Flair.
- WCW Great American Bash '87 = Rhodes, Hawk, Animal, Nikita Koloff, and Paul Ellering defeated the Four Horseman (Flair, A.Anderson, Blanchard, Luger, and Dillon).
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (August '87) = Rhodes & Steve Williams defeated Eddie Gilbert & Dick Murdoch in a "Double Bullrope" match.
- WCW Starrcade '87 = Rhodes defeated Lex Luger in a "Steel Cage" Match to win the NWA United States Title.
- WCW Bunkhouse Stampede (January '88) = Rhodes won the "Steel Cage Bunkhouse Stampede" Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions I (March '88) = Rhodes and the Road Warriors defeated Ivan Koloff and the Powers of Pain in a "Barbed Wire" Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions II (June '88) = Rhodes and Sting fought to a Double Disqualification with the NWA Tag Champs Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
- WCW Great American Bash '88 = Rhodes failed to win the NWA United States Title from Barry Windham.
- WCW Clash of the Champions III (September '88) = Rhodes won over "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan.
- WCW Clash of the Champions IV (December '88) = Rhodes lost, via DQ, to Animal of the Road Warriors, thus being replaced on the NWA 6-Man Title team.
- WCW Starrcade '88 = Rhodes and Sting won, via DQ, over then-NWA Tag Champs the Road Warriors.
- WWF Summerslam '89 = Rhodes defeated the Honkytonk Man.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #24 (October '89) = Rhodes pinned the Big Boss Man.
- WWF Survivor Series '89 = Rhodes, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Tito Santana and the Red Rooster fought in an "Elimination" Match against the Big Boss Man, the Honkytonk Man, Rick "The Model" Martel and Bad News Brown. Rhodes and Beefcake were the "survivors".
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #25 (January '90) = Rhodes fought "Ravishing" Rick Rude to a Double Count-out.
- WWF Royal Rumble '90 = Rhodes competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania VI ('90) = Rhodes and Sapphire defeated "Macho King" Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri.
- WWF Summerslam '90 = Rhodes was defeated by the "Macho King" Randy Savage.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #28 (September '90) = Rhodes lost, via count-out, to "Macho King" Randy Savage.
- WWF Survivor Series '90 = Rhodes, Koko B. Ware and the Hart Foundation fought in an "Elimination" Match against Ted DiBiase, the Undertaker and Rhythm & Blues. Rhodes was eliminated by the Undertaker. DiBiase was the sole "surviver".
- WWF Royal Rumble '91 = Rhodes, with his son Dustin, lost to Ted DiBiase and Virgil.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '92 (Starrcade in Egg Dome) = Dusty and Dustin Rhodes defeated Masa Saito and Kim Duk.
- WCW Slamboree '93 = Rhodes was one of the wrestlers honored as a "legend" at the beginning of the PPV.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXVIII (August '94) = Dusty and Dustin Rhodes won, via DQ, over Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck.
- WCW Fall Brawl '94 = Dusty and Dustin Rhodes, with the Nasty Boys, defeated Arn Anderson, Terry Funk, Robert Parker, and Bunkhouse Buck in a War Games Match.
- WCW Slamboree '95 = Rhodes was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame.
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '98 = Rhodes betrayed Larry Zbyszko and sided with Scott Hall, causing Hall's DQ.
- ECW Living Dangerously '00 = Rhodes defeated Steve Corino in a Bullrope Match.
- ECW Cyberslam '00 Rhodes lost the Bullrope rematch to Steve Corino.
- WCW Greed (March '01) = Dusty & Dustin Rhodes defeated Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett.
- TCW Carrollton Show (June 30, '01) = Rhodes & New Jack won over Luther Biggs & Larry Zbysko.
- TCW Jacksonville Show (August 25, '01) = Dusty & Dustin Rhodes beat Steve Corino & Scotty Riggs.
- TCW Woodstock Show (December 7, '01) = Rhodes, Bob Armstrong & Larry Zbysko won, via DQ, over Barry Windham, Ron Studd & Steve Lawler.
- TCW Deland Show (December 28, '01) = Dusty & Dustin Rhodes defeated Steve Corino & "Goldust".
- TCW Live Oak Show (December 29, '01) = Rhodes lost a "Three Way" Match to Scotty Riggs. Goldust was the other participant.
- TCW Carrolton Show (February 2, '02) = Dusty, Dustin Rhodes & Ron Studd won a "TLC" Match over Scotty Riggs, Jason Sugarman & "Goldust".
