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Richard Erwin Rood (born December 7, 1958), better known by his ring name "Ravishing" Rick Rude, is an American professional wrestler.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

WrestleMania V (1989)

Rude and Warrior were booked to face each other in a "Super Posedown" at Royal Rumble on January 15, 1989. The winner had to be decided by a fan reaction, where Warrior won the posedown. After the posedown, a furious and angry Rude attacked Warrior. This led to a feud between the two and an Intercontinental Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania V.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Time-Limit Draw Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan), Jake Roberts Atlantic City, New Jersey IV First round tournament match March 27, 1988
Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) Ultimate Warrior Atlantic City, New Jersey V Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship April 2, 1989
Rick Rude Jimmy Snuka Toronto, Ontario VI Singles match April 1, 1990

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • DDT – 1984–1987 used as a signature thereafter
    • Overhead gutwrench backbreaker rack – 1987–1988
    • Rude Awakening (Delayed hangman's neckbreaker with theatrics) – 1988–1997
  • Signature moves
    • Delayed backbreaker
    • Diving knee drop
    • Figure-four leglock
    • Spike piledriver
  • Nicknames
    • "The Ravishing One"
    • "Ravishing" Rick Rude
  • Entrance themes
    • "Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier (CWA)
    • "Smooth Operator" by Sade (WCCW)
    • "The Stripper" by David Rose (WWF/ECW)
    • "Arms Of Fire" by Jim Horn (AJPW)
    • "Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565" by Johann Sebastian Bach (as The WCW Phantom) (WCW)
    • "Big Brother" (WCW; 1991-1992 by Kosinus Music)
    • "Simply Ravishing" (WCW, 1992-1994)
    • "Simply Ravishing" by Harry Slash (ECW)
    • "Turn Up the Radio" by Autograph (ECW)
    • "Break It Down (V1)" by The DX Band, used November 10, 1997 (WWF; as a member of the D-Generation X)
    • "Rockhouse" from the Focus Music library (WCW; as a member of the nWo)
    • "Striptease" by Jim Johnston (WWE)

Championships and accomplishments

  • Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) – with Manny Fernandez
    • Nintendo Top Ten Challenge Tournament (1992)
  • World Class Championship Wrestling / World Class Wrestling Association
    • NWA American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCWA Television Championship (1 time)
    • WCWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
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