I first met Richard Rood in 1985, in The Championship Wrestling From Florida territory. The chemistry between us both in and out of the ring was instantaneous. He was a fantastic performer, and a dear friend as well. We left Florida for Dallas and World Class Championship Wrestling together, and shared an apartment for several months until I moved my Family there to be with me.

I have several stories in the STORYTIME archives section of my website that include Rick. Without repeating them here, there is absolutely no doubt that Rick was responsible for my break into The World Wrestling Federation. I will never be able to thank him enough for that. Who would have ever thought what the future held in store?

Rick passed away on April 20, 1999. I've lost way too many friends in this business.

Without a doubt, Rick left an everlasting impression on my heart. I am proud to add Rick's name to my Personal Hall Of Fame. I miss him dearly. May God Bless his fine Family.