The end of the Power Crappings

34 Submitted by on Mon, 26 August 2013, 14:29

Attention Loyal Crappers,

After some careful consideration this past week, as well as consultation with RD Reynolds himself, I have made the decision to end the Power Crappings for the foreseeable future.

The straw that broke the camel’s back, as you may be able to surmise, was the SummerSlam ending being a point of contention among the normal votership. Even before SummerSlam, the Power Crappings had been blurred considerably. The rankings were meant to reflect true outward awfulness, to where there was no doubt what was being voted on was hideously awful.

I suppose the criterion for consideration was, “Could this one day be inducted by RD, Art, myself, or even Triple Kelly if she were still here?” The Crappings actually broke one of RD’s rules of thumb as pertains to this site, in that he won’t induct anything the year it occurs (save for the Gooker winner). Time and perspective are the best factors for inductees and, frankly, I’ve been wrong to include a lot of items for voting.

Fandango comes to mind. Immediately, we all (well, a lot of us) jumped on the idea of a ballroom dancer, denouncing it as crap straight from Vince’s mental uterus (boy, there’s an image). Even before he debuted, Fandango placed prominently each week. Honestly, he grew on me during the “pronounce my name right or I’m not wrestling” schtick, as he was drawing great heat. Once he became a star-du-jour, thanks to that post-Mania crowd and subsequent “Fandango’ing” trend, he was no longer a topic to vote on. Of course, he’s back to being a bland midcarder, but that’s no fault of his.

As for the SummerSlam booking, Raw did a pretty healthy number the next night, indicating that it wasn’t the “everything is screwed, I’m done watching” moment that the Bryan-loving doomsayers thought it was. I could be wrong in the end, but it clearly seems that Bryan’s on his way to fighting the corporate machine and obliterating it to become a no-doubt-about-it main event player once and for all. He just needs something to rebel against. A bland jackoff like Orton, and the stale McMahon family, are the perfect antagonists.

This is where I feel Punk was hurt in his 14-month reign as champion: his mortal enemies for the first nine months were guys nobody (especially the smarks) hates: Ziggler, Jericho, and Bryan. Like anyone who loves Punk and would buy him a Pepsi if asked would boo three men who have personality, are heavy on exciting spots, and put on great matches.

But when Punk got to Cena, and the company shaded Punk heel again, that’s when the most passion for Punk came out: Punk fans wanted him to murder Cena, even though they were told to hate Punk for whatever reason.

The Power Crappings have opened my eye to the fact this: the world of wrestling needs people and things that we hate in order to rally behind the people and things we like. It’s feng shui in tights.

Granted, there is Crap worth voting on, like Miz’s completely unlikable personality, out-of-the-ring stories about company¬†ineptitude, dumb comedy, and so forth. Getting upset because a wrestler you hate is champion, and he beats your hero, isn’t Crap. It just isn’t. When the angle ends, if the road to the end proved insufficient and lousy, then it’s Crap. But the catalyst cannot be. And hey, I’ve jumped the gun and broken that rule many times myself when compiling the ballot.

I’ll still contribute to the site, particularly with The Meme Event. I’ll also continue doing Headlies here and there as inspiration strikes. And hey, perhaps we’ll find another way to gauge weekly Crap. But the Power Crappings have proven to be an ineffective way, in many ways, to do so.

I hope you all understand, and I hope you continue to enjoy the many other great features here at WrestleCrap.

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34 Responses to "The end of the Power Crappings"
  1. Ezenwa says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things. Good luck in your future endeavors, power crappings….

  2. The Gold Standard says:

    I’m glad you chose to do this Sir….I agree with you, way too many pundits on here vote with emotion vs. watching an angle. The power crapping should have been for the comedy or bad spots of wrestling. “That Jackie Gayda match” would have been an example of powercrap ranking (if it happend in 2013). Angles should not have been allowed, at least until they’ve been around embarrassing themselves for a while (Del Rio as a face is an example).

