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Website: Botchamania
"If you think for one second, McMahon, that I was just the right ga—guy, at the right place, at the wro—at the right time..."

Even though pro wrestling might be "fake", it still requires a lot of athleticism and discipline on the part of all the performers involved. And granted, it's hard to watch what would look like a really cool move fail and fall apart—which usually amounts to things from selling a kick that doesn't really hit to high-risk-high-reward routines that crash and burn horribly— but if a performer does it repeatedly, and develops a reputation for screwing up frequently, well then...it becomes entertaining (especially in regions like the Northeast US, where "You fucked up!" chants can spring up the very second someone botches).

YouTube user Maffew compiles botches sent in from many of its viewers, usually set to video game music and/or remixes of video game music (with actual rock music thrown in every now and again). The WWE, WCW, TNA, and a cavalcade of obscure indie and foreign promotions are all represented in Botchamania. Notably absent is Ring of Honor, who sent cease-and-desist notifications to Maffew - and, really, anyone who uses ROH material without their consent - which forced him to take down several of his videos, which he re-released with the ROH footage excised as "non-ROH versions." The number of subscribers to his videos grows with each new video, and he regularly comments on them in the movie description.

Maffew had a website dedicated solely to Botchamania - botchamania.net - but towards the end of March 2010, there was a sudden surge in the cost of hosting, and Maffew needed $500 to cover the traffic the site was getting. Donations poured in, covering the cost in roughly two days, but other technical difficulties caused the site to basically stall out; Maffew eventually started up botchamania.com, and fans are hoping the site will actually stick around this time. And now that it's sponsored by CHIKARA, that's looking more likely. Maffew's first YouTube account has long been suspended, and while Maffew promised not to "Billy Gunn" his second account (get it deleted by posting non-Botchamania videos), the copyright overlords at YouTube eventually suspended it anyway. He is currently on his tenth YouTube account for uploading new Botchamanias. He was featured on Reviewtopia but eventually was part of the exodus that left as it reformed into RVT in early 2013. Also in 2013 he became a contributor for WrestleCrap.

Tropes associated with Botchamania include:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Some viewers and smarks get the impression that the individuals on Botchamania only ever botch, particularly Sabu, who following his recurring appearances in the videos causes some to assume that all of Sabu's matches contain botches even though they don't. Maffew seems to struggle with this regarding announcers as well, particularly Michael Cole. Usually when Cole says something "wrong" it's intentional.
    • This is lampshaded in #150, which states "Why Botchamania Sucks: It can make great wrestlers look like terrible wrestlers." He then shows several clips of the usually very competent BxB Hulk of Dragon Gate making a mess of his matches.
  • And I Must Scream: The Cornette Face video linked above states that this is the fate that Cornette is doomed to whenever the Face is invoked.
  • Ascended Meme: Victory Road 2011 was so awful, even Jim Cornette himself was looking forward to the upcoming Botchamania for it. Maffew was happy to oblige.
    • Recent Botchamanias have been graced by wrestlers of varying fame with introductions and submitted botches from them, from a number of independent wrestlers to one Mick Foley.
    • At National Pro Wrestling Day 2013, there was a CHIKARA atomicos (8-man tag) with The Colony (Fire Ant and Green Ant) and 3.0 ("Big Magic" Shane Matthews and Scott "Jagged" Parker) vs. F.I.S.T. (Icarus and Chuck Taylor) and Los Ice Creams (Ice Cream Jr. and El Hijo Del Ice Cream). Early in the match, Matthews and Hijo did a bullfight sequence with one of the Colony's capes. Matthews wrapped Hijo's head in the cape and climbed up for a crossbody. It missed. Specifically, Hijo was standing with the cape around his head and Matthews landed at Hijo's feet. A fan stood up with a sign that read, "CORNETTE FACE".
    • A number of clips have been put up from independent promotions where, rather than chants like "YOU F'D UP" or general laughter, when one or more wrestler(s) makes a blatantly horrible mistake, the chants go "BOTCH-A-MANIA! *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*"
  • Author Appeal: Sonjay Dutt deserves better.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Maffew inserts foreign words or full sentences in some episodes.
  • Big "YES!": Botchamanias 152-167 and 172 open with Bobby Heenan's reaction to Ric Flair winning Royal Rumble '92.
  • Camera Abuse: Some videos feature cameramen and or their cameras themselves taking some sort of unintentional abuse.
  • Corpsing: Send for the man!
  • Country Matters: Maffew is an Englishman, and he has used video clips of English programming where the C-word is tossed around liberally.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Inverted, if you can believe it. Once in a while there will be a match in which the victory stipulations will be one thing and the finish will be Something Completely Different. For example: a stretcher match (you have to wheel your unresponsive opponent out of the arena on a stretcher) ends with a clean 1-2-3 finish; or a new, young wrestler is set to beat an older, somewhat established star, and the older, somewhat established star cooperates by no-selling and sandbagging his opponent. These are just a few such moments.
