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18th Apr '17 8:57:06 AM Briguy52748
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** In conference games where one team is expected to (and does) get a win by a large margin, coaches will often leave their starters and top substitutes in the game, or in the very least use their signature offensive and defensive plays, only long enough to gain command of the contest. Unlike professional wrestling, the coaches will often use reserves or, short of that, try out new offenses or work on skills they need to work on or fine tune before playing a better opponent.
9th Mar '17 9:32:43 AM Gimere
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** He also had a very, ''very'' limited moveset (mostly clotheslines, tackles, and simple slams) and often didn't execute them properly. Thus, matches were short to not "stink up the joint" (as Wrestling/TedDiBiase stated) and probably to limit the potentiality that he would injure his opponent through a poorly made slam. The aforementioned Honky Tonk Man squash was HTM's idea. At the time, he insisted it'd be highly satisfying to fans for him to lose that way after using every dirty trick in the book to keep the IC title for over a year, but he later admitted he insisted on being squashed because he didn't want Warrior to injure him.
* A similar bit occurs in the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'', where you lose by being tossed over the top rope. Some fans have fond memories of humorous 'runs' lasting under 10 seconds. The shortest of these ever was by The Warlord, at the Royal Rumble 1989, in which he lasted all of 2 seconds before being clotheslined over the top by Wrestling/HulkHogan. He stepped in the ring, and got knocked right back out again.
** Wrestling/SantinoMarella currently holds the prestigious record of quickest Royal Rumble elimination, as he was not done stepping through the ropes before being clotheslined promptly right back over them. The group of fans in the front row who spelled out "SANTINO" as he entered were, likely, unamused.

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** He also had a very, ''very'' limited moveset (mostly clotheslines, tackles, and simple slams) and often didn't execute them properly. Thus, matches were short to not "stink up the joint" (as Wrestling/TedDiBiase stated) and probably to limit the potentiality that he would injure his opponent through with a poorly made poorly-performed slam. The aforementioned Honky Tonk Man squash was HTM's idea. At the time, he insisted it'd be highly satisfying to fans for him to lose that way after using every dirty trick in the book to keep the IC title for over a year, but he later admitted he insisted on being squashed because he didn't want Warrior to injure him.
* A similar bit occurs in the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'', where you lose by being tossed over the top rope. Some fans have fond memories of humorous 'runs' lasting under 10 seconds. seconds:
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The record for the shortest of these ever Rumble time was held by The Warlord, Warlord for twenty years: at the Royal Rumble 1989, in which he lasted all of 2 seconds before being clotheslined over the top by Wrestling/HulkHogan. He stepped in the ring, and got knocked right back out again.
** Wrestling/SantinoMarella currently holds the prestigious record of quickest Royal Rumble elimination, as he was not done stepping through the ropes before being clotheslined promptly right back over them. The group of fans in the front row who spelled out "SANTINO" as he entered were, likely, unamused.were likely unamused, however.



* When Big Daddy V (a.k.a. Mabel, King Mabel and Viscera) was being pushed on [[InNameOnly ECW]] he once won a ''Three-on-One'' Squash Match. Said one reviewer, [[AC: "Winner -- Big Daddy V, via murder"]].

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* When Big Daddy V (a.k.a. Mabel, King Mabel and Viscera) was being pushed on [[InNameOnly ECW]] in the InNameOnly ECW, he once won a ''Three-on-One'' Squash Match. Said one reviewer, [[AC: "Winner -- Big Daddy V, via murder"]].



* At Survivor Series 1998, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] first round opponent was supposed to be Wrestling/TripleH (a no-show because of a knee injury), but he instead got Wrestling/BigBossman by surprise. The moment Big Boss Man entered the ring, the bell rang, and The Rock put him in an inside cradle. The referee counted 1, 2, 3 and the match was over. It lasted ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0QbBQGj47M three seconds]]''. This would turn out to all be [[KansasCityShuffle part of the plan]], as The Rock would [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] after winning the championship against [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] later that night with [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]]'s help in a parody of the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob; in a reference to how much The Rock was loathed early in his career, the people screwed the people. Needless to say, no one [[DidntSeeThatComing really saw that coming]].
* Wrestling/{{TNA}}, ''Victory Road 2011'': In the main event, Wrestling/{{Sting}} defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Wrestling/JeffHardy in ''ninety seconds''. To put that in perspective, the introductions and announcements preceding the match lasted over eight minutes. Unfortunately, this was due to the worst of reasons: Hardy was "in no condition to perform"[[note]]Reports vary on exactly ''when'' TNA officials noticed this. Some reports suggest that it was noticed early but the officials decided that he could "shake it off" before the match; others suggest that it was only when Hardy was (failing to) ascend the entrance rampway that officials realised something was horribly wrong.[[/note]] and Sting was instructed to end it early to minimise the risk of injury to both performers. Despite being told he'd be taking a quick dive before the match started, Hardy inexplicably tried to ''kick out'' of Sting's initial pin, but Sting visibly held him down to force the issue. And Sting was righteously ''pissed'' about it. (You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V6ulxTRSDc here]], but it's not pretty.)

