YouTube Finds: Austin Idol exposes Dusty Rhodes on Georgia Championship Wrestling
Never one to brag, “The Universal Heartthrob,” Austin Idol humbly salutes the fans for their support in this clip from Georgia Championship Wrestling, circa 1980. Years before the Hulkster shamelessly ripped him off, IdolMania was indeed running wild nationwide–the modest one didn’t even bother to include Boise, Idaho; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Bangor, Maine; Oil Trough, Texas; Clearwater, Florida; Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico; French Lick, Indiana; Climax, Michigan; the Missouri Boothill; Needmore, Texas; and beautful Hooker, Oklahoma. (I love how Gordon Solie gradually becomes agitated with Idol–even sunglasses can’t hide his anguish. Incidentally, Gordon’s cool shades were not foreshadowing a heel turn; I believe this interview was conducted shortly after eye surgery.)
For those of you misguided marks out there who thought Dusty Rhodes had the magic of genuine Stardust all those years, you must feel really foolish to discover its true origins. Clearly, the Idol was the highest paid professional athlete at the time–after all, it costs a fortune to import real Stardust from Las Vegas.