Category Archives: Inductions

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INDUCTION: The Captain Lou Hotline – As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Convince Wrestling Fans to Pay $2 a Minute!

10 Submitted by on Thu, 13 January 2022, 19:05
Pro Wrestling Hotline, 1980’s Unless you were a fan in the mid 1980’s to the turn of the century, I don’t think you can fully grasp just how prevalent hotlines were in the world of professional wrestling. In the days before the world wide webs, getting wrestling news wasn’t very easy. Sure, you could hit the local Super-X and grab Continue Reading...
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Gooker 2021: Vote for the Very Worst of the Year in Our Legendary Poll!

67 Submitted by on Thu, 06 January 2022, 20:00
Another year come and gone…and is often the case, it was chock full of some of the worst pro wrestling has ever seen!  The real question, though is this: what was the very worst of the very worst? What deserves the legendary WrestleCrap Gooker Award? Using the same creeky old poll mechanism we’ve used since 2003(!!!!!), we present to you Continue Reading...
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CHRISTMAS INDUCTION: The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas – Scary? More Like Drug-Fueled

12 Submitted by on Tue, 21 December 2021, 20:00
TV movie, 1996 I’ve been doing these non-wrestling Christmas movie inductions for so long I don’t even remember when I started…but if you are somehow new to the site, I always take the last induction of the year off from horrible wrestling and instead write about horrible Christmas movies instead.  You can check out the entire collection by clicking here. Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Mankind-Santa Boiler Room Brawl – Candy Cane Dewey

9 Submitted by on Thu, 16 December 2021, 21:28
WWF, 1999 It’s amazing to ponder the butterfly effect in wrestling. Consider this: There’s a straight line running from Vince Russo thinking up a Stephanie McMahon-Test romance with no end game in 1999… …to Triple H being a lock to take over as WWE Chairman in this, the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen. [RD – Could you Continue Reading...
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Induction: Scotty Goldman – He’s Jewish

12 Submitted by on Thu, 02 December 2021, 21:16
WWE, 2008-2009 Colt Cabana is known as a lot of things: indy wrestling veteran, NWA champion, Dark Order member, lawsuit plaintiff. But one thing he’s not typically known as is “WWE Superstar”. And yet, for a span of six months, Cabana graced WWE rings (if only for a minute or so at a time). He wasn’t called Colt Cabana, though. Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: WWF at the 2001 Macy’s Day Parade – Featuring All…Some…Well, Maybe ONE of Your Favorite Superstars!

5 Submitted by on Wed, 24 November 2021, 19:57
WWF, 2001 They’re baaaack! Three years ago, you may recall that I inducted a WWF float that somehow, for some reason, appeared during the 1994 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was like a Nyquil-fueled fever dream, and the sight of Paul Bearer yukking it up with Doink the Clown, having the times of their lives, will forever be etched into Continue Reading...
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Induction: Countdown – Starring Dolph Ziggler and “The Thin Blue Machine” Kane

2 Submitted by on Thu, 18 November 2021, 20:00
WWE Studios film, 2016 “We make movies.” That’s what Vince McMahon once said about WWE. And in a sense, he’s right, given how many film roles they’ve crammed their Superstars into over the years. WWE Studios films generally fall into one of four categories: The animated children’s comedy, the live-action family comedy, the prestige picture where Randy Orton threatens to Continue Reading...
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Induction: Rowan’s Cage – Despite All His Rage, It Is Still Just A Toy Spider In A Cage

8 Submitted by on Mon, 08 November 2021, 20:00
2019-2020, WWE Here on WrestleCrap, we don’t like to date our inductions with references to recent or ongoing events in the wrestling world. A reader should be able to pick any induction at random and be able to jump right in. Granted, any articles written before 2016 involving Donald Trump are going to be glaringly outdated, but for the most Continue Reading...
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(Not Really an) INDUCTION (But What I’m Writing This Week): When RD Reynolds Met Donkey…and They Talked Orange Cassidy – True Story!

