Curtain Jerker, 1/11/13: Your First Crap

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Hey hey hey (/Dwayne voice) people. Welcome to the new WrestleCrap.com. By now, you’ve noticed the new-and-improved (not even going out on a limb here) design for the site, as well as the flurry of new features that this long-running site will offer.

One such new feature is the morning “Curtain Jerker”, wherein I’ll do one of two things: rant about something from the world of wrestling, or survey the readership about something loosely related to the goings-on. In either case, it’ll be something to create debate amongst you fine folks, and keep bringing you back.

After all, like the tobacco industry says, you need to hook ‘em while they’re young. And if you’re not young, just pretend you are. C’mon, you lie to the mirror every day anyway.

And speaking of youth, that brings me to the first Curtain Jerker.

Being that this day is about the renewal of WrestleCrap, and it no doubt conjures up a lot of ‘crappy’ memories for you folks, I ask you this:

What was the first angle, gimmick, or moment in wrestling that truly made you say, “Boy, this sucks.”?

I’m not talking about a heel one-upping your hero; rather, an instance of WrestleCrap that you, even in your impressionable years, made you say, “Wow, this is terrible!”

Speaking for myself, it’s definitely WCW’s Chamber of Horrors from Halloween Havoc 1991. I was just shy of 8 years old, but I knew it was ridiculous to have a man (in this case, Abdullah the Butcher) be electrocuted the way a death row prisoner may be. By that point, my “is this real?” cherry had been popped, so knowing that it was fake made it FAR easier to understand the hokeyness of fried Sudanese flesh.

So what say you? What was the moment when you had your own first personal brush with “WrestleCrap”?

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83 Responses to "Curtain Jerker, 1/11/13: Your First Crap"
  1. Matt Soileau says:

    Face Doink.

    • Rhaysha Afghnanet IV says:

      The first thing that took “The Bliss Of Belief” in me and flushed it down the toilet was the Sting vs Jake the Snake cowboy themed skits for a PPV, it was there that I said to myself ” THE REAL Jake the Snake would NEVER do that cowboy themed rullette bullshit,The undertaker really fucked him up, he finally has gone insane!!! ( I was 7 years old )……Now that I think about it, that’s one of the most lucid things Jake has done, in and specially out of the ring. Don’t gt me wrong, I’m not dissing Snake, I loooove the guy, it’s just that the bussiness ( WCW mostly) tried to take things seriously….by using stupid and retarded angles, gimmicks, you know the gist. With WCW, it made some sense cause we’re talking warner bros., you know, bugs, daffy, tweety,wabits, cartoon sound effects,etc. But WWE ?? They just didn’t give a fuck…….

  2. Mike Federanko says:

    Definitely the Gobbledy Gooker Survivor Series 1990. I was 9 and it was crap and rightly the catalyst for Wrestlecrap.com. Type 7 on the Bristol Stool Chart.

    The other stand out crap moment was the Match Made in Heaven at Summerslam 1991. I was 10. It was crap but only just saved from being wrestlecrap by a late intervention from Jake the Snake Roberts and The Undertaker gatecrashing the wedding breakfast – maybe a type 4 on the Bristol Stool Chart.

  3. RD Reynolds says:

    I’m sure it was an early TNT show. Maybe with a sausage tree.

  4. Dev says:

    I’d second the Gobbledy Gooker, that was a steaming pile of WrestleCrap!!

  5. patricko says:

    Started watching WWE in the late mid 80′s.
    Didn’t start watching WCW until ’90 or so.

    First truly “wow, this sucks.” angle I recall, has to be Rick Martel blinding Jake Roberts with “arrogance”.
    (I believe that’s what his cologne was called…)

    Man, that was bad. I believe it even polluted my first WWE house show experience….

  6. Tony Wilson says:

    I began watching wrestling around 1989, at the age of three, which is too young to know what crap is. Or perhaps it was just a better product, at the time. Then, I endured a near seven-month lapse after they moved to cable. I’d catch a WCW Saturday Night at my grandma’s house, every now and then, but maybe once a year, or less. By the time I was finally able to watch on a regular basis, the business had changed dramatically. 1997 was a great year to be a wrestling fan, and I was able to enjoy at least the last four months of it.

