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8th May '18 3:55:40 AM WillBGood
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* In 1988, Terry Taylor, then known as a stellar worker and up-and-coming star, debuted with Wrestling/BobbyHeenan as his manager, who claimed he could make any "red rooster" a champion. Eventually, Taylor broke away from Heenan, but continued being the Red Rooster, complete with a red fauxhawk, clucking during matches and a "small fan base" of plants known as the "Rooster Boosters". While not offensive or repulsive, this gimmick ruined Taylor's career--everywhere he went, he got "rooster" chants, and [[NeverLiveItDown never got over for it]].

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* In 1988, Terry Taylor, then known as a stellar worker and up-and-coming star, debuted with Wrestling/BobbyHeenan as his manager, who claimed he could make any "red rooster" a champion. Eventually, Taylor broke away from Heenan, but continued being the Red Rooster, complete with a red fauxhawk, clucking during matches and a "small fan base" of plants known as the "Rooster Boosters". While not offensive or repulsive, this gimmick ruined Taylor's career--everywhere he went, he got "rooster" chants, chants and [[NeverLiveItDown never got over for it]].could NeverLiveItDown.
8th May '18 3:47:14 AM WillBGood
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After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings.]] Naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an ''extremely tasteless'' angle with such [[SarcasmMode shining moments]] as Wrestling/RandyOrton telling Wrestling/ReyMysterio to his face that Eddie was "in hell", and Mysterio claiming to receive spiritual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven.\\\

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After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings.]] Naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an ''extremely tasteless'' angle with such [[SarcasmMode shining moments]] moments as Wrestling/RandyOrton telling Wrestling/ReyMysterio to his face that Eddie was "in hell", and Mysterio claiming to receive spiritual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven.\\\
21st Apr '18 7:06:57 PM TheDeadSkin
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* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], Wrestling/RandyOrton told Wrestling/ReyMysterio that Eddie was "in hell", and Mysterio himself claimed to be receiving spiritual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (Remember when Wrestling/ChrisBenoit took Mysterio's place in his feud with Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} after Chavo injured Mysterio's knee? Apparently, Benoit was set to feud with Chavo over "Eddie's Estate") until Benoit, Eddie's dearest friend, finally put his foot down and told Vince to go fuck himself. To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find the material.
-->'''Reynolds:''' On the marquee of this site, it says, “The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling.” Truly, this induction is the very embodiment of that tagline. The seemingly never-ending exploitation of the late, great Eddie Guerrero is the absolute worst of pro wrestling, bar none.

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* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] "Eddiesploitation"]].\\\
After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, ratings.]] Naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among ''extremely tasteless'' angle with such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], moments]] as Wrestling/RandyOrton told telling Wrestling/ReyMysterio to his face that Eddie was "in hell", and Mysterio himself claimed claiming to be receiving receive spiritual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) Heaven.\\\
According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] including]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Vince's own daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea an awful idea, except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (Remember when -- Wrestling/ChrisBenoit took Mysterio's place in his feud with Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} after Chavo injured Mysterio's knee? Apparently, Benoit was set to feud with Chavo over "Eddie's Estate") estate" -- until Benoit, Eddie's dearest closest friend, finally put his foot down and told called Vince to go fuck himself. out on it.\\\
To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] widely considered Vince [=McMahon=]'s MoralEventHorizon. When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- mocking -- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and so ''loathsome'' he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find just for the material.
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-->'''Reynolds:''' On the marquee of this site, it says, “The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling.” Truly, this induction is the very embodiment of that tagline. The seemingly never-ending exploitation of the late, great Eddie Guerrero is [[SarcasmFailure the absolute worst of pro wrestling, wrestling]], bar none.
21st Apr '18 6:10:52 PM nombretomado
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* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more {{egregious}}. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost as popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less money, the contract disputes with Vince make a lot more sense.)[[/note]]

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* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more {{egregious}}.JustForFun/{{egregious}}. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost as popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less money, the contract disputes with Vince make a lot more sense.)[[/note]]
21st Apr '18 7:12:34 AM ironballs16
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** This is just one of a long line of attempts to apparently kill Kane's career. The May 19, 2006 angle (which even the bookers realized was bad the week after the reveal) and Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s pregnancy come to mind here, along with his previous gimmicks of the Fake Diesel, Isaac Yankem (''a wrestling dentist''), and the Christmas Creature.