8 Submitted by on Thu, 28 October 2021, 20:00
Theme Park Interaction, 2021 As anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows, I am a theme park junkie. Heck, I even said as much as that recent induction I did about WWE Niagara Falls and their ridiculous Piledriver ride. I’ve always loved hopping on roller coasters, going on dark rides, watching stupid shows, you name it Continue Reading...
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Induction: The X-Files wrestling episode – Kathy Griffin’s twin magic

17 Submitted by on Thu, 21 October 2021, 21:39
FOX Television, 2000 For years I’ve known about the wrestling episode of The X-Files. In fact, as I did for every episode after season four, I watched the 2000 episode, “Fight Club” when it first aired. But for years, I resisted writing it up for the site. Granted, not every “wrestling episode” of a TV series deserves to be inducted here Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: #August1Warning – The Impossible – Two Overhyped Flops at Once!

6 Submitted by on Thu, 14 October 2021, 20:00
TNA, 2013 You may not have noticed, but wrestling does not have a good history of creating hype and then delivering on it. Think of every single super hyped ‘surprise’ you’ve ever witnessed in this business. Whenever we hear that, unending talk about something that’s going to “Change The Face Of The Industry!”, what we tend to wind up with Continue Reading...
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Induction: Escape The Undertaker – Choose Your Urn Adventure

13 Submitted by on Fri, 08 October 2021, 21:45
Netflix film, 2021 Earlier this week, Netflix released another of its trademark interactive films that put the viewer in control. Frankly, I don’t see what Netflix offers that Sega CD, Philips CD-i, or Panasonic 3DO couldn’t provide nearly three decades ago. And much like Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties starring GLOW’s Jeanne Basone, this one features figures from the world of Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Final WCW Saturday Night – Twenty-Nine Years Go Straight Down the Crapper

19 Submitted by on Thu, 30 September 2021, 20:00
WCW – April 1, 2000 If you’ve not noticed yet, I love going back in time and checking out how certain long-running wrestling shows got their starts. In the past, I’ve done inductions for the debut of Raw, the first-ever Wrestling Challenge, and the first Raw following a WrestleMania. Today I’m going to flip the script, and review the final episode of a Continue Reading...
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Induction: Sin Cara – Una comedia de errores

12 Submitted by on Thu, 09 September 2021, 20:15
When Triple H became an Executive Vice President in WWE, his first order of business was to poach Mexico’s biggest star: Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde, known to the world as Místico. With Rey Mysterio plagued by injuries, the newly-christened Sin Cara promised to be invaluable asset to WWE, boosting ratings and live event attendance in Latin America while making a Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Weight Training with the Barbarian – Today the WBF Stands for World Barbarian Federation!

7 Submitted by on Thu, 26 August 2021, 20:00
WBF, 1990 Going to go away from the norm this week – what I am bringing to you is NOT the very worst of wrestling. I know some folks have an issue when I do this, feeling that WrestleCrap should only be reserved for the absolute dirt worst that professional wrestling has attempted to shove down our throats so as Continue Reading...
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Induction – The “Step By Step” Wrestling Episode – This show B.L.O.W.s

24 Submitted by on Thu, 19 August 2021, 20:00
TV sitcom, 1996 Have you ever looked back on things you enjoyed during childhood, or at least things you thought didn’t suck, and been disappointed? For me, a prime example is the ’90s family sitcom Step By Step. Throughout its six seasons on TGIF, it was consistently the second-least funny show on ABC’s Friday night lineup – and that’s only Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Maxivision – Whatcha Gonna Do When Unlicensed Nintendo Games Run Wild On You?

20 Submitted by on Thu, 12 August 2021, 08:00
Infomercial, 1994 Yeah yeah, I know I promised my next induction would be the continuing TNA trials of AJ Styles, but I think everyone reading this will forgive me when I lay down what we’re going to be covering tonight: unlicensed Nintendo games being shilled by Hulk Hogan…on a 1990s infomercial no less! Ain’t no way y’all complainin’ ’bout dat! Continue Reading...
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Induction: Natalya vs. The Riott Squad – Featuring Jim “The Table” Neidhart

16 Submitted by on Thu, 05 August 2021, 20:00
WWE, 2018 This week’s induction involves three misfits, one heir to a wrestling dynasty, and a whole lot of exploitation. On one side of this feud, you had Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, and Ruby Riot(t), a trio who’d been called up out of the blue from NXT as the “Riott Squad” a year earlier. While on the surface, the group Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Second Labor of AJ Styles – Where “Chain Wrestling” Meets Three Stooges Selling!

