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The very latest of our world-famous inductions

INDUCTION: Sid Vicious, Lost in Louisiana – He Has Half the Sense of Direction You Do!

29 Submitted by on Mon, 29 September 2014, 21:00
WCW, 2000 Big news first: the new Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition is NOW AVAILABLE.  Not for pre-order; it’s shipping NOW.  I will also have a few autographed books available to ship directly from WrestleCrap HQ, which will be available sometime in the near future.  So check back if you are interested! I’ve kinda beat y’all over the head with Continue Reading...
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Induction: Triple H destroys the minitron – Directed by Michael Bay on acid

10 Submitted by on Thu, 25 September 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2008 Sometimes here at Wrestlecrap, we think big. We’ve inducted three-hour pay-per-views, long-running characters, and even whole promotions in our illustrious history. On the flip side, we’ve inducted articles of clothing, individual matches, and even one 18-second bout that nonetheless yielded a 1850-word write-up. This induction falls into the latter category. Tonight, we look back at the night Triple Continue Reading...
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Induction: The WWE Walkout – Like the Invasion, but in reverse, and with more rectal hemorrhaging

22 Submitted by on Thu, 18 September 2014, 20:00
Or: “An Ace in the hole, and blood in Jerry’s” WWE, 2011 Few WWE viewers were surprised when, at Battleground 2014, Lana the Ravishing Russian invoked recent current events to garner heat. And by that, I mean she literally said, “recent current events” to get boos. This kind of exploitation is nothing new for the company, and all it took Continue Reading...
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Induction: Maximum Conviction – Fortunately Also Minimum Seagal

21 Submitted by on Mon, 15 September 2014, 20:00
Movie – 2012 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin: Former 6-time WWF World Champion. 3-time Royal Rumble winner. King of the Ring. Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s #1 wrestler twice. WWE Hall of Famer. “Sheriff” of Raw. Podcast host. Arguably one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.  Star of movies such as The Condemned, Hunt To Kill, and some other movies you’ve Continue Reading...
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Induction: Stone Cold’s last Raw of 2002 – Austin 3:16 says I just whipped mine out

33 Submitted by on Thu, 11 September 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2002 When you think of the Attitude Era, you think of Stone Cold Steve Austin, and when you think of Stone Cold Steve Austin, you think of the many wild stunts he pulled off. But all those stunts would have fallen flat if Austin hadn’t had a worthy antagonist to battle every week. So when you think of Austin’s Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: WCW’s Mystery Man – Why Anyone Thought This Would Be a Good Idea is the Real Mystery

42 Submitted by on Mon, 08 September 2014, 20:00
WCW, 2001 If there’s one thing in wrestling that seemingly never plays out in any positive way, it would be the infamous MYSTERY man gimmick.  Partner, opponent, thing coming out of an egg, whatever, it almost always bombs.  In fact, as I prepared to write about the infamous WCW Mystery Man of WCW in 2001, I took a good day Continue Reading...
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Induction: The softer side of Stone Cold — Hugs are better than drugs, except the ones these writers were taking

59 Submitted by on Thu, 04 September 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2001 On April 1st, 2001, Steve Austin made one of the most shocking heel turns in wrestling history, joining forces with the hated Mr. McMahon to take back the WWF title. Having evolved over the course of his Federation career from a cold, ruthless grappler to a foul-mouthed anti-authority badass, to a beer-swilling everyman, Austin’s deal with the devil Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Final WCW TV Title Run – Fitting that It Started with a Trash Can

47 Submitted by on Mon, 01 September 2014, 20:00
WCW, 1999-2000 It may be impossible for newer fans to believe, but once upon a time Monday night wasn’t the big wrestling night of the week.  Nope, that designation belonged to Saturday night, at 6:05pm to be precise.  Yeah, 6 OH FIVE, because for whatever reason, Ted Turner and his SuperStation flunkies determined that starting all shows at five minutes Continue Reading...
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Induction: Chyna vs. Joey Buttafuoco — 9th Wonder of the World vs. 3rd-Degree Rapist

24 Submitted by on Thu, 28 August 2014, 20:00
FOX television, 2002 In the early 2000s, the FOX Network hit bottom with a string of sleazy prime-time specials, including Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire?, Man vs. Beast, and Celebrity Boxing. Now, the first Celebrity Boxing special featured such F-list wrestling personalities as WCW and TNA veteran Danny Bonaduce… …one-time Juggalo Championsh*t Wrestling grappler Vanilla Ice… …and Eddie Guerrero’s Continue Reading...
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Induction: Chyna on Sabrina the Teenage Witch – How’s that for piledriving Miss Daisy?

