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Born in St. Peter, Minnesota on December 7, 1958, Rick Rood attended Robbinsdale High School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota with Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, Curt Hennig, John Nord, and Barry Darsow, all of whom later became professional wrestlers. After graduating from Anoka Ramsey Junior College with a degree in Physical Education, Rood began wrestling in 1983 as Ricky Rood, a babyface jobber. He started with Vancouver's NWA All-Star Wrestling before moving on to compete for Georgia Championship Wrestling and later Memphis-based Mid-Southern Wrestling. He later left and joined the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions where he and a variety of tag team partners feuded with The Road Warriors. He returned to Memphis Championship Wrestling in 1984, this time as "Ravishing" Rick Rude, an overconfident, arrogant heel managed by Jimmy Hart. Rude feuded with Jerry Lawler and later his former partner, King Kong Bundy. Rude was hired by Championship Wrestling from Florida in December 1984, where he was managed by Percy Pringle and feuded with Billy Jack Haynes and Wahoo McDaniel, while teaming with Jesse Barr. After a year, he jumped to World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) along with Pringle, where he feuded with Kevin Von Erich and Chris Adams. After losing the WCCW Championship to Adams in July 1986, he fired Pringle and briefly replaced him with his sister, Raven. He formed a short-lived tag team with The Dingo Warrior, but the Warrior turned on him and became a face. In September 1986, Rude returned to Jim Crockett Promotions and joined Manny Fernandez and his manager Paul Jones in their rivalry with Wahoo McDaniel. Rude and Fernandez, known collectively as the "Awesome Twosome", won the NWA World Tag Team Championships on December 6, 1986 from The Rock 'n' Roll Express, and they began a feud that ended only when Rude left the promotion for the World Wrestling Federation in April 1987. To explain the sudden departure, Jim Crockett, Jr. aired a pre-taped non-title match where the Express defeated Rude and Fernandez and claimed that Rude had been injured as a result. He wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1987-1990, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1991-1994, Extreme Championship Wrestling and a return to WWF in 1997, returned to the WCW from 1997–1998. Rick stood 6'3" (191cm) tall, and weighed 251 lbs. (114 kg). In his earlier matches, he shaved his body and had long, dark hair. Towards the end of his career, he cut his hair short, and went unshaven, sporting a furry matt of dark hair all over his body. That, along with his dark hair and moustache made him more sexy-looking as time went on. He always wore custom-made, colorful tights, often featuring images of beautiful women. (and sometimes men!) Rick Rude died on April 20, 1999 after suffering heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Michelle and their three children. The believed cause of death may have been an overdose of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and steroids. An autopsy report showed he died from an overdose of "mixed medications". Rude testified in 1994 that he had used anabolic steroids to "build muscle mass and relieve joint pain". The bouts on this DVD are all "squash" matches, where Rick totally dominates helpless jobbers. Includes the following matches, all shot in their entirety: Rick Rude vs. Lannie Poffo Rick Rude vs. Nito Gomez Rick Rude vs. Tony Durante Rick Rude vs. Bill Woods Rick Rude vs. Jim Evans Rick Rude vs. Dusty Wolfe Rick Rude vs. Red Tyler Rick Rude vs. Brady Boone Rick Rude vs. Jim Powers Rick Rude vs. Sonny Blaze Rick Rude vs. Johnny Rich Rick Rude vs. Joey Maggs Rick Rude vs. Jim Boss Rick Rude vs. Greg Sawyer Rick Rude vs. Ricky Nelson Rick Rude vs. Butch Malone Rick Rude vs. Ian Weston Rick Rude vs. Scott Allen Rick Rude vs. Chris Sullivan Rick Rude vs. Tommy Angel Rick Rude vs. Danny Deese Rick Rude vs. Ben Jordan Rick Rude vs. Davey Rich Rick Rude vs. Bobby Baker Rick Rude vs. Rico Federico Rick Rude vs. Frankie Lancaster Rick Rude vs. Buddy Ryan Rick Rude vs. Rick Hardrock Rick Rude vs. Kenny Kendall Rick Rude vs. Brian Armstrong Rick Rude vs. Mark Starr All images included with this description are actual scans from the video, they are not file copies. DVD runs approximately 2 hours.
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