The American Dream Dusty Rhodes died a week ago yesterday, and the tributes are still coming in from all over the place. Dusty Rhodes was a man who transcended professional wrestling. He was an inspiration to many, myself included. It’s common knowledge that pro wrestling is scripted and the outcomes are predetermined. When it is done correctly, none of that matters. The best wrestlers can transcend wrestling, be more than wrestlers. When the line between reality and fiction is blurred magical things happen. Special feelings are created. In the business they call it suspension of disbelief. It is a phrased coined by philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817.
When you enter into this suspension of disbelief, you take yourself away from the world. It happens more than you know. When you go to the movie theater, when you watch television. However, for some reason the mass public has trouble doing this with pro wrestling now.
Sure the outcomes are predetermined, however the Dusty Rhodes made us all believe. Gave us all a reason to keep fighting on through whatever troubles we have. The American Dream made us believe that we could easily be him. We can rise up and achieve whatever it is we set out to do.