Category Archives: Inductions

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INDUCTION: RightToCensor.com – Get out the Defibrilator and Let’s Revive Another Deadsite!

27 Submitted by on Thu, 25 February 2021, 20:00
WWE, 2001 Woo hoo! Psyched today as we are going to venture back to the early days of the internet via another Deadsite!  I so love doing these columns, and not just because I blatantly stole the idea from one of my favorite destinations on the World Wide Web, the legendary DinosaurDracula.com.  (Seriously, if you’ve never checked out Matt’s work…what Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Smackdown Karaoke Showdown – Just Idol-ing until the crowds come back

20 Submitted by on Thu, 18 February 2021, 20:42
WWE, 2020 File another one under, “Only in 2020”. This week’s induction focuses on a segment nobody asked for, but that nobody was around to say “No” to. As usual, the July 10th, 2020 edition of Smackdown opened with a number of graphics promoting that night’s matches, including one featuring four WWE women Superstars competing against each other. But this Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Babyface Honky Tonk Man – Was that REALLY the Plan? WrestleCrap Investigates!

33 Submitted by on Thu, 11 February 2021, 20:00
WWF, 1986 Every once in a while, I hit upon an induction I cannot honestly fathom we’ve never covered.  You wouldn’t even think that was possible after nearly 21 years (!!!!), but today we have one that somehow has slipped by: the early WWF days of the legendary Honky Tonk Man…when he was a good guy. Mercy mercy, sakes alive! Continue Reading...
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Induction: RETRIBUTION – The 2020 Gooker Award winner

59 Submitted by on Thu, 04 February 2021, 20:00
RETRIBUTION was a faction that could only have emerged in 2020. For one thing, it was that summer that saw historic unrest in American cities, sparked by numerous deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Coast-to-coast Black Lives Matter protests, violence between Antifa and right-wing groups, destructive anarchist riots, often-brutal reprisals by law enforcement – these events would fundamentally Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: MTV’s I Wanna Be a WWF Superstar – Just Please Don’t Wake Up Carson Daly While You’re Doing It

26 Submitted by on Thu, 28 January 2021, 20:00
MTV Sports Show, 1999 Confession time: I was not planning on writing this induction.   The original plan today was for the 2020 Gooker Winner Retribution to be posted, but that is such a gigantic steaming pile of garbage that it’s taking a bit longer than planned for us to digest and regurgitate it all.  Unsure of what to do, Continue Reading...
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Induction: Help! I’m Trapped in a Professional Wrestler’s Body – Middle School of Hard Knocks

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Book, 2000 For decades, a staple of American public schools has been the Scholastic book fair, where booksellers take over the school’s library for a week so kids can bring home the newest edition of Animorphs, Goosebumps, or whatnot. And while he’s no RL Stine, author Todd Strasser seems to have made a decent living churning out short chapter books Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History – Part 6

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Movie, 1989 Check out Part I here! Check out Part II here! Check out Part III here! Check out Part IV here! Check out Part V here! No Holds Barred:  The Film:  Act III We start with a mid-torso walking through nothingness, with… the Winged Eagle on a white strap across his waist. And as Rip enters the studio and Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History – Part 5

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Movie, 1989 Check out Part I here! Check out Part II here! Check out Part III here! Check out Part IV here! No Holds Barred:  The Film:  Act II We see a large stained glass window of Christ and a woman playing a harp below it in evening wear. Erm, okay. She sits behind a balustrade a floor above an Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History – Part 4

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Movie, 1989 Check out Part I here! Check out Part II here! Check out Part III here! No Holds Barred:  The Film:  Act I As in the script, the film makes sure the first image we see is that of our hero, but unlike the script there is now a voice-over of two announcers, bickering, and discussing how this is Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History – Part 3

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Movie, 1989 Check out Part I here! Check out Part II here! No Holds Barred:  The Script:  Act III When we last left our hero, he found out his perfunctory love interest has been kidnapped and evil network executive wants him to throw the fight to the evil bad guy champion after ten minutes, else the love interest will be Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History – Part 2

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Movie, 1989 Check out Part I here! No Holds Barred:  The Script:  Act II When we last left our hero Ripper, he was making men crap their pants. Next scene: a French restaurant. Sam and Ripper are seated in a corner table and Sam indicates she was not sure if Ripper was going to like this place and hopes there Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION SPECIAL: No Holds Barred – Script vs. Movie – The Most In-Depth Analysis in History!

15 Submitted by on Thu, 14 January 2021, 20:00
Movie, 1989 Quick note from RD: Folks coming to WrestleCrap.com of course know about No Holds Barred, the rather infamous 1989 film starring Hulk Hogan.  One of the first inductions I ever penned over twenty years ago covered it and we all had (I hope) a good chuckle at it.  With the passage of time, there has been I think a Continue Reading...
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Gooker 2020 – Vote for the Very Worst in Wrestling!

