Category Archives: Active Inductions

The very latest of our world-famous inductions

Induction: The first Casino Battle Royale – All Elite WrestleCrap

22 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?

16 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

8 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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Induction: Nia Jax vs. Charlotte Flair – The Passive Aggression Era

11 Submitted by on Thu, 03 March 2022, 22:38
WWE, 2021 In my last induction, I chronicled the Zombie Lumberjack Match, a bout that topped many a worst-of list for 2021. And as a hokey concept showcased on pay-per-view, it was certainly the highest-profile stinker of the year. But if you skipped RAW every week and only watched the PPVs like a sensible person, you would have missed perhaps Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: R-Truth vs. Stardust – A Tale of Plastic Spiders and a Shoulder Yanked Out of Its Socket

13 Submitted by on Thu, 17 February 2022, 20:00
WWE, 2015 A couple of years ago, I took my son to his first ever night of pro wrestling matches.  It was right before the pandemic hit in full, I want to say perhaps November of 2019.  RD Jr. has never been a huge fan.  While sometimes a high flying acrobatic match or goofball wrestler might catch his attention, more Continue Reading...
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Induction: The WWE movie tie-ins – Zombie lumberjacks and a stolen egg!

18 Submitted by on Thu, 10 February 2022, 21:51
WWE, 2021 Since the late 2000s, the so-called “zombie apocalypse” has dominated pop culture. And for the most part, it’s been very, very annoying. From social media tags to compatibility questions on dating sites, one can’t go anywhere online without having to explain one’s role in a fictitious undead survival scenario. For years, posts about the zombie apocalypse littered my Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Captain Lou Hotline – As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Convince Wrestling Fans to Pay $2 a Minute!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 13 January 2022, 19:05
Pro Wrestling Hotline, 1980’s Unless you were a fan in the mid 1980’s to the turn of the century, I don’t think you can fully grasp just how prevalent hotlines were in the world of professional wrestling. In the days before the world wide webs, getting wrestling news wasn’t very easy. Sure, you could hit the local Super-X and grab Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Mankind-Santa Boiler Room Brawl – Candy Cane Dewey

9 Submitted by on Thu, 16 December 2021, 21:28
WWF, 1999 It’s amazing to ponder the butterfly effect in wrestling. Consider this: There’s a straight line running from Vince Russo thinking up a Stephanie McMahon-Test romance with no end game in 1999… …to Triple H being a lock to take over as WWE Chairman in this, the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen. [RD – Could you Continue Reading...
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Induction: Scotty Goldman – He’s Jewish

12 Submitted by on Thu, 02 December 2021, 21:16
WWE, 2008-2009 Colt Cabana is known as a lot of things: indy wrestling veteran, NWA champion, Dark Order member, lawsuit plaintiff. But one thing he’s not typically known as is “WWE Superstar”. And yet, for a span of six months, Cabana graced WWE rings (if only for a minute or so at a time). He wasn’t called Colt Cabana, though. Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: WWF at the 2001 Macy’s Day Parade – Featuring All…Some…Well, Maybe ONE of Your Favorite Superstars!

5 Submitted by on Wed, 24 November 2021, 19:57
WWF, 2001 They’re baaaack! Three years ago, you may recall that I inducted a WWF float that somehow, for some reason, appeared during the 1994 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was like a Nyquil-fueled fever dream, and the sight of Paul Bearer yukking it up with Doink the Clown, having the times of their lives, will forever be etched into Continue Reading...
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Induction: Countdown – Starring Dolph Ziggler and “The Thin Blue Machine” Kane

2 Submitted by on Thu, 18 November 2021, 20:00
WWE Studios film, 2016 “We make movies.” That’s what Vince McMahon once said about WWE. And in a sense, he’s right, given how many film roles they’ve crammed their Superstars into over the years. WWE Studios films generally fall into one of four categories: The animated children’s comedy, the live-action family comedy, the prestige picture where Randy Orton threatens to Continue Reading...
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Induction: Rowan’s Cage – Despite All His Rage, It Is Still Just A Toy Spider In A Cage

9 Submitted by on Mon, 08 November 2021, 20:00
2019-2020, WWE Here on WrestleCrap, we don’t like to date our inductions with references to recent or ongoing events in the wrestling world. A reader should be able to pick any induction at random and be able to jump right in. Granted, any articles written before 2016 involving Donald Trump are going to be glaringly outdated, but for the most Continue Reading...
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Induction: The X-Files wrestling episode – Kathy Griffin’s twin magic

17 Submitted by on Thu, 21 October 2021, 21:39
FOX Television, 2000 For years I’ve known about the wrestling episode of The X-Files. In fact, as I did for every episode after season four, I watched the 2000 episode, “Fight Club” when it first aired. But for years, I resisted writing it up for the site. Granted, not every “wrestling episode” of a TV series deserves to be inducted here Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: #August1Warning – The Impossible – Two Overhyped Flops at Once!

6 Submitted by on Thu, 14 October 2021, 20:00
TNA, 2013 You may not have noticed, but wrestling does not have a good history of creating hype and then delivering on it. Think of every single super hyped ‘surprise’ you’ve ever witnessed in this business. Whenever we hear that, unending talk about something that’s going to “Change The Face Of The Industry!”, what we tend to wind up with Continue Reading...
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