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-->''"And earlier, we saw Ricky Morton take a great deal of punishment, but he was able to make the tag."''

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-->''"And earlier, we saw Ricky Morton take a great deal of punishment, but he was able to make the tag."''
-->-- '''Wrestling/JimRoss''', ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Main Event'', February 11, 1990[[note]]The Rock N Roll Express defeated [=The MOD Squad=].[[/note]]



In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing Ricky Morton". The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary [[Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress Rock N Roll Express]] tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.

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In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing Ricky Morton". Morton." The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary [[Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress Rock N Roll Express]] tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.



You might see heels get to play Ricky Morton too, which sets up a story where the face beats the heel around to make the fans happy, the heel tags in his fresh partner (who creams the tired face), and the face finally tags in his partner (who creams the heels and wins the match). This has a pretty good narrative flow to it. Another twist is for both sides to play Ricky Morton ''at the same time'' -- the match eventually becomes about whether the face or the heel will tag their partner in first, getting the advantage.

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You might see heels get to play Ricky Morton too, which sets up a story where the face beats the heel around to make the fans happy, the heel tags in his fresh partner (who creams the tired face), and the face finally tags in his partner (who creams the heels and wins the match). This has a pretty good narrative flow to it. Another twist is for both sides to play Ricky Morton ''at the same time'' -- the match eventually becomes about whether the face or the heel will tag their partner in first, getting the advantage.


Gifted, more talented wrestlers will often play the Morton, since this covers the weaknesses of his partner(s) and makes the heels look good at the same time. Sting would do this when teamed with Wrestling/LexLuger and Randy Savage in the mid-to-late 1990s, since both men were aging and not able to sell as well as they could in their respective primes.

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Gifted, more talented wrestlers will often play the Morton, since this covers the weaknesses of his partner(s) and makes the heels [[TheWorfEffect look good good]] at the same time. Sting would do this when teamed with Wrestling/LexLuger and Randy Savage in the mid-to-late 1990s, since both men were aging and not able to sell as well as they could in their respective primes.


In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing Ricky Morton". The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary Rock 'n Roll Express tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.

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In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing Ricky Morton". The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary [[Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress Rock 'n N Roll Express Express]] tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.


Gifted, more talented wrestlers will often play the Morton, since this covers the weaknesses of his partner(s) and makes the heels look good at the same time. Sting would do this when teamed with Lex Luger and Randy Savage in the mid-to-late 1990s, since both men were aging and not able to sell as well as they could in their respective primes.

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Gifted, more talented wrestlers will often play the Morton, since this covers the weaknesses of his partner(s) and makes the heels look good at the same time. Sting would do this when teamed with Lex Luger Wrestling/LexLuger and Randy Savage in the mid-to-late 1990s, since both men were aging and not able to sell as well as they could in their respective primes.


In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing RickyMorton". The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary Rock 'n Roll Express tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.

Usually, members of a team will take turns playing RickyMorton in different matches; however, if one partner is noticeably larger than the other, the smaller one will usually be in the RickyMorton role. This is done for three main reasons:

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In ProfessionalWrestling, most tag-team matches follow a similar formula: one member of the {{face}} team gets the snot beaten out of him for most of the match by the {{heel}} team, then - with his last ounce of energy - makes it back to his corner and tags in his partner, who (having spent the match thus far standing around) is fresh and ready to kick some ass. The wrestler who takes the majority of the beating is said to be "playing RickyMorton".Ricky Morton". The trope is named after Ricky Morton, one half of the legendary Rock 'n Roll Express tag team, who raised this formula to an art form.

Usually, members of a team will take turns playing RickyMorton Ricky Morton in different matches; however, if one partner is noticeably larger than the other, the smaller one will usually be in the RickyMorton Ricky Morton role. This is done for three main reasons:



The climactic tag of a RickyMorton to his partner (also known as the "hot tag") is usually teased several times before it comes to pass in what is known as a HopeSpot; sometimes, the tag will even be made, but it will be negated by an EasilyDistractedReferee who did not see the tag and forces the RickyMorton back into the ring as the legal man.

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The climactic tag of a RickyMorton Ricky Morton to his partner (also known as the "hot tag") is usually teased several times before it comes to pass in what is known as a HopeSpot; sometimes, the tag will even be made, but it will be negated by an EasilyDistractedReferee who did not see the tag and forces the RickyMorton Ricky Morton back into the ring as the legal man.

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