|Ring name(s)||Smooth Operator|
The Halloween Phantom
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
The Ravishing One
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Billed weight||251 lbs. (114 kg)|
|Born||December 7, 1958|
St. Peter, Minnesota
|Died||April 20, 1999 (aged 40)|
|Billed from||Robbinsdale, Minnesota|
|Trained by||Eddie Sharkey|
Richard Erwin Rood (December 7, 1958 – April 20, 1999), better known by his ring name "Ravishing" Rick Rude, was a professional wrestler who performed for many promotions, most notably World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation, in the 1980s and 1990s. Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. St Peter is a city in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. Events 1303 - The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Alpharetta is an City in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Robbinsdale is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1303 - The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) A ring name is a Stage name used by a professional wrestler, or in some cases a Martial artist or boxer. Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional Sport, where all matches are scripted by the promotion's booking staff A professional wrestling promotion (also federation or fed) is a company or Business that performs regular shows involving Professional World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 He was a two time WCWA Heavyweight Champion, during his first reign it was known as the NWA American Heavyweight Championship.
Born in St. Peter, Minnesota, Rood attended Robbinsdale High School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota with Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, Curt Hennig, John Nord, and Barry Darsow, all of whom later became professional wrestlers. St Peter is a city in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. Robbinsdale is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. Tom Zenk (born Thomas Erwin Zenk on November 30, 1958 in Robbinsdale Minnesota) is a former American Professional wrestler Dean R Peters ( August 22, 1958 - December 15, 1998) was a Professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the Nikita S Koloff (born Nelson Scott Simpson March 9, 1959) is a former American professional wrestler who wrestled throughout Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig – February 10 2003 also known by the Ring name Mr John Nord (born October 18 1959) is a retired American professional wrestler. Barry Darsow (born October 6, 1959) is a former American professional wrestler perhaps best known as Smash one half of the Road Warriors 
After graduating from Anoka Ramsey Junior College with a degree in Physical Education, Rood began wrestling in 1983 as Ricky Rood, a babyface jobber. A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of Higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing In Professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as Heroic relative to the heel wrestlers who are analogous to villains In professional wrestling slang, the term job describes a losing performance in a wrestling match He started with Vancouver's NWA All-Star Wrestling before moving on to compete for Georgia Championship Wrestling and later Memphis-based Mid-Southern Wrestling. Vancouver (vænˈkuːvɚ is a coastal NWA All Star Wrestling is a former Canadian Professional wrestling promotion based in Vancouver British Columbia. Georgia Championship Wrestling was a Professional wrestling promotion whose self-titled TV program aired in the 1970s and 1980s on Atlanta Georgia superstation Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. He later left and joined the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions where he and a variety of tag team partners feuded with The Road Warriors. The National Wrestling Alliance ( NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent Professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA Jim Crockett Promotions was a Professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett Jr This article refers to the band For the wrestling term see Tag team. A Professional wrestling feud is a staged rivalry between multiple wrestlers or factions of wrestlers The Road Warriors were a Professional wrestling Tag team famously composed of Michael "Hawk" Hegstrand and Joseph "Animal" Laurinaitis He returned to Memphis Championship Wrestling in 1984, this time as "Ravishing" Rick Rude, an overconfident, arrogant heel managed by Jimmy Hart. In Professional wrestling, a heel is a Villain character In non-wrestling jargon heels are the "bad guys" in pro wrestling storylines. In Professional wrestling, a manager is a secondary character paired with a wrestler (or wrestlers for a variety of reasons Jimmy Ray Hart Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards * Manager of the Year in 1983 * Best Interviews  Rude feuded with Jerry Lawler and later his former partner, King Kong Bundy. Jerry Lawler (born November 29 1949 is an American Musician, Film Actor, Politician, professional wrestler and wrestling Chris Pallies (born November 7 1957) is an American professional wrestler, and Actor. 
Rude was hired by Championship Wrestling from Florida in December 1984, where he was managed by Percy Pringle and feuded with Billy Jack Haynes and Wahoo McDaniel, while teaming with Jesse Barr. Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF was the corporate and brand name of the Tampa Florida wrestling office existing from 1961 when Eddie Graham William Alvin Moody (born April 10 1954) better known by his Ring names Percy Pringle and Paul Bearer, is a former Professional Edward "Wahoo" McDaniel ( June 19, 1938 - April 18, 2002) was a Choctaw - Chickasaw Native American  After a year, he jumped to World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) along with Pringle, where he feuded with Kevin Von Erich and Chris Adams. World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW was a popular regional Professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth Texas. Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15 1957) is a retired Professional wrestler under the Ring name Kevin Von Erich of the Von This article is about the Wrestler, for the Cricketer, see Christopher Adams (cricketer Christopher Adams ( February 10 After losing the WCCW Championship to Adams in July 1986, he fired Pringle and briefly replaced him with his sister, Raven. He formed a short-lived tag team with The Dingo Warrior, but the Warrior turned on him and became a face. For the South Korean film Ultimate Warrior see Musa (film. For other uses see Warrior (disambiguation.
