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"...hit the music."
Cut the music.

What I'd like to have right now, is for all you fat, ugly, out-of-shape, internet geek, TV Troper sweathogs..... keep the noise down, while I take my robe off, and give the ladies a good look at the sexiest man alive.

He was born Richard Erwin Rood (December 7, 1958 – April 20, 1999), but he's far better known to fans of 1980s Professional Wrestling as "Ravishing" Rick Rude, the Sexiest Man Alive. Rude had a nearly two-decade career that spanned many different companies including the WWF (now WWE), ECW and WCW. He is best remembered for his chiseled physique, his narcissistic Heel persona, his feuds with Jake Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior, and his microphone skills. He's also remembered by fans of 1990s wrestling for his post-Montreal Screwjob Take That! at the WWF, where he managed the rare feat of appearing on Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro on the same night (Nitro with his trademark mustache; Raw an hour later with a full beard since it had been taped days earlier).

Rude passed away in 1999 from heart failure, but left a very influential legacy on later generations of wrestlers. He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. You can read more about his career at That Other Wiki.


"What real sexy tropes are supposed to look like":

  • The Ace: Had legit boxing and arm-wrestling credentials, and was very strong in Real Life.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Arch-Enemy: Before the storyline was aborted, Jake Roberts. Rude's most remembered Arch-Enemy nowadays is the Ultimate Warrior, with whom Rude had a high-profile feud in 1989. They later main-evented at SummerSlam 1990.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In 1997.
  • Badass Longrobe: Rude was second only to Ric Flair in terms of fancy-looking robes.
  • Camp Straight: His in-ring character was a little effeminate to say the least, but he only had eyes for the ladies. He was also legitimately one of the toughest guys in wrestling and could knock a person cold with just a slap.
  • Career-Ending Injury: While wrestling Sting at a Japan match in 1994, Sting took a giant leap off the ropes at Rick. Rude came down on a raised corner of floor, fracturing a vertebra and bringing his wrestling career to an abrupt end.
  • The Casanova: Ya think?
  • Catchphrase: "Cut the music.note  What I'd like to have right now is for all you fat out-of-shape sweathogs, keep the noise down while I take my robe off and show the ladies what a real man looks like. Hit the music."
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  • Censor Box: In a famous incident on Superstars, Rude wore tights with the face of Jake Roberts' (now ex) wife, Cheryl, on them. Jake responded by running out and ripping them off of Rude right in the middle of the ring. Rude was wearing a g-string underneath, but his entire groin area got the Censor Box treatment making it seem even more risque on TV.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: He did commentary for the Tommy Dreamer-Raven Loser Leaves ECW Match at WrestlePalooza 97. During the obligatory Beulah McGillicutty-Chastity Catfight sequence, he said, "Maybe they'll [LONG BLEEP!]"
  • Everyone Went to School Together: He, The Road Warriors and Barry Darsow all trained at Eddie Sharkey's school at the same time.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: To Shane Douglas in ECW in 1997, making this a rare case of a heel pulling this on another heel.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Set a standard for this trope in wrestling.
  • Finishing Move: A modified neckbreaker dubbed the Rude Awakening.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Suffered a neck injury right before WCW Starrcade 92, where he was scheduled to challenge, and, most likely, defeat Ron Simmons for the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
    • Suffered a back injury against Sting in Japan in 1994 which ended his in-ring career.
  • Important Haircut: Rude cut his mullet off in mid-1990, and it also shifted his character from a hapless lothario to legit tough guy. While he left the company later in the year, he kept this look (and persona) for the rest of his career.
  • Improbable Weapon User: (As a member of DX): His briefcase, and once threw coffee in the Patriot's face as he made his way out to the ring for a match.
  • Insult Backfire: Before his match with Cactus Jack at a WCW house show in New York City on April 14, 1993, Rude said, "What I'd like to have right now is for all you fat, out-of-shape, inner-city SCUMBAGS to keep the noise down so the ladies can see what a real sexy man looks like." Then Cactus came out and got on the mic and said, "What I'd like for now is for Rick Rude to keep the noise down so I can show everyone what a fat, out-of-shape, inner-city SCUMBAG is supposed to look like!" Jack even did some poses to the cheers of the crowd.
  • It's All About Me: Bobby Heenan claims that he and Rude didn't get along because Rude was afraid that Heenan would steal Rude's heat.
  • Jerkass: Was a Heel for the majority of his career.
  • Kavorka Man: A rare sex symbol heel for the time.
  • Large Ham: Not to the extent of, say, Roddy Piper or Randy Savage, but in his own way, Rude relished the spotlight.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Even during his self-absorbed heel promos, cameras would cut to women in the crowd who were just drooling over the guy.
  • Pornstache: It's so 80s. He briefly shaved it off and had no facial hair in late 1992 but it looked so out of place that he quickly grew it back. He had a beard in his brief WWE stint in 1997 and had his trademark moustache when he showed up on Nitro.
  • Power Stable: Several.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Smooch of Victory: After finishing off Jobbers, he liked to pick a pretty girl out of the audience to give a kiss to. Unfortunately for Rude, one night he picked out Cheryl Roberts, then-wife of Jake Roberts.
  • Tag Team: The Awesome Twosome, with "The Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez.
  • Take That!: His aforementioned Nitro/Raw stunt is one of wrestling's most notorious of these. And that's not even taking into account the promo he cut on Nitro.
  • Theatrics of Pain: In his day he could take any opponent of any skill level and make them look like a million bucks with his ability to sell.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rude's 1991 debut in WCW made an immediate impact and he became a top heel almost instantly, in contrast to his comparatively lighter role in the WWE.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: He had tights for almost every occasion, normal ones sometimes, and ones he wore to mock his opponents, whether it be his enemy airbushed on them or it being the wife of his enemy.

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