Rick Rude

It was announced on Monday that former WWE, WCW and ECW star, the late Ravishing Rick Rude, is the next inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame that will take place during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando.

It was also announced that WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat will be the one to induct Rude into the Hall of Fame in April.

Bleacher Report was the first to report on this news. Rude was a former WCW US Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion, WCW International Champion and NWA Tag Team Champion before passing away in 1999.

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  1. “Rude was a former WCW US Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion, WCW International Champion and NWA Tag Team Champion before passing away in 1999.”

    That should be WCW International World Heavyweight Champion as that was the full name of the title. It was just after the split between WCW and the NWA. The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was the WCW’s on screen name for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which was signified by the Big Gold Belt. Rude was also the first person to appear on RAW and Nitro simultaneously, doing so on November 17, 1997.

  2. The Val Venis of the late 80s and early 90s. It’s about time they put him in the Hall of Fame.

  3. About time, and well deserved. Such a great talent, and so many memorable feuds from 80’s WWF. He made that finishing neckbreaker look super cool, nobody did that better!

  4. Yes he was. In fact, in some areas that episode aired on Monday night after RAW and Nitro, so technically he was also all three on the same night.

  5. That was my point Rude was way established when Val Venus arrived – he copied Rude’s gimmick.

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