118 Submitted by on Thu, 07 January 2021, 19:57
There’s no need to recap why 2020 was such a messed-up year, and there was certainly enough awful stuff happening off-screen that could qualify as “the worst in wrestling”. This past year was no doubt the strangest in wrestling history, with wrestling promotions having to figure out ways to run shows without a live audience. Some of their ideas were Continue Reading...
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Christmas Induction: A Very Brady Christmas – A Tale of Secrets and Seasoned Rump Roasts

31 Submitted by on Thu, 17 December 2020, 20:00
1988, Made for TV Movie Note from RD: We’re nearing the end of December and you know what that means around these parts – time to induct another horrible (non-wrestling!) Christmas movie!  It’s been an annual tradition for all these years…you can check out the ghosts of Christmas past here!  And without any further adieu, let’s dive right into this Yule log! This Continue Reading...
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Induction: Kenny vs. Spenny does pro wrestling – No more Mr. Yarp Yarp

20 Submitted by on Thu, 03 December 2020, 20:12
TV episode, 2008 Kenny vs. Spenny was a Canadian comedy reality show where two friends compete in a new challenge every week. Spencer Rice, aka “Spenny” (in wrestling parlance, the “babyface”) usually plays each challenge straight and usually loses. Kenny Hotz (in wrestling parlance, the “total scumbag”) usually cheats and usually wins. Spenny must not watch the show, like most Continue Reading...
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Induction: Bob Backlund for President – Nation of Exacerbation

30 Submitted by on Thu, 12 November 2020, 20:00
The results are in, and over 60% of voters on Twitter agreed that Bob Backlund’s presidential candidacy belonged in the hallowed halls of WrestleCrap. Don’t blame me – I’m just carrying out the will of the people. WWF, 1995 Mr. Backlund, the delusional moral crusader and purveyor of malapropisms, was easily one of the best characters of the New Generation Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Halloween at Roddy Piper’s – Finally, Someone Who Gets That it’s TRICK or Treat!

13 Submitted by on Thu, 29 October 2020, 20:00
WWF, 1985 When you say “Halloween” around these here parts, it means just one thing: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.  Whether it be the legendary safety tips we’ve played on WrestleCrap Radio for years or the time when he knocked out Brother Love with a pumpkin on Prime Time Wrestling, it seems no one better exemplified the spirit of the holiday than Hot Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Mullets “Smackdown” – Billy Ray meets Bully Ray

35 Submitted by on Thu, 22 October 2020, 20:00
UPN television episode, 2003 In my last induction, I noted that Australia’s version of Are You Being Served? set a Wrestlecrap record for the earliest wrestling episode in a TV series’ run, and that only the impossible-to-find first episode of The Mullets could possibly dethrone it. Well, lo and ye shall behold – within days, a kind reader emailed me Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Are You Being Served? wrestling episode – A rumble in men’s trousers

25 Submitted by on Thu, 01 October 2020, 20:00
TV episodes, 1979, 1980 This week on Wrestlecrap, we take a look at the classic British comedy, Are You Being Served? The show, a bawdy workplace comedy, derived most of its humor from the type of double-entendres that naturally abound in a clothing store where salesmen stuffed their drawers and the saleswomen took down their underwear. Throw in the occasional Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Eight Amazing Pieces of (Mostly) Early 90’s WCW Merch Even WE Didn’t Know Existed!

19 Submitted by on Thu, 24 September 2020, 20:00
WCW, Early 1990’s You may have not noticed, but WrestleCrap is often late to the party when it comes to capitalizing on internet trends.  While we were once a trailblazer on the world wide interwebs, we have largely done the same thing we’ve always done since day one over twenty years ago: find something stupid in pro wrestling, then do Continue Reading...
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Induction: WWE Originals – Featuring the hit song, “A Stinkface from the Heart”

20 Submitted by on Thu, 17 September 2020, 20:00
WWE, 2004 The way the music industry has changed over the past two decades, it’s no wonder that WWE doesn’t put out CDs anymore. Now it’s standard practice to just dump CFO$’ latest compositions on iTunes or Spotify, where they can be safely ignored by wrestling fans. For example, you probably weren’t aware that WWE Music has release thirteen different Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Thunder in Paradise INTERACTIVE – Two Terrible Tastes That Taste Terrible Together

23 Submitted by on Thu, 10 September 2020, 20:00
1995, Phillips CD-i Videogame I’d heard rumor of this for years, couldn’t believe it could possibly be true.   A television show starring Hulk Hogan (that I am pretty sure I’ve inducted TWICE already!) was made into a video game.  That part I can actually believe.  There have been a lot of horrendous video game licenses over the years (and Continue Reading...
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Induction: The “New York rules” WCW Thunder – No rules. No refs. No idea what’s going on.

22 Submitted by on Fri, 21 August 2020, 20:18
WCW, 2000 The year 2000 was a special year for Wrestlecrap, a year that not only saw the site launch, but also provided material for it for years and decades to come, particularly in the form of WCW programming. That was the year that WCW passed the point of no return, hemorrhaging money, alienating viewers, and cramming segments with hot-shot Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Foxy Food Fight – It’s Like a Fruit of the Loom Commercial, Just Sexy (Supposedly) and On Acid (Definitely)

22 Submitted by on Thu, 13 August 2020, 20:00
Video Tape, 1987 For whatever reason, the other day I was thinking about when I was a lad…and the things that were ‘sexy’ in the 1980s. Giant hair.  Torn up jeans. Neon colors that would burn your eyeballs.  We look back on some of these things now, and we kinda chuckle.  No harm no foul as the kids used to Continue Reading...
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Induction: All Wheels Wrestling – Sparky Plugg not included

15 Submitted by on Thu, 06 August 2020, 20:09
TV pilot, 2011 In the 80s and 90s, there was no shortage of vehicular sports adding wrestling elements. In the monster truck genre alone, there was Sgt. Slaughter’s battle with Bigfoot, plus the Monster Wars TV series with its wrestling-style promos. But when it came to bringing elements of motorsports into the wrestling ring, the best the wrestling world did Continue Reading...
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