• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 20, 1999) – WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1999, we lost Old School WWF Legend “Ravishing” Rick Rude (Real name: Richard Rood) at the age of 40 due to an accidental overdose.
Rude wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1987 until 1990 and then went to Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1991.
His great career was cut short due to an injury that happened during a match against Sting in 1994, but even after retiring from active professional wrestling, Rude still appeared as a manager on WWF Television, where he managed D-Generation X, and later on WCW TV where he became a non-wrestling member of the nWo New World Order.
Still to this day, Rick Rude’s physique is unmatched in the wrestling business, so his body is considered one of the best in professional wrestling history.
In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his old WWF/WCW rival Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
† REST IN PEACE RICK RUDE!
December 7, 1958 – April 20, 1999
• Chris Jericho Says He’ll Still Be Younger Than Current Undertaker When His AEW Contract Expires
During a recent interview with Gary Cassidy, Old School WWF Legend and All Elite Wrestling Superstar Chris Jericho was asked how long he plans to wrestle.
Below is what Jericho said:
“I’ll know when I know. All I can say is the last match I had at the Tokyo Dome was one of the best matches on the show. As long as I can keep delivering, that’s all that matters to me.
The days of wrestling 100 times a year are done. I don’t want to do that, I’m not interested in that. The way that I feel right now, I want to continue having great matches that mean something.
Nothing against the fine people of, you know, Poughkeepsie, New York, or Kirriemuir, Scotland, or wherever, those days of going to those towns are done. Do I have ten more matches in me? 100 matches? 500? I don’t know!
I do know that when I finish this contract, I’ll still be younger than The Undertaker, and he just signed a new contract, so it all depends on how I feel and I never wanted to be less than what I considered to be my best.
The reason I’m still able to do it is because I really limit my matches and pick my spots. I think that was a smart move to be able to continue at a high level because I’m not cashing in all my chips on a yearly basis – and it’s been working!”
Jericho is currently 48 years old and he signed a 3 year deal with All Elite Wrestling. The Undertaker is 54 years old at the moment.
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