Rick Rude

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

Aliases - Rick Rood

Athletic background - Arm Wrestling (World Level)

Teachers - Ed Sharkey

Professional background - Memphis(`84), Florida(`84/`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)

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

Peak Years - `86-`92

Career Highlights -
- Defends his WCWA World title against Bruiser Brody in one of WCCW's last big shows
- Teams with Manny Fernandez to feud with the Rock-N-Roll Express over the NWA Tag belts
- Headlines Summerslam `90 wrestling WWF World Champion, The Ultimate Warrior, in a cage match
- Is brought into WCW as the man to take out the top babyface, Sting
- Defeats Masahiro Chono to win the G-1 tournament and the NWA championship

Finisher(s) -
- Rude Awakening (Neckbreaker)

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

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 4
aerial - 2
power - 7
strikes - 6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 10
selling - 9
bumping - 7
carrying - 10
heat - 9
legacy - 5

Serious Injuries - C-4 and C-5 Vertebrae (Required Surgery)

Place in History - "Ravishing" Rick Rude is easily on the top heels of the 90s, when wrestling in the US 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 substanitial. 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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