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* At Survivor ''Survivor Series 1998, 1998'', [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] first round opponent was supposed to be Wrestling/TripleH (a no-show because of a knee injury), but he instead got Wrestling/BigBossman by surprise. The moment Big Boss Man entered the ring, the bell rang, and The Rock put him in an inside cradle. The referee counted 1, 2, 3 and the match was over. It lasted ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0QbBQGj47M three seconds]]''. This would turn out to all be [[KansasCityShuffle part of the plan]], as The Rock would [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] after winning the championship against [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] later that night with [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]]'s help in a parody of the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob; in a reference to how much The Rock was loathed early in his career, the people screwed the people. Needless to say, no one [[DidntSeeThatComing really saw that coming]].
* Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/{{TNA}} ''Victory Road 2011'': In the main event, Wrestling/{{Sting}} defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Wrestling/JeffHardy in ''ninety seconds''. To put that in perspective, the introductions and announcements preceding the match lasted over eight minutes. Unfortunately, this was due to the worst of reasons: Hardy was "in no condition to perform"[[note]]Reports vary on exactly ''when'' TNA officials noticed this. Some this--some reports suggest that it was noticed early but the officials decided that he could "shake it off" before the match; others suggest that it was only when Hardy was (failing to) failing to ascend the entrance rampway that officials realised something was horribly wrong.[[/note]] and Sting was instructed to end it early to minimise the risk of injury to both performers. Despite being told he'd be taking a quick dive before the match started, Hardy inexplicably tried to ''kick out'' of Sting's initial pin, but Sting visibly held him down to force the issue. And Sting was righteously ''pissed'' about it. (You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V6ulxTRSDc here]], but it's not pretty.)



* A particularly infamous example occurred at [=WrestleMania 28=], when Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} squashed [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] in 18 seconds. The match was so anti-climatic and the result so detestable[[note]](At that time, Daniel Bryan was blazing hot as a self-obsessed {{Heel}} whose dorky, over-the-top celebrations sparked the "Yes! Yes! Yes!" phenomenon. Sheamus was less popular by comparison [although WWE was pushing him much harder than Bryan], but still regarded by many as a good worker and an excellent opponent for Bryan. They were expected to have a classic, well-fought match, with the anticipation heightened by the fact that the Bryan/Sheamus title match at the ''last'' Wrestlemania was unfairly bumped to "dark match" status.)[[/note]] that it severely deflated the audience for the next two matches and led to an InternetBackdraft. The worst part was that the Wrestling/{{WWE}} were ''trying'' to create a "Wrestlemania Moment" by having Sheamus break the record for the shortest ever Wrestlemania title match, and ''they failed to beat it'', [[ShaggyDogStory rendering the entire exercise a complete waste]].

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* A particularly infamous example occurred at [=WrestleMania 28=], when Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} squashed [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] in 18 seconds. The match was so anti-climatic and the result so detestable[[note]](At that time, Daniel Bryan was blazing hot as a self-obsessed {{Heel}} whose dorky, over-the-top celebrations sparked the "Yes! Yes! Yes!" phenomenon. Sheamus was less popular by comparison [although WWE was pushing him much harder than Bryan], but still regarded by many as a good worker and an excellent opponent for Bryan. They were expected to have a classic, well-fought match, with the anticipation heightened by the fact that the Bryan/Sheamus title match at the ''last'' Wrestlemania was unfairly bumped to "dark match" status.)[[/note]] that it severely deflated the audience for the next two matches and led to an InternetBackdraft. The worst part was that the Wrestling/{{WWE}} were was ''trying'' to create a "Wrestlemania Moment" by having Sheamus break the record for the shortest ever Wrestlemania title match, and ''they failed to beat it'', [[ShaggyDogStory rendering the entire exercise a complete waste]].



* ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'': The title character's favorite athlete, a former world champion boxer named Percy Percy Coleman (meant to be a clear Expy of former Real Life champion Buster Douglas), often attempts comeback fights that always end with him being on the receiving end of one of these. The match ALWAYS is described with these lines:

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'': The title character's favorite athlete, a former world champion boxer named Percy Percy Coleman (meant to be a clear Expy of former Real Life champion Buster Douglas), often attempts comeback fights that always end with him being on the receiving end of one of these. The match ALWAYS is always described with these lines:



2nd Mar '17 3:52:14 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Wrestling/BethPhoenix seems to have been relegated to these in the past several weeks since her transfer to SmackDown, with her being put into squash matches with tiny, nondescript girls - who get little to no offence in as she bitchslaps them from pillar to post. How this is supposed to get her over as anything other than a vicious bully is beyond comprehension...

