Everyone really does sleep on Andrade Cien Almas not only is he a fantastic wrestler but he’s pretty much saved lives and careers (most notably Tetsuya Naito’s career) and created one of the most popular stables in wrestling Los Ingobernables all before he turned 25.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2017 [March 6th, 2017]
One of the most established superstars of his era, recognizable by fans young and old and someone who is unforgettable as they come, “Ravishing” Rick Rude is being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the Class Of 2017.
Rude began his career in Minnesota, where he went to high school with Tom Zenk, Nikita Koloff, John Nord, Barry Darsow, and his best friend, Curt Hennig. Rude began training under Eddie Sharkey after graduating college in 1982, when he began wrestling for Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. Within the first few years of his career, Rude would wrestle in Vancouver’s NWA All-Star Wrestling, Georgia’s GCW, Memphis’ CWA, the NWA, and Jim Crockett Promotions. In 1984, he returned to CWA as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, managed by Jimmy Hart. It was there that Rude feuded with Jerry Lawler in a feud that incited near-riots in Memphis.
Later in ‘84, Rude traveled to CWF in Florida where he was managed by Percy Pringle. It was this relationship that would help Pringle later in his career, when Rude would vouch for Pringle to be the manager of The Undertaker. Rude captured the NWA American Heavyweight Championship in WCCW in 1985, became a tag team champion in Jim Crockett Promotions in 1986 with Manny Fernandez, and debuted for the WWF in 1987 as a member of the Heenan Family. Within 3 years, Rude was managed by three of the greatest managers of all-time: Jimmy Hart, Percy Pringle/Paul Bearer, and Bobby Heenan.
It was in the WWF that fans became best acquainted with Rude on a national scale. Rude was involved in several high profile feuds, perhaps the most notable of which being against Jake “The Snake” Roberts. When Rude would enter the ring, he would make a show of removing his robe while insulting male members of the audience, and would celebrate victories by kissing a woman from the audience. On one occasion, Rude attempted to kiss Robert’s real-life wife, Cheryl, whom Rude wasn’t aware was Roberts’ wife. When Cheryl refused to kiss Rude, slapping him, Rude grabbed Cheryl by the wrist, leading to Jake running out to make the save. Their feud intensified shortly afterward when Rude took off his robe prior to a match to reveal a pair of tights with Cheryl’s face airbrushed on the front. In 1989, Rude began a feud with The Ultimate Warrior that led to a match at WrestleMania, where Rude defeated the Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
In 1991, Rick Rude made his WCW debut as a member of The Dangerous Alliance, where he was managed by Paul E. Dangerously (known today as Paul Heyman). Rude continued to be a top draw, feuding with the likes of Sting and Ricky Steamboat, even capturing the WCW United States Championship. In 1993, Rude captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair, which was changed to the WCW Internationa World Heavyweight Championship due to a break between WCW and the NWA. Rude traded the title back and forth between Hiroshi Hase and Sting before legitimately injuring his back during a match between himself and Sting.
Despite his in-ring career coming to an end, Rude continued to be featured in ECW, the WWF, and in WCW, where he finished out his career. His final WWF run was short-lived, but he was a founding member of D-Generation X. When Rude left for WCW, the WWE were still taping Raw a week in advance, so on November 17th, 1997, Rude appeared on Raw and Nitro in the same night, as well as an episode of ECW’s Hardcore TV, as he was still making appearances in ECW while in the WWF. Call my bluff if I’m wrong here, but I don’t think any other wrestler ever appeared on TV for all three companies in the same week. While in WCW, Rude was a member of the New World Order (nWo) where he managed his childhood friend, Curt Hennig. When the nWo split, Hennig and Rude joined the nWo Wolfpac.
To summarize, Rick Rude had a career that overshadows many. In a career that lasted less than 20 years, Rude wrestled for every top company in the United States, had a run in AJPW, and was a member of four of the top stables in wrestling history. He was featured on television by the top three wrestling companies in the United States, all within the same week, and was managed by some of the greatest managers in history. He feuded with all of the greats, and elevated everyone he had a chance to lock horns with. By all accounts, it’s easy to see why the late “Ravishing” Rick Rude is Hall Of Fame bound!
Kappas, roughly translated as “river children,” are river and lake dwelling creatures from Japanese folklore known for their bowl shaped head, trickery, and knack for manners. Do not let their turtley-physique fool you, as these creatures’ feet are as quick as their wits, especially if cucumbers are present.
Kappas appear different regionally, but are generally depicted as humanoid turtle/frog beasts, making them excellent swimmers. Kappas are one of the few species where a moist bald spot is hot stuff; a Kappa stores the water of the river they call home within the small divot on the crown of their head as their source of power. If a Kappa leaves its river and its bowl goes dry, the Kappa will lose its power and possibly die.