    Had to voice my two cents. Thanks

  3. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Glad you’ll still be doing the Meme Event- that’s my favorite thing on the site along with Art’s inductions.

  4. Dan Sheldon says:

    Ah man. I looked forward to the Power Crappings every week. It will be missed. Thank you for doing them.

    To play devil’s advocate:

    I think the ending of Summerslam stunk. It was crap for this week. Sure it may lead to great things but for this week it STUNK! Why shouldn’t it be in the power crappings this week? Just because it is in the Power Crapping for the week doesn’t mean it will be crap as the story goes on but this very week it is crap! Does everything on the list have to be a future Wrestlecrap induction?

    Just something to think about. I will respect your decision either way :)

  5. ScMcS says:

    I enjoyed a good laugh, but I agree, some people tend to get too worked up over their favorite wrestler losing in a scripted sport and let that interfere with the fun of the whole rankings idea.

    Bella Twin wants to bite Cena’s ass? STUPID CRAP.

    Daniel Bryan jobs? Not Crap. Just bickering because he lost.

    I also stand by my original feeling that Dolph Ziggler losing at Extreme Rules (or was it Payback?) wasn’t a terrible thing either, but aborting the whole angle was.

  6. TerrierChad says:

    Probably for the best. The Power Crappings have been very interesting for the most part but they always get ruined by that smarky IWC feel that tends to ruin every website about wrestling. Shame really but hey-ho.

  7. Meh says:

    “Voted by the fans”? No, really? Every single week’s installment of the Power Crappings reeked of smark suckitude. The fact that “____ AS A BABYFACE” appears multiple times every week is a testament to that.

    WTF at Miz being on the list every week especially poor Miz being on 4 times in one week. 1 of them was the Total Divas segment of MizTV, I highly doubt that’s just based on The Miz being there. And another one is Miz hosting SummerSlam, which is just stupid imho, because he did nothing there except be part of some backstage segments. It’s not like he’s doing anything horrible, he’s just sitting around in the midcard and he is actually decently over as a face and he is awesome both as a face and a heel.

  8. zeedeevel says:

    Hey Justin is this the same reason there has been no meme event for summerslam posted?

    • Justin Henry says:

      I filled in for a friend by covering SummerSlam live that night, doing bit-by-bit updates, and was completely drained when the show was over. I never found time since to really focus on it, so it was just bad timing.

  9. Bastard1 says:

    To my mind, this had to happen. It was obvious by installment VII (just to pull a random number outta my ass) that it would just become another useless black hole of overly negative… marks-ism, if you will. Just pulling the plug when things seemed to fall apart was a classy thing to do. It’s like I’ve always said, WrestleCrap is about hindsight. Crap + Time = More hilarity. Or at least hilarity that feels more justified. We always have the Meme Event for “current events” focus in Crapdom, anyway.

  10. CarlMarksGuy says:

    I agree, probably for the best.

    For my money, if people want to have “I’m a Smarter Smart Mark Than You Are” debates, the whole rest of the internet is that-away.

    This should be a place where every random passerby recognizes Gary Spivey and Lanny Poffo by name, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper teaches you about idiots driving around on Halloween who are NOT YOUR DAD, and Earthquake, “Pistol” Pez Whatley and Frankie Williams were waiting to welcome Art Donovan through the Pearly Gates (thoughtfully wearing name tags which include their weights).

  11. Marvelous says:

    I have two issues with the Bryan story but I don’t think it was crap, just a little damaging to the culmination of this feud. For starters, nobody at the top wants Bryan to be champ right? So why the hell would HHH make the three count? Just have orton cash in on cena after Bryan attacks HHH for refusing to make the three count and gets himself dqed. Second, it took away from Bryan’s big night. If you have a beloved guy win his first wwe championship you let him (and us) have the night. The first win is the biggest and most memorable, and they’ll never get that moment back. From a storyline standpoint and a business standpoint it just didn’t make sense. Granted this has been the most adept storytelling in years from the E but it could have been handled better

  12. Eugene says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work! Maybe you’ll have time to come up with more those of “Creative Meeting” skits you did a while back. They were AWE-SOME! (hahaha)

  13. Ed says:

    Great idea gone sour. I was totally against people voting for the Summerslam ending as pure Wrestlecrap without first seeing the angle play out. Also, most of the things included weren’t truly Wrestlecrap. When I think of Wrestlecrap, I think of the the painfully misnomered Yeti ,Max Moon’s ridiculous suit, and the perpetually shrugging Man Mountain Rock, not an angle that people didn’t agree with.

