The theme I grew up hearing for rick rude started with a drum and is heavy on saxophone. Now every time I watch an old rick rude match or appearance there is a song sounding more like the stripper theme you associate with women back in the day. Is the theme being edited over for some reason?
Nothing to do with that. They've stopped using it because they seem to think it's too close to "The Stripper" by David Rose and don't want it to become an issue. Rude's theme was written by Jim Johnston and is registered to WWE's music publishing division, so they don't have to ask permission to use it.