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* Wrestling/BethPhoenix seems to have been was relegated to these in the past several weeks since after her transfer to SmackDown, with her being put into squash matches with tiny, nondescript girls - who get got little to no offence in as she bitchslaps them from pillar to post. How this is was supposed to get her over as anything other than a vicious bully is beyond comprehension...



* In mid-2011, Wrestling/BrodusClay has had several matches like this on B-show ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars.'' He even pulls their heads up from his first attempt at a pinfall to beat on them some more. The jobbers could count themselves lucky if they managed to get a single offensive move (or even a dodge) in against him. Often a more literal example than usual, as Clay weighs in at ''375 pounds'' and has used a leaping crossbody and a running splash as finishers, meaning they'd practically have to scrape his opponents off the mat.
* A June 11th 2011 Ice Ribbon show saw Emi Sakura on the mid card, looking to start evening the score against her former pupil Tsukushi, who had somehow or another beaten Sakura in their last four encounters. The bell rang and Tsukushi got her fastest win yet, pinning Sakura in four seconds(it'd take another five matches for Emi to finally get a win and even then it was a tag match).
* A particularly infamous example occurred at [=WrestleMania 28=], when Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} squashed [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] in 18 seconds. The match was so anti-climatic and the result so detestable[[note]](At that time, Daniel Bryan was blazing hot as a self-obsessed {{Heel}} whose dorky, over-the-top celebrations sparked the "Yes! Yes! Yes!" phenomenon. Sheamus was less popular by comparison (although WWE was pushing him much harder than Bryan), but still regarded by many as a good worker and an excellent opponent for Bryan. They were expected to have a classic, well-fought match, with the anticipation heightened by the fact that the Bryan/Sheamus title match at the ''last'' Wrestlemania was unfairly bumped to "dark match" status.)[[/note]] that it severely deflated the audience for the next two matches and led to an InternetBackdraft. The worst part was that the Wrestling/{{WWE}} were ''trying'' to create a "Wrestlemania Moment" by having Sheamus break the record for the shortest ever Wrestlemania title match, and ''they failed to beat it'', rendering the entire exercise a complete waste.

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* In mid-2011, Wrestling/BrodusClay has had several matches like this on B-show ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars.'' He even pulls pulled their heads up from his first attempt at a pinfall to beat on them some more. The jobbers could count themselves lucky if they managed to get a single offensive move (or even a dodge) in against him. Often a more literal example than usual, as Clay weighs in at ''375 pounds'' and has used a leaping crossbody and a running splash as finishers, meaning they'd practically have to scrape his opponents off the mat.
* A June 11th 2011 Ice Ribbon show saw Emi Sakura on the mid card, looking to start evening the score against her former pupil Tsukushi, who had somehow or another beaten Sakura in their last four encounters. The bell rang and Tsukushi got her fastest win yet, pinning Sakura in four seconds(it'd seconds (it'd take another five matches for Emi to finally get a win and even then it was a tag match).
* A particularly infamous example occurred at [=WrestleMania 28=], when Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} squashed [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] in 18 seconds. The match was so anti-climatic and the result so detestable[[note]](At that time, Daniel Bryan was blazing hot as a self-obsessed {{Heel}} whose dorky, over-the-top celebrations sparked the "Yes! Yes! Yes!" phenomenon. Sheamus was less popular by comparison (although [although WWE was pushing him much harder than Bryan), Bryan], but still regarded by many as a good worker and an excellent opponent for Bryan. They were expected to have a classic, well-fought match, with the anticipation heightened by the fact that the Bryan/Sheamus title match at the ''last'' Wrestlemania was unfairly bumped to "dark match" status.)[[/note]] that it severely deflated the audience for the next two matches and led to an InternetBackdraft. The worst part was that the Wrestling/{{WWE}} were ''trying'' to create a "Wrestlemania Moment" by having Sheamus break the record for the shortest ever Wrestlemania title match, and ''they failed to beat it'', [[ShaggyDogStory rendering the entire exercise a complete waste.waste]].
12th Jan '17 1:46:39 PM Gimere
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Compare CurbStompBattle and TheWorfEffect (given wrestling's [[SportsStory nature]], its possible to pull off those tropes without the recipient losing a match). Not to be confused with the racket and ball sport known as squash, though [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_753_the-20-most-amazing-people-youve-never-heard-of_p2/ Heather McKay did "squash" her competition for 19 years]].

