The Last Texas Bullrope Match In WWE Featured Dusty Rhodes & Randy Orton

Hamish Woodward

With news that Cody Rhodes will face Brock Lesnar in a Texas Bullrope match at Summerslam, we look back at the time when Dusty Rhodes battled Randy Orton in the famous match type.

After leaving Evolution, Randy Orton began his most famous gimmick so far, known as The Legend Killer.

It was one of the most simplistic, yet brilliant gimmicks ever. Orton was a young star, full of potential and arrogance. He wanted to prove how good he was, and to do that he would take out all the legends of the past.

This run laster from 2003 to 2007, and saw him take out many of the biggest legends from WWE history. These legends included;

  • Fabulous Moolah
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Harley Race
  • Mick Foley
  • Triple H
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Dusty Rhodes
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Vince McMahon
  • Ric Flair
  • The Undertaker

He had huge matches with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker, but it is his bout with Dusty Rhodes in the Texas Bullrope match that is of particular interest to this article.

Randy Orton vs Dusty Rhodes

The feud between Orton and Rhodes was a simple one. After visiting Raw one day (during the debut appearance of Cody Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes met Randy Orton backstage.

In an act of great disrespect, he slapped The American Dream in the face, prompting Cody Rhodes to get physical with The Legend Killer.

The younger Rhodes wrestled Orton on Raw soon after, losing his debut match in the WWE. Orton continued to attack him, which lead to Dusty Rhodes helping his son and setting up a Texas Bullrope match for The Great American Bash 2007.

The match was one of the main event matches on the pay per view. It was Dusty’s first WWE match in a year, and the last singles match of his whole career.

Dusty Rhodes was impressive in the match, dominating the younger star with ease. He took advantage with multiple Bionic Elbows, as well as using the titular Texas Bullrope to his advantage.

However, Randy Orton defeated Dusty Rhodes in a match that lasted 5 minutes and 40 seconds, clocking him with the bell attached the to the rope, to pin Dusty for the win.

After the match, he attacked The American Dream, before his son Cody Rhodes made the save.

While many think this was Dusty Rhodes’ last match, he actually had one more match by the end of his career.

He teamed with both his sons in a 6-man tag team match, which you can read more about by clicking the link below.

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