-->''"The Very Worst of [[ProfessionalWrestling Pro Wrestling]]!"''

The brainchild of "The Real Deal" RD Reynolds and "The Worldwide Menace" Merle Vincent, '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com WrestleCrap]]''' was created as a "hall of shame" for {{professional wrestling}}, a place where they could stretch their comedic muscles by poking fun at the pseudo-sport. It has since grown into wrestling fandom's anti-{{serious business}}, a place where people can remind themselves that wrestling is inherently silly. In short, it's the conscience of the Internet Wrestling Community.

Each week, the [=WrestleCrap=] staff post an induction that tears one of wrestling's stranger or sillier gimmicks, feuds, or storylines apart. The site also has classic inductions as well (the full archive is available for members only). Originally, the inductions were written by RD (or Merle Vincent, before his suicide); RD handed head writing duties over to his protégé Triple Kelly for a couple years. Triple Kelly subsequently left the site, and now the inductions are mainly written by [=Art0Donnel=] and occasionally Justin Henry.

[=WrestleCrap=] has grown greatly since its inception, and has come to host the following additional features:
* '''Current content:'''
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/rdandblade/ The RD and Blade Show]] (formerly [=WrestleCrap Radio=])''': A podcast featuring RD and Blade Braxton musing on wrestling and life in general (with the occasional interview).
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/icfyt/ It Came From YouTube]]''': Where the gang takes a look at a weird and wacky video from wrestling's past.
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/jobbers/ Jobber of the Week]]''': Blade Braxton's weekly salute to [[{{Jobber}} the men who lose for a living]]. Soon to be accompanied by the '''Parts Unknown Yearbook''', which focuses on all the weirdness that came from PartsUnknown.
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/sbt/ Someone Bought This!]]''': A look at the wrestling merchandise that ''was'', but should not have been.
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/more/rewriting/ Rewriting the Book]]''': Jed Shaffer's AlternateHistory FanFic series that explores how wrestling's past might have gone differently with a key nudge in the opposite direction from time to time.
** '''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/category/headlies/ WrestleCrap Headlies]]''': In a parody of various less reputable wrestling newz sites, [=WrestleCrap=] decides to take a crack at [[NewsParody making up their own wrestling news]].
* '''Former content:'''
** '''Burgan's Gimmick Table:''' Derek Burgan's look at the wrestling merchandise that never was. Retired as of the 2013 site redesign.
** '''Weird World of Wrestling:''' Formerly a separate site, Madison Carter would take a look at the weird stuff that happened in the independent circuit. Retired as of the site redesign.
** '''RD's Ramblings:''' A section where RD gave his thoughts about the current events in pro wrestling. He would also response to emails that he received. Retired as of the site redesign.
** '''RD's Book and DVD Reviews:''' A section where RD would review wrestling related books and [=DVDs=]. Retired as of the site redesign.

[=WrestleCrap=] also gives out an annual Gooker Award in the first couple of months of a new year to the most horrid thing to happen in wrestling in the previous year. The award is named after Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker, which was possibly the worst thing ever in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]]: they hyped the hatching of a giant egg for months going into ''Survivor Series 1990'', where it finally hatched and gave us Hector Guerrero in a bad turkey suit dancing with "Mean" Gene Okerlund. With the exception of the 2001 and 2002 winners, which were chosen by RD himself, all of the winners have been decided by polling the site's visitors. The list of winners of the Gooker Award is a list of the worst modern pro wrestling angles ever:

* 2000: David Arquette, WCW Champion.
* 2001: The [=InVasion=].
* 2002: The Katie Vick debacle.
* 2003: Al Wilson, Wrestling/TorrieWilson's father.
* 2004: The 2004 Raw Diva Search.
* 2005: Wrestling/JimRoss' (kayfabe) firing and the resulting colonoscopy skit.
* 2006: WWE's exploitation of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero following his death, a.k.a. "Eddiesploitation".
* 2007: Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} is revealed to be Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's son.
* 2008: Wrestling/MikeAdamle's stint in WWE.
* 2009: The Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}}/Hornswoggle feud.
* 2010: [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} The NEW Monday Night Wars]].
* 2011: All things Wrestling/MichaelCole.
* 2012: TNA's Claire Lynch angle.
* 2013: Heel Dixie Carter.
* 2014: The Wrestling/BellaTwins feud/Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's "brass rings" (co-winners).
* 2015: The Divas Revolution (runner-up)/[[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev-Lana]]-Wrestling/DolphZiggler-Wrestling/SummerRae Love Trapezoid (winner).[[note]]Even though both were tied percentage wise, the latter won the Gooker Award by 17 votes.[[/note]]