    But the very first piece of crap that I saw during a wrestling program, a piece of crap that I instantly recognized as a piece of crap, even at the tender age of 11, was “DRUNKEN HAWK”.

    I’d always loved The Road Warriors (I will never refer to them by their other, corporate-licensed, WWE trademarked name), but I certainly did not enjoy seeing them reduced to a bad comedy act.

    That would’ve been bad enough, but this was unfortunately Hawk & Animal’s last run with either of “The Big Two”, and they would quickly fade into obscurity afterwards, resurfacing only once, in a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad match against Kane and Rob Van Dam (during yet another period when they had no idea what to do with Kane),

    The Road Warriors were, are, and will forever be the greatest tag team in wrestling history, but any time he had them under his employ, Vince McMahon did all he possibly could to make a joke out of them, whether it was a dummy named Rocco, or Hawk jumping off the Titantron.

    • Mike Federanko says:

      100% agree here. That damn puppet was indeed some of the worse Wrestlecrap in memory. The gimmick could of only been more enjoyable if it squirted acid in your face as you watched.

  7. Tony Wilson says:

    *Seven-YEAR lapse*

  8. Peter Santellan says:

    Jeff Jarrett using WWF to take over Nashville.

  9. Adam Cota says:

    I’d have to say mine was Bertha Faye; I remember simply asking myself, “….Why?”

  10. IC says:

    I wanna say Matilda. Didn’t really care for that dog.

  11. The Last Doink says:

    My first crap was kinda nutty and….oh wait you mean wrestling.

    Well the first crap I remember was Right to Censor. I was about twelve or thirteen and I said out loud, “Are they supposed to FCC censors or Mormons?” And let’s not even talk about that entrance theme, Jesus (not Christ but Carlito’s old bodyguard) I never thought I would be beg for deafness. And the worst part is that there were supposed to be a mid card to main event heel stable and turned out to be nothing more than glorified jobbers. Seriously I think the J.O.B squad was on their backs counting the lights less than these guys.

    It also killed one of my favorite Attitude tag teams of The Godfather and Val Venis aka Supply and Demand. Stupid Mormon FCC Censors.

    • Mike Federanko says:

      I know it’s all personal choice, but I liked the Right to Censor. Especially when they recruited Ivory. It gave the woman’s championship a higher sense of purpose. She was superb in the role.

      • FormerlyFromTokyo says:

        I liked them too. But I like Stevie Richards in a lot of what he did anyway.

        I’ve been watching wrestling for 20+ years but the first thing that springs to mind right now is the fake Rosie O’Donnell/Trump fight. That it just kept going on and on even though people were booing and chanting while J.R. and King kept calling the match like the crowd wasn’t annoyed was funny but embarrassing, too.

  12. Larry says:

    When Earthquake “squashed” Jake “the Snake” Roberts’s python Damien, (then next week served “snakeburgers” to Bobby Heenan & Sean Mooney.)

  13. Ralphus says:

    I have to say it was the Big Boss Man vs Naliz (Mock McMahon: “with a Z at the end…that’s BRILLIANT!!) Nightstick on a Pole match at Survivor Series 92. I was only 8 and a Boss Man fan at the time, but even I thought it was lame.

    Honorable mention to whenever The Mountie used his stun gun and all it did was make the “wrong answer” buzz from some lame 80′s game show.

  14. Brian E says:

    I’ve watched plenty of crap over the years (started watching wrestling in 1992, when I was 4-5 years old). In my younger years, I could not decipher what was crap and what wasn’t (I was usually entertained regardless of what was going on), but thankfully ten years later I could easily pick the crap moments from the classic moments.

    The Katie Vick debacle has to be the first moment that I genuinely understood the stupidity and lack of intelligence used in creating that angle. Mannequins, necrophilia, and dick jokes…a trifecta of tripe, a group of god-awful, three sure signs that what you are watching is truly WrestleCrap.

  15. Shadowbird says:

    Mr. America. Because it was very obviously Hogan, everyone knew it, but they had to act like it wasn’t.