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** This is just one of a long line of attempts to apparently kill Kane's career. The [[Film/SeeNoEvil May 19, 2006 2006]] angle (which even the bookers realized was bad the week after the reveal) and Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s pregnancy come to mind here, along with his previous gimmicks of the Fake Diesel, Isaac Yankem (''a wrestling dentist''), and the Christmas Creature.
12th Apr '18 11:21:46 AM PsyForceStarGladiator86
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* In lists of the strangest and least-deserving WWE champions of all time, Wrestling/JinderMahal has to be at the very top. During his first run with the company, he was a lower-midcarder at best, and ended his tenure being released while part of Wrestling/ThreeMB, who, despite being [[EnsembleDarkhorse over]], existed just to {{job|ber}}. When he was rehired in 2016 to fill out the roster following the second Brand Extension, he resumed his WWE tenure doing just that...except when he was sent to [=SmackDown=] following the 2017 roster exchange. There, no less than two weeks removed from being embarrassed at Wrestling/WrestleMania 33 by football player Rob Gronkowski, he was entered as a seeming extra body in a number one contender's match for Wrestling/{{Randy Orton}}'s WWE Championship, [[FromNobodyToNightmare which he shocked the world by winning, before beating Orton for the title at Backlash]]. After the collective shock of the wrestling fans wore off, speculation arose that he had been given the belt to promote WWE's forthcoming tour of India, which made business sense as it's one of the largest and fastest growing countries in the world and a perfect place for wrestling to make inroads. The problem was, Mahal was not a very good choice to promote the company. Not only was [[FakeNationality he not actually from India]] (he's a native of {{Canada|Eh}}), his in-ring ability hadn't really improved from the day he first left the company (about the only pops he got during his matches were from his lackeys the Singhs, the former Bollywood Boyz, constantly running interference and bumping like madmen), and his character was downright boring, as he played a stock ForeignWrestlingHeel that fans were absolutely tired of. From there, his title reign went as a seeming guide to how not to book a credible champion. His reign brought such highlights as the return of the Punjabi Prison match (one rated as one of the worst gimmick matches of all time), a stinker of a feud with Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura that nearly destroyed any credibility the latter had left after a shaky start on the main roster (which also featured some of the most racist promos aired on WWE television since the Wrestling/NationOfDomination). After enduring months of backlash from both their fans and their own wrestlers, as Wrestling/PaulHeyman cut a promo over on Raw absolutely burying Mahal as any sort of credible threat to Universal Champion Wrestling/BrockLesnar in a "Champion vs Champion" match that had been scheduled for Survivor Series of that year, WWE pulled the plug on the Mahal experiment by having Wrestling/AJStyles defeat him on a random episode of [=SmackDown=]. The final nail in the coffin came when WWE had to cancel every show but one on their India tour due to low ticket sales, meaning Mahal hadn't even gotten over there, one of the only reasons he was even given the belt in the first place. While it was noted that Mahal himself, out of {{Kayfabe}} was a legitimately hard worker and very grateful for the opportunity, it still doesn't change the fact that he ended up torpedoing the WWE Championship's lineage and prestige into the ground, so much so that on combined pay-per-views its matches ended up playing second fiddle to the less than two year old Universal Championship. You can read more about his disaster of a title run [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/jinder-mahal-gooker-2017/ here]], which ended up winning the [[Website/WrestleCrap Gooker Award]] for 2017 despite a [[UpToEleven winner already having been announced earlier in the year]].

