Category Archives: Inductions

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Induction: WWE Wrestlers on Punk’d – So named because “Jackass” was already taken

28 Submitted by on Thu, 23 January 2014, 21:00
MTV, 2003-2007 MTV has been connected with wrestling for years, ever since the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection of the mid-80s. Way back then, the WWF wanted to associate itself with music, while MTV wanted to associate itself with music. Flash forward to the 2000s, when WWE was under contract with MTV’s parent company Viacom, and the worlds of wrestling and Continue Reading...
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Induction: Mad Bull – Proof Heath Slater’s been jobbing since before he was born

22 Submitted by on Thu, 16 January 2014, 21:00
TV movie, 1977 The late Alex Karras was no stranger to the Wrestlecrap. It was he, after all, whose “Mongo” character in Blazing Saddles was the namesake of Horseman Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Less famous was the 1977 TV movie, “Mad Bull,” where Karras played the title role of Iago “Mad Bull” Karkus. Since this was the seventies, not everyone was Continue Reading...
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Gooker 2013 – The Voting is Over!

177 Submitted by on Fri, 10 January 2014, 09:00
And the voting is over!!  Congratulations, Dixie Carter – you are our 2013 Gooker Award Winner!  You will be properly inducted Thursday night, January 30…just in time for Impact!   Despite what Hector Guerrero may tell you, the infamous Gobbeldy Gooker was one of the worst gimmicks ever.  Therefore, back in 2000 when I first started WrestleCrap.com, I knew that Continue Reading...
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Induction: The 1999 Royal Rumble – Even Stone Cold used this match as a bathroom break

53 Submitted by on Thu, 09 January 2014, 21:00
WWF, 1999 Vince McMahon won 1999′s Royal Rumble. … … No, this isn’t the shortest induction ever; I’m just getting that obvious bit of information out of the way right now, lest you think that’s the only reason why this match is Wrestlecrap. No, there are certain circumstances under which a non-wrestler can win a big match, and the red-hot Continue Reading...
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Induction: Del Río Runs Over Santa Claus – GTA: North Pole

26 Submitted by on Thu, 26 December 2013, 21:00
WWE, 2012 The holidays are a time when WWE encourages its viewers to spend quality time with their families, preferably by turning off the TV altogether. Either that, or they figure that people aren’t concerned with TV wrestling around Christmastime, so why put on a half-way decent program when nobody is watching? Of course, back in, say, 2000, the “nobody” Continue Reading...
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Induction: An American Christmas Carol – Sit On It, Marley!

50 Submitted by on Thu, 19 December 2013, 20:00
  Made for TV Movie, 1979 Not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m an absolute fanatic when it comes to A Christmas Carol.  I love the book, but it’s other adaptations of it that really get my chestnuts roasting. Which sounds simultaneously lewd and painful. Anyhoo, I absolutely devour movies featuring the yuletide antics of one Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s Continue Reading...
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Induction: Master P and the No Limit Soldiers – Rap is Wrestlecrap

57 Submitted by on Thu, 05 December 2013, 20:00
WCW, 1999 In the summer of 1999, facing lagging ratings, WCW attempted to stay relevant by reaching out to the music industry. Before bringing in KISS and Megadeth to perform live on Nitro, Bischoff and company tried their hand at cross-promotion with hip-hop. Of course, “cross-promotion” was more or less a code word for “we’ll pay you money to hog Continue Reading...
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Induction: Saturday Morning Slam Thanksgiving Pie Eating Contest – Sugar Rush! Sugar Rush! Sugar Crash…

19 Submitted by on Mon, 25 November 2013, 19:30
WWE, 2012 Ok, took me a few weeks to make a hard decision: I’ve decided that going back and reviewing all the Saturday Morning Slams that I missed back before we relaunched the site is a fool’s errand.  It ain’t gonna happen.  The reasons are myriad, but honestly, it’s primarily due to the fact that every report I did was Continue Reading...
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Induction: The HLA Match – As believable as Mrs. Doubtfire, and almost as sexy!

