Category Archives: Inductions

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SUPER INDUCTION SPECIAL: WrestleCrap Madness – 20th Anniversary Tournament!

16 Submitted by on Wed, 01 April 2020, 07:49
We can’t believe it either – WrestleCrap.com has been around for TWENTY YEARS!  And we’ve decided to celebrate with every single one of you in a very special way. March Madness may not have happened this year…but we’ve got something better.  Behold the WrestleCrap Madness Tournament! SIXTY FOUR (!!!!) of the very worst characters are vying to become the pinnacle Continue Reading...
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Induction: Journey into Darkness – The story of Glen Jacob Callaway Kane Grimm Bearer

9 Submitted by on Thu, 19 March 2020, 20:24
WWE book, 2005 As you’re probably aware, Kane released an autobiography recently. Sure, the life story of a WWE wrestler who participated in many if not most of the company’s most ridiculous storylines and wound up mayor of a major county sounds like a good read… …but you might be disappointed to learn that it’s not actually an autobiography of Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Bad News Brown on the Arsenio Hall Show – Yeah, This Wouldn’t Fly in 2020

11 Submitted by on Thu, 12 March 2020, 20:00
Syndicated TV Show, 1990 While one could argue that 1990 wasn’t the most stellar year for the World Wrestling Federation, it seemed as if they had no real issue getting their talent on the talk show circuit of the era.  And more often than not, their go to seemed to be The Arsenio Hall Show. For the uninitiated, the man above Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Ric Flair’s Final Match – It Wasn’t At Mania…But It Sure Should Have Been

25 Submitted by on Thu, 27 February 2020, 20:00
TNA, 2011 Before I type another word, let me say one thing, and let me say it emphatically: I LOVE RIC FLAIR. Some of you may fail to grasp that concept, especially considering I am inducting his final ever match into WrestleCrap.  That’s insane, right?  The WrestleMania XXIV match against Shawn Michaels was in many ways amazing.  And of course Continue Reading...
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Induction: Blood, Sweat & Gears with Sgt. Slaughter – See Sarge melt your face… And that’s an order!

16 Submitted by on Thu, 20 February 2020, 21:50
VHS, 1987 In 1987, the United States Hot Rod Association released “Blood, Sweat & Gears,” a 37-minute tour-de-force of souped-up engines and general vehicular carnage. There were tractor pulls… …monster truck races… …a car being dropped onto a bunch of other cars from a giant crane… But this VHS didn’t just feature the heavy-duty car-killing machines of the USHRA; it Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Greatest Women’s Match in History – Weird, You Wouldn’t Think THAT Would Be an Induction

41 Submitted by on Thu, 13 February 2020, 20:00
WWE, 2011 If there’s one thing I never, ever want to hear again, it would be “what is your pro wrestling Mount Rushmore?” What a stupid question. Trying to nail down the four best wrestlers in the history of man is a fool’s errand.  And is that even the question?  Are they the BEST wrestlers?  My FAVORITE wrestlers?  The wrestlers Continue Reading...
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Induction: Undertaker vs. Goldberg – Taker’s most dangerous match since Hell in a Cell

22 Submitted by on Thu, 06 February 2020, 20:38
WWE, 2019 When you think of dream matches from the Attitude Era that never happened, Goldberg vs. The Undertaker has got to be at the top of the list. Both men were the biggest stars of their respective companies during the Attitude Era: bald, no-gimmicks badasses in plain black trunks… except for The Undertaker. Granted, such a match likely would Continue Reading...
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Induction: LaVar Ball on MizTV – It takes a lot of Balls to put on a segment this bad

25 Submitted by on Mon, 27 January 2020, 20:29
WWE, 2017 As hinted earlier, this induction is about Balls. LaVar Ball and his sons Lonzo and LaMelo Ball, to be specific. You remember LaVar Ball, don’t you? The overbearing basketball dad who’d make ridiculous boasts about his son Lonzo? He was certainly a character, in much the same way that Mr. McMahon was a character during the Attitude Era Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Seth vs. Fiend Hell in a Cell – 2019 Gooker Award Winner

66 Submitted by on Thu, 16 January 2020, 20:00
WWE – 2019 Gooker Award Winner It was close. It was very close. This year, I decided to eyeball the Gooker voting from start to finish.  I generally don’t do that, but there was a morbid curiosity as to what was going to take the feathery crown.  Confession time: I will admit some years there are “filler” nominees – stuff that was Continue Reading...
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Induction: Make Darren Young Great Again – “Again”?

