Category Archives: Inductions

What made famous! Reviewing the absolute worst characters, storylines, and matches in pro wrestling history.

INDUCTION: Firepower – Introducing the World to “Swordsman” James Hellwig!

9 Submitted by on Thu, 29 September 2022, 20:00
Movie, 1993 Who’s ready to head out with me to the local video store today? Who’s ready for a look into a dystopian future? Who’s ready for some good old fashioned… FIREPOWER? Me neither, but that’s what we’re INDUCTING today.  And hey, just in case you’re wondering why I am covering an obscure direct to strea…err…DVD…make that VHS release here Continue Reading...
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Induction: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara – Broken Matt Hardy, literally

29 Submitted by on Thu, 22 September 2022, 20:00
AEW, 2020 At the end of 2020, we at WrestleCrap nominated The Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara feud for the Gooker Award, representing the worst in wrestling. Ultimately, readers decided that a match that could have killed a wrestler was not nearly as bad as RETRIBUTION. Fair enough. But while most people (except Matt Hardy) remember the shocking accident in Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: All Star Rock n’ Wrestling Saturday Spectacular – 80’s Child Nostalgia Overload!

21 Submitted by on Thu, 15 September 2022, 20:00
1985, CBS From time to time, I’ve heard pro wrestling called a cartoon come to life.  With today’s induction, there’s no arguing with that analogy.  But for once, it’s not just the old Hulk Hogan’s Rock & Wrestling animated series we’ll be discussing, but rather an hour-long special that aired promoting the 1985 fall Saturday morning cartoon block for CBS.  Continue Reading...
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Induction: Referee Tim Donaghy – Where’s That Referee? He Was Trying to Cheat on Me!

5 Submitted by on Thu, 08 September 2022, 20:00
Major League Wrestling, 2021 It’s not often we induct something from Major League Wrestling into WrestleCrap. In fact, this is the first time.   It’s also not often we induct a referee; the only other one to my knowledge is Steve McMichael (Stay strong, Mongo!) for his leisurely officiating in TNA.  And it’s slightly more often we induct something involving Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Pro Wrestling on Fantasy Island – Featuring GRAPPLIN’ GEORGE JEFFERSON!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 01 September 2022, 18:45
Television show, 1981 “Smiles everyone, smiles!” And just like that, I know how poor Bobby Heenan must have felt during Nitro when everyone made fun of him being totally out of date for making Quincy references.  Well, too bad.  Sometimes you have to do one for yourself, and this here induction is just that, as we are heading all the way Continue Reading...
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Induction: Sunny’s Autobiography — Sex, Lies, and Sex

20 Submitted by on Thu, 25 August 2022, 20:00
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. John Bunyan. Tammy Sytch.  Many of history’s greatest authors have written from behind bars, and with A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva Tammy “Sunny” Sytch… …WWE’s “Original Diva” followed in that tradition. While I was definitely on Team Sunny in 1996, the good will a celebrity earns from a year Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Death of Wrestling Challenge – Time to Answer the Age Old Question of “Who’s More Annoying? Ernie Ladd or Dok Hendrix?”

16 Submitted by on Thu, 18 August 2022, 20:00
WWF, 1995 A few years back, I inducted the debut episode of Wrestling Challenge, which you can find by clicking here.  I like to find the pilot episodes for shows like this, because as is the case with many television progrems, they tend to start out as one thing then change and morph over time to adapt to something people want Continue Reading...
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Induction: Karrion Kross on Raw — “Do you like wrestling shows about gladiators?”

14 Submitted by on Thu, 11 August 2022, 20:00
WWE, 2021 When you think of Vince McMahon’s biggest unforced errors in his later years, Karrion Kross’s initial run would have to be near the top of the list (Right after “sleeping with his own employees”). When the former Killer Kross signed with NXT in 2020, Triple H gave him a quick name change and strapped a rocket to him… Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: 1993 Dubious and Distinctive Achievement Awards – From the Pages Of The World Wrestling Magazine…

8 Submitted by on Thu, 04 August 2022, 20:00
WWF Magazine, January 1994 It may make a lot of folks angry, but I have a confession to make: I always kinda despised the official WWF Magazine.  I guess that isn’t a big shock, as I grew up on the likes of the Apter mags, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling.  As a fan during the late 80’s, this was where Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Squat Team – Two Unusually-Constructed Individuals with Attitudes

9 Submitted by on Thu, 28 July 2022, 20:00
WWF 1996, 1997 Throughout the nineties, Manuel and Victor Santiago traveled the world as the Headhunters, touring the US, Mexico, and Japan as a duo of physical oddities. Standing under six feet tall but each weighing in the mid-300 pound range, the pair made a name for themselves by physically squashing opponents with moonsaults. Truth be told, probably only one Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Librarians – This gimmick was shhh…

22 Submitted by on Thu, 14 July 2022, 20:00
AEW, 2019-2020 A common complaint about AEW’s early days is that it relied too much on Being the Elite for its storytelling. Fans who didn’t watch the Youtube vlog of Cody, The Bucks, et. al. were often left wondering: What does that joke mean? Or, How do these guys know each other? Or, most importantly: Why the hell are these Continue Reading...
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Induction: Willie Whopper in “Rasslin’ Round” – Plus, Wacky the horny caveman!

