"Growing up as a kid I was a fan of Rick Rude, those kind of guys I was always drawn to," said Dillinger. "They were larger than life characters and really grabbed my attention. Rick Rude was on the top of that list. I thought everything about the guy screamed mega-star."
Dillinger continued, "To have him inducted into the WWE, I don't know why it's personal to me, I guess he was such a big part of my life growing up, I feel a sense of accomplishment, and pride, that this guy I idolized growing up is now in the Hall Of Fame. His career is officially validated, this guy will last forever through the record books. I think to his family and everyone else that is a fan over Rick Rude, this is a long time coming and it's a wonderful thing the WWE is doing for him."
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