Rick Rude’s Last Match
The final match of Ravishing Rick Rude’s career as an active pro wrestler took place on May 1, 1994 in Fukuoka, Japan while working for NJPW. While wrestling Sting at the Fukuoka Dome, Sting did a running over the top rope dive. Rude caught Sting, but he had a mishap on an elevated board that surrounded the ringside area, blowing out his C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. Rude finished the match and won the WCW International Heavyweight Championship as scheduled with a kneedrop off the top rope after distraction from valet Lady Love (who worked his corner in those days only on Japan tours).