Category Archives: Inductions

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Classic Induction: TNA’s Early Days – Fat Guys Named ‘Cheex’, Midgets in Trash Cans, Flying Elvises – What More Could You Want??

24 Submitted by on Fri, 26 July 2013, 09:15
  A Special Look Back at the First Days of NWA-TNA   After the WrestleCrap induction of the wrestling penises (or is that pen-i?) known as The Johnsons a couple of weeks back, I have been bombarded with requests for some of the more…how can I put this nicely?…idiotic characters and angles that plagued the first few weeks of NWA-TNA’s Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior: A Lesson in Professionalism from WWE’s Spiteful Owner

99 Submitted by on Thu, 25 July 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2005 Some of the biggest news in the wrestling world as of late is the Ultimate Warrior’s promotion of the upcoming WWE 2K14 video game. I suppose the Warrior is a forgiving man, or else he was afraid of what would happen if he refused the endorsement. That’s because, allegedly, the last time the Ultimate Warrior was offered an Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Goonies R Good Enough – But Are They Good Enough to Stand Up to Piper, Blassie, and Sheik?

10 Submitted by on Fri, 19 July 2013, 10:06
Music Video, 1985 Text by RD Reynolds Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it or not, but I am a child of the 1980′s. And if I haven’t…well, to be fair, you’d probably have to be an knuckle dragging mouth breather to have not noticed it. Listen to one episode of WrestleCrap Radio (come on, we really want to break a dozen listeners!), Continue Reading...
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Induction: Flair and Piper on Celebrity Wife Swap: Naitch still is a 60-Minute Man (41 Minutes without the commercials)

67 Submitted by on Thu, 18 July 2013, 20:00
ABC television, 2013 When I first heard that wrestling personalities would be featured on Celebrity Wife Swap, I was shocked that Hulk Hogan would even be on speaking terms with Bubba The Love Sponge again, let alone agree to appear on national TV together. Later, I learned that the show was rated TV-PG, putting that lot out of the question. Continue Reading...
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Induction: Tough Enough 2: One big bust

32 Submitted by on Thu, 11 July 2013, 19:00
In 2001, WWF was so pleased with the progress of the first season of Tough Enough, the reality show where 13 wannabe wrestlers trained and competed for WWF contracts to the sounds of terrible early 2000s music, that they put a second season into production immediately after the conclusion of the first. It seemed like a no-brainer at the time. Continue Reading...
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Induction: Raw is Aldrin: The Eagle has landed in Wrestlecrap

50 Submitted by on Thu, 04 July 2013, 19:00
May 17th, 2010′s Monday Night Raw may have been the most historically significant ever. I don’t mean wrestling history here, either; I mean history history. This was the night that Raw was hosted by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, second man to step foot on the moon. And really, like the Royal Rumble, that’s pretty much the same as being number one. Continue Reading...
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Induction: TNA on Family Feud: We asked a hundred has-beens what kind of job they wanted in TNA. No, wait, that was Hulk Hogan.

44 Submitted by on Thu, 27 June 2013, 19:00
Family Feud is no stranger to the world of wrestling. In the past, they have hosted shows featuring performers from the WWF, WCW, GLOW, and even the WBF. Ray Combs, who took over for Richard Dawson, made numerous appearances at WWF events, and 1993′s Survivor Series even featured a “Family Feud Match” between the Hart family and Jerry Lawler’s masked Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Grunt – The Most Influential Wrestling Movie Ever Made!

9 Submitted by on Mon, 24 June 2013, 09:15
Theatrical Motion Picture, 1985 I have to admit – I was perhaps overexcited at the thought that we were going to dedicate an entire month here at the Crap to wrestling movies. If there’s one thing I love more than horrible wrestling, it’s horrible movies. Tell me we’re watching Schindler’s List tonight, and I will probably pass. Tell me it’s Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: 3 Ninjas on MegaMountain – Featuring Hulk Hogan, Karate Warrior