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* In lists of the strangest and least-deserving WWE champions of all time, Wrestling/JinderMahal has to be at the very top. During his first run with the company, he was a lower-midcarder at best, and ended his tenure being released while part of Wrestling/ThreeMB, who, despite being [[EnsembleDarkhorse over]], existed just to {{job|ber}}. When he was rehired in 2016 to fill out the roster following the second Brand Extension, he resumed his WWE tenure doing just that...except when he was sent to [=SmackDown=] following the 2017 roster exchange. There, no less than two weeks removed from being embarrassed at Wrestling/WrestleMania 33 by football player Rob Gronkowski, he was entered as a seeming extra body in a number one contender's match for Wrestling/{{Randy Orton}}'s WWE Championship, [[FromNobodyToNightmare which he shocked the world by winning, before beating Orton for the title at Backlash]]. After the collective shock of the wrestling fans wore off, speculation arose that he had been given the belt to promote WWE's forthcoming tour of India, which made business sense as it's one of the largest and fastest growing countries in the world and a perfect place for wrestling to make inroads. The problem was, Mahal was not a very good choice to promote the company. Not only was [[FakeNationality he not actually from India]] (he's a native of {{Canada|Eh}}), his in-ring ability hadn't really improved from the day he first left the company (about the only pops he got during his matches were from his lackeys the Singhs, the former Bollywood Boyz, constantly running interference and bumping like madmen), and his character was downright boring, as he played a stock ForeignWrestlingHeel that fans were absolutely tired of. From there, his title reign went as a seeming guide to how not to book a credible champion. His reign brought such highlights as the return of the Punjabi Prison match (one rated as one of the worst gimmick matches of all time), a stinker of a feud with Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura that nearly destroyed any credibility the latter had left after a shaky start on the main roster (which also featured some of the most racist promos aired on WWE television since the Wrestling/NationOfDomination).Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination). After enduring months of backlash from both their fans and their own wrestlers, as Wrestling/PaulHeyman cut a promo over on Raw absolutely burying Mahal as any sort of credible threat to Universal Champion Wrestling/BrockLesnar in a "Champion vs Champion" match that had been scheduled for Survivor Series of that year, WWE pulled the plug on the Mahal experiment by having Wrestling/AJStyles defeat him on a random episode of [=SmackDown=]. The final nail in the coffin came when WWE had to cancel every show but one on their India tour due to low ticket sales, meaning Mahal hadn't even gotten over there, one of the only reasons he was even given the belt in the first place. While it was noted that Mahal himself, out of {{Kayfabe}} was a legitimately hard worker and very grateful for the opportunity, it still doesn't change the fact that he ended up torpedoing the WWE Championship's lineage and prestige into the ground, so much so that on combined pay-per-views its matches ended up playing second fiddle to the less than two year old Universal Championship. You can read more about his disaster of a title run [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/jinder-mahal-gooker-2017/ here]], which ended up winning the [[Website/WrestleCrap Gooker Award]] for 2017 despite a [[UpToEleven winner already having been announced earlier in the year]].
12th Apr '18 7:43:54 AM Blastbackcalhoon
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* In lists of the strangest and least-deserving WWE champions of all time, Wrestling/JinderMahal has to be at the very top. During his first run with the company, he was a lower-midcarder at best, and ended his tenure being released while part of Wrestling/ThreeMB, who, despite being [[EnsembleDarkhorse over]], existed just to {{job|ber}}. When he was rehired in 2016 to fill out the roster following the second Brand Extension, he resumed his WWE tenure doing just that...except when he was sent to [=SmackDown=] following the 2017 roster exchange. There, no less than two weeks removed from being embarrassed at Wrestling/WrestleMania 33 by football player Rob Gronkowski, he was entered as a seeming extra body in a number one contender's match for Wrestling/{{Randy Orton}}'s WWE Championship, [[FromNobodyToNightmare which he shocked the world by winning, before beating Orton for the title at Money in the Bank]]. After the collective shock of the wrestling fans wore off, speculation arose that he had been given the belt to promote WWE's forthcoming tour of India, which made business sense as it's one of the largest and fastest growing countries in the world and a perfect place for wrestling to make inroads. The problem was, Mahal was not a very good choice to promote the company. Not only was [[FakeNationality he not actually from India]] (he's a native of {{Canada|Eh}}), his in-ring ability hadn't really improved from the day he first left the company (about the only pops he got during his matches were from his lackeys the Singhs, the former Bollywood Boyz, constantly running interference and bumping like madmen), and his character was downright boring, as he played a stock ForeignWrestlingHeel that fans were absolutely tired of. From there, his title reign went as a seeming guide to how not to book a credible champion. His reign brought such highlights as the return of the Punjabi Prison match (one rated as one of the worst gimmick matches of all time), a stinker of a feud with Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura that nearly destroyed any credibility the latter had left after a shaky start on the main roster (which also featured some of the most racist promos aired on WWE television since the Wrestling/NationOfDomination). After enduring months of backlash from both their fans and their own wrestlers, as Wrestling/PaulHeyman cut a promo over on Raw absolutely burying Mahal as any sort of credible threat to Universal Champion Wrestling/BrockLesnar in a "Champion vs Champion" match that had been scheduled for Survivor Series of that year, WWE pulled the plug on the Mahal experiment by having Wrestling/AJStyles defeat him on a random episode of [=SmackDown=]. The final nail in the coffin came when WWE had to cancel every show but one on their India tour due to low ticket sales, meaning Mahal hadn't even gotten over there, one of the only reasons he was even given the belt in the first place. While it was noted that Mahal himself, out of {{Kayfabe}} was a legitimately hard worker and very grateful for the opportunity, it still doesn't change the fact that he ended up torpedoing the WWE Championship's lineage and prestige into the ground, so much so that on combined pay-per-views its matches ended up playing second fiddle to the less than two year old Universal Championship. You can read more about his disaster of a title run [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/jinder-mahal-gooker-2017/ here]], which ended up winning the [[Website/WrestleCrap Gooker Award]] for 2017 despite a [[UpToEleven winner already having been announced earlier in the year]].

