Rude Awakening


Playing off the Rick Rude question the other day, one of my favorite finishers from the Hogan Era was the Rude Awakening. I remember then, he did it like a traditional Hangman Neckbreaker and it looked great and devastating and Rude did it well.


When he went to WCW, the Rude Awakening became more of a Swinging Neckbreaker.

Was there a reason for this? Rude's health? Other guys not wanting to bump the original way? A specific choice to make it more of an "out of nowhere" quicker move?

That is quite a specific question.  I never actually noticed a change in the move but I guess I just wasn’t paying attention.