16 Submitted by on Fri, 21 June 2013, 09:15
Theatrical Motion Picture, 1998 If there was one thing I was disappointed with in the WrestleCrap book, it was the fact that although I spent an entire chapter covering Hulk Hogan’s movie career, I had to cut short pretty much anything past Thunder in Paradise. After all, the book was called “WrestleCrap”, not “HoganMovieCrap” (although, come to think of it, Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Million Dollar Tough Enough: The Male Diva Search

31 Submitted by on Thu, 20 June 2013, 19:00
WWE in 2004 had something of a dearth of new talent, to say the least. The new “stars” on Raw and Smackdown (okay, mostly Smackdown) included such future main-eventers as Kenzo Suzuki, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, Orlando Jordan, and Heidenreich. To fill the depleted roster, WWE held its fourth season of Tough Enough. Unlike the first three seasons of the Continue Reading...
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Induction: WCW’s “Kiss My Ass” Match – What better match for two old farts?

21 Submitted by on Thu, 13 June 2013, 19:00
When people think of the last night of the Monday Night Wars, they typically think of the outdoor Nitro in Panama City, Florida that ended with Sting vs. Ric Flair and a simulcast featuring both Vince and Shane McMahon. And yes, according to kayfabe, that would be the the last episode of the Monday Night Wars, as in story line, Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Fuji Bandito – WrestleCrap Says Goodbye to the Fabulous Moolah

6 Submitted by on Fri, 07 June 2013, 09:15
WWF, 1989  No doubt when you learned this week that Fabulous Moolah had passed away, many thoughts probably raced through your head. Her contributions to women’s wrestling, perhaps. Maybe her build-up to WrestleMania I with Captain Lou, Cyndia Lauper, and Wendi Richter. Or maybe, since you are hanging out at a site called “WrestleCrap”, her antics with Mae Young. Believe Continue Reading...
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Induction: Raw is Piven: Monday night becomes damaged Goods

47 Submitted by on Thu, 06 June 2013, 19:00
When Donald Trump bought Monday Night Raw in the summer of 2009, then promptly sold it back to Vince McMahon in one of WWE’s most poorly-written, incomprehensible, and financially damaging angles of all time, it opened up a new era for the USA program. From then on, every week would feature a different celebrity guest host whose performances would range Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Big Show’s Poop Problem – Sometimes These Things Just Write Themselves

14 Submitted by on Fri, 31 May 2013, 09:15
WWE, 2003 There are times when working on this site just isn’t fun. Times when, as I look at the calendar, I realize that our new monthly deadline for new inductions is fast approaching, and I scramble to come up with ideas to present to you, my fellow Crappers. Times when, following a long day at my “real job”, I’d Continue Reading...
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Induction: Donald Trump buys Raw: Dropped almost as fast as WWE’s stock

46 Submitted by on Thu, 30 May 2013, 19:00
WWE, 2009 I have never understood Donald Trump’s involvement in wrestling. He is always presented as a face counterpart to Vince McMahon’s evil billionaire character, but the facts tell a different, much darker story. While the wrestling persona Mr. McMahon once made Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog on television, the real-life Donald Trump once tried to demolish Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Das Wunderberlyn – Never Replace a Crappy Gimmick with a Crappier Gimmick

23 Submitted by on Sun, 26 May 2013, 17:05
WCW, For A Whole Bunch of Years You know the only thing worse than having a horrible gimmick? Getting rid of that horrible gimmick, then being stuck with something just as bad. It’s funny, because when I originally typed that sentence above, I wrote “with something even worse.” Yet when I think about the focal point of today’s induction, I Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Great Fall of Angle: How Did He Avoid a Broken Freakin’ Everything?

43 Submitted by on Sun, 19 May 2013, 07:00
WWE, 2004 The story of this week’s induction begins with the 2004 WWE Draft, which somehow saw Smackdown General Manager Paul Heyman drafted to Raw and then promptly quit. Kurt Angle was then selected to fill the always-fresh, never-clichéd role of heel authority figure. Kurt’s first order of business was nixing Triple H’s move to Smackdown just 24 real-world hours Continue Reading...
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Induction: Survivor Series 1991: A $25 Infomercial For A Show That Grossed 25% Of The Revenue

41 Submitted by on Thu, 09 May 2013, 19:00
 WWF, 1991 (duh) by Emerson Witner A few months ago my brother texted me and wondered when I was going to induct Survivor Series 1991. At first I explained that a.) It’s not my site and b.) Survivor Series 1991 wasn’t that bad. He replied back that RD never writes anymore inductions (note from RD: more to come once I Continue Reading...
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Induction: Lita cheats on Matt Hardy: Starring Glen Jacobs as Matt.