  16. Mike Federanko says:

    Even though I’ve been a wrestling fan for 26 years, the first wrestling match which I thought oozed wrestle crap happened quite late on. I’ve sat through my fair share of squash matches and 80′s stinkers – but the one, sole match which was TRUELY the essence of Wrestlecrap and had me reaching for the TV remote was Buff Bagwell Vs Booker T. I think this was on RAW sometime in 2001. Oh dear God, where’s the nearest eye bath!!

  17. RamboHomerMcFly says:

    hogan training mean gene/hillbilly jim training himself with mattresses and moonshine.

  18. Mike Federanko says:

    Anything “New” or “Real”

    The New Rockers
    The New Foundation
    The New Generation
    The Real Razor Ramon and Diesel
    The Real Double J – Jessie James

    Or how about Fatu from the Headshrinkers when he got street wise and started speaking English – just like that.

    • Jerm says:

      Oh yeah, those two words are the kiss of death for anybody in wrestling. Speaking of names, I never understood why, in the early 90′s, the WWF “introduced” all of these characters that we were not supposed to recognize but had been watching for years. The Dragon, Col. Mustafa, and The Mountie come to mind right off the bat because I remember how the announcers had to pretend they never saw these guys before and here are one former I-C Champ that had probably the best match ever at Mania and one former World Champion. My head hurts thinking about it…

  19. Jeff L. says:

    I was introduced to wrestling at a young age, but I didn’t start watching it regularly until 1993 leading up to Wrestlemania 9. Pick your crap for that show becuase you have plenty to choose from. As I think about it, what better way for a crappy pay-per-view to end than for Hogan to when a championship match that he was not even in? I was 12 at the time and Bret Hart was my favorite and I knew this was not right.

    Other, less serious, crap that caught my eye in the beginning of my fan existence was some of the WWF characters of the mid ’90′s like the job wrestlers: Duke “The Dumpster”, the Goon, The Baseball guy. T.L. Hopper, and the Godwin Family. Again at a young age I just felt sorry that they got landed with a role that stunk and was expected to make it work

  20. KingofKings says:

    Hmmm WWF/E I’d have to say Papa Shango. Don’t know what made Vince think that we needed a voodoo priest but thank God Charles Wright came back as the Godfather.

    WCW Got to be Disco Inferno. When I first saw him I seriously thought WCW was throwing the finger at us.

    First angle that made me embarassed to watch the product let alone WCW was definately Cactus Jack’s lost in Cleavland.

  21. Scott Hurley says:

    I know this isnt a very popular one but when Ted Dibiase “bought” Nikoli Volkoff and made him wear that stupid shirt. I was about 8 or 9 when that happened and knew the buisness was scripted so I foumd it pretty ridiculous that a person could sort of “buy” another person and have him do his bidding

  22. The Gold Standard says:

    Having watched wrestling for years before the boon of WWF, I had seen some things that didn’t quite work out so well, but my first real “Shake your head” moment was that Tommy Rich actually held the NWA World Title. I know it’s a small thing compaired to the horror of Adrian Adonis’s unusual turn, The Gooker, The Black Scorpion, and countless others. However, that was a true, “What were they smoking” affair. Followed closely by Ric Flair and Ray Candy having arm wrestling contests on Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • Pollak Rulz says:

      Tommy Rich was one of the best and most popular steadiest at the time. He laid it all on the line every night and earned a shot at Harley Race!

  23. Brent D. says:

    It’s tough to say- late 80′s/early 90′s WWF was loaded with it so I’m not sure when it first hit me, but I’d say the Red Rooster gimmick.

    • tdmoon says:

      THIS
      I was a big fan of Terry Taylor pre-WWF, and seeing him strutting around with a red mohawk made me rage. Part of the reason I preferred the AWA and NWA to WWF.

  24. Mr Z says:

    The earliest I can remember thinking something was weslecrap was when they finally showed Bad New Brown’s sewer rats. I found the clip from that Summerslam, even as a little kid I knew something was off about that rat lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjRA8HPvEus

    • Justin Henry says:

      I was at Summerslam 1990, and my friend was scared that the “rats” were going to get loose. Ahhh, the days of being a mark.

