->''"...I know nothing but Hardcore violence. I know nothing but beating on your ass, 'til I get tired..."''
-->-- '''Wrestling/NewJack''', Wrestling/{{ECW}}

Often times, particularly in {{Hardcore}} ProfessionalWrestling promotions, there are some wrestlers who really can't actually wrestle. Nor can they particularly do any high flying moves. Nor are they particularly good on the mic. But they can hit people pretty well, and they can hit people with things. So, they get a gimmick based around hitting people with foreign objects, and generally all-around brawling, and not particularly using any wrestling moves at all (or very few wrestling moves). Inversely, they're also known for amazingly dangerous "bumps" (professional wrestling stunts, particularly those that involve getting hit) such as Wrestling/MickFoley flying off the Hell in a Cell. Fans of their style tend to appreciate the fact that these wrestlers are willing to implement such a dangerous style simply to entertain.

The term Garbage Wrestler was inspired by Giant Baba, Japanese pro wrestler and owner of Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, who once famously referred to rival promotion Wrestling/{{FMW}}, which employed this style with alarming regularity, as "garbage". Despite this, it's not necessarily a derogatory term in today's fanbase.

!!! Some related tropes could include:
* BatterUp
* ChainPain
* GimmickMatches
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl
* ForkFencing
* ImprobableWeaponUser
* PlayingWithFire
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!!Examples:
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* [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] is a classic example of this trope. For the majority of his career, he used very few wrestling moves, relying on punching his opponent and hitting him with a variety of objects. Only later would he add some actual pro wrestling moves to his arsenal, such as the "Rolling Rock" (a moonsault onto a ladder laid atop a prone opponent), the "White Russian Legsweep" (a russian legsweep using a singapore cane), and the "Heineken-rana" (a hurricanrana).[[note]]Sandman's [[TheGimmick gimmick]] involved drinking beer on his way to the ring and smashing the beer cans against his own head to make himself bleed before the match even started, so many of his big moves had alcohol-related names.[[/note]] And they usually looked like shit. Of note, when Wrestling/{{WCW}} hired The Sandman, they learned from their experiences with The Public Enemy (see below), and kept him exclusively in their hardcore division, so to downplay his weaknesses.
* [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} The Public Enemy]] ("Flyboy" Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge), a tag team from ECW, also qualifies. They were famous for their garbage matches and their use of tables in ECW. They became so famous that they were hired by WCW... where the WCW bookers found out that without the garbage wrestling, the team didn't really bring anything unique to the table and came across as [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly for White Guys]]. Grunge wasn't even particularly good in the ring. Rock was decent, but no better than decent.
* New Jack, another wrestler from the old ECW, certainly qualifies here. His primary talents were hitting people with stuff, and diving off of high places. Although he worked a fairly "normal" style of wrestling (by comparison) in his pre-ECW days with promotions such as [[Wrestling/{{SMW}} Smoky Mountain Wrestling]].
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher may have been one of the first garbage wrestlers, and managed to make a very long career out of it, with the fork being his WeaponOfChoice.
** [[Wrestling/EdFarhat The Original Sheik]] was another innovator of this style.
** Other early examples were Wrestling/DickTheBruiser and his "cousin", Wrestling/TheCrusher, although they could definitely wrestle.
** Abdullah Kobayashi is a spiritual successor to the butcher in Big Japan Prowrestling, having been trained by him. BJW itself has been described as a garbage promotion.
* Pretty much the entire roster of ECW's upstart rival, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, are garbage wrestlers.
** Likewise, IWA-MS
*** Though this isn't really true of IWA-MS anymore and hasn't been for a good while; they still do deathmatch stuff, but their list of alumni also boasts the likes of Wrestling/CMPunk, Wrestling/ChrisHero, Wrestling/ColtCabana, Ace Steel, [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]], and [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Matt "Evan Bourne" Sydal]].
** Likewise, much of the roster of Wrestling/{{CZW}}, though it shares several talents with Ring Of Honor and CHIKARA. More, the garbage is usually limited to a couple times a show up until their big death match events.
* JustifiedTrope?: In his autobiography ''Have a Nice Day'', Mick Foley (aka "Cactus Jack", "Dude Love" and "Mankind") described his "peanut butter scale"--insisting that while he ''did'' have a reasonable grounding in 'real' wrestling moves (indeed, his first trainer insisted on "no punch-kick"), he'd found that use of "garbage" wrestling meant more money, and fewer meals of peanut butter sandwiches he'd have to live on in the next month.
** It should also be noted that Mick Foley differs from many "garbage wrestlers" in that he's one of the best promo men in the business. Foley also demonstrates a more diverse moveset than most of the others on this list. In fact, one of his early signature moves was the "Cactus Jack Crack Smash" which was a run from the apron into a senton splash to a standing opponent.