Not only has [=WrestleCrap=] become a popular online destination for wrestling fans, but its name itself has entered the {{smart mark}} lexicon. It's also gathered quite a following inside the business, as several wrestlers have written in to say how much they love the site, including no less than Wrestling/ChrisJericho. John Tenta, known to fans as "Earthquake", gave the site an exclusive interview and wrote the foreword to RD's first book.

Book? Yes, there have been two books based on the site, ''[=WrestleCrap=]: The Worst of Wrestling'' and ''The [=WrestleCrap=] Book of Lists!'', and the notoriety gained from the site allowed RD to co-author the book, ''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW''.

Every December, the site has posted inductions of some of the worst Christmas movies of all-time, including Wrestling/HulkHogan's ''Santa with Muscles'', ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'', the Mexican movie version of ''SantaClaus'', a 1986 remake of the classic holiday operetta ''Film/BabesInToyland'' (featuring Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/KeanuReeves, Pat Morita, and an actor named Gorgy Gress as Georgie Porgie with a cameltoe), and a Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}-as-a-murderous-Santa film called ''[[Film/SantasSlay Santa's Slay]]''.

The site was redesigned in 2013 to become more of a blog format. In February 2013, Maffew of ''Website/{{Botchamania}}'' became a regular contributor to the site, including debuting new Botchamanias there.

The site has also inspired several other sites which deal with other subjects in the same format- ie. ''Website/GameShowGarbage''.
!!This website provides examples of:

