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Article: Remembering the Ravishing One
Wrestler: Ravishing Rick Rude (1958-99)
Real Name: Richard E. Rood
Birthday: December 7, 1958
Hometown: Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Marital Status: Married to Michelle
Height & Weight: 6'3" - 251 lbs
Trained by: Eddie Sharkey
Debut:
Previous Gimmicks: WCW Phantom
Finishing Move: Rude Awakening
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Austin Idol
Jerry Lawler
Bruiser Brody
The Von Erichs
Chris Adams
Wahoo McDaniel
Paul Orndorff
The Big Bossman
Jake Roberts
Ultimate Warrior
Sting
Ricky Steamboat
Dustin Rhodes
Website: Profile @ KNOWYOURNEWS.COM

  • Tennessee version of the Southern Heavyweight title
  • Tennessee version of the Southern tag team titles w/King Kong Bundy
  • Southern Heavyweight title
  • NWA Florida United States tag team titles w/Jesse Barr
  • NWA American Heavyweight title
  • WCCW World Heavyweight champion
  • World Class Championship Wrestling Television title
  • NWA World tag team titles w/Manny Fernandez
  • WWF Intercontinental title
  • WCW United States Heavyweight title
  • WCW International Heavyweight title


  • In The Beginning
  • Rick Rude and Nikita Koloff attended the same high school..
  • Rick Rude worked as a bouncer at Gramma B's in Minneapolis before he was discovered, working with the Road Warriors & Barry Darsow..
  • Rick Rude was trained by Eddie Sharkey, who also trained the Road Warriors, Barry Darsow, and Nikita Koloff..

    Getting Into The Business
  • Rick Rude started wrestling on the small circuits in Minnesota and Canada..
  • Rick Rude moved on to the Mid-South territory in 1984 and paired up with manager, Jimmy Hart, as part of the "First Family" stable..
  • Rick Rude was given the name "Ravishing" by Memphis promotor Jerry Jarret..
  • Rick Rude had some great matches with Mid-South stars like Austin Idol, and a breif feud with Jerry Lawler..
  • Rick Rude saw some success by winning the Southern tag team championship with King Kong Bundy..
  • Rick Rude moved on to Florida in early-1985, where he paired up with manager, Percy Pringle..
  • Rick Rude simply dominated the Florida territory for nearly a year, winning the heavyweight & tag titles on more than one occassion..

    World Class Championship Wrestling
  • October 1985: Rick Rude & Percy Pringle moved on to the Fritz Von Erich territory, World Class Championship Wrestling..
  • Rick Rude quickly won the American Heavyweight title..
  • Rick Rude was declared the first WCCW Heavyweight champion when the NWA withdrew sanctions from World Class..
  • Rick Rude, for a time, was managed by his sister Raven in the World Class promotion..
  • July 1986: Rick Rude lost the WCCW title to Chris Adams..

    National Wrestling Alliance
  • Rick Rude moved onto the National Wrestling Alliance..
  • Rick Rude re-kindled his feud with Wahoo McDaniel, which was started in Florida years earlier..
  • 1987: Rick Rude teamed with Manny Fernandez to win the NWA World tag team titles..
  • February 15, 1987--MoscaMania 2: Rick Rude & Manny Fernandez defeated Ricky Morton & Bob Armstrong in Hamilton, Ontario..
  • Rick Rude still held half of the NWA tag titles when he signed with the WWF..
  • ~~~The NWA later claimed that the Rock 'n' Roll Express regained those titles in a match that never actually took place..

    World Wrestling Federation
  • July 9, 1987: Jerry Allen pinned Rick Rude with a sunset flip in Rick Rude's WWF debut match..
  • July 1987 - TV Taping (aired August 9, 1987): Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan pinned Lanny Poffo (Rude's TV debut)..
  • ~~~"Ravishing" Rick Rude would do his routine of beating his opponent and then kissing a female audience member..
  • Rick Rude started a feud with Jake Roberts, after Rude propositioning his wife, Cheryl Roberts, who was sitting at ringside..
  • January 1989: Rick Rude began a feud with the Ultimate Warrior, attacking the Warrior during a "posedown" challange..
  • Wrestlemania V: Rick Rude defeated the Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental title..
  • August 1989: Rick Rude drops the Intercontinental title back to the Warrior..
  • Summer Slam '90: Rick Rude challanged Ultimate Warrior (WWF Champion) in a cage match for the title, and lost..
  • October 1990: Rick Rude and the WWF had a dispute, and Rude went packing down to WCW..

    World Championship Wrestling
  • October 27, 1991 - Halloween Havoc: Rude returned, wearing a mask going as the WCW Phantum, revealing himself after defeating Tom Zenk..
  • ~~~Rude was managed by Paul Dangerously, who called Rude the "cornerstone" of the Dangerous Alliance..
  • Beach Blast: Rick Rude competed in an Iron Man Match with Rickey Steamboat..
  • August 12, 1992: Masa Chono defeated Rick Rude in a tournament final for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title..
  • Rick Rude began a feud with NWA World champion, Ric Flair..
  • September 1993: Rick Rude defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World Title..
  • Shortly after, WCW withdrew from the NWA and the title that Rude held was renamed the "WCW International title"..
  • 1994: Rick Rude vs Sting faced off and Rude suffered a neck and back injury that would put him on the shelf for quite some time..

    Extreme Championship Wrestling
  • Rick Rude dissappeared out of the spotlight for two years, before showing up in ECW in 1996..
  • Rick Rude's Goal: To make Shane Douglas' life a living hell in the promotion..
  • Rick Rude jumped ship to the WWF while still on the ECW roster..

    World Wrestling Federation - DX
  • September 1997: Rick Rude made a return to the WWF as an "insurance" policy for Shawn Michaels and DX..
  • November 17, 1997: Rick Rude made history by being the FIRST man to ever appear on WWF RAW and WCW Nitro on the same night..
  • ~~~This was made possible because RAW, was taped 6 days earlier, and Nitro was live..

    World Championship Wrestling - nWo
  • November 1997: Rick Rude contacted Eric Bischoff, voicing his displeasure over the way Bret Hart was treated in the WWF..
  • ~~~Considering the fact that Rude was paid per appearence, that meant he could go wherever he wanted..
  • ~~~November 17th: Rick Rude appeared on the taped edition of RAW, with a beard..
  • ~~~Just moments later, Rick Rude appeared on the live edition of WCW Monday Nitro, clean shaven!
  • ~~~Rude was announced to the world as the newest member of the nWo..
  • ~~~As soon as he was given a mic, he let loose on McMahon, and the WWF, by calling the federation the "Titanic"..
  • ~~~From that day forward, the "Rick Rude" clause became a part of WWF contracts, so they'd never have that problem again..
  • Rick Rude managed Curt Hennig while he was a member of the new World order..
  • 1998: Rick Rude dissappeared from WCW once again..

    Rick Rude's Life
  • Rick Rude began training for his ultimate comeback to a WWF wrestling ring..
  • Rick Rude was the only foreign talent to make the finals of G-1 Tournament in Japan..
  • April 20, 1999: Rick Rude passed away after a heart attack at the age of 40.....
  • Rick Rude was survived by his wife, Michelle, and three children..