RD’s Mailbag – Bloodline, Full Gear, Pinball, and Oodles More

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Thanksgiving week coming up here in the US of A, so a couple quick housekeeping notes to start us off this week. First, no new induction on Thursday because, well, no one ever reads them when I post on Thanksgiving. Secondly…and most importantly…you definitely want to be hanging around the site starting on December 1. There are BIG things coming, and if you’re a long time Crapper, trust me, you are going to be having an absolute blast very soon. Good times are ahead! Starting with this here mailbag…

Mike M writes…”The other day I heard someone use the term “WrestleCrap” on a podcast. How does it feel to know you’ve helped create a neologism in pro wrestling?”

That is kinda cool. I remember at Starrcast a few years ago meeting up with Maffew of Botchamania and Brian Zane from Wrestling with Wregret and them both more or less saying that neither of them would have existed without WrestleCrap. As both of those guys are funnier than I am, I considered that to be a huge compliment. My whole goal since day one has been just to make people laugh. That I’ve somehow inspired others to do the same is best of all.

Christopher F asks…”As someone knowledgeable about wrestling, do you think WWE is playing the long game, or is their invincible booking of the Bloodline a sign they’ve forgotten what happened with the nWo? I don’t believe the Samoans have similar egos to Hogan and company, but I’ve read The Death of WCW and we’ve seen this song before and how it ends. “

As you noted, it’s the long game and sometimes that works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s all about timing and pulling the trigger when the time is right. I wouldn’t point to the nWo, I’d point to Lex Luger. So many times in his career, he could have been the top guy. Everyone points to when he “won” at SummerSlam vs. Yokozuna but didn’t win the title, but honestly, the exact same thing happened years earlier when he didn’t beat Ric Flair for the NWA title. As long as they don’t let it all run too long, it will be fine.

Stephen R writes…”If you were cursed to be a 1990s gimmick for one year, which gimmick would you choose to suffer?”

Totally the Repo Man. Barry Darsow looked like he was having so much fun running around being a total goof and channeling his inner Frank Gorshin. And that can never be a bad thing.

Sean B asks…”When will you induct the Mike Sanders v The Cat for WCW COMMISSIONER?”

I legit have no memory of that other than Mike Sanders was “Above Average.” Which I remember being questionable – I thought “Mostly Mediocre” would have been more accurate. I’ll add it to the list though.

Jeremiah H wants to know…”With Christmas fast approaching, do you know what you’re doing for the non-wrestling induction this year?”

Amazingly, no. Open to suggestions, if you guys have ideas, throw them in the comments section below and I’ll consider them for sure.

Ryan D asks…”Is World Cup 94 the best pinball game ever: yes or oh hell yeah?”

I love that game for sure, I’ve owned two of them. I think it’s John Popaduik’s best machine, which is saying something when he also did Cirqus Voltaire, Tales of the Arabian Nights, and Theater of Magic. With all that said, I would put it behind several others. From the classic era, I prefer Addams Family, Whirlwind, and Indiana Jones. Today I absolutely love love LOVE Wonka and of course Batman ’66. I don’t see either of those ever leaving my collection.

Joe C inquires…”This weekend is Full Gear, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. What’s wrong with AEW and how can Tony Khan fix it?”

I’ve seen this take online and while I understand the company isn’t as hot as it has been in the past, this show should be pretty spectacular in-ring. Death Triangle versus Elite should be incredible, Wardlow-Joe-Hobbs has the makings of a fantastic hoss fight, and I don’t see how the four way for Jericho’s ROH title isn’t going to be all that and a bag of chips. Then you have the drama of seeing if Saraya has anything left in the tank and just what they’re going to do with Mox and MJF. Is it the nuclear hot promotion it has been in the past? No. But it should be a good show…and I’ll be doing running commentary as always over on Facebook, so join me, won’t you?

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7 Responses to "RD’s Mailbag – Bloodline, Full Gear, Pinball, and Oodles More"
  1. Thomas Mossman says:

    As I know that you’re a RiffTrax fan, RD, would you ever consider inducting The Magic Christmas Tree or Santa’s Christmas Circus starring Whizzo the clown?

  2. CP says:

    Don’t know if you did this or not, but since you did the He-Man special, why not go for the special done by one of the other essential 80s cash cows in Inspector Gadget?

    And even though I did enjoy Christmas with the Kranks I would love to see you eviscerate that one.

  3. Doc says:

    I recommend Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (Richard Winer, 1972). Fun crap Christmas movie. If you don’t mind doing Christmas horror, Christmas Evil (Lewis Jackson 1980) is fun crap.

  4. Doc 902714 says:

    Although it had been in the past argued and hotly debated, the fact remains that Die Hard has been accepted as a Christmas movie, I fail to decipher that logic considering that it’s only tie in with NOEL was that the film’s setting was around Christmas time. Fair enough but does that mean that Batman Returns (with it’s similar setting even featuring the Gotham Tree lighting) identifies as a Christmas movie too?

    Nah don’t induct Die Hard. Instead I would like it if you inducted a Christmas special starring the second biggest icon of the 80’s…ALF. Remember ALF, (and not just in POG form). Anyhow, ALF and the Tanners had a Christmas Special aired back in the mid to late 80’s. I’ve yet to watch it in its entirety but they use to advertise this special every year. Funniest part is when Alf is disguised as a doctor and a woman (patient) tells him she is about to have a baby. Alf’s response: Would you like a second opinion? CLASSIC!

    I would love to see this take its rightful place in Christmas Crap Lore.

    • Chris KL-99 says:

      I will second the nomination for the ALF Christmas Special. I have watched the entire show and believe it deserves a special place on this site.
      It’s amazing to watch ALF attempt to console a dying little girl and talk a suicidal Santa Claus out of jumping. This is on a show whose usual forte features the title character joking about “eating cat”.

  5. Big Livin says:

    Since you’ve already inducted A Christmas Story 2, I think it is only right that you induct “A Christmas Story Christmas” the new sequel/reboot/thing streaming on HBO Max, and starring many of the original child actors, including Ralphie himself.

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