It was 15 years (this month) since the passing of wrestling legend Ravishing Rick Rude. The self-proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive”, Rude was known for having one of the best physiques in the history of professional wrestling. A physique he would gladly show off, along with his famous airbrushed tights.
In the glory days of the WWF, Rude would burst onto the scene in 1987 and was quickly one of the most hated superstars. And how could you not hate him. He would come out to cheesecake music, grab a microphone and belittle you, and then disrobe and grind his hips to prove not only he was more man than you, but he could also get your lady.
The really interesting thing about Rude was that he wasn’t like the other villains in the WWF back then. The stereotypical bad guy was known for talking tough, but then cowardly running away and cheating. Rude, however, was known for talking tough and being tough. This combination made him a serious contender which scored him a reign as the Intercontinental Champion and 3 WCW World Heavyweight Championships.
Despite his impressive career as in-ring competitor and his heated battles with the likes of Jake “the Snake” Roberts, The Ultimate Warrior and Sting, Rude is probably most known as the only superstar ever to appear on WWF’s Monday Night Raw and WCW’s Monday Nitro, at the same time.
Sadly Rude passed away on April 20, 1999 after suffering heart failure. It’s only a matter of time before he’s inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his amazingly entertaining career.