People like to paint a dark picture of professional wrestling. It’s a terrible thing, full of drugs and scandals and violence, and it’s certainly not wholesome or family-friendly. Sometimes, it seems impossible that any good could come out of such a twisted place. Why would any decent human being want to be a part of it? But, just like Darth Vader, there is still good in pro wrestling. There are wrestlers that can inspire you, through their words, their actions, and sometimes, just by being themselves. So, when it seems like there’s a dark cloud over the world of pro wrestling, you can remember some of these examples of how much good there is to be found in this often crazy sport.
10. Dusty Rhodes
So many complimentary words have been spoken and written about Dusty Rhodes since his passing, but there is always room for a few more. Setting aside Dusty’s own wrestling career, where he played a living, breathing version of the American Dream and connected with so many people, there is even more about Dusty’s career after he was done in the ring that is worthy of notice. First of all, while even he admitted that he wasn’t always the greatest of fathers due to his career, Dusty still managed to raise two sons into successful wrestlers, following in their father’s footsteps. He got to both see them reach their goals and actively participate in their respective rises, and both tell them and show them how proud he was. And Dusty has also directly influenced an entire generation of professional wrestlers that are just now breaking into WWE, through his tireless work with NXT and the WWE Performance Center. The sheer number of young wrestlers who have told stories about how Dusty Rhodes was like a second father to them, and helped them become better, is incredible, and ensure that his legacy will live for a very long time.