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Bennett’s ‘Rude’ celebration has pro wrestling roots

California Golden Bears' Chad Hansen holds the trophy presented to his team after defeating the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the opening game of the U.S. college football season at Sydney's Olympic stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The last American football of any kind played in Sydney was an NFL preseason game at the Olympic stadium that attracted 73,000 spectators in 1999. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

By Danny O’Neil

Sack dances have been around for a while.

A sack lambada, however? Michael Bennett might have pioneered the forbidden dance as he has begun to commemorate his sacks by putting his hands behind his head and swiveling his hips in a way that’s sure to make some folks blush.

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Michael Bennett’s sack dance, inspired by pro wrestling legend Rick Rude. (Business Insider)

Raunchy? A little bit. Comical? No doubt.

But original? Not quite, according to Bennett when asked what inspired it.

“Ravishing Rick Rude,” Bennett said.

He was a professional wrestler who became a mainstay in the 1980s. He used to enter the ring, grab the mic and ask that all the sweathogs in the audience keep the noise down while he removed his robe and showed the ladies of (insert town’s name here) what a real man looks like.

Cue the hip swivel.

“He was one of my favorites,” Bennett said.

But not the favorite. That would be the “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and while Bennett’s imitation of Rude may draw laughs, his rendition of Savage’s vocal stylings is downright subpar. At least it is when compared to teammate Clinton McDonald.

Take a listen. Seriously. It’s worth it.

And there’s no doubt about the pair’s heavyweight credentials in the pass rush. Bennett leads the team with 8.5, McDonald was third in the regular season with 5.5.

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