Known for movies

Short Info

DiedApril 20, 1999, Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
SpouseMichelle Rood, Cheryl Holler
MarkAfter winning a match, would select a good looking female out of the audience to give a big kiss to in the middle of the ring.
FactProfessional wrestler

Rick Rude was born Richard Erwin Rood on December 7, 1958 in St. Peter, Minnesota, the second of four children of Richard and Joanne Rood. His father was a high school teacher and his mother was a homemaker. Rick was a star athlete in high school, playing football, basketball and track. He was also a talented musician, playing the drums in the high school band. After graduation, Rick attended the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship. He played for the Golden Gophers for two years before transferring to Moorhead State University, where he played for the Dragons. Rick graduated from Moorhead State with a degree in physical education.

Rick’s professional wrestling career began in 1982, when he was recruited by Verne Gagne to join the American Wrestling Association (AWA). Rick made his debut at SuperClash II, defeating Jesse Ventura. He quickly rose to the top of the AWA, winning the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from Jerry Lawler in 1984. He held the title for nearly a year before losing it to Curt Hennig.

In 1987, Rick made the jump to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He debuted at WrestleMania III, defeating Jim Neidhart. Rick quickly became one of the top heels in the WWF, winning the Intercontinental Championship from The Honky Tonk Man in 1988. He held the title for six months before losing it to The Ultimate Warrior. Rick feuded with Warrior for the next year, before moving on to other opponents. In 1989, he won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hulk Hogan, but lost it back to Hogan a few months later.

In 1991, Rick left the WWF and joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He quickly became one of the top stars in WCW, winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Lex Luger in 1992. He held the title for six months before losing it to Sting. Rick feuded with Sting for the next year, before moving on to other opponents. In 1994, he won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for a second time, defeating Hulk Hogan. He held the title until 1995, when he was forced to retire due to injuries.

Rick made a brief return to wrestling in 1997, when he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). He competed in ECW for two years before retiring again in 1999.

Rick Rude passed away on April 20, 1999 at the age of 40.

Rick Rude was one of the most charismatic and talented wrestlers of his generation. He was a three-time world champion, holding the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice each. He was also a one-time Intercontinental Champion and a one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion. In addition to his in-ring accomplishments, Rick was also a successful manager and commentator. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.

At the time of his death, Rick Rude’s net worth was estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRick Rude
DiedApril 20, 1999, Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Height1.91 m
Weight113.9 kg
ProfessionProfessional Wrestler
EducationAnoka-Ramsey Community College


SpouseMichelle Rood, Cheryl Holler
ChildrenRyan Rood, Merissa Rood, Colton Rood
ParentsSally Jean Thompson, Richard Clyde Rood
SiblingsNancy Natysin, Marcia Wheeler, Michael Rood, Sherry Rood, Kathy Carder


MoviesSummerSlam, ECW on TNN, WWE: SummerSlam 1989, Wrestling Gold: Vol. 3: We Like to Hurt People
TV ShowsWCW WorldWide, ECW Hardcore TV, Saturday Night's Main Event

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#Marks / Signs
1After winning a match, would select a good looking female out of the audience to give a big kiss to in the middle of the ring.
2Wrestling finishing move "The Rude Awakening"


1[addressing the fans before a match] What I'd like to have is for all you fat, out-of-shape sweathogs to keep the noise down while I take off my robe.


1During his early 90s run in World Championship Wrestling, Rude was nursing a broken arm. On a night out with some of his peers, he was offended when a night club bouncer informed him that he felt pro wrestlers couldn't be as tough as many thought. Looking to defend himself from the insult, Rude simply opened his hand and cracked the doorman over the jaw. Incredibly, even though he was striking with his weaker, non-broken arm, Rick Rude broke the bouncer's jaw.
2Took his marriage vows very seriously. He always wore his wedding ring even in the ring. He taped his finger.
3His finishing move, the Rude Awakening as actually a modified version of the DDT.
4In January 1985, he moved to the Florida region and accepted the managerial services of Percy Pringle.
5Was trained by Eddie Sharkey, who also trained the Road Warriors, Barry Darsow and Nikita Koloff (aka "Nikita Koloff").
6Notable title wins include Tennessee Southern Heavyweight title; Tennessee Southern tag team titles w/King Kong Bundy; Southern Heavyweight title; NWA Florida United States tag team titles w/'Jesse Barr'; NWA American Heavyweight title; WCCW World Heavyweight champion; World Class Championship Wrestling Television title; NWA World tag team titles w/Manny Fernandez; WWF Intercontinental title; WCW United States Heavyweight title; WCW International Heavyweight title.
7Sparked a huge controversy in 1997 when he appeared on the same night on WWF Raw Is War (which was taped) and WCW Monday Nitro (which was live)
8Former member of the Heenan Family & D-Generation X
9Former WCW US Champion & WWF Intercontinental Champion
10Professional wrestler



