The year was 2000, the Monday Night Wars between the then-WWF and WCW were starting to come to a close, with WWF reclaiming almost all of the fans they had been losing to WCW in previous years.
WCW numbers were declining rapidly, a far cry from their dominant reign atop the ratings wars in years gone by. An idea was born, something to ignite the passion for WCW once again and make the old fans fall in love with the product all over again. It was crazy, it seemed impossible, but it just might work. Or maybe not, because the idea in question was the nail in the coffin for WCW, and less than a year later, the company would shut its doors, to be bought out by Vince McMahon.
WCW funded a movie, but not just any movie, a wrestling movie, starring all your favourite WCW wrestlers. DDP, Goldberg, Sting, some guy pretending to be a mixture of Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler. In what was one of the most misguided ideas in the history of wrestling, the universally chastised and lambasted movie called Ready To Rumble was born.
WrestleTalk will be hosting a live screening of Ready To Rumble at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on May 7! You can meet Oli Davis, Luke Owen, Laurie Blake, Pete Quinnell and Andy Datson, watch the film along with us, and be present for a live WrestleRamble afterwards as well! Plus there’s bound to be some surprises along the way too. Get your tickets right now, at the link here.
The movie is now synonymous with WCW’s downfall, so with that said, let’s take a look at some fun facts you might not know about Ready to Rumble.