Getting over in the mid-card
Join Date: Jan 2006
Re: Rick Rude
Always said Rick Rude was a great in ring worker and one of the greatest heels of all time but he was unfortunate in his initial WWE run that he was there when Hulk Hogan was as no one was going to be WWE champion whilst he was there. I believe that from the minute Hulk Hogan won the WWE title for the first time in 1984 all the way through to 1992 when he first left only five people in Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Andre The Giant, The Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker held the WWE title at all which kind of shows how dominant Hulk Hogan really was pushed as on screen.
It wasn't a surprise that Rick Rude had much more success in WCW because WCW was always the workers company and emphasized in ring quality whereas WWE was more focused on characters and storylines. I remember watching Halloween Havoc when Rick Rude debuted as The Phantom and squashed Tom Zenk which was the starting point for The Dangerous Alliance stable consisting of Rick Rude, Stunning Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbysko, Bobby Eaton, Paul Heyman and Madusa which is probably the most underrated stable ever.
He did actually become a World champion which was at a time when WCW were fully trying to break away from the NWA and become their own company with their own identity and titles and Rick Rude was their first ever World champion after beating Ric Flair at Fall Brawl in 1993 but it was called the WCW International World title and he actually won it for the third time in his last ever match against Sting in Japan. Rick Rude had to retire after that match though because he hit his back on part of the platform outside the ring but he had a good career and ended up a three time World champion, former Intercontinental champion, former US champion and will always be regarded as one of the very best heels of all time.