- USPW Nashville Show (June 1, '02) = Rhodes fell to Jerry Lawler.
- TCW Carrolton Show (June 29, '02) = Rhodes won a "Non-Title Last Man Standing" Match over Scotty Riggs, "Goldust" and Abdullah the Butcher.
- 3PW Babes, Belts, & Blood (August 24, '02) = Rhodes lost a "Triple Threat" Match to Kevin Sullivan. Bam Bam Bigelow was the other participant.
- TCW Carrolton Show (September 14, '02) = Rhodes & New Jack won over Sonny Siaki & Iceberg.
- MEP Canton Show (September 28, '02) = Rhodes & the Road Warriors defeated Jerry Lawler, Pumper & Spellbinder.
- WrestleGrowl 7 Gainesville Show (November 8, '02) = Rhodes beat Buck Q.
- 3PW Return of the Dream (November 23, '02) = Rhodes won a "Texas Bullrope" Match over Kevin Sullivan.
- MLW King of Kings (December 20, '02) = Rhodes lost a "Three-Way" Match to Steve Corino. Terry Funk was the other participant.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #27, January 15, '03) = Rhodes, Jeff Jarrett & the Road Warriors fell to Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, Elix Skipper & Vince Russo.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #33, February 26, '03) = Rhodes & Vader won, via DQ, over the Harris Brothers.
- TCW Cleveland Show (March 1, '03) = Rhodes won, via DQ, over David Flair.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #36, March 19, '03) = Rhodes, Jeff Jarrett & D'Lo Brown defeated Erik Watts, David Flair & Brian Lawler.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #37, March 26, '03) = Rhodes won a "Bunkhouse" Match over David Flair.
- 3PW Legends Collide (March 29, '03) = Rhodes lost a "Three-Way" Match to Terry Funk. Abdullah the Butcher was the other participant.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #39, April 9, '03) = Rhodes won a "Ladder" Match over Brian Lawler.
- RoH Epic Encounter (April 12, '03) = Rhode's team won an "Unsanctioned Bunkhouse Brawl" Match over C.W. Anderson's team.
- IWC Big Butler Fair Show (June 28, '03) = Rhodes beat Jerry Lawler.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #57, August 13, '03) = Rhodes & America's Most Wanted defeated Glen Gilbertti, Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #59, August 27, '03) = Rhodes lost a "Bullrope" Match to Glen Gilbertti.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #62, September 24, '03) = Rhodes fought to a No-Contest with NWA World Champ, AJ Styles, in a "Bunkhouse" Match.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #63, October 1, '03) = Rhodes & Jeff Jarrett defeated AJ Styles & Vince Russo.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #64, October 8, '03) = Rhodes lost to the NWA World Champion, AJ Styles.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #65, October 15, '03) = Rhodes & America's Most Wanted took down Joe Legend, Sonny Siaki & Ekmo.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #71, November 26, '03) = Rhodes fought to a No-Contest with NWA World Champ Jeff Jarrett in a "Fans As Lumberjacks" Match.
- IWC A Call To Arms I (December 22, '03) = Rhodes defeated Jerry Lawler. Mick Foley was the special referee.
- Zero-One Hustle I (January 4, '04) = Rhodes, Steve Corino & Tom Howard fell to Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras Sr & Sicodelico Jr.
- Zero-One Hustle II (March 7, '04) = Dusty & Dustin Rhodes fell to Satoshi Kojima & Shinjiro Ohtani.
- Zero-One Hustle III (May 8, '04) = Rhodes pinned Steve Corino.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #94, May 19, '04) = Rhodes & James Storm won a "Non-Title Bunkhouse" Match over the NWA World Tag Champs, Kid Kash & Dallas.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #96, June 2, '04) = Rhodes & James Storm lost to the NWA World Tag-Team Champions, Kid Kash & Dallas.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #102, July 14, '04) = Rhodes, Larry Zbysko, Ron Killings, BG James, & Konnan won a "Tag-Team Guitar On A Pole" Match over Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, Chad Collyer, Hotstuff Hernandez, & Onyx.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #109, September 1, '04) = The Midnight Rider, BG James, & Konnan defeated Eric Young, Johnny Devine, & Bobby Roode.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #110, September 8, '04) = Rhodes beat Scott D'Amore.
- Wrestle Reunion #1 (January 29, '05) = Dusty & Dustin Rhodes & Mike Graham defeated CM Punk, Kevin Sullivan, & Abdullah the Butcher.
