Category Archives: Inductions

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INDUCTION: The Sad Tale of the Ultimate Maniacs – How Could a Team This Insane Be Gone So Fast?

6 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!

25 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?

27 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

24 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

16 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!

81 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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Video Induction Special! WrestleCrap Live Looks at Eugene, the Greater Power, and The Blonde Bytch Project!

4 Submitted by on Thu, 22 August 2019, 20:30
It’s WrestleCrap Live!  Check out this line up – Brian Zane from Wrestling with Wregret! Maffew from Botchamania! The Blue Meanie! Bill Apter!  And yes, RD, Blade, and Jordan too!  Recorded live in Las Vegas! Join Brian Zane of Wrestling with Wregret as he goes in-depth with the WrestleCrap Live team discussing WWE’s Eugene! Next we have Maffew from Botchamania Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Gestapo Match – GLOW in the Dark Chapter of Human History

20 Submitted by on Thu, 15 August 2019, 20:00
Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, 1986 Viewers of the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling knew pretty much what to expect from the show after watching the first eight episodes: cornball humor, wacky characters, and barely passable wresting action. And while the show’s cast typically wore skimpy leotards and was hardly politically correct (Palestina the terrorist comes to mind), it was always Continue Reading...
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Video Induction Special! WrestleCrap Live Looks at The Black Scorpion, Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz, and The Apter Mags!

2 Submitted by on Thu, 08 August 2019, 19:28
It’s a video induction special! Join WrestleCrap’s RD Reynolds, Blade Braxton, Jordan Mishkin, as well as Botchamania’s Maffew, Wrestling with Wregret’s Brian Zane, and the legendary Bill Apter and Blue Meanie as they look at the Apter Mags, the Black Scorpion, and Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz. Join us in two weeks when we do this again with another trio of WrestleCraptacular Continue Reading...
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Induction: WXO – Wasn’t X-actly Outstanding

23 Submitted by on Thu, 01 August 2019, 20:00
WXO Wrestling launched (and folded) in early 2000 as an old-school, fan-friendly alternative to the Big Three promotions of the time. The organization treated itself like a big deal, with the announcers claiming that top wrestlers from around the world were trying to get in on the action. Phones were ringing off the hook at WXO headquarters, we were told. Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Steel Asylum 2010 – Apparently TNA Thought the Best Way To Start a War Was With a Match No One Could See

14 Submitted by on Thu, 25 July 2019, 20:00
With the arrival of AEW on TNT starting this October, it should come as no surprise that WWE is looking to counter program and put a kibosh on any potential competition. While there’s been no discussion of moving Raw or Smackdown to start a war, sources have told this reporter that Vince & Co. have asked about the availability of Continue Reading...
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Induction: WCW Uncensored ’95 – Dub-C-Dub! Dub-C-Dub!

32 Submitted by on Thu, 18 July 2019, 20:00
WCW, 1995  This past Sunday was WWE’s fifteenth annual pay-per-view dedicated to anything-goes hardcore wrestling. Originally called One Night Stand, it was officially renamed in 2009 to “Extreme Rules”, which better conveyed the event’s theme while also sounding really dumb. In practice, Extreme Rules is just like any other pay-per-view but with a few more gimmick matches than usual – Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Jeff Jarrett and the Fat Ladies – They Sang Alright…Not for Hogan, but for WCW

16 Submitted by on Thu, 11 July 2019, 20:00
“How is this not like number four or five in WrestleCrap’s worst moments in the history of World Championship Wrestling? Does nobody remember this?” – Bryan Alvarez, Bryan and Vinny Show July 2nd 2019 One of my favorite days is Wednesday, as that is when I get my favorite weekly podcast fix, the weekly show where Bryan, Vinny, and the Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Headbangers, Tag Team Champions of the Universe – The belts were fake, and so was Billy Gunn’s ass

16 Submitted by on Tue, 02 July 2019, 20:00
WWF, 1998 Do you realize that there are now five different tag team titles across WWE’s various brands? You might also be surprised to learn that even before the company split its roster into separate brands, there were a multitude of tag team titles in the promotion. Prior to 2002, there had been such now-defunct championships as the original Women’s Continue Reading...
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Quick note from RD Reynolds

12 Submitted by on Sat, 29 June 2019, 19:09
Hey hey Fellow Crappers! As some of you have noticed, we’ve had a few delays in inductions. We apologize for that. The truth is, sometimes life just gets in the way of our fun. Right now, Art is moving to a new house and I am prepping for VBS at my church, thus it’s created a bit of a challenge Continue Reading...
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Induction: Bayley: This Is Your Life – That was your push

32 Submitted by on Thu, 13 June 2019, 22:24
WWE, 2017 It seems, even twenty years later, WWE still can’t resist lifting old ideas straight from the Attitude Era whenever it wants to pop a rating. Most recently, WWE has been promoting Crash Holly’s old Hardcore Title once more, albeit with a new and completely on-the-nose name. And WWE will always try to recreate 1999’s The Rock: This Is Continue Reading...
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Induction: PG-13 come to Raw – And you thought the NXT call-ups these days were bad

18 Submitted by on Mon, 27 May 2019, 20:00
1995, WWF A few weeks ago, I chronicled the poorly-received run of Slam Master J, son of Terry Gordy turned hip-hop aficionado. Terry Gordy, Jr. wasn’t the only son of a Memphis wrestling legend to reinvent himself in such a way, though. Of course there was Brian Christopher, son of Jerry Lawler, who re-christened himself, “Grandmaster Sexay” as part of Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Drew McIntyre vs. El Torito – Want to Know Why WWE’s Ratings Are in a Free Fall? Look No Further!

17 Submitted by on Thu, 16 May 2019, 19:45
WWE, 2014 In case you’ve not heard, WWE’s ratings are currently are in something of a slump, with some of their key demographics down as much as 25% in the last twelve months alone. While the company loves to point out viewership across the board for television is in a decline, there are other popular shows that are bucking the Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Mike Tyson WRESTLES – So Monumental WWE Didn’t Even Bother to Advertise It Ahead of Time!

29 Submitted by on Thu, 02 May 2019, 20:00
WWE, 2010 I don’t think one could understate just how huge Mike Tyson was in his prime, nor how pivotal his role was in helping the WWF turn the tide on the Monday Night Wars. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in many ways became a household name thanks in large part to Tyson. Don’t misunderstand me – Austin still would have Continue Reading...
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