36 Submitted by on Thu, 21 August 2014, 20:00
WB Network, 2002 Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a mediocre sitcom that aired on ABC in the late ‘90s as part of an all-supernatural TGIF lineup, along with Teen Angel (about an angel), You Wish (about a genie), and Boy Meets World (about the walking shadow of the lead actor’s older, more famous brother). Melissa Joan Hart starred as the Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Yapapi Indian Strap Match – Featuring Ric Flair’s “Raw Pink Meat!”

43 Submitted by on Mon, 18 August 2014, 20:00
WCW, 2000 If you, dear reader, are viewing this text, it means I have finally put the wraps on an induction I’ve started and stopped about 437 times in the last three months: behold, in all it’s glory, the YAPAPI INDIAN STRAP MATCH. In hindsight, I’m not quite sure why I couldn’t get through this one.  I’ve seen worse build Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Reunion

23 Submitted by on Thu, 14 August 2014, 20:00
The Reunion, 2011 When I say the word “reunion” what comes to mind? Having a cookout with some relatives that you haven’t seen for a long time? Going back to your high school and reliving memories with your old friends? John Cena going to Mexcio to rescue a kidnapped business man with your two estranged brothers to cash in the Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Piñata on a Pole match – Vince Russo, pendejo extraordinario

51 Submitted by on Thu, 31 July 2014, 20:00
WCW, 1999 One advantage WCW always had over WWF was its cruiserweight division. Sure, the WWF had a light heavyweight division, but it paled in comparison to WCW’s, in terms of both match quality and roster depth. Just look at the WWF’s Light Heavyweight Title tournament from 1997 – they needed ringers to fill most of the spots in the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Under The Mat – Even Clarence Mason couldn’t defend Diana’s book in court

41 Submitted by on Thu, 24 July 2014, 20:00
Fenn Publishing, 2001 When a wrestling fan hears the book title, Under The Mat, he or she (probably he) most likely assumes it to be about the shenanigans that happen when wrestlers hide beneath the ring to do surprise run-ins. One might expect to hear funny stories about the time the nWo’s toilet bucket tipped over during a show and Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: WCW Spring Catalog 1999 – WCW Ruins Hot Sauces, Horses, and More!

45 Submitted by on Thu, 10 July 2014, 19:00
WCW, Merchandise Catalog 1999 First things first: I know that merchandise is generally the realm of Someone Bought This!, but today’s write up is a bit more extensive than what we generally cover there.  Besides, that particular column actually originated thanks to large inductions wherein I would look at magazine inserts and catalogs such as this, so consider this a blast from Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Battle for the Letter T – Nitro Collides with Sesame Street!!

52 Submitted by on Thu, 03 July 2014, 19:00
WCW 2000 In the last 18 months or so of WCW’s existence, there wasn’t much to cheer about.  The company had become such a mess…man.  Despite the fact I’ve written a book about it (TWICE – pick up the new version here!), when I start writing an induction like this, even I, RD Reynolds, master of matter wrestling disasters, am Continue Reading...
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Induction: Hunter Hearst Helmsley – Bow down to the king (or just curtsy)

33 Submitted by on Thu, 26 June 2014, 19:30
WWF, 1995-1997 Believe it or not, there was a time when Triple H was under-appreciated in the WWF. The man born Paul Michael Levesque was brought into the Federation under an embarrassing gimmick like a common grappler and not the King of Kings. That’s because, before he was Vince’s Only Begotten Son-In-Law, he was just another solid worker jobbing to Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Nitro with NO Wrestling – 60 Minutes of Absolute Nothingness

87 Submitted by on Tue, 24 June 2014, 21:34
WCW, 1999 Hey hey, fellow Crappers!!  I’m BACK! I believe I am now completely finished with the new Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition.  It’s written (40% larger than before!!!), edited, new photos picked out, the whole shooting match.  Heck, you can even pre-order it right now from our friends over at Amazon in your choice of paperback, hard cover, or Kindle varieties.  So Continue Reading...
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Induction: Kane vs. Edge – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twenty times, shame on me.