** The above applies for Wrestling/TerryFunk as well, who despite being the grandad of all garbage wrestling, is a ''damn good wrestler'' and even held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Title]] in his heyday.
** As does it apply to Botchamania favorite, Wrestling/{{Sabu}}. In his own words, he believes that even garbage wrestlers like himself should have a good foundation in wrestling before implementing objects.
* Necro Butcher, who has been a mainstay at the aforementioned CZW and IWA Mid-South, had the privilege of representing the garbage wrestling style in the movie ''Film/TheWrestler''. His scene was filmed at a CZW event.
* Perennial female heel Kaoru "Dump" Matsumoto. Although she was a straight-up power wrestler early in her career, she only really took off by living up to the name and utilizing various weapons, starting with a pair of scissors that she would often convincingly jam into the arms of her opponents, until she evolved into a full-on Garbage Wrestler.
* {{Trope Namer|s}} (via the Baba quote above) Atsushi Onita, founder of [=FMW=]. Once a promising junior heavyweight in Baba's Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, a potentially career-ending knee injury forced him to take up a heavily brawling and gimmicks-based style in order to continue his career.
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys were a stiff, garbage wrestling tag team that hospitalized Wrestling/KenShamrock, back in his pre-[[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] days in the North Carolina-based South Atlantic Pro Wrestling promotion. They were thought to be genuinely tough but slightly dangerous to work with.
* Axl Rotten, known for his "This Is Gonna Hurt" painted chair.
* [[Wrestling/BobHolly "Sparkplug" Bob Holly]], previously saddled with a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling race-car driver gimmick]], briefly became a garbage wrestler during Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s "Wrestling/AttitudeEra". While the garbage period did not last, the Hardcore Holly moniker stuck.
* The entire purpose of the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Title]] was to house garbage matches, though it became less so after the "24/7" rule was inducted. The rules of the Hardcore Title were matches were no-DQ, no-countout and falls count anywhere. The "24/7 rule" meant that the belt was ALWAYS on the line and title changes could happen anywhere at any time so long as the other guy ([[Wrestling/TrishStratus or]] [[Wrestling/MollyHolly girl]]) had a referee on hand. The most famous champion from this time period was Crash Holly, who earned the RedBaron "The [[HarryHoudini Houdini]] of Hardcore" because of his ability to escape situations where he might lose the title.
** Wrestling/{{Ivory}} and [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori (Terri Poch)]] had the first-ever women's hardcore match in Wrestling/{{WWE}} when Tori challenged Ivory for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Title]] on the September 6, 1999 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]''. The match started in the bathroom and may have been even stiffer than the hardcore matches the men were having at the time, and featured [[ScreamingWarrior a lot of screaming]] and some creative choices in weapons, such as Ivory using SoapPunishment as they fought through the showers[[note]]passing a naked Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} along the way. This doubles as FridgeBrilliance, since the person using the soap was named ''Ivory''.[[/note]] Ivory won by pulling a mirror off of a wall and smashing it over Tori's head, with Wrestling/JimRoss worrying about the barefoot Tori possibly getting glass in her feet. After the match, Ivory found a [[AxCrazy plugged-in iron and tried burning Tori with it.]] It took several referees to pull Ivory off of her and get her to calm down. On the 2000 VHS release ''WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean'', right before scenes from this match are shown during Ivory's segment[[note]]It featured the Kat, Ivory, Tori, Terri Runnels and Wrestling/TrishStratus.[[/note]], Ivory compares wrestling to a dance and how the guys have all gotten around to each other a few times over their careers and how the women don't "dance very often with the same partners or the same opponents, and I guess that's why the hair-pulling happens."
* The UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese promotion Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam, which, in its sheer wackiness and creativity and originality, is like Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} UpToEleven, created their [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/ddt/ironman-hm.html Ironman Heavymetalweight Title]] as a parody of the WWE Hardcore Title, with the title being defended ANYWHERE, even in non-title or tag matches, under 24/7 rules. Cameramen, people from the audience, the chief chef from the Yakeyama Springs Inn, a female newscaster, "three elementary school girls," "a Bolivian boy" and even a ''miniature dachsund'' have "won" the title. On January 31, 2003, a ladder fell on champion Yoshihiro Sakai during a match with Mikami, and the referee ''counted the fall.'' Sakai promptly pinned the ''ladder'' to regain the title.
** Later that year, a ladder fell on champion Sanshiro Takagi for the title. The title was declared VACANT on October 15 after the promotion's "president" "''encouraged the ladder to 'forfeit' the title.''"
*** On July 21, 2007, then-champion The Crazy [=SKB=] put the title up for ''auction'', which was won by Naoshi Sano.
* Nowadays "Innovator of Violence" Wrestling/TommyDreamer has this reputation but during his early ECW days he was unpopular with the mutants because they felt he wasn't garbage enough. In WWE he was more famous for being hit with weapons rather than using them.