In September 1986, Rude returned to Jim Crockett Promotions and joined Manny Fernandez and his manager Paul Jones in their rivalry with Wahoo McDaniel. Emanuel "Manny" Fernandez (born July 27 1954 in Lovelady, Texas) is an American Professional wrestler currently wrestling for different Paul Jones (born Paul Frederick) is a retired Professional wrestler and manager  Rude and Fernandez, known collectively as the "Awesome Twosome", won the NWA World Tag Team Championships on December 6, 1986 from The Rock 'n' Roll Express, and they began a feud that ended only when Rude left the promotion for the World Wrestling Federation in April 1987. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA World Tag Team Championship is the premier Tag team title within the NWA framework Events 1060 - Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary 1240 - Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) The Rock 'n' Roll Express was a Professional wrestling tag team comprised of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson that was popular in the 1980s World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, To explain the sudden departure, Jim Crockett, Jr. aired a pre-taped non-title match where the Express defeated Rude and Fernandez and claimed that Rude had been injured as a result. Jim Crockett Jr (born 1944 is a former Professional wrestling promoter and the owner of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions
In the WWF, Rude was managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and feuded with "Mr. Raymond Louis Heenan (born November 1, 1944) better known as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, is a former American Professional Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, before starting one of his most famous feuds with Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Paul Orndorff (born October 29, 1949) is a retired professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation Aurelian Smith Jr (born May 30 1955 in Gainesville, Texas) is a second-generation American professional wrestler and  Rude had a routine where, before the match, he would make a show of removing his robe while insulting the males in the crowd and, after his victories, he would kiss a woman that Heenan picked from the fans.  In one storyline, he tried to get Roberts' real-life wife, Cheryl, to comply, aggravating Roberts.  On another occasion during the Roberts/Rude feud, Rude came to the ring with a picture of Cheryl stenciled on the front of his tights. A furious Roberts charged the ring and stripped Rude, appearing to television viewers to leave him naked, although the live audience saw him stripped to a thong instead.
Rude's next big feud was with The Ultimate Warrior and began in January at the 1989 Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a "Super Posedown" that ended with Rude attacking Warrior with a metal pose bar. For the South Korean film Ultimate Warrior see Musa (film. For other uses see Warrior (disambiguation. Royal Rumble (1989 was the second annual Royal Rumble Professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF and the first  With help from Heenan, Rude won the Intercontinental Championship from the Warrior at WrestleMania V, before dropping it back to the Warrior at SummerSlam 1989, due in large part to interference from "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE Intercontinental Championship is a Professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. WrestleMania V was the fifth annual WrestleMania Professional wrestling Pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF SummerSlam (1989 was the second annual SummerSlam Professional wrestling Pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation Roderick George Toombs (born April 17, 1954) Career After being expelled from junior high and having a falling out with his father Piper hit the  Rude then feuded with Piper, before resuming his conflict with the Warrior in the summer of 1990 after the Warrior had won the WWF Championship. This article is about the championship that is currently defended on the SmackDown brand of WWE The two battled in a cage at SummerSlam 1990, however Rude failed to win the title and departed from WWF in October 1990. Many types of matches, sometimes called "concept" or " gimmick matches" in the jargon of the business, can be found in the form of Performing SummerSlam (1990 was the third annual SummerSlam Professional wrestling Pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF  This departure came right before he was scheduled to feud with the Big Boss Man, which had its potential start when Rude started to make degrading comments about The Boss Man's mother. Raymond W Traylor Jr (May 2 1963 – September 22 2004 was an American professional wrestler. 