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Compare CurbStompBattle and TheWorfEffect (given wrestling's [[SportsStory nature]], its it's possible to pull off one or both of those tropes without the recipient losing a match). Not to be confused with the racket and ball sport known as squash, though [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_753_the-20-most-amazing-people-youve-never-heard-of_p2/ Heather McKay did "squash" her competition for 19 years]].
1st Jan '17 7:37:26 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Wrestling/{{TNA}}, ''Victory Road 2011'': In the main event, Wrestling/{{Sting}} defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Wrestling/JeffHardy in ''ninety seconds''. To put that in perspective, the introductions and announcements preceding the match lasted over eight minutes. Unfortunately, this was due to the worst of reasons: Hardy was "in no condition to perform"[[note]]Reports vary on exactly ''when'' TNA officials noticed this. Some reports suggest that it was noticed early but the officials decided that he could "shake it off" before the match; others suggest that it was only when Hardy was (failing to) ascend the entrance rampway that officials realised something was horribly wrong.[[/note]] and Sting was instructed to end it early to minimise the risk of injury to both performers. And Sting was righteously ''pissed'' about it. (You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V6ulxTRSDc here]], but it's not pretty.)

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* Wrestling/{{TNA}}, ''Victory Road 2011'': In the main event, Wrestling/{{Sting}} defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Wrestling/JeffHardy in ''ninety seconds''. To put that in perspective, the introductions and announcements preceding the match lasted over eight minutes. Unfortunately, this was due to the worst of reasons: Hardy was "in no condition to perform"[[note]]Reports vary on exactly ''when'' TNA officials noticed this. Some reports suggest that it was noticed early but the officials decided that he could "shake it off" before the match; others suggest that it was only when Hardy was (failing to) ascend the entrance rampway that officials realised something was horribly wrong.[[/note]] and Sting was instructed to end it early to minimise the risk of injury to both performers. Despite being told he'd be taking a quick dive before the match started, Hardy inexplicably tried to ''kick out'' of Sting's initial pin, but Sting visibly held him down to force the issue. And Sting was righteously ''pissed'' about it. (You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V6ulxTRSDc here]], but it's not pretty.)
1st Jan '17 6:54:03 AM cattack
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* The first big squash match was at the first ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Wrestling/KingKongBundy defeated SD Jones in an announced 9 seconds (though the match was actually 23 seconds from bell to bell).

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* The first big squash match was at the first ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Wrestling/KingKongBundy defeated SD Jones in an announced 9 seconds (though the match was actually 23 24 seconds from bell to bell).
24th Nov '16 9:23:30 AM Gimere
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** Lesnar ended up on the wrong side of a squash at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2016'', courtesy of Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}.
18th Nov '16 2:49:56 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Ironically, his first match after winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/roh/-roh.html ROH World Heavyweight Championship]] in an extended squash (Homicide got some offense) was against B.J. Whitmer for a bit under fifteen minutes... the under-3-minutes squash rematch at the company's first PPV was more entertaining.

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** Ironically, his first match after winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/roh/-roh.html ROH World Heavyweight Championship]] Championship belt]] in an extended squash (Homicide got some offense) was against B.J. Whitmer for a bit under fifteen minutes... the under-3-minutes squash rematch at the company's first PPV was more entertaining.
18th Oct '16 8:42:24 AM Briguy52748
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* Squash matches can also be used as a simple mechanic to establish fans' familiarity with newer wrestlers and their skillsets, particularly their FinishingMove.

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* Squash matches can also be used as a simple mechanic to establish fans' familiarity with newer wrestlers and their skillsets, particularly their FinishingMove.
FinishingMove. Ergo, a "nice guy" face wrestler simply shows off his moves and uses these matches to establish his personality, competitiveness and so forth, while a heel often might show disrespect to the referee for having to break an illegal hold.
21st Jul '16 5:42:00 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In mid-2011, Wrestling/BrodusClay has had several matches like this on B-show ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars.'' He even pulls their heads up from his first attempt at a pinfall to beat on them some more. The jobbers could count themselves lucky if they managed to get a single offensive move (or even a dodge) in against him.

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* In mid-2011, Wrestling/BrodusClay has had several matches like this on B-show ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars.'' He even pulls their heads up from his first attempt at a pinfall to beat on them some more. The jobbers could count themselves lucky if they managed to get a single offensive move (or even a dodge) in against him. Often a more literal example than usual, as Clay weighs in at ''375 pounds'' and has used a leaping crossbody and a running splash as finishers, meaning they'd practically have to scrape his opponents off the mat.
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