Rick Rude is the greatest performer

Discussion in 'General WWE' started by endyourif, Jun 16, 2016.

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  1. Thought this was a good read. Includes some great images from Rude's wrestlemania match with the Warrior.

    I specifically remember the way Rude would walk around after taking an atomic drop. Priceless!

  2. Rude wasn't the greatest, but he was damn good once he was paired with Bobby Heenan and got his heel mannerisms down. What's funny about the Warrior feud is that prior to it Rude was mediocre at best in the ring. Yet, somehow, the two found great in-ring chemistry together and Rude used it to make himself a good worker, too.

    The reason the posedown between Rude and Warrior worked when others failed is it took itself just seriously enough but not too seriously like future attempts would (Trips/Steiner springs to mind). The banter between Heenan and Gene Okerlund as well as Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura also helped.
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  3. He was a beast.
  4. I've watched a lot of his work before, during and after his WWE tenure and I call bullshit on him being "mediocre" because his work even as a green Rick Rood was better than a lot of his work after his feud with Warrior. That's just my opinion.

    Also, he hit his greatest height when teaming with Manny Fernandez and being managed by Paul Jones. They had great matches, amazing promos and a great run with the NWA tag titles. He hit his physical prime in his last few years as an active wrestler. His time in the Dangerous Alliance was great, and I recommend everyone check out the War Games match I posted in the Classic Wrestling thread to see the peak of his prime :dawg:.

    He finally got his rightful world title push in WCW and had amazing matches especially with Sting and I personally like his work with Barry Windham for some reason, lol. And his last match was cool, but the set up was really poor and it ended up ending his career.
  5. Although I wouldn't classify Rick Rude as the greatest, he was definitely a great performer. Anyone who could put on an entertaining match with one of my least favorite workers of all time, the Ultimate Warrior, has got to be good at what he does.

    Honestly, I can't really think of much that he did that I did not enjoy.
  6. The match that ended his career. 1:18 is the injury.

  7. He was one of my favorites as far as guys that I've watched who were a little before my time.
  8. Fair enough. I haven't seen any of his work before the WWF, so I wouldn't know. Maybe he had trouble adjusting the WWF style in that first year and a half, then.