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WWE Shuts Down Tough Enough Filming Due To Rhodes’ Death

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UPDATE x 4: WWE shut down filming of Tough Enough at the Performance Center in Orlando after it was announced that Dusty Rhodes passed away. Rhodes was heavily involved with WWE and NXT.

Many of the NXT talents considered Rhodes a mentor and friend.


UPDATE x 3: TMZ has an update on the death of Dusty Rhodes and what might have caused it. EMTs responded to Rhodes’ home in Orlando, Florida at 5:56 AM yesterday morning after getting a call that he suffered a fall. Rhodes was taken to a nearby hospital where he ultimately passed away. It’s believed he suffered “numerous complications” through the night. His immediate family rushed to the hospital when they found out what happened.

UPDATE x 2: The wrestling world is currently in mourning. Here are posts from several people in WWE:

UPDATE: As reported earlier, WWE.com announced the tragic news that Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels) has passed away at the age of 69.

While there aren’t a lot of specific details to report at this time, we can confirm that Rhodes suffered a fall at his house yesterday and his kidneys were shutting down as he started to get dehydrated. The fall took place yesterday and his condition became worse throughout the night. He succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Rhodes was one of the biggest names to come from NWA and is a three time champion of that promotion. He started wrestling in the 1970s and wrestled for a little over thirty years. He’s also the father to WWE stars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels).

We would like to give our condolences to his family, friends and fans. Also, we should have more information on this unfortunate story later today. Stay tuned.

ORIGINAL: The following is from WWE.com:

WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today at the age of 69.

Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.

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Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 76: 3rd Annual RRR Awards Show!

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It’s the 3rd annual Ryno Wrestling Review Awards (aka ‘The Hornies’)!  Dan is joined by Wil Lewis, Jason Calascibetta, and a few (poorly impersonated) celebrities to hand out hardware in 12 categories: Breakthrough Performer, Promo of the Year, Match of the Year, Card of the Year, Feud of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, Gail Kim Lifetime Achievement Award, FDM Award (D-Bag of the Year), Most Overrated, Most Underrated, Female Performer, and Male Performer!  Listen here:

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Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 74: The Debut of Ryno Roulette!

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Dan is joined by Wil Lewis and Jason Calascibetta for the debut of ‘Ryno Roulette’!  12 WWE Superstar names plus one Sasha Banks Christmas hat equals one heck of a show.  Listen here:

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Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 73: Becky Lynch Injury, Survivor Series Weekend, & ‘Would You Rather?’

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Dan is joined by Wil Lewis and Jason Calascibetta to discuss the shocking injury of Becky Lynch, preview WWE’s Survivor Series weekend, and bring back ‘Would You Rather?’  Listen here:

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