      • Mr Z says:

        What a great visual. The rats get loose and run wild in the arena, fans fleeing, the event gets shut down. How about about that for rewriting the book? “What if the sewer rats got loose?” The Summerslam chaos gets so much media attention that Bad News becomes the top villian in the company which leads to him defeating Warrior for the title. Steamboat and Davey Boy are brought in to main event for the natural animal vs animal storylines. Even Koko can get a shot on a Main Event. Of course Bad News will go into Wrestlemania 7 as champ against Hogan, but now Hogan will have a bald eagle on his shoulder. History would be made as there would be no need for a venue change. Hogan/Bald Eagle vs Bad News/Sewer Rats sells out the Memorial Coliseum blowing away Wrestlemania 3′s attendance. A legit 93,000 the company boasts as 413,527. Years later Hogan’s Eagle shocks fans by turning heel and joining with Jack Swagger. Even more shocking the rats turn into good guys and join with NXT’s Conner O’Brien.

        Sorry, I may have gotten carried away there. But yeah, rats on the loose is pretty funny.

    • Delicious Dave says:

      dear lord that’s a opossum. That is too funny. Vince is so street.

  25. patricko says:

    Someone mentioned the Red Rooster

    At one house show, I had him, the aforementioned Martel / Roberts nonsense, AND Polka Dot Dusty vs. Virgil, when Polka Dot Dusty was feuding with DiBiase, including the whole Sapphire mess…..

    Add Dino Bravo vs… who cares, and it’s little wonder that Perfect vs. Paul Roma was the best match of the night….

  26. Jerm says:

    Ah, nobody forgets their first crap…especially when it comes in 2 parts! Part 1-”No Holds Barred”. I was about 11 when this movie came out and was so excited to see it. Even at 11, I never wanted to leave a movie theater so bad in my life. How this movie has become a “cult classic” I will never know. Part 2-Zeus “wrestling”. Again, even at 11 my brain could not understand how an actor thought he was the character he was playing and wanted to get revenge on his co-star for following the script to the movie. Even typing these words it seems like such a bad dream that I never woke up from.

  27. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    Hiring out WCW Fall Brawl/War Games 1998 from my local library.

    As The Death of WCW put it: “There was one good match on the show (Saturn over Raven), and the main event was so bad, if you were to make a list of the worst main event matches ever, it’d probably rank in the top 5 or 10.”

  28. Superstarl says:

    The very first time I saw any wrestling, it was right in the middle of Rey and Eddie fighting for custody of Rey’s kid, Dominic. Man, was that a stinker.

    “He called me dad, Eddie. He… called… me… dad.”

  29. Trench Reynolds says:

    30 year fan here and the worst crap had to have been the Gooker. Like RD said in his induction the fans started hating it right the hell now.

  30. Jesse Ali says:

    For me, it was that idiotic “Instant Replay Debate” at WrestleMania VII. The Gooker thing annoyed me too, but not as much as this waste of PPV time. Whoever came up with that idea should’ve been fired…Like from his job!

  31. TMS says:

    Double Hebners on The Main Event. I just remember Hogan backstage practically crying “How much did the plastic surgery cost brother?” Then the article in WWF magazine where they were still upholding the Kayfabe and wrote an entire article on how Earl (or was it Dave?) Hebner used the fact that they were identical twins to screw up the other’s life. But yet I kept watching…

    • Brother Bruti says:

      This is what caused me to stop watching for about 6 years. It killed wrestling for me for a long time.

      The funniest part of this angle was when Hogan losing the title made the front page of my local newspaper’s sports section the next day.

  32. MisterSpiffy says:

    I will go with the tag team that was from WCW Special Forces… Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip…The Patriots.

  33. Leonard says:

    I’d have to say it was the Black Scorpion angle. Not the whole thing, but the payoff, of lack thereof. I was young enough to still enjoy the goofy magic tricks, and was so excited trying to guess who the Scorpion was. I was convinced it was going to be the Ultimate Warrior, and couldn’t wait, so to find out it was Flair, who we’d seen against Sting over and over….what a letdown.

  34. Mike says:

    I started watching wrestling in 1997. I don’t remember too much from that year that stuck out to me as absolute crap, but then in 1998……Beaver Cleavage. Nuff said?

  35. Voltron says:

    The first time I changed the channel out of disgust was when WWF superstars opened with that awful Lex Express “Hero” video. A whole bus tour just so he could “win” via countout (Was glad he didnt win the title though)?