Rude returned to Jim Crockett Promotions, eventually known as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), as The Halloween Phantom at Halloween Havoc on October 27, 1991, unmasking himself later that night. Halloween Havoc was an annual Professional wrestling Pay-per-view produced by World Championship Wrestling from 1989 through 2000 Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar.  He founded and led The Dangerous Alliance, consisting of himself, Paul E. Dangerously, Madusa, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, and "Stunning" Steve Austin. The Dangerous Alliance was a heel Professional wrestling stable that made a name for itself in World Championship Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is an American entertainment producer most well-known for his former roles in Professional wrestling This article is about the professional wrestler and Monster truck driver for the ancient Greek mythological figure see Medusa Debra Ann Martin Anthony Lunde (born September 20 1958) better known by his Ring name Arn Anderson, is a former American professional wrestler Robert Lee "Beautiful Bobby" Eaton (born August 14 1958 is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, who made his debut in 1976 Lawrence (Larry Whistler (born December 5 1953 is a professional wrestler, better known by his Ring name, Larry Zbyszko. Steven Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18 1964 This defiance was often shown by Austin flipping McMahon off and incapacitating him with the Rude won the United States Championship from Sting and feuded with Ricky Steamboat, at one point giving Steamboat a kayfabe broken nose in a gang attack. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE United States Championship is a Professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. Richard Henry Blood (born February 28, 1953 in West Point, New York) In Professional wrestling, kayfabe (ˈkeɪfeɪb KAY-fayb) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as "real" that is the portrayal of professional 
In 1992, Rude and Madusa left The Dangerous Alliance and feuded with Nikita Koloff. Nikita S Koloff (born Nelson Scott Simpson March 9, 1959) is a former American professional wrestler who wrestled throughout Rude challenged reigning World Heavyweight Champion Ron Simmons on several occasions but did not defeat him. The World Championship Wrestling (WCW World Heavyweight Championship was a Professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling Ron Simmons at Florida State University, and played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the He was injured in December of that year and was forced to forfeit the United States Championship.  Rude returned alone in April 1993 and tried to reclaim the title from Dustin Rhodes, who had won it while he was injured. Dustin Patrick Runnels (born April 11 1969 is an American professional wrestler. The title was eventually held up after several controversial finishes to matches between the two, although Rhodes regained the title in a rematch. 
Rude switched his sights to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, making his intentions clear on August 28, 1993, when he was the guest on then-champion Ric Flair's "A Flair For the Gold" talk segment. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA World Heavyweight Championship is the primary Professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance Events 475 - The Roman General Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his Capital Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Richard Morgan Fliehr According to WWE and PWI Flair is an eight-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA Champion, six-time WCW Champion  Rude defeated Flair for the title in September 1993 at Fall Brawl. Fall Brawl was an annual Pay per view in World Championship Wrestling (WCW held in the month of September from 1993 through 2000  As WCW had recently withdrawn from the NWA, the title could no longer be called the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (WCW had purchased the belt itself, however). The title was renamed the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship, which Rude lost to Hiroshi Hase on March 16, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. The World Championship Wrestling (WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was a championship that took the place of the original NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a retired Japanese Professional wrestler who worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling, prior to transitioning to a position in the Events 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics.  Rude regained the title just eight days later in Kyoto, Japan. (IPA /kʲoːto / is a city in the central part of the island of Honshū, Japan. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics.  After dropping the title to Sting on April 17, Rude pinned Sting on May 1 in Fukuoka to become a three time champion. is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyūshū in Japan, across  Rude, however, injured his neck during the match; unable to wrestle, he was stripped of the title (with the storyline excuse that he was found to have used the title belt as a weapon in the course of the match).  Rude retired shortly thereafter. 