27 Submitted by on Thu, 19 June 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2010 Glen Jacobs has spent most of his wrestling career as a guinea pig for the writers’ most idiotic ideas. First, there was his stint in Smoky Mountain Wrestling with a name based on terrorist Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski (albeit before he was identified and caught… and while he was still blowing people up). Then, there were his runs in Continue Reading...
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Induction: Cena vs. Laurinaitis — Ace drops a deuce

38 Submitted by on Thu, 12 June 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2012 We can all pretty much agree that John Cena sucks. I mean, what other top star in wrestling could get away with performing signature moves so sloppily? And the lax way he puts on the STF is a disgrace to a classic submission hold. Plus, every one of his matches ends in his Five Moves of Doom: Shoulder Continue Reading...
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Induction: Shawn Michaels in Playgirl – The One Time We Were Glad HBK Refused to Drop the Belt

37 Submitted by on Thu, 05 June 2014, 20:00
WWF, 1996 Quick, name the first WWF personality to pose for a porno mag. You’re thinking of Sable, right? Nope! It was Shawn Michaels, who posed for Playgirl magazine in 1996, three years before Rena Mero. And unfortunately for him, he ended up getting a lot of crap for it backstage (just not in his bag). The New Generation era Continue Reading...
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Induction: Johnny B Badd boxes Johnny Polo — Tutti Frutti Booty and a Glass Jaw

24 Submitted by on Thu, 29 May 2014, 20:00
WCW, 1992 Throughout his career, Marc Mero always seemed to get the short end of the stick. First, he got saddled with the infamous “Johnny B. Badd” gimmick in WCW… …then he was completely overshadowed (figuratively?) by his own wife Sable’s breasts throughout his WWF run. But despite his misfortune in the wrestling ring, no one could take away his Continue Reading...
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Induction: The 1996 Slammy Awards – If this was WWF’s Oscar night, where were Men on a Mission?

33 Submitted by on Fri, 23 May 2014, 13:00
WWF, 1996 By the time you read this, this year’s Slammy Awards will have come and gone. John Cena will have won Superstar of the Year, a Triple H match will have mysteriously won Match of the Year for a third year in a row, and Michael Cole will have convinced you that he is the most annoying on-air personality Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Rock on Star Trek – The Rock ‘n’ Spock Connection

35 Submitted by on Thu, 22 May 2014, 20:00
UPN television, 2000 In 1999, WWF Smackdown premiered on UPN, instantly becoming the network’s highest-rated program. Thus, it seemed only natural to cross-promote it with Star Trek: Voyager, another series on the network, to increase the latter’s viewership. Now, I haven’t seen a lot of Star Trek. I’ve only watched a season and a half, and that was of The Continue Reading...
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Induction: Zack Ryder vs. Kane – Friday the 13th, Part Z

60 Submitted by on Thu, 15 May 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2012 Ever heard of the seven-year rule? Jim Cornette says that a wrestling promotion can run the same angle after seven years because by then, memories will have faded and there will be enough new viewers who won’t even noticed the re-hashed story lines. Jim Cornette hasn’t written for WWE in a long time, which you probably figured out Continue Reading...
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Induction: Inside Out — Triple H gets into a pickle

31 Submitted by on Thu, 08 May 2014, 20:00
WWE Films, 2011 A while ago I was browsing through Netflix when what should appear but “The Naked Man,” a 1998 movie about a wrestler with a “naked” gimmick starring Michael Rapaport. I immediately emailed RD and told him the big news: an obscure movie with “Wrestlecrap” written all over it. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I actually watched the Continue Reading...
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