Dusty Rhodes discusses helping MJF

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Dusty Rhodes discusses helping MJF

With the transition to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Dusty Rhodes was officially recognized as "the one who had achieved the American dream", but he was unable to achieve noteworthy successes in the new federation, being delegated in less and less important roles also due to the arrival age.

Rhodes was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and during his time in Jim Crockett Promotions, later known as WCW, he was a United States Heavyweight Champion, and multi-time World Television, World Tag Team and World Six-Man Tag Team Champion.

He also won many regional championships, and is one of seven men inducted into each of the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Halls of Fame. His sons, Dustin and Cody, both pursued careers in professional wrestling and performed for WWE.

During a recent interview with TVInsider, he discussed helping MJF: “I worked with MJF on his promos a lot. He is very good and doesn’t need a whole bunch of coaching. He knows how to talk. He just needs direction.

For him to put in his tagline was very important where in these promos he says, “I’m better than you”. He did a couple without saying that toward the beginning. I told him he needed to hit his tagline. He started doing that, and the people started recognizing it … Jimmy Havoc has come a long way when he started here with his promos.

He asked me for advice on certain things and to get more out of it — feeling the crowd, letting them react. Britt Baker has really come a long way. Her promos at the very beginning were not very good. Cody has taken a stance on helping her with her promos, and I have watched her gain confidence in talking in front of a camera.

I teach her on the side that her facial expressions are very important when conveying certain words. Let the words breathe, give the crowd a scowl, whatever it is. Her timing in promos and her work is getting a lot better. Darby Allin is incredible."