Rick Rude is considered by many to be the greatest wrestler to never become the WWE World
Champion. However, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude will be remembered for his bold persona, at a time when
WWF was a more cartoonish product.
Rick Rude was known for selecting women from the audience that met his personal liking. On one
such occasion, he picked out a woman who turned to be Jake Roberts’ wife, Cheryl. This would start
off an angle between Rick Rude and Jake Roberts that is remembered fondly, to this day.
In 1989, Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior began a feud that ended with him becoming the
Intercontinental Champion, leading to a long, drawn out feud. Rick Rude would then go over to
WCW for what was a very promising run.
Unfortunately, during the course of his WCW run, he would be injured during the course of a match
where Rude’s back collided with the back of a sharp, raised platform. Rick Rude would have to retire
from sports entertainment at this juncture owing to his injuries. Rick Rude would move over to ECW
and then be a part of DX during the height of the Monday Night Wars, changing the game forever.
Rick Rude would appear on both RAW and Nitro on the same night. He would become a part of the
now, but have to retire on account of his injuries. Rick Rude would die in 1999 owing to heart failure.
He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the year 2017.