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* In lists of the strangest and least-deserving WWE champions of all time, Wrestling/JinderMahal has to be at the very top. During his first run with the company, he was a lower-midcarder at best, and ended his tenure being released while part of Wrestling/ThreeMB, who, despite being [[EnsembleDarkhorse over]], existed just to {{job|ber}}. When he was rehired in 2016 to fill out the roster following the second Brand Extension, he resumed his WWE tenure doing just that...except when he was sent to [=SmackDown=] following the 2017 roster exchange. There, no less than two weeks removed from being embarrassed at Wrestling/WrestleMania 33 by football player Rob Gronkowski, he was entered as a seeming extra body in a number one contender's match for Wrestling/{{Randy Orton}}'s WWE Championship, [[FromNobodyToNightmare which he shocked the world by winning, before beating Orton for the title at Money in the Bank]].Backlash]]. After the collective shock of the wrestling fans wore off, speculation arose that he had been given the belt to promote WWE's forthcoming tour of India, which made business sense as it's one of the largest and fastest growing countries in the world and a perfect place for wrestling to make inroads. The problem was, Mahal was not a very good choice to promote the company. Not only was [[FakeNationality he not actually from India]] (he's a native of {{Canada|Eh}}), his in-ring ability hadn't really improved from the day he first left the company (about the only pops he got during his matches were from his lackeys the Singhs, the former Bollywood Boyz, constantly running interference and bumping like madmen), and his character was downright boring, as he played a stock ForeignWrestlingHeel that fans were absolutely tired of. From there, his title reign went as a seeming guide to how not to book a credible champion. His reign brought such highlights as the return of the Punjabi Prison match (one rated as one of the worst gimmick matches of all time), a stinker of a feud with Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura that nearly destroyed any credibility the latter had left after a shaky start on the main roster (which also featured some of the most racist promos aired on WWE television since the Wrestling/NationOfDomination). After enduring months of backlash from both their fans and their own wrestlers, as Wrestling/PaulHeyman cut a promo over on Raw absolutely burying Mahal as any sort of credible threat to Universal Champion Wrestling/BrockLesnar in a "Champion vs Champion" match that had been scheduled for Survivor Series of that year, WWE pulled the plug on the Mahal experiment by having Wrestling/AJStyles defeat him on a random episode of [=SmackDown=]. The final nail in the coffin came when WWE had to cancel every show but one on their India tour due to low ticket sales, meaning Mahal hadn't even gotten over there, one of the only reasons he was even given the belt in the first place. While it was noted that Mahal himself, out of {{Kayfabe}} was a legitimately hard worker and very grateful for the opportunity, it still doesn't change the fact that he ended up torpedoing the WWE Championship's lineage and prestige into the ground, so much so that on combined pay-per-views its matches ended up playing second fiddle to the less than two year old Universal Championship. You can read more about his disaster of a title run [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/jinder-mahal-gooker-2017/ here]], which ended up winning the [[Website/WrestleCrap Gooker Award]] for 2017 despite a [[UpToEleven winner already having been announced earlier in the year]].
5th Apr '18 9:34:10 PM nombretomado
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** Incidentally, it turned out that Sting was ''[[ProperlyParanoid 100% correct]]'' in his assumptions, as when he finally did debut in WWE it was just so the company could drag out WCW's corpse to piss on it one more time-- during his Wrestlemania match against Wrestling/TripleH the commentators constantly harped on Sting for being a "WCW interloper" out to ruin the company for them (when during the feud Sting had ''pointedly gone out of his way'' to deny this-- in fact, his reason for opposing Wrestling/TheAuthority was because he didn't want to see their backstage politics ruin WWE the same way WCW had gone) and then ''he lost the damn match!''

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** Incidentally, it turned out that Sting was ''[[ProperlyParanoid 100% correct]]'' in his assumptions, as when he finally did debut in WWE it was just so the company could drag out WCW's corpse to piss on it one more time-- during his Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] match against Wrestling/TripleH the commentators constantly harped on Sting for being a "WCW interloper" out to ruin the company for them (when during the feud Sting had ''pointedly gone out of his way'' to deny this-- in fact, his reason for opposing Wrestling/TheAuthority was because he didn't want to see their backstage politics ruin WWE the same way WCW had gone) and then ''he lost the damn match!''



** In the dark match, Wrestling/TitoSantana defeated Papa Shango in his first 'Mania victory since WrestleMania I... ''offscreen.'' Some tribute to a guy who's been a part of 'Mania since the beginning.

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** In the dark match, Wrestling/TitoSantana defeated Papa Shango in his first 'Mania victory since WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] I... ''offscreen.'' Some tribute to a guy who's been a part of 'Mania since the beginning.



* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications, this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who, mind you, had no real boxing experience going into the tournament) then proceeded to have real fights that looked terrible (compare ragdolls flopping their arms about) and injuring each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscripted finishes meant Dr. Death pulling a hamstring and was taken out in the quarterfinals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn was ''utterly destroyed in half a minute''. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.

