WWE Hall of Fame: The Case for Rick Rude

Kendrick BryanContributor IIJanuary 31, 2011

On April 2, the 2011 class of inductees of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame will be enshrined. The Class of 2011 will be honored in Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

Shawn Michaels leads the group of this year’s inductees, but the WWE has not named who will be joining him. Lex Luger, Ron Simmons, Sting and Jake “The Snake” Roberts are rumored to join Michaels on stage.

However, only one possible inductee would be able to help the class be known as ravishing: Rick Rude (1958-1999).

Rude competed for a number of promotions including WWE, the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wresting, World Class Championship Wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance. Hall of Fame member Bobby Heenan famously managed Rude during his run in the WWE.

The Minnesota native is remembered for notable feuds with the Ultimate Warrior and Ric Flair. He is also known for being a member of D-Generation X with Michaels, Triple H, Chyna and Sean Waltman (X-Pac).

In Nov. 1997, Rude also made history by appearing on WCW Monday Nitro as well as Monday Night Raw on the same day. Rude later joined the New World Order (nWo), a faction led by Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

Rude passed away in April of 1999 due to a heart attack. His career may have been cut short, but his credentials as a WWE Intercontinental Champion and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion should easily land him a spot on the WWE Hall of Fame roster.