King Kong Bundy Vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler 
This match was cited as being a “special challenge” match, where for every minute Jerry “The King” Lawler could withstand being in the ring with Bundy, he would make $1,000. When the first minute ended, Lance Russel (legendary commentator) tells the Memphis crowd that one minute has already passed, which brought the audience to a roar of approval. This also caused Bundy’s manager, Jimmy Hart, to leap up to the ring to shout some encouragement and to remind Bundy what was on the line. While the match began with Bundy taking the weight to Lawler, Lawler never went down without a fight and began giving Bundy a hell of a brawl that only ended when Jimmy Hart and Rick Rude distracted Lawler and the referee long enough for Bundy to slip a chain around his fist and deck Lawler for the win, ending the match at 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
Anybody who has followed pro wrestling for 20 years or more has to wonder why Rick Rude isn’t in the Hall of Fame or doesn’t get the recognition he deserves from the WWE. The guy was an incredibly gifted performer. He never failed at getting the crowd to hate him! He made whomever he was wrestling at the time look like a million bucks and Superman at the same time.
If I had to pinpoint a specific example of why he isn’t in the Hall of Fame it would undoubtedly be the night he became the only person to appear on both Raw and Nitro. (With exception to the last ever Nitro.) More specifically Rude showed up on a live Nitro after appearing on a taped Raw earlier that same night. At this period in time Raw wasn’t aired live every week and that week’s episode had been taped the night before with Rude included, beard and all.
I imagine Vince McMahon was livid upon hearing a freshly shaven Ric Rude was live on the competition’s show. He had a gentleman’s agreement with Rude while the legal side of things were being worked out and I imagine he felt personally betrayed.
I’m not calling judgment on either side. I understand and appreciate both sides’ arguments. With the Montreal Screwjob a fresh wound on the wrestling industry at that point in time, you were either pro-Bret or pro-Vince/WWF. Rude felt Vince had screwed one of the boys over and Vince felt he did what he had to do to protect his company from folding. The hostility was very real on both sides.
To be honest it made for some great wrestling television. The surprise factor on a weekly basis during the Monday Night Wars and the Montreal screwjob meant you HAD to tune in or risk seeing nuclear bombs being dropped as witnessed here with Rick Rude.
If Rude is ever inducted in to the Hall of Fame I hope it’s beside his former manager and women’s wrestling legend Madusa. That would be something considering she’s the only person EVER to show up on WCW television with a WWF title- throwing it in a trashcan nonetheless! You just know McMahon took that one personally and I’m sure it’s the reason she also hasn’t been inducted!
In a world where both Bruno and the Warrior are in the WWE Hall of Fame it’s as good a time as ever for the WWE to include Ravishing Ric Rude on that list!
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