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* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications, this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who, mind you, had no real boxing experience going into the tournament) then proceeded to have real fights that looked terrible (compare ragdolls flopping their arms about) and injuring each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscripted finishes meant Dr. Death pulling a hamstring and was taken out in the quarterfinals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn was ''utterly destroyed in half a minute''. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker was given two matches with Giant Gonzales — one at ''Wrestlemania'', the other at ''Summerslam''. Both are regarded as some of the worst matches of all time. The only good thing that came from those matches was Gonzalez's [[http://ecwfrenchtribute.free.fr/HTLM/Photos/G/Giant_Gonzales/Giant_Gonzales_-_Jorge_Gonzales_08.jpg suit]] which [[HilariousInHindsight makes him look]] like [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a Titan]].
* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2014'': [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who at that point and beyond was immensely over with the fans, was a favorite amongst smarks to win the match, and when the countdown began for Entrant #30, fans were on the edge of their seats. When the buzzer rang and [[Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} Rey Mysterio's]] music played, the arena went into meltdown, booing any bit of Rey's offence and cheering his elimination. It got worse when the returning Wrestling/{{Batista}} won it. as they immediately turned on him. It's notable for being Wrestling/CMPunk's last wrestling appearance and for forcing the company to change the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match in order to stop it from imploding on itself.[[note]](The original plans for Wrestlemania XXX were for Bryan to face Sheamus again, with CM Punk to face down The Authority. When Punk walked out, Bryan took his place and won the title, which drew universal acclaim.)[[/note]] Even Wrestling/MickFoley verbally bit WWE's head off over this fiasco, posting the tweet [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Does the WWE really hate their own audience?"]] that was retweeted ''20,000 times'' in 24 hours.

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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker was given two matches with Giant Gonzales — one at ''Wrestlemania'', ''[=WrestleMania=]'', the other at ''Summerslam''. Both are regarded as some of the worst matches of all time. The only good thing that came from those matches was Gonzalez's [[http://ecwfrenchtribute.free.fr/HTLM/Photos/G/Giant_Gonzales/Giant_Gonzales_-_Jorge_Gonzales_08.jpg suit]] which [[HilariousInHindsight makes him look]] like [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a Titan]].
* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2014'': [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who at that point and beyond was immensely over with the fans, was a favorite amongst smarks to win the match, and when the countdown began for Entrant #30, fans were on the edge of their seats. When the buzzer rang and [[Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} Rey Mysterio's]] music played, the arena went into meltdown, booing any bit of Rey's offence and cheering his elimination. It got worse when the returning Wrestling/{{Batista}} won it. as they immediately turned on him. It's notable for being Wrestling/CMPunk's last wrestling appearance and for forcing the company to change the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match in order to stop it from imploding on itself.[[note]](The original plans for Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] XXX were for Bryan to face Sheamus again, with CM Punk to face down The Authority. When Punk walked out, Bryan took his place and won the title, which drew universal acclaim.)[[/note]] Even Wrestling/MickFoley verbally bit WWE's head off over this fiasco, posting the tweet [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Does the WWE really hate their own audience?"]] that was retweeted ''20,000 times'' in 24 hours.
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* The next problem with the Invasion was the lack of star power on the part of WCW. Many top-tier WCW stars were not acquired by the WWF because their contracts were supposedly too expensive to buy out, the most notable amongst these names being Ric Flair, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, and Scott Steiner. This meant that the two biggest names on the WCW side at the beginning of the angle were Booker T and Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage. This of course prevented many of the most anticipated (and presumably high-grossing) WCW vs WWF matches from happening. Instead, in a combination of trying to put higher drawing wrestlers in the main event and an unwillingness to treat WCW (and later ECW) like they were actually on par with WWF, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had Steve Austin and Kurt Angle turn turncoat and join the Alliance. The only Alliance members who were allowed to look halfway decent against the WWF guys were those who had already been working in WWF previously - The Dudley Boyz and Wrestling/{{Rhyno}}, for example. In other words, the feud for the most part was very blatantly WWF vs WWF. Most of the WCW guys were kept in the background and those that weren't were treated rather horribly, bar Rob Van Dam. Vince responded by booking Van Dam against WWF heels as often as possible.

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* The next problem with the Invasion was the lack of star power on the part of WCW. Many top-tier WCW stars were not acquired by the WWF because their contracts were supposedly too expensive to buy out, the most notable amongst these names being Ric Flair, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, and Scott Steiner. This meant that the two biggest names on the WCW side at the beginning of the angle were Booker T and Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage. This This, of course course, prevented many of the most anticipated (and presumably high-grossing) WCW vs WWF matches from happening. Instead, in a combination of trying to put higher drawing wrestlers in the main event and an unwillingness to treat WCW (and later ECW) like they were actually on par with WWF, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had Steve Austin and Kurt Angle turn turncoat and join the Alliance. The only Alliance members who were allowed to look halfway decent against the WWF guys were those who had already been working in WWF previously - The Dudley Boyz and Wrestling/{{Rhyno}}, for example. In other words, the feud feud, for the most part part, was very blatantly WWF vs WWF. Most of the WCW guys were kept in the background and those that weren't were treated rather horribly, bar Rob Van Dam. Vince responded by booking Van Dam against WWF heels as often as possible.



* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was the absolute low point for WWE's mid-90s slump in ratings. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.

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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was the absolute low point for WWE's mid-90s slump in ratings. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an the interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.