6 Submitted by on Fri, 01 July 2022, 20:00
1934, Animated Short For nearly as long as cartoon characters have existed, animators have been sticking them in the wrestling ring. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker all found success in the squared circle, but so did some obscure characters lost to time. Characters like Willie Whopper, who appeared in 14 shorts by MGM. Each episode revolved around Willie, Continue Reading...
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Induction: The first Casino Battle Royale – All Elite WrestleCrap

28 Submitted by on Thu, 16 June 2022, 20:00
AEW, 2019 Two weeks ago, RD emailed me with a special assignment: WrestleCrap’s first-ever induction from AEW.  Apparently, a lot of people out there think we’re somehow biased in favor of All Elite Wrestling. While that’s plainly false, it was up to me to put such rumors to rest. But what from AEW was bad enough to warrant an induction Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Helmet Match – Stampede Wrestling Is FINALLY Inducted!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 09 June 2022, 20:00
Stampede Wrestling, 1981 For over a year, I’ve heard the same complaints about us never inducting something from that “other” promotion.  Some have claimed we never will due to some errant notion that we don’t ever see anything wrong there, or that we are on someone’s payroll behind the scenes.   I think today’s induction will show that we’re listening Continue Reading...
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Induction: “Wrestling (It’s a Laugh)” – WrestleCrap, 1930s style

19 Submitted by on Thu, 02 June 2022, 22:20
Theatrical short, 1937 If there’s one thing I love to do on this site, it’s dig up old, old wrestling. A Superman wrestling episode from 1952? A women’s wrestling movie from 1951? Nah, I said old wrestling. Wrestling from back when Mae Young was a rookie. Wrestling from back when World War I wasn’t called that yet.  It’s good fortune that Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Tony Atlas vs. Ted Arcidi – Who’s Up for a Ten Minute Test of Strength?

19 Submitted by on Thu, 26 May 2022, 20:00
WWF, 1986 The term “hoss fight” gets thrown around a lot these days it seems, but in reality, such a thing is nothing new in pro wrestling.  In fact, it’s what the business was largely built upon – two giant meaty men clobbering each other with reckless abandon.  And truth be told, we are pretty fortunate with what we get Continue Reading...
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Induction: WWE’s Colonel Sanders – Original or Extra Crappy?

8 Submitted by on Thu, 19 May 2022, 22:01
2016-2018, WWE In 2015, KFC re-cast the role of Colonel Sanders after the death of their original founder (in 1980). The company’s commercials featured a string of guest Colonels, from country music’s Reba McEntire… ….to Seinfeld’s Jay Greenspan. While this author felt that simply giving some random person the title of Colonel was a slap in the face to Harland Continue Reading...
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CLASSIC INDUCTION: WWF Microleague Wrestling – The FIRST – and perhaps WORST – WWF Videogame Ever!

35 Submitted by on Thu, 12 May 2022, 20:00
WWF Computer Game, 1987 (Quick note from RD: No new induction this week due to a scheduling conflict (we’ll be back on schedule next week) but here’s a blast from the archives!) Want to impress your video game geek friends?  Then quiz them thusly: what, pray tell, was the first ever WWF video game? Be prepared to laugh heartily at them Continue Reading...
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Induction: McCinsey’s Island – Hulk likes turtles

9 Submitted by on Thu, 28 April 2022, 22:36
Movie, 1998 It’s mind-boggling to consider that this website launched before some of the wrestlers we watch on TV were even born. And while we don’t take lightly our role as the internet’s arbiter of what is and isn’t crap in pro wrestling, many readers take it way more seriously than even we do, thoughtfully weighing in on whether this Continue Reading...
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Induction: Viking Raiders vs. Street Profits – What a Viking stupid match

8 Submitted by on Mon, 18 April 2022, 20:00
WWE, 2020 The second the War Raiders showed up on Raw as the Viking Experience, they could never be taken seriously again.  My only explanation for this unforced error is that Vince heard the name “Ebony Experience” during Harlem Heat’s Hall of Fame speech, and a light bulb went off in his brain. Or an aneurysm. Either way, the intimidating Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Triple H’s Last Match – After 29 Years, The Game Simply Vanishes

5 Submitted by on Thu, 07 April 2022, 20:00
WWE, 2021 As I write this, WrestleMania 38 has just hit the books. And in many ways, it felt like truly, finally, the end of an era. The Undertaker going into the Hall of Fame “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning to the ring after 19 years for his “final” match. And of course, Vince McMahon doing… …whatever the heck this Continue Reading...
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Inducción: 100% Lucha, la película – ¿Quién necesita un brazo cibernético cuando se puede patearle en el escroto?

18 Submitted by on Fri, 01 April 2022, 12:00
2008, Película de televisión 100% Lucha, la película es una película basada en 100% Lucha. ¿Complicado, no? También complicada es la letra del tema musical, pero creo que la tengo correcta:  Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha/Cien por ciento lucha Para los curiosos, 100% Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: WACK – Apparently the term “WACK” meant something different to kids in 2006 than it did to kids in the 80s

19 Submitted by on Thu, 24 March 2022, 20:00
Nickelodeon, 2006 Nickelodeon is no stranger to us here at WrestleCrap. After all, a kids network like that is fertile ground for pro wrestling cross-overs, and has been since we first saw it on cable television.  Heck, even Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon got in on the action way back in the 1980s (which you can read about here).  Let’s Continue Reading...
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Induction: Shawn Michaels on Baywatch – HBKaywatch

14 Submitted by on Thu, 17 March 2022, 22:09
Syndicated TV, 1996 Over the past year or so, I’ve been watching every episode of Baywatch. While that may sound like a dumb idea, the payoff was to be an induction of the Shawn Michaels episode. I figured that watching all the previous episodes would give me a better understanding of the series and its characters, which is an even Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: NWA vs. Charlotte Police Department – March Madness with Dusty and Friends!

9 Submitted by on Thu, 10 March 2022, 19:32
NWA, 1988 I’ve never been a fan of basketball. I suppose part of that is my physical makeup.  I’ve always been a tall person, and even though I wasn’t 6’5″ in grade school, I was generally much bigger than my classmates.  It was inevitable that people at school suggested I play basketball and I attempted to do so. My height Continue Reading...
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