Dirty Coward: He stood out from the crazy brawlers in ECW by the fact that he would take advantage of the referees to pull a chain or other object out of his boots, even though there were very few ways to get disqualified, and that wasn't one of them.
During the build to ECW Barely Legal, April 13, 1997, a masked man who was pretty much believed to beRick Rude was threatening Shane and promised to unmask if Douglas successfully defended his ECW World Television Championship against Pitbull #2 (w/Pitbull #1) at the PPV. Douglas won his match, and what was believed to be Rude's voice came over the sound system, saying that he'd take his mask off, but Douglas has to "give up the girl" (Francine) or he'd give Douglas "the ass-kicking of a lifetime." The masked man then walked out in Rude's trademark robe. Shane pushed Francine toward him. The masked man kissed Francine, who, believing it was Rude, appeared to pass out in delight. Then, one of Douglas' riot guards unmasked, revealing himself to be Rick Rude. The masked man unmasked and took off his robe, revealing, instead, Douglas' Triple Threat ally "Bulldozer" Brian Lee, who then chokeslammed Douglas. Douglas, Chris Candido and a clearly disgusted Francine ran off, vowing revenge.
After a few more months of making trouble for Douglas for his own amusement (including pulling up Francine's dress to reveal her panties during Douglas' match with Chris Chetti at Buffalo Invasion on May 17), he surprisingly turned on Tommy Dreamer and the Sandman in a six-man-tag against Rob Van Dam, Sabu and Jerry Lawler at Heat Wave on July 19, giving the Triple Threat handsign. Douglas defeated ECW World Heavyweight Champion Sabu and Terry Funk in a three-way-dance to win the title at ECW's second PPV, Hardcore Heaven, on August 17. This led to Rude becoming a manager for the Triple Threat (now, Douglas, Candido and Bam Bam Bigelow, w/Francine) and handpicking opponents for him, as thanks for Douglas giving Rude one night with Francine. Douglas defeated Al Snow, Balls Mahoney and Phil LaFon. Then came the October 16th show at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, NY. Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who "ran roughshod over the WWF." Douglas asked, "You got me the Boy Toy?"note This was during the time when, due to the interpromotional relationship between ECW and WWE, Rude was going back and forth working with both Douglas and his hated enemy Michaels, stemming from Douglas' run-ins with the Clique in WWE in 1995 as Dean Douglas. Then, "Welcome to the Jungle" started playing, with Douglas doing a great Eye Take, as BAM BAM BIGELOW was revealed to be Douglas' opponent, meaning that Rude had tricked Douglas TWICE in SIX MONTHS.
Smug Snake: He once hyped a title defense against the Sandman by promising that if, after the match was over, he was "not recognized by this damn company as its champion," he'd give the crowd "Francine, naked, in the middle of the ring, until the end of the night," with Francine sarcastically blowing a kiss at the camera.
Take That: Dean Douglas was originally scheduled to face Ahmed Johnson at WWF in Your House 5: Season's Beatings, December 17, 1995. However, he claimed he had a back injury and brought in as his replacement his "graduate student," "The Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, who walked out in a fancy robe and to music that bore a distinct resemblance to Flair's. Ahmed squashed Landel in 42 seconds. The whole thing was an In-Joke/Genius Bonus for those Smart Marks who knew of Douglas' hatred for Ric Flair, as it was a guy with the same gimmick and music getting squashed like a bug.
The Rival: Reformed the original Triple Thread in the International Wrestling Cartel after Bubba the Bulldog started a new Triple Threat.