Category Archives: Inductions

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Induction: Lex Luger, Million-Dollar Turncoat? – At least the *arenas* didn’t sell out.

45 Submitted by on Thu, 10 April 2014, 20:00
WWF, 1994 Once upon a time, “Made in the USA” Lex Luger and the Native American Tatanka were the best of friends. Together, the two All-Americans would demolish whatever unpatriotic force stood in their way.   All this changed in the summer of 1994, when, after weeks of speculation, Tatanka broke the unfortunate news: Lex Luger had sold out to Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Little Hercules – Because the World Needed The Hulkster in 3D!

30 Submitted by on Tue, 01 April 2014, 19:00
Since day one here at WrestleCrap.com, I’ve known that an integral feature on the site needed to be in-depth reviews of horrible movies starring wrestlers.  Ever since I saw No Holds Barred back in 1989, I was scarred for life, and I wanted others to be equally scarred.  Look back into the archive (cheap plug, it’s only $14.95!!), and you Continue Reading...
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Guest Induction: Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – If the rasslin’ business ain’t broke, keep fixing it!

13 Submitted by on Tue, 01 April 2014, 00:00
This article comes courtesy of Art0Donnell’s cousin, Rocky Melvin, entertainment reporter for the website of a major cable news outlet. In just a few weeks, it will be time for Wrestlemania, the World Wrestling Federation’s biggest smackdown of the year. Laugh if you will, but wrestling can be big business, drawing tens of thousands of loyal fans to see their Continue Reading...
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Induction: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan – How long should this world title match last? LOL, I’ll pretend you said 18 seconds.

58 Submitted by on Thu, 27 March 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2012 It was Wrestlemania, and wrestling fans around the world were eager to see Daniel Bryan take on Sheamus in a title match on the grandest stage of them all. While not the most heavily-hyped match on the card, this match had the potential to steal the show. Imagine those fans’ surprise when the match ended before they knew Continue Reading...
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Induction: Steve Austin vs. Yokozuna – A match fit for a king. Apparently.

24 Submitted by on Thu, 20 March 2014, 20:00
WWF, 1996 The WWF’s King of the Ring was a pretty big deal back when the Federation held an annual pay-per-view around the tournament. Winning the crown, while not a guarantee of success, was an indicator that big things were coming a wrestler’s way. Of the tournament-winners from 1993 to 2002, Owen Hart, Mabel, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar all Continue Reading...
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Induction: Cryme Tyme meets George W. Bush: If the President was pro-life, why did he perform this comedic abortion?

31 Submitted by on Thu, 13 March 2014, 20:00
WWE, 2006 WWE, not unlike the Ultimate Warrior, has a lot of bad habits, but only ones that help this website survive. Besides a fascination with feces, outrageously lewd sexual story lines, and constantly humiliating Jim Ross, Vince and his band of merry yes-men have always had a thing for political jokes.   Well, not so much “political” jokes as Continue Reading...
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Induction: Hollywood Backlot Brawl – Brawl and Panties! Brawl and Panties!

36 Submitted by on Thu, 06 March 2014, 21:00
WWF, 1996 In 1996, with Wrestlemania XII just around the corner, Scott Hall declared his intentions to go to WCW after that year’s big event. Normally, this would mean a simple change in booking. Instead of Razor Ramon beating Goldust to regain his Intercontinental Title, he would just lose the match, putting over the champion and leaving the company without Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Return of Virgil – Who? Mike Jones!

35 Submitted by on Thu, 27 February 2014, 21:00
WWE, 2010 Ever since “The Wrestler” hit theaters in 2009, a lot of past-their prime superstars have been pegged as “The Wrestler in real life”: a former big name now living in the past and struggling with addiction or financial despair. Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Jake Roberts, and many others have been given that dubious distinction. One scene in that Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Wrestling Classic – To quote Nelson Muntz, “I can think of at least two things wrong with that title!”

27 Submitted by on Thu, 20 February 2014, 21:00
WWF, 1985 After the first Wrestlemania, Vince and company wanted to capitalize by throwing all the great wrestlers and Corporal Kirchner and Moondog Spot onto one spectacular themed event. This concept would eventually come to fruition at 1987’s Survivor Series, but an abortive attempt was made along the way in November 1985: it was a similar concept, but instead of Continue Reading...
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Induction: The World’s Largest Love Machine, Viscera – Every day is Hump Day for Big Vis

37 Submitted by on Thu, 13 February 2014, 21:00
(RIP NELSON FRAZIER: 1971 – 2014) WWE, 2005-7 Nelson Frazier has worn many hats during his years with World Wrestling Entertainment. Well, he only ever really wore one hat, which was a crown, but he had a number of gimmicks (rapper, clown, king, cult member) before evolving into Barry White’s younger, scarier brother. Viscera’s road to suave sex-godhood began in Continue Reading...
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Induction: Double Dare’s Super-Slop-O-Mania – Still more mature than Punk’d

17 Submitted by on Thu, 06 February 2014, 21:00
Nickelodeon/WWF, 1989 With two former wrestlers like Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handling announcing duties for years in the WWF, constantly at odds, don’t you find it odd that they never squared off in the ring to settle their differences? Why, Michael Cole was barely a year into his insufferable jerk persona before he and Jerry Lawler had a series Continue Reading...
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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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Claire Lynch: The 2012 Gooker Award Winner

80 Submitted by on Sun, 12 January 2014, 15:00
TNA-Impact, 2012 It was funny, prior to the Gooker voting this year, the very great Justin Henry and I were discussing the various candidates. Make no mistake, there were some doozies in 2012, from all the goofiness with the Aces & 8’s to AJ Lee’s various lovers to Natalya’s nonstop flatulance. Despite the multitude of choices, he explained to me 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

54 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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The InVasion: 2001 Gooker Award Winner

22 Submitted by on Thu, 02 January 2014, 15:00
WWF, 2001 When Bryan Alvarez and I decided to write The Death of WCW, he said something that I will never forget. After laughing about all the horrible stuff the company did to cause its own demise, we started to get down to business and really think about the company and its rich history. “You realize,” Bryan told me, “that as 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: Master P and the No Limit Soldiers – Rap is Wrestlecrap

59 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!

38 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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