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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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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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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: 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 – 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: 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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Induction: Bret Hart on The Immortal – Lorenzo Lamas did not slay Bret. Bret slew Bret.

11 Submitted by on Fri, 14 May 2021, 21:11
Syndicated TV, 2000 Wrestling is an unpredictable business; you never know who’s going to succeed, who’s going to flop, who could have been a star if they had just gotten the chance, and who would have been a failure if plans hadn’t changed.  Case in point: In 1985, Vince McMahon wanted to make future Hall of Famer Bret Hart into Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: The Final ECW Finale – This Is(n’t) Extreme

26 Submitted by on Thu, 06 May 2021, 20:00
WWECW, 2010 While I was never the biggest Extreme Championship Wrestling fan on the planet, I did enjoy and will forever be grateful for Paul Heyman’s Philadelphia-based science experiment. A quick glance into the WWF or WCW around 1993-94 and you could see that pro wrestling was in the doldrums and in need of a reinvention.  In my estimation, that Continue Reading...
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Induction: Rambo y sus titanes – Your childhood action figure fed come to life!

15 Submitted by on Thu, 29 April 2021, 20:44
Argentinian TV, early 1990s Wrestling has had its fair share of cheesy action movie tie-ins: There was WCW’s Robocop cameo… …and WWE’s less-embarrassing (but just barely) Terminator cameo… …but Rambo just may be the biggest offender, spinning off into such unauthorized gimmicks as Greg “Rambo” Gagne and the NWL’s John Rambo. But that’s nothing compared to the lunacy documented in Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Nu Wave Wrestling – So Rikishi and Scott Steiner Walk Into a Bar…

31 Submitted by on Thu, 22 April 2021, 20:00
Nu Wrestling Evolution, 2005 Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the move from WWE Network to Peacock here for us ‘muricans has proven to…well…kinda suck.  The massive library we were all accustomed to having at our fingertips is mostly gone, and we’re left with the most basic of stuff imaginable.  You want a recent Raw?  No problem.  A random WrestleMania? Sure, Continue Reading...
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Induction: “In This Corner, Jaime Sommers” – You’ve heard of a bionic redneck, but have you ever heard of a bionic *woman*?

12 Submitted by on Thu, 15 April 2021, 21:09
TV episode, 1976 If you’re living in the US and suddenly locked out of WWE Network, you’re probably wondering what to do with the next four months. Sure, you could search blindly on Peacock for something – anything – worth watching, but maybe you’d be better off looking on plain old NBC.com, which offers three advantages over the premium site. Continue Reading...
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Induction: WrestleCrap’s 21st Anniversary Special

13 Submitted by on Thu, 01 April 2021, 20:00
This induction is dedicated to Blade Braxton and all the other members of the WrestleCrap family we’ve lost along the way. On April 1st, 2000, WrestleCrap.com first arrived on the internet. The intervening twenty-one years have provided the site with never-ending fodder for our famous inductions, whether it be old footage uploaded to Youtube or new, ridiculous angles and characters Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: That Thunder With Nash – The Old Glory Shizow

27 Submitted by on Thu, 25 March 2021, 20:00
WCW, 1999 Every once in a while, I discover something I cannot even fathom we’ve not inducted.  Such is the case tonight.  From that award winning little book you may have heard of, The Death of WCW: “The October 14 Thunder was one for the ages. Since it was the last under the Nash era, he basically turned it into one giant inside Continue Reading...
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