Before I start, thought this was a great bit of knowledge courtesy of Hollywood J Blaq:
"Before I get to the gimmick, let's talk about the wrestler. From Robbinsdale, MN, he went to the same high school where some of the best technical and iconic wrestlers all came from with names like Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, Curt Hennig, John Nord, Joseph Laurinaitis and Barry Darsow. He was trained by Eddie Sharkey (the list is huge, but he has trained the original Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Tom Zenk, Bob Backlund, Jerry Lynn, Sean Waltman, Erick Rowan, Nord the Barbarian, Barry "Demolition Smash" Darsow, The Steiner Brothers, Madusa, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Austin Aries and a huge list of others."
What you loved:
- Heel - He was one of the best! Some of the things you said in reference to this: arrogant, swagger, his flexing and faces he made, the hip swivel, and dat mustache!
- Good Worker - He put on plenty of solid matches during his career. I mean he pulled good ones out of The Ultimate Warrior; that alone should give him credit.
- Tights - Who doesn't love gimmick/storyline-based tights? Things like: The Warrior's face, the IC Belt, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts wife's face. Heel turned up to 11 with that last one!
- Physique - One of the best ever, WWE loved cutting to women in the crowd for reactions.
- Finisher - "The Rude Awakening" bad-ass name, and move. A painful looking move to finish off his opponent.
My favorite comment goes to OOTer:
"Rude epitomized heel work. It was a shame that Vince never pushed him to what he should have been. Rude had the look to be a serious threat. He had the chops on the mic. His schtick every week got tons of heat. He could go in the ring."
What you loathed:
- Lack of Main Event Push - He should have received a big push while in the WWE. He could work a match with anyone, and get heat with the best of them. He didn't lack the typical "look" unlike Roberts/Piper, it's confusing why he didn't get that push.
- Gone Too Soon - A shame he left us at the young age of 40. His death was attributed in part to steroid use, which allegedly came from his...
- Injuries - His big negative was longevity, he had multiple injuries that derailed his career, which might be why he didn't get that big push. The major injury came in 1994 vs. Sting when Rude suffered a career-ending back injury during the match.
- Mullet - A couple of you weren't fans, it's definitely a dated look, but he rocked it pretty well for the time period.
Favorite comment goes to tkatt00:
"Longevity just wasn’t in the cards for Rude. His stints in both WWF and WCW were incredibly brief and he suffered a number of injuries along the way. Although he got a solid run as the Intercontinental Champion in WWF and as the "other" World Champion in WCW, he never felt like a featured player, which is a shame because he had star written all over him."
Lets check the poll! With 142 votes, Mr. Rude's average poll score is 4.3
Thanks, Cagesiders! Tomorrow's pick is one of my all-time favorites.