* AccentuateTheNegative
* AffectionateParody: "To Haku!", a series of articles in which Harley Race, Fit Finlay, William Regal, Terry Funk, and Ron Simmons tell stories about the Tongan giant in the style of the classic "Bill Brasky" sketches from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* TheAlcoholic: Blade in the early days, did the [=WrestleCrap=] Radio podcasts wasted. He's better now.
* AprilFoolsDay: One year when April Fools Day was on a Friday, RD wrote "inductions" for Wrestling/RicFlair and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/guest-induction-shawn-michaels-vs-kurt-angle/ There was even an "induction"]] for the Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs. Wrestling/KurtAngle match at [=WrestleMania=] 21 written from the point of view of someone who clearly had next to no idea about wrestling, when actually it's mostly agreed to have been one of the best matches of the event.
* ArchEnemy:
** Kent Jones, or any so-called [=YouTube=] "shooter"; they really look down on them.
** They also declared war on former wrestler Damien Demento, who took a shot at them in his [=YouTube=] videos. They've since reconciled.
** Averted with Wrestling/VinceRusso. While the website is one of Russo's fiercest critics, he and RD are actually on good terms, leading to RD appearing on Russo's podcast and Russo plugging the 10th anniversary edition of ''The Death of WCW''.
* AuthorAppeal:
** In this case, bad cinema. Every Christmas, RD spends an update or two dissecting terrible movies, with an annual tradition of inducting a horrible Christmas movie in lieu of a wrestling angle/gimmick.
** This occasionally applies to pro wrestling personalities; RD himself has said several times that he loves Wrestling/TrishStratus.
** RD is a big fan of "crooner" style theme songs, e.g. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VV8FuAWUvE Kerwin White's]]. He says such songs do a great job establishing the characters and what they're about.
* BanOnPolitics: One of the major rules on the message board is to ''never'' discuss politics or religion, though the rule was temporarily relaxed during the 2008 Presidential Election.
* BerserkButton: RD had a huge disdain for Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. This disdain was due to some claims the site made which he considered to be some of the most outrageous things he has ever read and for declaring that he has died three times. He has since let up though he still takes an occasional shot.
* ButtMonkey:
** "Like most Wrestlecrap inductions, this one is about {{Wrestling/Kane}}..."
** Blade is the regular victim of potshots from the rest of the staff, including Triple Kelly. When someone makes a reference to (filthy) hobos, a remark that "Blade isn't here to defend himself!" will usually follow.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the very concept of [=WrestleCrap=] itself, if you can believe it. It was the 2006 Gooker Award winner: "Eddiesploitation." Aside from regretting offering it as a nominee, knowing it'd be the most difficult induction he'd have to write, RD noted that the site's [[TagLine tagline]] is "The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling." And "Eddiesploitation" was ''[[ExactWords just that]]''.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: While they never really "defeated" Vince Russo, RD and the site were certainly critical of him, but he has been on their podcast, and quite cordial, twice. Once for an interview over how he got in the business and why he did what he did, and another to talk about anything out of the oridinary.
* DescriptionCut: Twice in the "Eddiesploitation" induction. First, after Chavo turns heel on Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}:
-->"Well, at least they didn’t do something really dumb, like make Eddie’s widow (Wrestling/{{Vickie|Guerrero}}) a heel or something."
-->''(2 weeks later)''
-->"So now Vickie Guerrero turns heel, clobbering Rey with a steel chair."
** Then, immediately after:
--->"At least kids weren’t involved."
--->''(2 weeks later)''
--->"Rey’s son Dominick appears on WWE TV. Remember Dominick? The kid that Eddy claimed was his own son because Rey was impotent? [[SarcasmMode What a great angle that was]]."
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Gay Popeye and Angry Jim Ross.
* FootnoteFever: The occasional [[color:green:"Note from RD"]] appears in inductions done by someone other than him.
* FunWithAcronyms - "'''N'''athaniel '''E'''dward '''R'''odham '''D'''avis," "NERD" a none to subtle shot at IWC who worship ''Wrestling/TNAImpact''.
* {{GIRL}}: The message boards were pranked by the "female" poster "Miss Kendrick" in 2009, and by [[http://realwrestlecrap.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=viewprofile&user=starwolf "Starwolf"]] (who was dubbed "Starwang" by some posters) in 2007. [[http://realwrestlecrap.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=offtopic&action=display&thread=226124&page=1#5060629 This post]] pretty much describes it:
-->'''ravenm:''' "Pretend to be a girl. Starwolf, Miss Kendrick, etc. Everyone will hate you..."
* GrumpyOldMan:
** Mic Check, the TNA correspondant is an old man who has lived forever and working in the radio market.
** Angry Jim Ross.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday:
** When the 2004 Raw Diva Search won the Gooker Award, RD noted that his fanbase was primarily males who (presumably) enjoyed women. That didn't stop them from voting the Diva Search as the worst of the year, however, because when you tune into a wrestling show, the first thing you assume you'll see is...well, ''wrestling''.
** He has mentioned in separate inductions about the WWE Divas and WCW's Nitro Girls how wrestling has the uncanny ability to take some of the most gorgeous women and make them almost unwatchable. He's not sure how they do that, but they do.
* HypocriticalHumor: Used intentionally in the beginning of the Cena vs. Laurinaitis induction to point out that Wrestling/JohnCena is unfairly criticized for most of the things that he does.
