What I’d like to have right now, is for all us of fat, out of shape, wrestling fans, is to keep the noise down, while we celebrate the life of one Ravishing Rick Rude.
I’ve been a Rick Rude fan, ever since I first saw him in WCCW, when he was managed by Percy Pringle III, and came out to Sade’s “Smooth Operator” for his entrance music. He was arrogant, but he kicked ass, and beat up the Von Erich’s. I didn’t mind the Von Erich’s, but whoever was a heal against them, they stepped it up a notch. They had heat with the Fabulous Freebirds, Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, and eventually, Rick Rude.
Rude did make a brief stop in the NWA, where he was still a badass, but I personally didn’t see him clicking with Manny Fernandez, even though they won the tag team titles.
I think my fandom hit an all time high when he showed up in the WWF, being introduced as part of the Heenan Family. He had great feuds with Jake Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior, making him one awesome heel.
After listening to the podcast Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson, they did an episode on Rick Rude, with his induction this year into the WWE Hall of Fame. Lots of great stories, and the prank Jake Roberts played on him was cruel, but at the same time, pretty funny.
One of the things that came up on the podcast, was his untimely death on April 20th, 1999. An idea popped in my head, as I don’t hang out with Mary Jane on 4/20, is that us wrestling fans can use this as a day of remembrance and celebration of Ravishing Rick Rude.
So to honor The Ravishing One, go watch some You Tube videos for Rick Rude, watch some matches on the WWE Network, take off your robes and show the ladies what a real sexy man looks like, swivel your hips and/or fling your sweat at the ladies. Definitely download the Rick Rude episode on Something to Wrestle.
Let’s make 4/20 Simply Ravishing Day