Rick Rude by Rob Schamberger © 2012 Rob. All rights reserved.

Rick Rude

Rick Rude painting by Rob Schamberger

Acrylic and spray on 24″ x 24″ wood

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude was one of the most popular wrestlers of his time, competing with the biggest names in the sport. Starting in the territories, he became the first ever WCWA World Champion when the WCCW broke from the NWA. In the WWF, he had notable feuds with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior, before heading to WCW. There he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World Title, becoming the first ever WCW International World Heavyweight Champion due to that promotion’s exit from the NWA. After suffering a serious back injury, he largely transitioned to being a manager, later becoming one of the original members of D-Generation X. Following the Montreal Screwjob and his disgust with that event, Rude jumped back to WCW and could actually be seen on both Raw and Nitro on the same night, due to Raw being taped. After a stint with the NWO, Rude’s injuries finally took him off TV.

While he is no longer with us, his reputation as one of the best talkers and workers in the business keeps him and his legacy alive with all of his fans.

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