    • Rarely ever, some moments are not clearly explained via captions in the video; they are rather more likely to get the detailed description on the wiki. One example would be an infamous match on Victory Road '10 between Jeff Hardy and Sting, with the first being drugged so much he couldn't even wrestle.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: A couple of the earliest episodes featured occasional bits of ridiculous Backyard Wrestling, something noticeably lacking in pretty much every other episode due to the non-professional nature of it.
  • Follow the Leader: Videos created in the style of Botchamania include Pricemania, a one-off The Price Is Right video, Soccermania, an ongoing soccer-themed series, and Pokémania, a dissection of the Pokémon anime.
  • Freudian Slip: Could practically have its own page.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Unintentional when Fighting Spirit Magazine published an article about Botchamania. It included some screenshots of the video playing on YouTube with clearly in sight Maffew's username: Maffewfucksmen.
  • Halloween Special: 105 which featured different matches/events from WCW's Halloween Havoc.
  • Incoming Ham: It's Tazz!
  • Ironic Echo: Botchamania 184 shows an incident where Kurt Angle throws Sting into the railing, knocking over a black audience member. This is repeated with a clip from a WWE promo years earlier in which Kurt ironically makes outrageous statements as a face, one of which was "Truth be told, I'm not a big fan of 'the black people'."
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens frequently either in the descriptions or the videos.
  • Madness Mantra: In the Hulk Hogan/Roddy Piper cage match in WCW, which was dreadful, Maffew apparently loses his mind over the inanity of what's going on (the object of a cage match is to escape the cage and win). When Hogan and Piper take the brawl to the outside of the cage, the phrase "THEY BRAWL OUTSIDE IN A CAGE MATCH" is scrawled repeatedly over the action.
  • Mood Whiplash: Setting a botch montage to "The Impossible Dream" has a rather... different effect than Maffew probably intended.
  • Multiple Endings: There may either be a no-brainer ending or a whole bunch of them, with the most notable example being #166.
  • Narm: One of the major staples of the series. From Botchamania 104: invoked
    Shelton Benjamin: "You wanna try to fight me? You better BRING A LUNCH!"
  • Person as Verb: Whenever someone is censored on WWE, Maffew refers to it as a "Benoit," in reference to the network's erasure of him after his murder-suicide in 2007.
  • Promotional Consideration: CHIKARA clips are sometimes introduced this way.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Botchamania 92 entirely features the TNA pay-per-view Victory Road 2009. A reviewer of the events (Bryan Alvarez) expresses disbelief that EARL! FUCKING! HEBNER! outran James Storm to the ring, and awards another match from the pay-per-view MINUS! FIVE! STARS!
  • Recurring Extra: "Airhorn Guy."
  • Running Gag:
    • Making light of the name of TNA's "Genesis" PPV by likening it to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (at least up until Botchamania 199 anyway).
    • The infamous Japanese Table after Maffew figured out that in Japanese wrestling promotions, tables never get broken, no matter how heavy your victim is or how much force they land on it with. Once in a while, whenever a table remains safe and sound even after slamming, the camera zooms into the said table, with Iori Yagami doing his trademark laugh in the background. This would later evolve into other kinds of famous laughs.
    • "Never mind that shit... Here comes Mongo!"
      • Botchamania 206 revised this segment to pun on WWE's famous "Here Comes The Pain" tagline as a setup to 2012's Extreme Rules PPV.
    • Maffew keeps throwing Bryan Alvarez's infamous MINUS! FIVE! STARS! every time he has a really egregious match to show.
    • Get a fact (any fact) wrong during a wrestling show, and it will be countered by the famous "Huh?"
    • Before showing clips from CZW, he adds a clip of someone pulling a lever (originally this was with Conan O'Brien pulling his Chuck Norris lever, but this has expanded into other works such as Darkwing Duck and Mario Party, often made by fans and chosen by Maffew himself) accompanied by CZW's Zandig shouting, "JYEEEZUS!"
    • After The Undertaker got himself caught on fire, thanks to the pyro, on the 2010's Elimination Chamber, Maffew reused the footage of him being blown up two more times: one when John Cena attempts to repeat Kane's fire trick and one when Kofi Kingston's pyro apparently didn't work during his entrance.
    • Hulk Hogan's yappapi match promos. Can be used either by putting it into a Distressed Dude montage or due to the fact is just sounds too similar to the words "apple pie."
      • Also used whenever he has a list of moments to go over, using Hogans' "Number one!" and "Number two!" and then adding McMahon when he gets to "Number THREE!"
    • FUCK THIS COMPANY.