21 Submitted by on Thu, 09 January 2020, 22:29
WWE, 2016 It’s not uncommon for WWE to utterly waste a wrestling legend, nor is it unusual for WWE to try and fail at political satire, but in 2016 the company managed to do both simultaneously. One night in May, WWE’s announcers informed the viewers that Darren Young, formerly of the Prime Time Players, had for the longest time been Continue Reading...
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CHRISTMAS INDUCTION: Christmas Vacation 2 – Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure – Why Couldn’t This Movie Have Been Lost at Sea?

17 Submitted by on Thu, 19 December 2019, 20:00
“Movie”, 2002 Merry Christmas fellow Crappers!  Once again it’s time for your old buddy and old pal RD Reynolds to step away from the worst in pro wrestling…and instead concentrate on the worst of Christmas movies!  I’ve been doing this almost since the site first launched,…if you want to check out similar past inductions, I urge you to do so Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Stormtrooper – Featuring Super Mario (sort of)!

23 Submitted by on Thu, 12 December 2019, 21:30
For most people, the only wrestling stormtrooper is and always will be The Shockmaster… …who famously tripped through a wall during his debut and dropped his glittery Star Wars helmet. But the Stormtrooper I’m talking about today had a gimmick that harkens back not to the famous Star Wars, but an earlier war called World War II. This Stormtrooper was Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: WrestleCrap Reviews EVERY Wrestling Item in the 1992 Sears Wish Book!

15 Submitted by on Thu, 05 December 2019, 20:00
Sears/WWF, 1992 When I was growing up and Christmas was drawing nigh, I was completely out of control.  I absolutely loved Christmas then…and I absolutely love Christmas now.  But as the years pass away in my life, so do some of the simpler pleasures.   And there was perhaps no simpler yet at the same time gargantuan pleasure than the Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Sad Tale of the Ultimate Maniacs – How Could a Team This Insane Be Gone So Fast?

15 Submitted by on Thu, 14 November 2019, 20:00
WWF, 1992 “There’s never been a more aptly named team than The Ultimate Maniacs.” – Vince Verhei, F4WOnline.com About a week ago, I visited beautiful Bothell, Washington for the first time.  It was long overdue.  I sometimes kinda marvel at the fact that Bryan Alvarez and myself, who wrote the best-selling and award winning Death of WCW, have so rarely been Continue Reading...
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Induction: Superman in “No Holds Barred” – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a wrestling episode!

17 Submitted by on Thu, 07 November 2019, 22:12
TV show, 1952 This week’s induction dates back to the early days of television, when The Adventures of Superman featured an episode entitled, “No Holds Barred”. The year was MCMLII – 1952, IV those of you who don’t know how II read Roman numerals – and George Reeves was fighting for truth, justice, and the American way*. Not only did Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Face to Face with The Undertaker – Curl Up with a Scary Book This Halloween Night!

27 Submitted by on Thu, 31 October 2019, 20:00
WWF, 1994 Induction night this year falls on Halloween?  Awesome!  I mean, sure, it’s had to have happened more than once with a site that’s been around for nearly twenty years, but still, that’s kinda dope.  What better way to celebrate the holiday than to go in depth, face to face if you will, with the most ghoulish grappler to Continue Reading...
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Induction: UWF Blackjack Brawl – What Herb was Abrams smoking?