  14. UncleShangalar says:

    While I realize that I’m really just echoing comments others have already made, I will say that I believe this is for the best. While I always found the power crappings funny, most of the stuff on there wasn’t really “Wrestlecrap”.
    As much as Miz has been “bleh” as a face, seeing him on every single installment of the listings got old really fast (since people were only voting for it for the novelty of keeping him around in the list), And this is just the most prevalent example.

  15. John Matrix says:

    I’ll miss these, but I understand the reasoning behind their removal. A lot of the “winners” weren’t crap, they were just things the voters didn’t like.

  16. The Fox says:

    The Power Crappings were fun, but I understand your reasons for wanting to discontinue them. This site isn’t supposed to be a place to complain about your favorite wrestlers not being pushed, it’s supposed to be about the crap!

  17. Time Lord Soundwave says:

    Sucks that a few bad apples ruin it for everyone.

  18. Horsemen4ever says:

    If I can throw out a suggestion… perhaps something along the lines of ESPN’s weekly college football Bottom 10. Pick out the people that had the worst week (10? 5? maybe the month?) and make jokes about them. And its not voted on, just your choice (or whoever writes it). Would still violate the no inductions year of, but could be fun.

  19. BigCon2000 says:

    Damn. I really looked forward to this. I don’t read the dirtsheets (I don’t even know if that’s what they’re called) so I find out about unbelieveably stupid things like Primo and Epico being matadors from this and let the rest of the wrestling fall into place.

    I guess my question is, why did it have to be a vote? Why didn’t you just come up with a list of, let’s say 5, crappy things?

    Also, to be fair, I think Miz was more than likely getting votes because it had been so long, it felt like tradition.

  20. Down With OPC says:

    Watch, Miz will be heel again next week since this is over.

  21. No Pants Mafia says:

    We’ll always have The Miz as babyface :(

  22. Peter says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is, the rankings served as a rough estimate for what is crap and what isn’t crap. Fandango wasn’t crap, so he leaves the rankings. It’s not like the rankings serve as inductions.
    I don’t know why people take it so serious.

  23. Bender says:

    So this is why we can’t have nice things? Seriously though, thanks for all your hard work Justin. I’ll just have to get by on the memes.

  24. Superstarl says:

    Giant bummer. I can see why you got rid of it. It was definitely getting to the point where I just felt like a big ol stereotypical IWC member when looking at the list, but it started off really well! I hope you can find a way to keep that original spirit and still talk about stuff that seems bad. It was my favorite feature!

  25. Overlord-G says:

    I agree with this decision because, contrary to popular opinion, some of the picks in recent polls, I felt, were voted as crap because it was “the popular/bandwagon opinion”, rather than actual crap.

  26. The Cabana Formerly Belonging To Carlito says:

    It’s a shame but at least The Miz can boast of something that no other wrestler can. Being complete garbage for 31 weeks straight and being acknowledged for it.

  27. Brian says:

    At least Miz was able to go coast to coast on it. Stupid sexy Flanders…

  28. Thomas Moffatt says:

    (Deep sigh) I was going to have a MONUMENTAL bitch about Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas AND CJ Parker…

  29. Jason says:

    Wrestlecrap was never supposed to insult the people who were in the ring trying to make a living. Power crapping frequently felt it was.

    • Thomas Moffatt says:

      Wrestlecrap always gave Ed Leslie a fair amount of stick – my bitch was to be about what (lack of) creative were doing with them

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