** Wrestling/LexLuger and "Mr Perfect" Wrestling/CurtHennig should've been a great match, as Hennig was one of the best wrestlers in the world and Luger was as good as his opponent was. However neither seemed incredibly motivated and it led to a so-so match that didn't steal the show as it should have.
** The Mega Maniacs completely dominate Money Inc. when Wrestling/HulkHogan hits both members of Money Inc. with Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake's facemask during the third ref bump of the night. It looks like Hogan and Beefcake win when another referee comes out and disqualifies them for using the facemask. When does this ever happen? It makes no sense considering how several matches have been won by cheating (including one '''on this very show''') and no second ref came out to DQ the cheaters. What makes this especially notable is the fact that it looked like the typical Money Inc. finish - they flee the match to take the countout loss but hold on to the belts since titles don't change hands by countout or DQ, robbing the challengers of the belts and, arguably, the fans of a solid finish - would be averted; Money Inc. started to head for the back only to have Howard Finkel - sorry, Finkus Maximus (ugh...) - announce that the referee had decided that if they did not return to the ring in time, the countout would basically be ruled a forfeit, and the title would indeed change hands. Ultimately, it was one BS finish replacing another.

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** Wrestling/LexLuger and "Mr "Mr. Perfect" Wrestling/CurtHennig should've been a great match, as Hennig was one of the best wrestlers in the world and Luger was as good as his opponent was. However However, neither seemed incredibly motivated and it led to a so-so match that didn't steal the show as it should have.
** The Mega Maniacs completely dominate Money Inc. when Wrestling/HulkHogan hits both members of Money Inc. with Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake's facemask during the third ref bump of the night. It looks like Hogan and Beefcake win when another referee comes out and disqualifies them for using the facemask. When does this ever happen? It makes no sense considering how several matches have been won by cheating (including one '''on this very show''') and no second ref came out to DQ the cheaters. What makes this especially notable is the fact that it looked like the typical Money Inc. finish - they flee the match to take the countout loss but hold on to the belts since titles don't change hands by countout or DQ, robbing the challengers of the belts and, arguably, the fans of a solid finish - would be averted; Money Inc. started to head for the back only to have Howard Finkel - sorry, Finkus Maximus (ugh...) - announce announced that the referee had decided that if they did not return to the ring in time, the countout would basically be ruled a forfeit, and the title would indeed change hands. Ultimately, it was one BS finish replacing another.



** The main event between Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} and Wrestling/BretHart isn't too bad until the ending. Hart goes for the Sharpshooter, despite showing prior that he's too smart to go for moves like that in the match, and Yoko gets out easily. Then, when Hart has Yoko in the Sharpshooter, Mr. Fuji throws salt in his face. Rather, Mr. Fuji fumbles about for a few seconds, directly in Hart's line of sight, to get a handful of salt, before he finally deploys it. Yoko doesn't even hit the Banzai Drop; he just blithely grabs Bret's legs and gets the pin. While the ending was stupid, what happened afterwards was far worse.

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** The main event between Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} and Wrestling/BretHart isn't too bad until the ending. Hart goes for the Sharpshooter, despite showing prior that he's too smart to go for moves like that in the match, and Yoko gets out easily. Then, when Hart has Yoko in the Sharpshooter, Mr. Fuji throws salt in his face. Rather, Mr. Fuji fumbles about for a few seconds, directly in Hart's line of sight, to get a handful of salt, before he finally deploys it. Yoko doesn't even hit the Banzai Drop; he just blithely grabs Bret's legs and gets the pin. While the ending was stupid, what happened afterwards afterward was far worse.



** Aftermath: Hogan is slated to drop the belt to Bret after the PPV, but refuses because he thinks it'll make him look weak. Then he skips out of the promotion to shoot movies (he was also caught on video badmouthing the WWF at a New Japan event). Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, understandably pissed off, has Hogan lose the belt to Yokozuna in a SquashMatch as punishment, and it takes the better part of a year before any of the fallout from WMIX is finally cleared. Bret Hart is booked to win the King of the Ring as compensation, but the tournament meant nothing and the fans (and Hart himself) knew it.

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** Aftermath: Hogan is slated to drop the belt to Bret after the PPV, but refuses because he thinks it'll make him look weak. Then he skips out of the promotion to shoot movies (he was also caught on video badmouthing the WWF at a New Japan event). Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, understandably pissed off, has Hogan lose the belt to Yokozuna in a SquashMatch squash match as punishment, and it takes the better part of a year before any of the fallout from WMIX is finally cleared. Bret Hart is booked to win the King of the Ring as compensation, but the tournament meant nothing and the fans (and Hart himself) knew it.



* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who, mind you, had no real boxing experience going into the tournament) then proceeded to have real fights that looked terrible (compare ragdolls flopping their arms about) and injuring each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscriped finishes meant Dr. Death pulling a hamstring and was taken out in the quarter finals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn was ''utterly destroyed in half a minute''. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.

