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"Ravishing" Rick Rude (1958-1999)

        
    

Real Name - Richard Erwin Rood
Lifespan - 12/7/58 - 4/20/99
6'4" 240 lbs. - Robbinsdale, MN

Athletic Background - Arm Wrestling (World Level), Boxing

Teacher(s) - Ed Sharkey

Professional Background - Memphis(`84), Florida(`84) SECW[Alabama](`85), Florida(`85), WCCW(`85-`86), JCP/NWA(`86-`87), WWF(`87-`90), All Japan(`90-`91), WCW(`91-`93), ECW(`97), WWF(`97), WCW(`97-`99)

AliasesRick Rood

Groups - Paul Jones Army, Heenan Family, Dangerous Alliance, Degeneration-X, nWo Hollywood

Peak Years - `86-`92


Finisher(s) - 
- Rude Awakening (Neckbreaker)
- Rude Awakening (DDT)

Favorites -
- Flying Kneedrop
- Piledriver
- Side Russian Leg Sweep
- Lariat
- Forearm


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying10 
 Heat
 Legacy


  
Place in History - Ravishing" Rick Rude is easily on the top heels of the 1990s, when wrestling in the United States was a low point, he was at a professional high. While he'd struggled to improve for years, Rude picked up his game when the WWF brought him on board. Rude came in as a good-looking heel with great charisma and slightly above average in-ring ability. He, unlike the majority of workers the WWF brought in, improved substantial. The company had no interest in him as top guy despite his excellence in carrying some pretty shabby wrestlers. In WCW, Rude as pushed hard and allowed to tour with New Japan, which meant for the best matches of his career. After a serious back injury, Rude retired. One of the few wrestlers with a Lloyds of London policy, Rude contemplated returning to the ring right up until his death in 1999. Remembered best for his incredibly cut abs, signature hip swivel and ring introduction, Rick Rude was one of the toughest men to ever get in the ring and one of the best who never hit it huge but probably could've and should've.
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