WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, a man who has recently seen two sons come and go from the WWE, accepts Stephanie McMahon's offer to come to Raw to discuss things. After giving a speech worthy of a slightly addled politician about family values, Dusty calls Stephanie McMahon to the ring.
Stephanie says the decision to fire Cody Rhodes has been weighing on them so she got them a wedding gift. After some wrangling, she offered Dusty a choice—one Rhodes could have a job with WWE, either Cody or Dustin. But Dusty would have to make the decision himself.
He refuses to choose between his children and tells Stephanie to go to hell. That brings out The Shield to make Rhodes pay a horrible price. But that wouldn't be nefarious enough. Instead, she calls Big Show out as well and orders him to knock Dusty out. It's either that, or The Shield tear him to pieces.
After tears are shed, he punches Rhodes out and has to be carried from the ring by emergency personnel.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"I'm not here as the American Dream tonight. I'm here as Virgil Runnels."—Dusty Rhodes. Shoot names have been uttered. Lock the doors and hide the kids!
"Having two sons you love with all your heart is what's best for business."—Rhodes. Someone needs to explain the concept of business to Dusty.
"You drag them long legs out here and get with it."—Dusty to Stephanie McMahon.
"That's where they were registered."—Stephanie, explaining to Dusty why she had given Cody a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card.
"You are the son of a plumber. I can relate to that. Because I am the daughter of a genius."—Stephanie. Uh oh, Linda's got some explaining to do.
"The genius behind this sports entertainment phenomenon."—Stephanie. Apparently she meant Vince and not Stephen Hawking.
"Who better to make that choice than you?"—Stephanie, making Dusty choose between his sons.
An angry Dusty Rhodes yelling into Stephanie's mic when he was holding one in his hand.
"Stephanie you can go straight to hell."—Big Dust.
"Big Show—knock him out."—Stephanie.
Wow. What a bravura performance by all involved. And double wow to Dusty's amazing scar tissue.
Stephanie McMahon just cemented her position as the WWE's top heel. Not only did she demand Dusty choose between his own children, she upped the ante by forcing Big Show to punch an old man out. That was, simply put, incredible.
Stephanie isn't always on point. Some of her acting leaves plenty to be desired. But when she's on, as she was here, no one is better.