Wrestling’s Rude Will Be Remembered

Park City Daily News – May 14, 1999

Rick Rood, known in wrestling as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, started his career with the U.S. Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tenn.

His feud with Austin Idol is legendary.

Rude held various USWA and World Class Championship Wrestling regional titles, but his first major championship was the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship with “The Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez.

They defeated the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in December 1986 and lost the titles back to them in May 1987.

Rude left the NWA and arrived in the World Wrestling Federation in fall 1987.  On April 2, 1989, Rude won his first major singles title by dealing The Ultimate Warrior his first defeat in the intercontinental championship during WrestleMania 5 in Atlantic City.

Rude lost that title four months later in a rematch at SummerSlam in East Rutherford, N.J.

In October 1991, Rude signed with World Championship Wrestling.  Three weeks later, during the Clash of the Champions in Augusta, Ga., Rude defeated Sting to win the U.S. championship.

Rude went on to become the most dominant U.S. wrestling champion of all time.  He was stripped of the U.S. championship in January 1993 because of a neck injury.

During the first pay-per-view Fall Brawl, Rude defeated “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to win the international championship belt.  In April 1994, during Spring Stampede in Chicago, Ill., Rude lost the international title to Sting.  In a rematch for the championship in Fukuoka, Japan, Rude severely injured his neck and was released by WCW.

Rude spent the next few years working with Extreme Championship Wrestling and the WWF but came back to WCW for permanent work with longtime friends Curt Hennig and Scott Norton of the New World Order.

Rude suffered a massive heart attack April 20 at his home in Atlanta, and died a short time later.  Wrestling fans will never forget “Ravishing” Rick Rude and his accomplishments.  God bless him and his family.  Rude was 40 years old.

  • ECW: ECW’s pay-per-view Hardcore Heaven ’99, live from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is Sunday. ECW doesn’t get as much exposure as WCW or WWF and its pay-per-views aren’t as expensive.  You’ll get your money’s worth.
  • WWF: “Over the Edge” pay-per-view, live from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., is May 23.
    Tickets for Sunday Night Heat, which will be June 13 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Arena, are on sale.
    Thanks to Tracy Drew and John May for this week’s ECW and WWF information.
  • WCW: WCW Slamboree pay-per-view was Sunday. Raven and Saturn won the WCW World Tag Team titles.
  • Trivia: “Ravishing” Rick Rude won the NWA World Tag Team championship with Manny Fernandez. What was their team name and who was their manager?
  • Last week’s answer: The main event of the first Spring Stampede was Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat.
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