Rude collected on a Lloyd's of London insurance policy and did not compete in wrestling again until 1997, when he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as a masked man who harassed Shane Douglas, at one point spanking Francine. For the film see Lloyd's of London (film. Lloyd's of London is a British Insurance market Extreme Championship Wrestling ( ECW) was a Professional wrestling promotion that was founded in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1992 by Lucha libre ( Spanish for "free wrestling" is a term used in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking areas to refer to a certain form of Professional wrestling Troy Shane Martin (born November 21 1964) is an American professional wrestler and promoter, better known by his Ring name Francine Fournier (born February 19 1972) known simply as Francine is a former American Professional wrestling valet most He eventually unmasked and became a color commentator before later aligning himself, for a short time, with Douglas and his Triple Threat stable. A color commentator, sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the Broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the Play-by-play For the US Game show, see Triple Threat (game show; for American football see Triple threat man. During the ECW versus USWA / WWF inter-company competition, Rude helped Jerry "The King" Lawler defeat ECW mainstays Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman. The United States Wrestling Association or USWA was a Professional wrestling promotional organization based in Memphis Tennessee. Jerry Lawler (born November 29 1949 is an American Musician, Film Actor, Politician, professional wrestler and wrestling Thomas Laughlin In addition to his current role Dreamer is best known for the time he spent in the Philadelphia based Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW James (" Jim " Fullington Following the highly-publicised caning of Michael P
Rude later returned to WWF as the "insurance policy" of the D-Generation X stable (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna). D-Generation X (also known and spelled as Degeneration X, DX and D-X) is an on-and-off Professional wrestling Tag team (formerly Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22 1965 better known by his Ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American professional wrestler. Paul Michael Levesque better known by his Ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer on December 27 1972 is an American actress and retired professional wrestler. ,assisting with several sneak attacks on The Undertaker. Mark William Calaway (born March 24 1965 is an American professional wrestler, better known by his Ring name The Undertaker. He once again left WWF after the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997. The Montreal Screwjob was the real life double-crossing of defending WWF Champion Bret Hart by Vince McMahon, the owner of the Survivor Series (1997 was the eleventh annual Survivor Series Pay-per-view Professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation According to Bret Hart, Rude stayed in the locker room during Bret's confrontation with Vince McMahon, later calling Eric Bischoff and informing him what had happened was in fact real. Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2 1957 is a retired Canadian professional wrestler and Actor. Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27 1957) is an American Entrepreneur and former Professional wrestling booker, producer As Rude was not signed to a full-time contract with WWF, and was instead performing on a "pay-per-appearance" basis, Rude was able to negotiate a deal with Bischoff and WCW, in part due to his anger over the Montreal Screwjob. 
Rude appeared on both WWF Raw is War and WCW Monday Nitro on November 17, 1997. This article is about the television program You may be looking for the 1994 video game or the 2002 video game WWE Raw is WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly Professional wrestling program produced by World Championship Wrestling. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar A more clean-shaven Rude appeared on Nitro, which was live, and proceeded to criticize WWF, calling the company the "Titanic" (a reference to Titan Enterprises, as WWF's parent company was then known, as the "sinking ship"). Construction The Titanic was a White Star Line ocean liner built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland  An hour later on RAW (which had been taped six days earlier), Rude then appeared with a beard.  Rude also appeared on ECW's Hardcore TV during that weekend (November 14–16 as the show was syndicated differently depending on the market). Rude was still making ECW appearances while in D-Generation X. D-Generation X (also known and spelled as Degeneration X, DX and D-X) is an on-and-off Professional wrestling Tag team (formerly
In WCW, Rude became a member of the nWo, managing his friend Curt Hennig. The New World Order (commonly known as the nWo, the official typeset in the Logo) was a Professional wrestling stable that originally wrestled Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig – February 10 2003 also known by the Ring name Mr  When the nWo split, Hennig and Rude joined the nWo Wolfpac, and they tried to motivate Konnan to defeat Goldberg, who was undefeated at the time. Charles Ashenoff (sometimes seen Hispanicized as Carlos Ashenoff) (born June 6 1964 in Santiago de Cuba) better known by his Ring name, William Scott Goldberg 2 time United States Heavyweight Champion In early 1998 Goldberg defeated the likes of Brad Armstrong at SuperBrawl VIII When Konnan was defeated by Goldberg, Rude and Hennig attacked him, later joining nWo Hollywood, the rivals of the Wolfpac. By late 1998, both Rude and Hennig were off WCW TV due to injuries. Hennig had an ongoing leg injury that year, and Rude was thought to have had testicular cancer which later turned out to be a cyst. Testicular cancer is Cancer that develops in the Testicles a part of the Male reproductive system A cyst is a closed sac having a distinct membrane and Division on the nearby tissue. Curt Hennig returned to the nWo from his injury at Starrcade 1998 without Rude, who was still unable to appear on WCW. Starrcade (1998 was the sixteenth annual Starrcade Professional wrestling Pay-per-view event Rude was rumored to be training for a full time comeback to active wrestling in early 1999.
Rude died on April 20, 1999 after suffering heart failure. Events 1303 - The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) He is survived by his wife, Michelle and their three children.  The believed cause of death may have been an overdose of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and steroids. gamma -Hydroxybutyric acid, 4-hydroxybutanoic acid, GHB, or fantasy is a naturally-occurring substance found in the Central nervous  An autopsy report showed he died from an overdose of "mixed medications".  Rude testified in 1994 that he had used anabolic steroids to "build muscle mass and relieve joint pain". Anabolic steroids, or anabolic-androgenic steroids ( AAS) are a class of Steroid hormones related to the hormone Testosterone.