Their relationships with humans can be anywhere from fun to fearsome, with personalities ranging from flatulent jokester to murder-bent river-rapist. They go about their days passing gas, looking up women’s kimono’s, kidnapping children, or drowning and raping women. All in a days work for the Kappa. They’re also known for drowning livestock and wrestling horses in stables. That said, Kappas are very interested in human culture and custom, as they know fluent Japanese and adore good manners. It is said the easiest way to subdue a Kappa is by bowing as low as you can, as the Kappa must bow lower to be properly courteous, resulting in the spilling of the water from his brain-bowl. Or if you lack proper flexibility, challenge it to a wrestling match. If all fails, throw a cucumber its way, a food said to be more satisfying than children (or so I am told).
GROWING UP: Evolution: To me the idea behind Evolution was amazing. You had the legend in Ric Flair with tons of wrestling knowledge and experience. You had the present face of WWE in Triple H who was at the top of his game. You had the powerhouse in the breakout star, Batista. And then you had Randy Orton who was technically gifted and would go on to be one of the biggest names in WWE.
OF ALL TIME: The Shield: The Shield had everything you need to make a dominant faction. You had the high flyer and fast mover in Seth Rollins. You had a technically solid guy in Dean Ambrose who was also fantastic on the mic during his time in the Shield. And then you had the Powerhouse in Roman Reigns. And they had comrodery, you never saw a time when those three guys weren’t on the same page. Their first year in WWE on the main roster was nothing less than dominant.
CULLEN BUNN (W) • CORY SMITH (A) Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN! JEAN and JIMMY continue their assault on EMMA’s stronghold, trying to free their teammates…Meanwhile, CYCLOPS must fight to free himself from a particularly hellish mindscape. Can the X-MEN win against HYDRA when all hope is lost? 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Wait, I thought Emma was opposing Captain Hitler! Goddammit, you leave X-Men alone for five minutes and everything collapses in in-fighting. Like a wrestling power stable, I swear….
ACH burst into the major Indy scene this year, establishing himself in places like PWG and signing to ROH where he quickly became a fan favorite. Whether it’s his attitude, high flying ability or even DBZ, video game, and comic book references, he’s quickly embraced wherever he goes.
One of the best workhorses of the Indy scene today, AR Fox never disappoints when it comes to risking it all in every match he has. Whether it is in DGUSA/EVOLVE, CZW, Beyond Wrestling, or PWG, h makes it his goal to either steal the show or shock and awe. He’s one of the top guys to look out for in 2014.
One of the biggest draws in Indy wrestling, today. People continue to love him for being an asshole who loves to run his mouth. From his in-ring antics, to his Weekend Escapades (insert link), or his “Kevin Steen Show”(found on Highspots), people love to see him. His build and ability is what ultimately draws him and is why he’s my favorite wrestler.
Prince Devitt became a heel in a big way this year. Dumping his tag team partner and establishing arguably one of the best heel stables in wrestling today, The Bullet Club. His ability is what draws, but his heel tactics developed this year is an added bonus.
He’s a personal favorite of mine. A brash and cocky heel. His stint in the G1 Climax is what ultimately sold me on him as not only is he a very capable wrestler but oozes charisma. Him walking down the ramp with a different pair of girls every night, his antics with random ladies in the crowd, his overall swagger on the mic.
I was hoping he’d hit it really big in 2013 and he did. Established himself as one of the top faces in the company and the most over. Catchphrases galore as well as a new finisher. He’s been one of the most consistent workers in the WWE, today.
He’s one of the main reasons I watched NXT in 2013. His matches were always something to look out for every since he debuted on NXT TV. Whether he captures the NXT Title, gets called up to the WWE main roster or both, 2014 is poised to be a big year for him if 2013 is any indication.
Whether it is ROH or PWG, he is one of those guys that are “must-see”. Virtually sitting at the top of the Indies at the moment, his matches with the likes of Kevin Steen, Sami Callihan, Drake Younger, Michael Elgin, and Kyle O'Reilly have shown that he his arguably the best.
O-O-O-O'Reilly!!!!!!! Tag team champion in ROH and one of the best in PWG. His technical skill martial arts background is only rivaled by few in the Indies as well as the “Big Leagues”. Next to Adam Coles, his star burns the brightest and he’s going to burst into 2014 in a big way.
One of the most respected technical, hard-hitting wrestlers today, this has been a great year for Drew Gulak. From his matches in Beyond Wrestling and DGUSA, to his CZW Heavyweight Championship run, it’s hard to over look him now.
Johnny Gargano has had some great matches this year. From his match with Shingo in April for DGUSA, to his matches with Kevin Steen and Roderick Strong in PWG, to his most recent match against a debuting Chris Hero in November for DGUSA. One of those guys deemed as the future of the business which is a rightful claim.