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* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications complications, this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who, mind you, had no real boxing experience going into the tournament) then proceeded to have real fights that looked terrible (compare ragdolls flopping their arms about) and injuring each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscriped unscripted finishes meant Dr. Death pulling a hamstring and was taken out in the quarter finals quarterfinals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn was ''utterly destroyed in half a minute''. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.



* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], Wrestling/RandyOrton told Wrestling/ReyMysterio that Eddie was "in hell" , and Mysterio himself claimed to be recieving spirtual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (Remember when Wrestling/ChrisBenoit took Mysterio's place in his feud with Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} after Chavo injured Mysterio's knee? Apparently, Benoit was set to feud with Chavo over "Eddie's Estate") until Benoit, Eddie's dearest friend, finally put his foot down and told Vince to go fuck himself. To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find the material.
-->'''Reynolds:''' On the marquee of this site, it says, “The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling.” Truly, this induction is the very embodiment of that tagline. The seemingly never ending exploitation of the late, great Eddie Guerrero is the absolute worst of pro wrestling, bar none.

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* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], Wrestling/RandyOrton told Wrestling/ReyMysterio that Eddie was "in hell" , hell", and Mysterio himself claimed to be recieving spirtual receiving spiritual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (Remember when Wrestling/ChrisBenoit took Mysterio's place in his feud with Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} after Chavo injured Mysterio's knee? Apparently, Benoit was set to feud with Chavo over "Eddie's Estate") until Benoit, Eddie's dearest friend, finally put his foot down and told Vince to go fuck himself. To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find the material.
-->'''Reynolds:''' On the marquee of this site, it says, “The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling.” Truly, this induction is the very embodiment of that tagline. The seemingly never ending never-ending exploitation of the late, great Eddie Guerrero is the absolute worst of pro wrestling, bar none.



* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more {{egregious}}. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match, and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost as popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less money, the contract disputes with Vince make a lot more sense.)[[/note]]
* A contender for worst ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' match of all time happened at the 1993 edition of the event. The teams were Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, Bastion Booger[[note]](in his only WWE pay-per-view appearance)[[/note]] and the Headshrinkers, against, ostensibly, "four [[Wrestling/DoinkTheClown Doinks]]." After the better part of a year of Doink's shenanigans featuring himself and a second Doink, the implied payoff was to see four Doinks wrestling at once. However, this was during a period where Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was fixated on catering to young children (he even disses Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera on commentary, with a straight face), so instead, we got Luke and Butch of Wrestling/TheBushwhackers and Mo and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Mabel]] of Men On A Mission, wearing Doink greasepaint and green clown wigs. After a confused crowd started chanting "we want Doink" over the bait-and-switch, the resulting "match" contained scooters, water balloons, the heels messily eating raw turkey and bananas (Samu actually gets eliminated after slipping on a banana peel), and blatant double-teams by the faces that the referee does ''nothing'' about. The only redeeming portions of this match were Bam Bam (the only one in the ring giving a lick of effort) and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan's commentary. And after the match, Doink finally appears on the video wall and cuts a promo that sounded like a six year old wrote it. This whole mess is a classic example of Vince being out of touch with his audience.

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* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more {{egregious}}. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match, match and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost as popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less money, the contract disputes with Vince make a lot more sense.)[[/note]]
* A contender for worst ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' match of all time happened at the 1993 edition of the event. The teams were Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, Bastion Booger[[note]](in his only WWE pay-per-view appearance)[[/note]] and the Headshrinkers, against, ostensibly, "four [[Wrestling/DoinkTheClown Doinks]]." After the better part of a year of Doink's shenanigans featuring himself and a second Doink, the implied payoff was to see four Doinks wrestling at once. However, this was during a period where Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was fixated on catering to young children (he even disses Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera on commentary, with a straight face), so instead, we got Luke and Butch of Wrestling/TheBushwhackers and Mo and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Mabel]] of Men On A Mission, wearing Doink greasepaint and green clown wigs. After a confused crowd started chanting "we want Doink" over the bait-and-switch, the resulting "match" contained scooters, water balloons, the heels messily eating raw turkey and bananas (Samu actually gets eliminated after slipping on a banana peel), and blatant double-teams by the faces that the referee does ''nothing'' about. The only redeeming portions of this match were Bam Bam (the only one in the ring giving a lick of effort) and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan's commentary. And after the match, Doink finally appears on the video wall and cuts a promo that sounded like a six year old six-year-old wrote it. This whole mess is a classic example of Vince being out of touch with his audience.



* In 1988, Terry Taylor, then known as an stellar worker and up-and-coming star, debuted with Wrestling/BobbyHeenan as his manager, who claimed he could make any "red rooster" a champion. Eventually Taylor broke away from Heenan, but continued being the Red Rooster, complete with red fauxhawk, clucking during matches and a "small fanbase" of plants known as the "Rooster Boosters". While not offensive or repulsive, this gimmick ruined Taylor's career--everywhere he went, he got "rooster" chants, and [[NeverLiveItDown never got over for it]].

