Category Archives: 1980

Dusty Doesn’t Disappoint This Time

St. Petersburg Independent – April 21, 1980
By Gene Taylor

Almost no one in the crowd of about 7,000 fans at the Bayfront Arena Saturday night was disappointed when Dusty Rhodes’ arm was raised in victory over Harley Race for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight championship.

Some of his fans have found it hard to forgive Dusty for losing the heavyweight title to Race, only a week after winning it from him less than a year ago in the same arena.

Maybe now they feel better. Continue reading

A Forgettable Night In Tampa

St. Petersburg Independent – August 4, 1980
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – With apologies to A. Lincoln: The world will little note, nor remember, the Last Tangle in Tampa Sunday night at Tampa Stadium.  But for 17,834 screaming fans, the thrill of seeing Dusty Rhodes almost winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Harley Race is not something they will soon forget. Continue reading

Dusty Rhodes Beats The Sheik In Wrestling Feature

The Miami News – October 16, 1980

Dusty Rhodes defeated The Sheik in last night’s pro wrestling feature match at the Miami Beach Convention Center before 4,877 spectators. Continue reading

Rhodes, Destroyer Do Battle Tonight

The Ledger – January 29, 1980

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes meets the Super Destroyer in professional wrestling tonight at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.  The card begins at 8 p.m. Continue reading

Rhodes Meets Super Destroyer Tonight

The Ledger – February 12, 1980

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes and Andre the Giant meet Harley Race and Bugsy McGraw tonight at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in the Annual Gasparilla Spectacular. Continue reading