- Wrestle Reunion #2 (August 27, '05) = Rhodes, Tom Pritchard, D-Lo Brown, & the Blue Meanie won over Steve Corino, Andrew Martin, the Masked Superstar, & the Original Evil Clown (Matt Borne).
- OVW Six Flags Summer Sizzler Series '06 (August 11) = Rhodes & Cody Runnels beat KC James & Idol Stevens.
- WWE Survivor Series '06 (November 26) = Rhodes, Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, & Ron Simmons competed in an "Elimination" Match against the Spirit Squad (Johnny, Kenny, Mikey, & Nicky). Rhodes was eliminated by Kenny. Flair was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWE Great American Bash '07 (July 22) = Rhodes lost a "Bullrope" Match to Randy Orton.

Title Summary:
- NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion (12/13/1968 - 1/10/1969)
- NWA Detroit World Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Murdock (3/21/1970 - 8/08/1970)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Murdoch (9/17/1970 - 12/1970)
- NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Champion (12/01/70 - 12/1970)
- IWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Murdock (1/21/1971 - 3/1971)
- (Mid-South) North American Heavyweight Champion (5/21/1971 - 10/1971)
- NWA (Honolulu) North American Heavyweight Champion (11/25/1972 - 6/06/1973)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion (1973)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Dick Slater (1973 - 12/1973)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(2) (1/1974 - 1974)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion (1974)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Blackjack Mulligan (1975)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(3) (1975)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/06/1975 - 1975)
- NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (1/30/1976 - 2/06/1976)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(3) (1976 - 11/1976)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(4) (1977)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(4) (6/1977 - 7/1977)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(5) (1977)
- NWA World (Mid-Atlantic) Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Slater (9/23/1977 - 10/14/1977)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(6) (11/26/1977 - 2/07/1978)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(5) (6/18/1978 - 1978)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(7) (6/19/1978 - 9/23/1978)
- NWA Florida Television Champion (1978)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(8) (11/25/1978 - 12/12/1978)
- NWA United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Andre The Giant(later The Spoiler) (12/25/1978 - 1/25/1979)
- NWA Florida Television Champion(2) (1/1979 - 1979)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(9) (1979 - 8/21/1979)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion (8/21/1979 - 8/26/1979)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(6) (4/1980 - 7/1980)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Bugsy McGraw (7/14/1980 - 1980)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Bobo Brazil (8/1980 - 1980)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(10) (10/26/1980 - 11/04/1980)
- NWA (SF) United States Heavyweight Champion (11/08/1980 - 1/1981)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Andre The Giant (2/15/1981 - 1981)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion(2) (6/21/1981 - 9/17/1981)
- NWA Southern (FL) Heavyweight Champion(7) (10/31/1982 - 11/22/1982)
- NWA (Florida) Global Tag-Team Champion w/ Terry Allen (2/15/1983 - 1983)
- NWA Bahamas Heavyweight Champion (7/1983 - 1985)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Blackjack Mulligan (11/05/1983 - 11/30/1983)
- NWA World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Manny Fernandez (10/20/1984 - 3/18/1985)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion (3/16/1985 - 4/1985)
- NWA World Television Champion (4/1985 - 4/28/1985)
- NWA World Television Champion(2) (7/06/1985 - 10/19/1985)
- NWA National Heavyweight Champion (12/19/1985 - 3/04/1986)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Road Warriors (5/17/1986 - 2/12/1988)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion(3) (7/25/1986 - 8/07/1986)
- NWA World Television Champion(3) (9/09/1986 - 11/27/1986)
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion (11/26/1987 - 4/15/1988)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Road Warriors (7/09/1988 - 12/07/1988)
- PWF Champion (??/??/??)

PWI Achievement Awards: (8 wins, 9 1st RUs, 2 2nd RUs, 6 3rd RUs)
- 1977 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1977 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Rhodes vs. Superstar Graham)
- 1977 Wrestler of the Year
- 1978 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1978 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Rhodes vs. Superstar Graham)
- 1978 Wrestler of the Year
- 1979 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1979 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1979 Match of the Year (Rhodes vs. Harley Race)
- 1979 Wrestler of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 1980 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1980 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Rhodes vs. Bob Backlund)
- 1981 Most Popular Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1981 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Rhodes vs. Ric Flair)
- 1981 Wrestler of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1982 Most Popular Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1983 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1984 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1986 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Rhodes vs. Ric Flair)
- 1986 Match of the Year (Rhodes vs. Ric Flair)
- 1987 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1987 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (War Games/The Match Beyond)
- 1990 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee
- 2000 Comeback of the Year, 1st Runner-Up