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* In 1988, Terry Taylor, then known as an a stellar worker and up-and-coming star, debuted with Wrestling/BobbyHeenan as his manager, who claimed he could make any "red rooster" a champion. Eventually Eventually, Taylor broke away from Heenan, but continued being the Red Rooster, complete with a red fauxhawk, clucking during matches and a "small fanbase" fan base" of plants known as the "Rooster Boosters". While not offensive or repulsive, this gimmick ruined Taylor's career--everywhere he went, he got "rooster" chants, and [[NeverLiveItDown never got over for it]].



* The entire ending sequence to NXT Season 2 was such a trainwreck it may have stopped several careers in their tracks. It started off with [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] winning, which was about the only thing that went well here. After the announcement was made, runner-up [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] was handed the mic and cut a very {{Narm}}y promo where he trips over his lines. In that promo, he basically promises a Genesis of the career of Michael [=McGillicutty=]. Then he leaves the ring. Kaval tries to cut a celebration promo, but is cut off when the rookies eliminated in the previous weeks come in and attack him. The WWE Pros try to intervene, and we get what ends up being the very anti-thesis of what made Wrestling/TheNexus work. Even the people in the nosebleeds could have heard the spots being called and the refs yelling instructions to the angry rookies. After that promo, only Kaval and Riley would find themselves appearing on television in the weeks that followed, (Kaval joined the Smackdown roster, while Riley would hang around Wrestling/TheMiz as his 'apprentice') and [[CanonDisContinuity the end of NXT Season 2 was never mentioned again]]. [=McGillicutty=] and Harris would finally resurface at ''Hell In A Cell'', costing Wrestling/JohnCena his match against Wrestling/WadeBarrett and acting as unofficial Nexus lackeys, before being officially inducted into the group a few weeks later. If there were plans for a Genesis stable involving NXT Season 2, they were quickly axed.

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* The entire ending sequence to NXT Season 2 was such a trainwreck it may have stopped several careers in their tracks. It started off with [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] winning, which was about the only thing that went well here. After the announcement was made, runner-up [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] was handed the mic and cut a very {{Narm}}y promo where he trips over his lines. In that promo, he basically promises a Genesis of the career of Michael [=McGillicutty=]. Then he leaves the ring. Kaval tries to cut a celebration promo, promo but is cut off when the rookies eliminated in the previous weeks come in and attack him. The WWE Pros try to intervene, and we get what ends up being the very anti-thesis antithesis of what made Wrestling/TheNexus work. Even the people in the nosebleeds could have heard the spots being called and the refs yelling instructions to the angry rookies. After that promo, only Kaval and Riley would find themselves appearing on television in the weeks that followed, (Kaval joined the Smackdown roster, while Riley would hang around Wrestling/TheMiz as his 'apprentice') and [[CanonDisContinuity the end of NXT Season 2 was never mentioned again]]. [=McGillicutty=] and Harris would finally resurface at ''Hell In A Cell'', costing Wrestling/JohnCena his match against Wrestling/WadeBarrett and acting as unofficial Nexus lackeys, before being officially inducted into the group a few weeks later. If there were plans for a Genesis stable involving NXT Season 2, they were quickly axed.
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* Beaver Cleavage (played by Headbanger Mosh) was basically a take-off of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was shown in a series of black & white vignettes (compete with [[LaughTrack canned laughter]]) that showed him acting like a little kid while his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various [[ParentalIncest sexually]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick and he fought with the entire creative staff to get Beaver on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and hostile fan reaction), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed the character, causing Vince Russo to go to WCW (and royally screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who had to be Beaver Cleavage".[[note]]Oddly, despite the gimmick ending with Chaz [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt supposedly breaking character during one of the skits and simply walking out, refusing to play the role any more]], Chaz himself was reportedly amused by the skits.[[/note]]

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* [[AdultsDressedAsChildren Beaver Cleavage (played Cleavage]] (portrayed by Headbanger Mosh) Chaz "Headbanger Mosh" Warrington) was basically a take-off parody of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller complete with beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was sailor uniform, shown in a series of black & and white vignettes. The vignettes (compete with [[LaughTrack canned laughter]]) that showed him acting like a little kid while the exploits of Beaver and his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various mother (Marianna Komlos), who'd respond with [[ParentalIncest sexually]] sexually suggestive]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell remarks]].[[note]]Beaver falls into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said puddle: "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick wet!"[[/note]] This was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick gimmick, and he fought hard with the entire creative staff Creative to get Beaver it on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and and hostile fan reaction), reaction, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed ordered the character, character axed, causing Vince Russo to go jump to WCW (and royally and screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz too; Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who never had to be Beaver Cleavage".quite a career after this.[[note]]Oddly, despite the gimmick ending with Chaz [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt supposedly breaking character during one of the skits and simply walking out, refusing to play the role any more]], Chaz himself was reportedly amused by the skits.[[/note]]
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