    Funny seeing red rooster mentioned- RR was in the first WWF wrasslin match I ever watched and I was a little kid so I liked him

  36. Art0Donnell says:

    I started watching wrestling in 1993, so there’s that. I remember laughing at a lot of cheesy stuff in WCW, but the first time I saw something dumb on WWF Superstars and recognized it was Well Dunn. Two guys in bow ties and thongs whose names just happened to be “Well” and “Dunn” was too much for me to swallow… uh, that is, to accept.

  37. Nick Nutter says:

    The Shockmaster. That was the first one that truly made me do a facepalm. I’d seen some dumb crap leading up to that, but I was ten. The Shockmaster was bad enough to make an ELEVEN YEAR OLD me groan.

  38. Jimbolian says:

    I think that was the Bushwhackers circa 1992-1994. I remember there was a really god awful promo for the Bushwhackers brand new restaurant they opened up in the early 90′s.

    But the most definite I would have to say is Dr. Issac Yankem. My 9-10 year old self knew it was that friggin’ stupid.

  39. DaMoFo says:

    I started watching wrestling about 1970. My first house show had Ric Flair against Wahoo McDaniel as the main event for the Mid-Atlantic title. First crap I can remember was shortly after WWWF began to air in the south, as I grew up watching the NWA. The Ken Patera-Bobby Heenan “Debate” after Patera got out of prison. First, the whole concept was simply stupid. Second, Patera was terrible on the mic and Heenan had to put away his A, B, and C game and use his D game to keep from making Patera look more inept than he was. Heenan looked like he would rather be at the dentist than be in the ring as part of that nonsense.

  40. Cameron A. says:

    I’d have to say The Ringmaster. It wasn’t nearly as bad a gimmick as 1995-era WWF was capable of, but it’s the first character I can remember that seemed rather…off. I didn’t follow wrestling regularly until 1998-99, so I initially didn’t realize The Ringmaster had evolved into Stone Cold Steve Austin.

  41. No Pants Mafia says:

    I really don’t remember what my first introduction to Wrestlecrap. I first started watching regularly in the early 90s when WWF was in it’s every wrestler has a day job phase.

  42. Delicious Dave says:

    My first moment that I truly realized wrestling was not real was the twin Hebners. But like everyone else, it didn’t matter and I stilll loved it. My ultimate wrestlecrap moment came in the late 90′s when I weasled my way up to the security gate at the United Center in Chicago to give a high five to Rick Stiener. That was like shaking hands with the president to me at the time, but then,upon hitting the ring, he proceded to have a debate with Chucky, the doll from Child’s play via the Jumbo Tron. Nothing like seeing an adult threaten a marionette’s life. I promptly went on a beer run.

    Another aweful Chicago moment was Jimmy Hart vs. Mancow. I needed an eye transplant after that match. Worse was it was one of the better matches on the card.

    Lastly, the wrestlecrappiest of the wrestlecrap was Bob Ryders WCW corprate schilling on WCW Live. It was like he was appartment wrestling with anyone and everyone who ever put on spandex in Atlanta.

  43. Smeghead says:

    While I saw wrestling occasionally on TV as a kid, I didn’t start watching regularly until around the second half of 1999. While there was a lot of good stuff going on in WWF at the time, there was a lot of crap as well. But the first thing I really remember–and now I kinda wish I hadn’t–that truly stood out in my mind as being mind-numbingly terrible was Mae Young giving birth to a hand. I still don’t get what they were going for with that one or why it was supposed to be funny, and it’s a wonder I kept watching for several years after that.

  44. MrMaddog says:

    My first exposure to crappy wrestling? Has to be the Black Scorpian… For months it was nothing but innane rantings from a Dr. Claw wanabe along with stupid magic tricks. And the payoff? When B.S. was unmasked and revelaed to be Ric Flair. That’s when I stopped watching WCW for four friggin’ years! And on the other show, WWF had Papa Shango making people leak black goop. Even GLOW did the same thing with a face wrestler beating up her tag team partner while the heel was waving her arms. To paraphrase RD, voodoo and wrestling don’t mix…

  45. downwithOPC says:

    I didn’t really get into wrestling until the attitude era was in full swing. I remember WCW in general just being not too great, but the first specific moment that comes to my mind was actually in WWF with the whole Harry “Beaver” Cleavage thing. One thing I thought, “I wouldn’t want to be sitting in the audience with my mom watching this”.

