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Ready to Rumble (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 2000 (USA)
Two slacker wrestling fans are devastated by the ousting of their favorite character by an unscrupulous promoter.

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Two dimwit sewage workers watch their hero, WCW wrestler Jimmy King, get screwed out of the World title by wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and evil WCW owner Titus Sinclair. They embark on a quest to help their hero win his title - and honor - back. Features cameos by lots of WCW wrestlers. Written by Greg Popil

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Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor, sexual content including brief nudity, and wrestling violence | See all certifications »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,257,778 (USA) (7 April 2000)

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$12,372,410 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Martin Landau replaced Jack Palance as Sal Bandini. See more »

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The championship belt used in the movie is silver in color with small areas in gold. The real WCW belt that looks the same in design is all gold. Its a replica that was re-painted. See more »

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Sean Dawkins: According to his authorized biography, Jimmy King worked very hard in high school. And after you died in the plane crash, he went to community college and supported you while he held two jobs!
Fred King: I oughta kick yer ass! Freak!
Jane King: We saw him last week. He came and borrowed our motor home. We haven't seen him since. The big shit!
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No wrestlers were harmed during the making of this motion picture. See more »

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References WCW Monday Nitro (1995) See more »

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A strange synergy
22 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To understand how this movie's run synergized with the ultimate demise of WCW you have to understand some things about WCW. WCW was the no. 2 wrestling company for years, until they signed Hulk Hogan and booked him as a heel and leader of the NWO (New World Order).

This angle went on for more than two years and allowed WCW to overtake the WWE as the no. 1 company and their Monday night wrestling program, Nitro, consistently beat WWE Raw in the ratings. By 1999, things had changed with the emergence of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley and Triple H becoming WWE's biggest stars. During the Attitude Era, Steve Austin's feud with Vince McMahon carried the WWE back to the top brand and winning the weekly battle for Monday ratings.

In 1999, pro wrestling had also enjoyed a mainstream popularity that it hadn't seen since the original Hulkamania and Rock and Wrestling days of the mid 1980's. WCW was trying to strike while the iron was hot and decided to make a film. While you can make a good story with a pro wrestling story, namely Mickey Rourke's 2006 comeback film The Wrestler, this movie was like a typical late 1990's teen road trip comedy.

Two fans living in Wyoming, Gordie (Scream's David Arquette) and Sean (Entourage and Hawaii Five-O's Scott Caan) are the two biggest fans of WCW World Champion Jimmy King (Oliver Platt, who looked nothing like a pro wrestler even though he could pull off a couple spots). The night Gordie and Sean attend a live WCW Nitro in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on screen WCW President Titus Sincalir (Bad Boys and The Matrix's Joe Pantolaino in weird cowboy garb with a wig that featured pig tail braids and a Stetson) has a backstage falling out with King and plots with Diamond Dallas Paige (as himself) to create a swerve so DDP can become champ. During the match, a Sinclair gives DDP the nod and King loses the belt to Paige. As a secondary result, Sinclair forces him out of WCW. Gordie and Sean are devastated and take it upon themselves to find their hero and help become the champ again. After an extended road trip, where along they find out their hero is a broke, selfish and non-child supporting paying loser, they eventually locate King and convince to try and make a comeback. They sneak onto a Nitro broadcast, where King ambushes Paige but Sinclair interferes and books a rematch for PPV. Cue another montage of training along with Gordie and Sean helping to audition small town weirdos to help Jimmy King a form wrestling "posse" to watch his back leading to the rematch.

The movie, while childishly stupid in its humor attempts and an overall inferior product, also takes a very dim view of pro wrestling fans in general, portraying Gordie and Sean as two idiots who were generally unaware of wrestling's scripted match finishes and kayfabe, basically wrestling fiction. This is besides the fact that WCW actually had David Arquette starting to participate in wrestling matches with DDP and Kris Kanyon as his partners. He even defended the title against UFC veteran David "Tank" Abbott. They used the WCW World Title as a promotional tool, having Arquette in a bizarre tag match where he pinned WCW President Eric Bischoff. In one of the worst heel turns and promos of all time, he reveals he was actually part of Hulk Hogan's group the whole time after helping Hogan win the title back. Needless to say, the movie flopped and WCW lost $62 million in 1999. Vince McMahon bought the company for song in early 2001 and the Monday Night Wars ended with a whimper.


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