"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.
—OSW Review on Ready To Rumble
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.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: The duo tend to flip a shit when ever anyone says wrestling is fake.
- 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.
- Bookends: The movie starts and ends at the Lusk Stop 'N Shop with Sean talking to three children about Jimmy King.
- Four of the characters in this film are based on the following Real Life wrestling personalities.
- Some events of the movie were also based on real-life events:
- Sinclair screwing King is based off the Montreal Screwjob, with a little bit of Real Life Writes the Plot (see Trivia).
- DDP's bump through the cages is based off Mick Foley's famous bump from his Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker.
- King getting beat up by his own son Frankie is based off a similar storyline with Ric Flair and his turncoat son David.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Obligatory Swearing: This movie has some pretty strong profanity for a PG-13 film, such as multiple uses of the word "pussy" (but being used as a dysphemism for "wuss" instead of female genetalia.)
- Precision F-Strike: Sinclair. To Sting of all people.Sinclair: I will kill you if you fuck this up.
- 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.Gordie: Wrestling's NOT FAAAAAAAAKE!!!
- 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.
- 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 underneath them when they are at Nitro in Cheyenne.