  46. JB Roni says:

    A promo where IRS went to a graveyard to complain about “tax cheats” during his feud with the Undertaker.

  47. Overlord-G says:

    Tim White’s multiple suicide angle. Sure, there were plenty of others before that, but this one made me cringe. Then again, every time WWE tackles a very delicate subject for the sake of cheap heat, building nonsensical buzz online or ratings, it annoys me.

  48. Peachmeister says:

    I think for me it was always Mae Young giving birth to a hand.

    To this day i still don’t know what crack Russo was smoking.

    • Alan says:

      Russo was long gone to WCW when Mae Young gave birth to the infamous “Hand”. That was during Chris Kreski’s time as head writer. Also, Beaver Cleavage was around in the Summer of ’99, not ’98.

  49. TMM says:

    Started following it in the late 70s getting whatever was available way back then, mostly local wrestling.

    Most of WWF gimmicks kinda make me cringe at some point , when they started to do vignettes to introduce guys, it became hard to take this stuff seriously, don’t remember exactly the first one I saw but as an example introducing guys like Mr perfect with them doing scoring perfect scores in bowling and all this idiotic stuff.

    Still WWF related, the idea of carrying animals in the ring, British Buldogs with a dog, Koko B Ware with a bird and making these animals a point of contention to create storytelling, thanks but no thanks.

    Last straw was those supernatural characters like Papa Shango and Undertaker , call me old school but when non fans watched it and bursted out laughing at the ridiculeness of the whole thing , to paraphrase John Hiatt it breaks my heart to see those breaking breaking this perfectly good sport.

    NWA had also his share of suckiness, remember Lazertron, coming from outer space, even the Apter mags didn’t know what to do with this nonsense .

    Locally when our promotions try to imitate the WWF with doing extravaganza , hiring has been singers was quite weak also.

  50. Pollak Rulz says:

    The angriest I’ve ever been is when they let 125 lb Jeff Hardy fight for the title against The Undertaker, complete with the horrible, non-sensical promo: “Unduhtakuh, wadder match… Undisputit eon-chip!”

  51. Andrew says:

    Warrior, Jake the Snake and the Undertaker

  52. Bif Boz says:

    The first what the heck moment I had was in 1989 courtesy of WCW. The cause: the Ding Dongs. They came from Bellville. There wore bell symbols on the sleeves of their bright orange tights. They were inspired by the ringing of the ring bell. And their names? Why Ding and Dong of course.

    But what really made this crap were the announcers: “Ding with a clothesline… Or is that Dong?”

    Hey Zeus!

  53. Gregg Mather says:

    My first experience of wrestling came when I was five years old in 1992, with WrestleMania VIII. My first experience of genuine, grade-A, all-American WrestleCrap was approximately two and a half hours into that show: Lex Luger’s WBF promo. Even at that tender age, when little boys are supposed to be impressed with big muscles, I was unable to give even a solitary toss about bodybuilding.

    An argument can also be made for the Family Feud crossover in the eight-man tag match at the same event—being from England, I had no idea what Family Feud was. Turns out it was a needlessly confrontational, and therefore quintessentially American, version of our own (woeful) Family Fortunes. And as for the second part of the so-called “double main event”, I’ve never known twelve minutes to go so very… very… slowly. I think that, coupled with the fantastic spectacle put on in the Hitman-Piper and Flair-Savage matches, planted the seed for my lifelong distaste for the in-ring work of the Hulkster.

    Then, one year later, there was the hideous Undertaker-Giant González “match” from WMIX, with the ludicrous ether angle (because of course, a man we were supposed to believe is undead would really be inconvenienced by an anaesthetic). Or the “toga party”. Or Hogan’s inexplicable post-main event title win.

    With my first year of PPVs including all these legendarily crap moments, it’s a miracle I persevered with this whole wrestling thing.