WCW/NWO Fall Brawl: War Games1998TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Monday Nitro1998TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW/NWO Uncensored1998TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF Friday Night's Main Event1997TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Spring Stampede1994TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW SuperBrawl IV1994TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XXVI1994TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW World Championship Wrestling1991-1993TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Battlebowl1993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XXV1993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Halloween Havoc1993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Beach Blast1993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XXIII1993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Slamboree 19931993TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XXI1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Halloween Havoc1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Beach Blast1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XIX1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW SuperBrawl II1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XVIII1992TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XVII1991TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Halloween Havoc1991TV MovieThe WCW Phantom / Himself
UWF Fury Hour1990TV Series 1990
Summerslam1990Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Saturday Night's Main Event1988-1990TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF Superstars1987-1990TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Royal Rumble1990Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Best of the WWF Volume 201989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
Summerslam1989Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF Challenge1988-1989TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Fan Favourites1989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
The Ultimate Warrior1989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
Royal Rumble1989Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Best of the WWF Volume 181989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
Best of the WWF Volume 191989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
The Brains Behind the Brawn1989VideoRavishing Rick Rude
Spectrum Wrestling1988TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Summerslam1988TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF: Wrestlefest 881988TV Movie'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Best of the WWF Volume 141987VideoRick Rude


WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 20082007Video Game shortHimself
Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains2007VideoHimself
WCW/NWO The Great American Bash1998TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE Raw1997TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Survivor Series1997TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF One Night Only1997TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWF in Your House: Ground Zero1997TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
ECW Hardcore Heaven '971997TV SpecialHimself
ECW Barely Legal1997VideoHimself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
Starrcade1993TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Fall Brawl1993TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Clash of the Champions XXIV1993TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Eastern Championship Wrestling1993TV SeriesHimself (1997)
WCW the Great American Bash1992TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WCW Wrestle War1992TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude- The Dangerous Alliance
Starrcade1991TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania VI1990TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie1989TV MovieHimself
Survivor Series1989TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude - The Rude Brood
WrestleMania V1989TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Survivor Series1988TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WrestleMania IV1988TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Royal Rumble1988TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The 37th Annual Slammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself (as Ravishing Rick Rude)
Survivor Series1987TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup1987VideoHimself
Starrcade1986TV Special'Ravishing' Rick Rude

Archive Footage

WWE Hall of Fame2017TV MovieHimself
United States Championsip-A Legacy of Greatness2016VideoHimself
The Best of Sting2014Himself
The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW2014TV Series documentaryHimself
WWE: United We Slam - Best of Great American Bash2014Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE Hall of Fame2014TV SpecialHimself
Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection2014Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE 2k142013Video GameHimself (as 'Ravishing' Rick Rude)
WWE: Goldberg - The Ultimate Collection2013Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: Triple H - Thy Kingdom Come2013Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: The Best of WarGames2013Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Barbed Wire City: The Unauthorized Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling2013Video documentaryRick Rude
nWo: The Revolution2012Video documentary'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE Saturday Morning Slam2012TV Series'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History2012Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions2012Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: Best Cage Matches2011Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The True Story of WrestleMania2011Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time2010Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Ricky Steamboat: The Life Story of the Dragon2010Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW2009Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE Legends of WrestleMania2009Video GameHimself
WWE: Summerslam - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12009'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: The History of the Intercontinental Championship2008Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: Hell in a Cell - The Greatest Hell in a Cell Matches of All Time2008Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: Royal Rumble - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12007Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
WWE: The New & Improved DX2007Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers2006Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon2006Video documentary'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts: Pick Your Poison2005VideoHimself
The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be2005Video documentaryHimself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22005Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior2005Video documentary'Ravishing' Rick Rude
The Rise & Fall of ECW2004Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Hulk Hogan: Hulk Still Rules2002Video documentary'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Wrestling Gold Vol. 2: The Maim Event2001Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Wrestling Gold Vol. 3: We Like to Hurt People2001Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Wrestling Gold Vol. 4: No More Mr. Nice Guy2001Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Wrestling Gold Vol. 5: Beat Me If You Can2001Video'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows1998TV Movie documentary'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Deadly Venom: The Best of Sting1993Video short'Ravishing' Rick Rude
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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