29 Submitted by on Thu, 21 November 2013, 21:00
WWE, 2002 September of 2002 was without a doubt the gayest month in WWE history. It seemed that every show that aired that month was designed to make viewers say out loud, “This is so gay!” Gay, that is, meaning literally homosexual. If we here at Wrestlecrap wanted to express that something was being embarrassingly stupid, we wouldn’t stoop so Continue Reading...
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Induction Special: The Commitment Ceremony Revisited- I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Billy

30 Submitted by on Thu, 14 November 2013, 21:00
WWE, 2002 As part of a three-part induction special, I have decided to revisit the Billy & Chuck wedding, which bridges the gap between last week’s HLA induction and next week’s induction of the HLA match. The original induction of Billy & Chuck’s commitment ceremony is available rightchere for Crappers with access to the Archives. Have you heard of the Continue Reading...
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Induction: HLA – 2 Girls, 1 Cup… of Crap! Uh, Wrestlecrap.

67 Submitted by on Thu, 07 November 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2002 WWE is no stranger to publicity stunts. Whether it be the “sale” of Raw to Donald Trump, the “Battle of the Billionaires,” or basically any angle involving Donald Trump, Vince McMahon has been known to make desperate grabs for mainstream media attention, typically at the expense of regular viewers who watch his programming in spite of (and not Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Haunting of Roddy Piper: Adrian’s Revenge

27 Submitted by on Thu, 31 October 2013, 20:00
Biography channel, 2013 A lot of wrestlers have “personal demons,” and Roddy Piper is no exception. In the rowdy Scot’s case, though, they’re not the kind of demons you can get arrested for if the cops pull you over and find them in your car. No, these are bona fide ghosts, and if you don’t believe me, just ask professional Continue Reading...
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Induction: 2011 Halloween Divas Battle Royal – AJ Gives Nerds The World Over a Geekality!

37 Submitted by on Thu, 31 October 2013, 09:30
2011 I am pretty sure if I decided to make it a Halloween tradition to induct every stupid Divas costume gimmick match, I’d have material until the end of time.  I mean, really, they have these things every year, right? But 2011 was different. Muppet-tastically different. Ah yes, the glory days of the infamous guest host era of Raw.  What Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Executioner: The Effluence of Execution

22 Submitted by on Thu, 24 October 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1996 Executioners are a dime a dozen in wrestling. Since time immemorial, promoters running low on talent, ideas, or both have slapped black masks on wrestlers and trotted them out to the ring for a quick loss to their babyface stars. On the very first Monday Night Raw, for instance, perennial jobbers Duane Gill and Barry Hardy donned the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Johnny Curtis: NXT winner tests your gag reflex

24 Submitted by on Thu, 17 October 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2011 When Curtis Hussey, better known to WWE fans as Fandango, was getting ready to debut his new gimmick, the more cynical fans in the WWE Universe (i.e. the ones who won’t repeat a silly marketing buzzword like, “WWE Universe”) balked at the idea. Week after week, ridiculous vignettes aired that seemed to guarantee a spectacular flop and a Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Indecent Proposal Match: The only wrestling angle to win a film award in Vegas

50 Submitted by on Thu, 10 October 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2003 Only in wrestling could a man coming off a “break-up” and a fake gay marriage hook up with a woman still mourning the sex-induced death of her father brought on by her lesbian predator nemesis, only to run afoul of a trailer park-dwelling couple that had recently received a multi-million dollar windfall from a dead uncle’s inheritance. The Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Super Posedown: Vince’s original Body Stars face off!

27 Submitted by on Thu, 03 October 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1989 Years ago, wrestling promoters’ attitudes about sex appeal were a little… different. In “No Holds Barred,” Hulk Hogan’s bikini-brief clad buttocks made the villainess swoon and immediately come… to the side of good. Over in WCW, their “sexiest wrestler” contest was won by Tom Zenk. Even at the 1996 Slammy Awards (note to self: induct the 1996 Slammy Continue Reading...
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Induction: The APA Bar Room Invitational: The silliest wrestling bar fight not involving a squeegee

34 Submitted by on Thu, 26 September 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2003 By 2003, WWE had already established its brand extension (not a “roster split”), which extended its brand right down the middle, and was taking the daring step of charging for separate brand-exclusive pay-per-views. In June, Raw put on Bad Blood, so in July, Smackdown followed suit. Since the brands had been extended pretty thin, the show was a Continue Reading...
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Induction: Vince McMahon, WWF champion: The Two-Vince Ego Trip