* Most of Wrestling/RobVanDam's finishing moves involve the use of folding chairs and he stated on WWE Byte this that his true talent would not be displayed until WWE gave him a hardcore title to compete for and defend every week.
* According to Wrestling/CarlitoColon, garbage wrestling, or at least blood n' guts is what the majority of Puerto Rican fans want to see. He may have a point, though garbage matches have been rare in WWC since the new millennium they have continued on with scaffold matches long after they had fallen out of favor nearly everywhere else and company founder, his father Carlos Colon, was about as brutal a garbage wrestler as they come. In fact, the trope naming promotion FMW got the idea to use barbed wire from WWC!
* Cleverly subverted at ''Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH Navigation with Breeze'', Day 4, May 17, 2005, during the Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu[=/=]Go Shiozaki/Jun Akiyama vs. [=KENTA=]/Mohammed Yone/Takeshi Rikio. At one point, the action spilled out to the floor. Tenryu grabbed a table from behind the guard rail and threw it onto [=KENTA=]'s head. After some more action on the floor, Tenryu picked up the table and ''put it back behind the guardrail,'' to ''applause.''
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Pro Wrestling spoof ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' has a few of these. Including at least one guy, Junk Man, who is actually ''made of'' garbage; True enough, his style also revolves around bashing opponents with his spiked industrial press hands. Perennial {{Heel}} Neptuneman apparently hates garbage wrestlers so much that he once ''killed'' his tag partner for using foreign objects. It's a bit ironic, considering that Neptuneman wears a special vest with spikes that he frequently uses to impale opponents, which some would consider a form of "garbage".
** Of course, note that among his opponents in the Choujin Tag Tournament was Buffaloman, who had horns he would impale people with; it's likely Neptuneman figured he was just evening the score a little, and that by using something simply attached to his costume he wasn't betraying his love of "real" wrestling.
** Also, after being shot by Kinkotsuman before his match with Robin Mask, Terryman, desperate to win, fought dirty by throwing sand in Robin's eyes and wearing spiked knuckledusters. This was a marked contrast to his normally extremely easygoing attitude.
*** And while he doesn't display this directly in the anime or manga, in at least one of the games Kinkotsuman will indeed just shoot you in the ring. Note that Kinkotsuman is physically feeble and cowardly, so this is clearly his idea of evening the odds.
*** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Warsman who SEEMED to be relying entirely on a clawed weapon to beat their opponents. However, when Kinnikuman removed his claw; he proved that he was still very capable of kicking ass.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rip Saber from ''[[VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II]]''. Of course, in a wrestling federation where people generate electricity and turn into falling meteors (to name two examples), he needs to use more powerful weapons, including ''grenades''.
* Leo Bradley from ''3 Count Bout''. In a game where any character can pick up a spiked cudgel or a broken bottle, he stands out by having huge chains as a major part of his moveset. His stated specialty is "hardcore matches", and while he can perform actual wrestling maneuvers he doesn't have a very impressive repertoire of them.
* While not a wrestling game, EternalChampions features several fighters well versed in martial arts, and then it has the caveman Slash. His fighting style is listed simply as "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pain]]". The game further describes his style as using underhanded moves such as eye gouges, nose tweaks and ear smashes to inflict a great amount of pain, making it increasingly difficult for his opponent to properly focus on the fight.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* Frank's wrestling persona in the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode ''The Gang Wrestles for the Troops'' is "The Trashman", invoking this trope in a literal sense (by throwing trash around the ring and then ''eating it''). He fits the trope pretty well besides that, he's certainly not as flashy as the personas of the rest of the guys and he ends up winning the entire bout by throwing a metal trash can at his opponent (the edge of which knicks the other wrestler's jugular and he passes out from blood loss).
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' parodied this during [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail183.html a Strong Bad email about wrestling]]. Strong Bad has had several gimmicks, but really made a name for himself in a tag team with Strong Mad... although there were some misfires, such as their "Foreign Object Bros." gimmick, where they apparently solely made use of the various foreign objects on their costumes, including a ''gun'' shoved down Strong Mad's singlet.
** The same episode had Strong Sad as [[BrickJoke Gardenboy]], with a watering can that shoots fire.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[CombatPragmatist Mad Dog]] from ''Film/OngBak''. His fighting style consisted in using absolutely everything that came to hand as a weapon, even ripping out electrical wires to attack his opponent.
* Opening match in ''Film/MonsterBrawl'' is between two fighters of this type: Witch Bitch, who has a hidden cleaver and doesn't shy away from underhanded tactics and Cyclops, who uses his smithing hammer.
* One of the luchadores in ''Film/NachoLibre'' has a moveset largely dedicated to hitting opponents with a metal folding chair. As he does so, he shouts "¡Siéntate!", which means "Sit down!", or if you want to get cute, "Have a seat!"
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