  54. Shawn Perry says:

    I think that when I started to realize that Virgil was actually Ted Dibiase’s slave and not his “valet”…yeah, I knew something didn’t smell right about that even as a kid. Also, and I don’t know if someone else mentioned it, but Sgt Slaughter turning heel and being pro-Iraq during the gulf war? I just felt embarrassed for the guy…

  55. Ben says:

    I’ve been a wrestling fan since 1985, and at the time, I would have said the very first stupid thing I remember is the episode of TNT where Lord Alfred Hayes gets strung up and slathered in barbecue sauce by the Funks.

    Knowing what I know now, it would have to be “Adorable” Adrian Adonis. If people only see the “Adorable” years in WWF and AWA, they are missing out. Adonis was one of the best workers in that ring, and even when his weight ballooned and he was given the “Adorable” gimmick, he could still put on some good matches. Bottom line, though, if you haven’t seen early Adrian Adonis (like his Tag Title run with Dick Murdoch) find some of that footage, and watch a truly great wrestler!

  56. hobu0 says:

    Even though for some reason there’s a big nostalgic glow about this era right now, it wasn’t until Russo/Attitude Era Crash T.V. that really made me question why i loved wrestling. And I’ve been a WWF fan since the mid 80s. As a kid I could handle goofy cartoon-ish characters and silly matches, but as a (somewhat) maturing adult, shit like the Ministry and Mark Henry and Mae Young was so unquestionably stupid and unfunny to me. Thank goodness Austin and the Rock blossomed during that era.

  57. patricko says:

    I largely missed the attitude era. No cable TV, and little interest.
    When I did watch, I turned off the nonsense, and would check back periodically to see if there was actual wrestling taking place…

    at least we stopped seeing squash matches on free TV.

    I caught a house show, my last, in 1995, where Raw was taped for several weeks in one night.
    Watched Razor Ramon carried out on a stretcher, then strolling back to the ring an hour later, unhurt, shrugging his shoulders and grinning to audience along the rail.
    “Yeah, I know suffered a serious injury at the hands of ____ an hour ago, and YOU know I did, but….”

    At some other point, the Gunns came running out to save Shawn Michaels, in bath towels, with wet hair, while still wearing their wrestling boots.

    They wrestled a match about 45 minutes later, apparently very clean…

    Missed 4 years of WWE at their lowest, immediately after that.
    Guess “didn’t watch” is more accurate than “Missed”.
    Too much stoopid sh*t during attitude era, to keep my interested.

    Fans of a certain age grew up watching wrestlecrap all the time. Tuning in to WWE on saturday mornings to watch mid-carders squash jobbers; 2 minutes of actual wrestling in 10 minutes of a match. Bald guys complaining that their hair was pulled.
    Max Moon, Battle Kat (had the same boots as Bob Bradley, just sayin’), trash men, unwashed fat monks, out of shape, poor workers getting over by being idiots (bush whackers), or by swinging a 2×4 around and chanting USA, even when they were facing an american-born opponent.

    It’s like violent video games. Eventually you get de-sensitized to it.

  58. Josh F says:

    I was a very young child (6-10) during the Attitude Era, but I distinctly remember watching the Big Show/Big Bossman feud, and more specifically the infamous “coffin sled” incident.

  59. BANG!BANG! says:

    The first WrestleCrap for me? WWE/F – Doink The Clown as a face and his sidekick Dink……Ugh! WCW – Most people will disagree with me but NWO. A little bit after it started I just felt it was dragging down the brand. I have been wrong plenty of times, but history shows I got that one right.

  60. Alan says:

    Easily when Adrian Adonis was made to adopt the hideous “Adorable” moniker on TNT in 1986 & got his gimmick overhaul. Pure Wrestlecrap.

  61. Clifton says:

    My earliest moment of Wrestlecrap was from Capitol Combat: Return of Robocop, when Sting was saved from the Four Horsemen… by Robocop. I think my young brain started bleeding when I saw it.

  62. heavyhandedDOOM says:

    Kevin Sullivan forming the Dungeon of Doom. I was 10, and the markiest of marks, but even I watched him TRANSPORTING to the lair from the swamp and thinking, “What is this crap?”

    And this was during WWE, circa 1994, mind you…

  63. Thomas Moffatt says:

    Doink plus the Mini Doinks… technically it could be Big Daddy’s cringe inducing walk on prior to his TV bouts on World of Sport but that didn’t make me cringe until I began watching the old British wrestling when it was repeated on satelitte TV

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