63 Submitted by on Thu, 19 September 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1999 If you’ve read enough inductions on this site, you will by now have figured out that the Attitude Era wasn’t the golden age of cool angles, awesome wrestling, and mature content that many fans seem to think it was when complaining about WWE’s recent “PG Era.” At least not if you take the word, “mature” literally. You’ve probably Continue Reading...
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Induction: Sting vs. Rick Steiner: Release the hounds (and whoever spliced this footage together)!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 12 September 2013, 20:00
WCW, 1999 Live wrestling audiences tend not appreciate pre-taped matches. Believe it or not, people who pay money to see matches in person hate it when they are subjected to fight sequences in remote locations that they don’t get to see first-hand. Whether it be the King of the Road match, the Hollywood Backlot Brawl (note to self: induct the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Mark Henry, sex addict: Mark finds a way to spend even more time on the couch.

52 Submitted by on Thu, 05 September 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1999 We’ll all remember Mark Henry’s faux-retirement speech for a long time. With tears in his eyes, the World’s Strongest Man cut an emotional promo dedicated to his friends and family, only to blindside John Cena and goad him into a title shot. This wasn’t the first time that Mark had bared his soul to the public, however, as Continue Reading...
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Induction: Rodman Down Under: No matter the hemisphere, crap still flushes the same way.

22 Submitted by on Thu, 29 August 2013, 20:00
Independent PPV, 2000 The term, “terrible” is all relative. For example, last week, I inducted Jerry Lawler vs. Roddy Piper, a terrible match with no business headlining a “New Generation” card on a major pay-per-view. If, however, the same match had been put on an independent DVD sold for $1 on the Wal-Mart bargain shelf, then it wouldn’t have been Continue Reading...
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Induction: Piper vs. Lawler: No promotion in the world would dare pass this off as “The New Generation.” Well, maybe AWA.

32 Submitted by on Thu, 22 August 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1994 It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the late Art Donovan’s classic terrible commentary at King of the Ring 1994. Given my pen name (based on Gorilla Monsoon’s botched introduction that evening) and my blog entitled, “How Much Does This Guy Weigh?”, it should come as no surprise that Harry Simon’s induction of Art Donovan at Continue Reading...
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Induction: NXT Season 2 Finale: Bros before Pros, or Why Curtis Axel isn’t world champion already

32 Submitted by on Thu, 15 August 2013, 20:00
NXT started in early 2010 as a proving ground for new talent, combining elements of Raw and Smackdown (wrestling) with elements of the Million Dollar Tough Enough (reality TV-style eliminations, absurd challenges). The first season was won by Wade Barrett, but the real exclamation point at the end of the season came when all eight rookies stormed the ring and Continue Reading...
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Induction: WCW Champion David Arquette vs Tank Abbott: Remember when Russo wanted to put the title on him?

34 Submitted by on Sat, 10 August 2013, 10:11
WCW 2000 by Emerson Witner In his critically acclaimed tome A Lion’s Tale, Chris Jericho told the story of him trying to get a pay per view match with WCW Champion Goldberg coming on the heels of a really fun storyline where Jericho kept challenging Goldberg to a match, mocked his entrance and beat a midget version of him. Anyway, Eric Continue Reading...
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Induction: Farting Natalya: When a Diva passes gas on TV, Wrestlecrap is never far behind.

27 Submitted by on Thu, 08 August 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2012 Farts have had a complicated history in television. Even though everyone has them, and they are on the whole (no, I don’t like how that sounds; let’s just say, “for the most part”) harmless, for decades they were shunned from the airwaves. Kids have long included flatulence in their schoolyard humor, and fart jokes are often the sole Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Art Donovan – Man of a Thousand Questions. And They Were All “How Much Does This Guy Weigh?”

25 Submitted by on Sun, 04 August 2013, 20:51
Quick note from RD Reynolds: All of us here at WrestleCrap.com are saddened by Art Donovan’s passing.  His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers! WWF King of the Ring, 1994 Text by Harry Simon We’ve all done it. After enough cajoling, begging, and/or threatening, we’ve all finally managed to convince a friend or relative to plunk down on Continue Reading...
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