46 Submitted by on Thu, 02 May 2013, 19:00
For parts one and two of this induction, click here and here. Since the summer of 2004, Amy Dumas’s “Lita” character had been tormented on WWE television with coercive sexual contracts, pregnancy, and a miscarriage. It would seem only natural that when she finally broke off her forced marriage to her own rapist, it would be a cause for celebration Continue Reading...
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Induction Special: The 10 Worst Title Awardings in Wrestling History!

52 Submitted by on Thu, 18 April 2013, 19:00
It began as an offhand challenge. Internet wrestling institution Scott Keith posted an old review of WCW SuperBrawl VIII on his BLOG OF DOOM, and inserted passages of hindsight to his long-ago written word. As the review was written in February 2000, 2 years after the airing of this SuperBrawl, Keith drops some 2000-related notes in the original rant, and Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Saga of Matt Hardy and Lita and Kane: You people found this less awful than the Diva Search?!

31 Submitted by on Thu, 18 April 2013, 19:00
Nary a year goes by without a wedding taking place in a wrestling ring. This year, Bully Ray tried to tie the knot with Brooke Hogan. Last year, it was Daniel Bryan being jilted at the altar by AJ Lee. Wrestling weddings are so commonplace and so consistently wacky that, frankly, about the only thing you would never expect from Continue Reading...
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Induction Special: The Fandango Effect: Gimmicks Spared from Induction by Great Performers

67 Submitted by on Thu, 11 April 2013, 19:00
Color us here at WrestleCrap surprised. When Fandango’s vignettes began playing, ol’ RD was about to engrave the cha-cha dancer’s name onto the 2013 Gooker Award plaque well in advance. I myself have tallied many Power Crappings ballots that featured Johnny Curtis’ alter ego among the selections. It seemed Fandango was destined for induction from the minute his, “Mind if Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Goldberg vs. Lesnar – The Most Overhyped, Underdelivering Match Ever!

13 Submitted by on Fri, 05 April 2013, 10:15
WrestleMania XX, 2004 Text by Triple Kelly with RD Reynolds  It’s that time of year again, fellow ‘Crappers. Yes, March Madness is upon us. A time of NCAA men’s and women’s basketball brackets AND the good ol’ Wrestlemania weekend. I always thought it’d be fun to get together with your buddies for a weekend and watch some old Wrestlemanias to get in the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Baywatch at the Beach

17 Submitted by on Mon, 01 April 2013, 11:04
I’m trapped in a plane. Well, I call it trapped.  I’m 6’5″, rolling in economy, crammed against a window that has offered me a couple hours of sleep on this 8 hour flight.  The night before?  Oh, I was up fixing a server that died on me while I was out of town.  Got no, and I mean zero, sleep.  Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Wrestlemania X Ladder Match: Hardware Heaven ’94

23 Submitted by on Mon, 01 April 2013, 00:00
A guest post written by Art0Donnell’s cousin, KofiJ0hnson WWF, 1994 Wrestlemania is supposed to be the biggest and best event of the year in the world of wrestling, but what happens when Vince McMahon runs out of exciting ideas and instead decides to build title matches around household items? The answer: the ladder match. Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels had Continue Reading...
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Induction: Frank Trigg vs. AJ Styles: You can’t spell “suMMArily awful” without “MMA”

17 Submitted by on Thu, 28 March 2013, 20:00
Many people who aren’t wrestling fans are incapable of seeing the appeal of watching people pretend to beat each other up. This has always baffled me, since most all television, even so-called “reality” TV, is scripted. Anyone who has ever enjoyed fiction in any genre or medium knows the advantages of scripted entertainment and storytelling. When the action is written Continue Reading...
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