Film: Ready To Rumble

"So, about 10 minutes into this film—which only wrestling fans would see—we've been insulted by being portrayed at the bottom rung mentally, emotionally, financially, and socially. Thank you, WCW; that's very thorough. Take a bow!"

Ready To Rumble is a 2000 film starring David Arquette and Scott Caan as Gordie Boggs and Sean Dawkins, a pair of friends who believe that Pro Wrestling Is Real. After they witness their favorite wrestler, Jimmy King (Oliver Platt) lose the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Diamond Dallas Page (Diamond Dallas Page), they decide to help their idol win back his title. Hilarity Ensues.

Tropes used in Ready To Rumble:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Sean and Gordie get picked on by all the other residents (save for Wendy, one of the waitresses at a fast food restaurant, and Mrs. MacKenzie, a kind old lady who swears a lot, both of whom are also wrestling fans) in their hometown for liking wrestling. Eventually, those very same residents become wrestling fans themselves towards the end of the movie.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Gordie's father while lecturing his son about why he shouldn't follow his dream to become a professional wrestler.
    "Just cause it's your dream doesn't make it right or noble or whatever! Charlie Manson was following his dream! Joseph Stalin, Michael Bolton, you get my point?"
  • As Himself: Many WCW wrestlers appear in the film as themselves, including Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Booker T, Curt Hennig, Sid Vicious, and Sting, as well as the official commentary team, referees, and the Nitro Girls.
  • Bad Boss: Titus Sinclair.
  • Berserk Button: The dup tend to flip a shit when ever anyone says wrestling is fake.
  • Big Bad: Again, Sinclair.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Goldberg, Booker T, Billy Kidman, and Disco Inferno, with Gordie shortly following by flying over the entrance ramp on a police motorcycle into the doors of the triple cage, run in to save King from Sinclair's goons. Sting also follows by knocking DDP off the top of the cage.
  • Big "NO!": Gordie and Sean do one when Bam Bam Bigelow, Perry Saturn, Juventud Guerrera, and Prince Iaukea execute the four post massacre on King, which leads him to losing the WCW Title to DDP.
  • Book Ends: The movie starts and ends at the Lusk Stop 'N Shop with Sean talking to three children about Jimmy King.
  • Cool Old Guy: Sal Bandini.
  • Expy: Three of the characters in this film are based on the following Real Life wrestling personalities.
  • Fat Bastard: King's son Frankie.
  • Finishing Move: Jimmy's is the "Crown", which looks like it hurts. It is basically a top-rope double axe handle.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Gordie is pressured by his father into becoming a police officer instead of following his dream to be a wrestler. In the climax, Gordie manages to follow his dream while dressing up as a cop, and earning his father's respect.
  • Honey Trap: Sasha does this to Gordie.
  • Idiot Heroes: Sean and Gordie.
  • I Warned You: Sean tries to warn Sasha (who tries to make amends with Gordie, only for him to brush her off for snitching on them to Sinclair and getting Sal Bandini injured) to not hang around the ring during the triple cage match. She brushes him off, and gets smacked in the face with a ladder being swung around wildly, while Sean tells her what she could've done to avoid that injury:
    Sean: Sasha...
    Sasha: Shut up, Sean!
    Sean: Sasha, you shouldn't -
    *WHAM!* (Sasha gets whacked in the face with a ladder)
    Sean: - stand so close to the ring when there's a ladder match going on.
  • Jerkass:
    • The shopkeeper at the beginning of the movie, as played by Ahmet Zappa. He gets his comeuppance at the end of the movie when Gordie, King, and Goldberg throw him through his own glass door.
    • Gordie's father originally qualifies as this, but he eventually becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold after watching his son on TV during the triple cage match at the end of the movie.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Gordie.
  • Large Ham: Gordie.
  • The Mole: Sasha.
  • Obligatory Swearing: This movie has some pretty strong profanity for a PG-13 movie, such as multiple uses of the word "pussy" (but being used as a dysphemism for "wuss" instead of female genetalia.)
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: As stated above, the two main characters believe so, but while this seems to be subverted early on, the movie isn't very clear on it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The scenario of King getting screwed by Sinclair was actually based on a real life issue between Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair. In April 1998, Flair was fired from WCW for allegedly no-showing a taping of Thunder. By the end of the year, Flair was back in WCW after filing a lawsuit against Bischoff.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Gordie and Sean discover that their hero is a drunken scumbag who left his wife and son and made off with his parents' mobile home, and attempt to reform him.
  • Smug Snake: Sinclair.
  • Straight Man: Sean.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After King regains the WCW Title, Sinclair has one at the end before Gordie and Sean throw him into the crowd to get ripped to pieces ("What are you talking about? I made wrestling! ME! I MADE THEM ALL!!!")
  • The Worst Seat in the House: Gordie and Sean get BOTH nosebleed seats and a column in front of them when they are at Nitro in Cheyenne.