28 Submitted by on Thu, 24 October 2019, 23:47
Universal Wrestling Federation, 1994 Blackjack Brawl was the second supercard ever put on by the Universal Wrestling Federation. Herb Abrams’s Universal Wrestling Federation, I should specify, as a trademark oversight allowed the rookie wrestling promoter to scoop up the name once used by Mid-South Wrestling. Blackjack Brawl was so named because it emanated from Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Arena, a Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Divaween 2014 – So Sexy!!!!

20 Submitted by on Thu, 17 October 2019, 20:00
WWE, 2014 It’s kinda embarrassing to admit this, but one of my favorite annual rituals every October is diving into pro wrestling’s past and finding ridiculous Halloween matches.  While long-time Crappers will yearn for the days of Abdullah the Butcher being “electrocuted” in a chair of torture or Barry Windham dressing up as a 6’6″ Sting (both available in the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Hakushi gets Americanized – Horowitz wins… a friend

25 Submitted by on Thu, 10 October 2019, 21:20
WWF, 1995-1996 Talk about a step down: In the first half of 1995, the newly-arrived Japanese wrestler Hakushi was wrestling Bret Hart on pay-per-view. In the second half, he was regularly teaming with Brett Hart. Hey, you might be thinking, teaming with Bret Hart sounds pretty good. But I didn’t say he was teaming with Bret Hart. I said he Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: CM Punk’s Worst Feud – Yeah, We Thought It Would Be Nash Too…But It’s Not!

23 Submitted by on Thu, 03 October 2019, 20:00
WWECW, 2007-2008 As I write this, we are hours away from the kick off of the so-called Wednesday Nigh Wars, pitting upstart AEW against WWE’s super indy fed disguised as a developmental territory, NXT.  I’ve become hesitant over the years to timestamp inductions in a manner such as this, as it instantly dates it for anyone reading, but this evening Continue Reading...
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Induction: Phil Silva’s Karate Wrestling – The world’s first MMA match

17 Submitted by on Thu, 26 September 2019, 20:10
Dallas wrestling, 1954 For this week’s induction, we take you back to the 1950s. World War II had ended, the economy was surging, and a new sensation was sweeping the United States, brought back by American GIs stationed abroad. That, of course, was pizza. But Japanese martial arts like judo and karate were also a major fascination. For decades to Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Bastion Booger, Color Commentator – A Tale of Barfing, Marla Maples, and Vince McMahon’s Insanity

20 Submitted by on Thu, 19 September 2019, 20:00
WWF, 1994 The decline in viewership to Monday Night Raw over the past few years has been blamed on many things.  Take your pick: the lack of a true number one draw, storylines that are started and dropped seemingly at random, and in-ring action that simply isn’t as good as what one can find elsewhere in the world.  With all that Continue Reading...
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Induction: Danny Bonaduce vs. Eric Young – I know why the caged Partridge sings

15 Submitted by on Mon, 16 September 2019, 20:00
TNA, 2009 For years, TNA/Impact Wrestling has been considered by many (especially on this site) to be the spiritual successor to WCW. Granted, much of that reputation has more to do with TNA’s mismanagement than with any commitment to Southern-style wrestling. Still, many former WCW stars did end up plying their trade in TNA, such as co-founder Jeff Jarrett and Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Hulk Hogan’s Most Egotistical Match!

84 Submitted by on Thu, 05 September 2019, 20:00
WCW, 1995 Pretty sure I’ve written this before, but over the years, the perception I have of wrestlers I used to mock has changed.  Generally that’s due to the fact that I find something admirable or at least comical about folks that I ripped to shred in the past.  For instance, once upon a time I had no use for Continue Reading...
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Induction: Self-Help DDP – As good or better than a dead cat

16 Submitted by on Thu, 29 August 2019, 20:00
WWF, 2001-2002 This week’s induction is a long time in the making. And I mean long. Don’t believe me? Check out this screenshot from the old black-and-rainbow Wrestlecrap site. DDP’s self-help gimmick was indeed a story for another day, and that day is today. The story begins during the unfortunate Invasion angle. DDP had been written off TV following a Continue Reading...
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