* [[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling Memetic Mutation]]:
** Almost all of the [[ForcedMeme (forced) wrestling memes]] were born on their {{message board}} (Wrestling/LexLuger, Dennis Stamp, etc.)
** Basically, their message board is one of the pro wrestling equivalents of Website/FourChan, the other one being 420chan's /wooo/. Wrestling/{{Batista}} was (and likely still is) their Photoshop poster child.
** ForcedMeme: In 2009, RD tried to force "[[Creator/CheechAndChong Basketball Jones]]" (Triple Kelly's nickname for Batista) as a meme, even going as far as to [[FunWithAutocensors filter Batista's name]] as "Basketball Jones" on the original forums. It failed.
* MessageBoard: After much demand, [[http://newwrestlecrap.proboards.com/index.cgi The Craphole]] was created on May 2011, around half a year after the website and its old message board (now The Website/FreakinAwesomeNetwork forums) parted ways in October 2010.
* NewsParody: The "Headlies" section.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Whenever there is something in an induction that sounds too far-fetched, an audio clip and/or screenshot will be used to confirm that the story is indeed true.
* PunnyName: Mike "Mic" Check. A radio DJ who rambles about the good old days and whether he would play well in your market. Almost all spellings of the name is "Mike" and not "Mic".
* {{Retcon}}: Stubby's death. He was killed in a BBQ fire, but brought back, somehow. When questioned about it he spun a double entendre-laden story about being snatched by a beaver.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: In the induction for TNA's Last Rites Match from 2007, on the matter of [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/induction%20files/lastrites/lastrites1.mp3 Sting describing death as a "choice" where one of those choices is, in fact, life]], RD calls the meaning and exact point of Sting's remarks a "riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a crummy TNA storyline".
* RoguesGallery: The TNA Correspondants, Johnny 6, Johnny 4, Megatrolla, Angry Jim Ross, Viewing Booth Bill Cosby, Nathaniel, Honky Tonk Mailman, Stubby, Mic Check and others.
* RunningGag:
** After writing an induction about [[Wrestling/MaxxPayne Man Mountain Rock]], he of the WWF guitar, RD began using an image of him shrugging complete with the caption "Yeah, I don't know either, dude." This is usually when RD or someone else asks a question regarding one weird moment in the induction.
** After writing an induction on her, RD now uses an image of a happy [[Wrestling/TarynTerrell Tiffany]], former General Manager of WWECW, with the caption "YAY!" to show [[BadNewsInAGoodWay fake enthusiasm or joy]]. This was inspired by her notorious promo in which she cheerily declared the death of Wrestling/{{ECW}} wasn't "a bad thing; in fact, it's a ''good'' thing. No, it's a ''great'' thing!"
** Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon got her own image, as well.
** Whenever WWE or TNA trot out the hoary old candelabras and coffins (usually for Sting or Wrestling/TheUndertaker), you will see a grinning picture of Liberace.
* SecondHandStorytelling: Blade always has some kind of story about his childhood friend Don........Don Mason. Such stories include having Don using the date rape drug on himself at a concert, taking a trip to a farm and seeing a man have sex with a horse, molesting Cabbage Patch Kid dolls, among other wonderful topics.
* SelfDeprecation: Remember, folks, no matter what sort of crap you actually bought, you'll never be as big a dork as RD and Blade, who shelled out $200 for Katie Vick's cheerleading outfit — signed by Wrestling/TripleH.
* SitcomArchNemesis: The /wooo/ board on [=420chan=].
* SmallReferencePools:
** Any Todd Pettengil segment.
** ''Note to self – ask around to folks not as ancient as I if ''Austin Powers'' references are now considered nostalgic or simply dated. I like to think the former…but fear the latter.''
** Art's "Carnac the Magnificent" gags, and RD's non-stop ''Simpsons'' references.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: "Speaking of" segues turn up in the inductions and radio shows.
* TakeThat: The character Nintendo John was made specifically to dig at John Cena who one night came out on ''Raw'' and made numerous references to Nintendo games to crowd cheers. Any time Nintendo John would even mention Nin-Ten-Do!, applause would play.
* WestminsterChimes: The sound effect used for the short-lived Clocktrolla device on the ''[=WrestleCrap=] Radio'' podcast.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The "Rewriting the Book" columns are usually an example of this. For example, "What if Goldberg had defeated Kevin Nash at Starrcade?" or "What if the Montreal Screwjob never happened?" In universe... well, on website.
* WhatTheHellHero: According to [=Art0donnel's=] induction of the HLA segment, one of the most troubling things about it was how all the male wrestlers had previously been seen to be staring at the backstage tv monitors to watch the lesbians, yet when Eric Bischoff told 3 Minute Warning beat the lesbians up, none of them (not even the main eventer faces) bothered to go out to the ring and help them.