19 Submitted by on Thu, 29 July 2021, 20:00
NWA-TNA, 2003 As I write this induction, it’s just hours before what has proved over the last couple of years to be one of my favorite times of the week, that being AEW Dynamite on Wednesday nights.  It is a fun show most of the time and I really look forward to chatting with everyone over on old man social media.  If Continue Reading...
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Induction: Hulk Hogan’s autobiographies – Have pythons, will (time) travel

30 Submitted by on Thu, 22 July 2021, 20:00
2002, 2009 I first bought Hollywood Hulk Hogan, the Hulkster’s 2002 autobiography, late last year (along with The Rock Says…). Obviously, I was shopping for WrestleCrap induction fodder. But weeks went by, and nothing arrived; my shipment had gotten lost in transit. Naturally, I used my refund to re-order the books, which arrived the next week.  A few weeks later, Continue Reading...
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Induction: Money in the Bank 2020 – Leave your brain at the elevator door

20 Submitted by on Thu, 08 July 2021, 20:00
In 2020, WWE’s Money in the Bank event was held without any fans in attendance. Naturally, the WWE Superstars were in no hurry to break their bones doing the usual dangerous high spots in an empty Performance Center. Instead, this match would take place at WWE Headquarters, with both male and female Superstars simultaneously battling to get up to the Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: Can A 1995 Wrestling Magazine Tell Us How to Fix Today’s WWE?

32 Submitted by on Thu, 01 July 2021, 20:00
Pro Wrestling Illustrated –  July 1995 If you’ve been ’round these parts of any length of time, you are familiar with my utter love for ancient wrestling magazines.  I still have stacks and stacks of them in my closet that I peruse…at least from time to time.  But when I was in my late teens/college years? I lived (not loved, but lived) to Continue Reading...
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Induction: An XPW Two-Pack – Baptized in WrestleCrap

20 Submitted by on Thu, 24 June 2021, 20:00
XPW, 2002 This week’s induction involves a scaffold match put on by XPW. And no, I don’t mean *that* scaffold match. Now, for those unaware, New Jack once wrestled Vic Grimes atop a giant scaffold, where he shocked Grimes with a stun gun and hurled him off a scaffold in an attempt to take his opponent’s life for real. Like, Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Last Saturday Night’s Main Event – Remember All Those Great SNMEs? This Wasn’t One of Them.

16 Submitted by on Thu, 17 June 2021, 20:00
WWE, 2008 Recently, All Elite Wrestling announced the expansion of their television deal with Turner.  It was something many celebrated, as the feeling is this has legitimized them to a greater extent than ever before.  This new arrangement included not only an all new show on Friday nights called Rampage but also several additional shows throughout the year that would be taking Continue Reading...
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Induction: Lesnar vs. Orton – The feud that broke all the rules (even the good ones)!

17 Submitted by on Fri, 11 June 2021, 20:00
WWE, 2016 Word on the street is that WWE is trying to make this year’s Summerslam on par with Wrestlemania to celebrate the promotion’s triumphant return to live events. Back in 2016, WWE announced Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton to celebrate The Beast Incarnate’s triumphant semi-annual return to the ring. WWE clearly felt that the novelty of the match alone Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: The All-Time Goofiest Wrestling Posters!

22 Submitted by on Thu, 03 June 2021, 20:00
Induction Special I have a confession to make tonight: I was, at one time, the absolute worst fan of professional wrestling imaginable. It would have been the mid 1990s.  My friend Casey (Trash Losagain) and I would go events at the Tyndall Armory in downtown Indianapolis and heckle virtually everyone on the show. If you were skinny, we yell “buggy Continue Reading...
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