    • There is a couple of gags that are getting the status of the running ones, slowly but surely... One involves Maffew playing a video game (be it Star Fox 64 or Abe's Oddysee), with the "NOBODY DOES THIS TO ZANDIG!" quotes of CZW fame thrown in. Another one adds an extra segment to the Japanese Table joke: after Iori's maniacal laugh, you're gonna be singing to the I AM THE TABLE song.
    • Bobby Roo! note 
    • Prefacing CHIKARA clips with "Promotional consideration is paid for by the following."
  • Shout-Out: Botchamania 145: WARNING: An awful wrestler Lacey Von Erich is approaching fast.
    • Botchamania 194 uses Animaniacs' "Good Idea, Bad Idea" format to prove a point about a certain match ending at TNA's Turning Point 2011.
    • When a WWE wrestler gets hurt or frusrated and says something that's censored, the name "Benoit" flashes on the screen to fill in the blank.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Happens frequently given the nature of video game music.
  • Special Effects Failure: Another series staple, incidents include pyros not shooting off on cue (if at all), "electric cages" selectively electrocuting wrestlers, the infamous Shockmaster incident, etc. invoked
  • Spiritual Successor/Start My Own: According to Maffew, Botchamania in its current form was created in response to three poor-quality compilations of wrestling bloopers called "Botchamania" created by two different people. He reasoned that he could do better in his sleep and so came up with Botchamania 4 the next day, then 5, then 6, etc. Eventually, he compiled the best-quality clips he could find from the original videos into a new entry called "Botchamania 1, 2, & 3 Maffew Edition."
  • The Stinger: All the time, considerably in the latter releases which take the pure text taglines out from the endings and replace those with video. Now, uMo or Iron Sheik are the most frequent guests here.
  • Take That: Botchamania 165 was prefaced with a note saying that "We've had three TNA World Champions since the last one", the last one being the one dedicated to Victory Road 2011.
    • Some of the endings and descriptions take pot shots at WWE Raw.
    • After #173 was removed by CZW, it was resubmitted without the offending footage. It opened with a special message from Bobby Heenan:
      (showing CHIKARA logo) "You listen to me—you go to the top! You don't listen to me...(switches to CZW logo) you're never heard from again!"
    • #194 opened with a quote from Madame de Staël: "In life, one must choose between boredom and suffering." "Boredom was accompanied by a picture of interim RAW general manager and executive vice-president of talent relations John Laurinitis, while "Suffering" was accompanied by a picture of Dixie Carter. Followed by "de Staël is dead. There's always an alternative," and a picture of CHIKARA's UltraMantis Black. Following episodes have repeated the gag with WWE personalities (Triple H, Michael Cole, The Miz) as Boredom and TNA personalities (Crimson, Anarquia, Kurt Angle) as Suffering.
      • #199 turned it into a harsh Take That aimed at Perez Hilton, whose face was used for both "Boredom" and "Suffering". #201, #202 and #203 do the same thing, except directed at the Bella Twins, the Great Khali and Vince Russo, respectively(more specifically, TNA sans Russo was "boredom" while TNA with Russo was "suffering."
      • Subverted in #204 with "Suffering" showing Mark Henry, but in small text below saying "from injuries every week, poor fucker"
    • #72, which was made shortly after WrestleMania XXV, ended with a note saying "There was going to be a tag match in this vid but there wasn't enough time." At Mania, the tag title match (featuring The Miz and John Morrison) was bumped from the event in order to make time for a performance by Kid Rock and a Divas battle royal.
  • Visual Pun: Botchamania 153 ends with a picture of the Left 4 Dead cover with the Four Horsemen's theme playing over it.
    • Botchamania 157 has a very elaborate Mongo setup: A clip of the German version of The Countries Song plays, and when Yakko points to Mongolia (Die Mongolei), the screen is covered in Mongo faces.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Averted and lampshaded, especially with anything involving TNA or Vince Russo.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In #191, Michael Cole brings up The Big Show and Mark Henry destroying the ring with a top-rope superplex as something part of "a night of firsts." Cue footage from the early 2000s of a similar incident on WWE SmackDown!, of which The Big Show as a part of and Michael Cole commentated on.
    • And in #192, Mark Henry walks to the ring and Cole says they're going to show what happened at Vengeance 8 days ago, which is the ring getting destroyed. Jerry Lawler says that he's never seen anything like that before in his entire life. Cue the same footage again. They'll never learn, will they?
  • You Make Me Sic: No Freudian Slip gets past Maffew, and he will highlight particularly bad cases of this:
    • The start of Botchamania 151 opens with a still of a sign that reads "THERrrrrE HERrrrE", accompanied with a zoom in on the "THERrrrrE" with facepalms edited in. Botchamania 153 features a montage of stills showing misspelled fan signs and the "THERrrrrE HERrrrE" sign, ending with a Cornette Face subtitled "Fcuk this compant."
    • People who misuse the word "literally" seem to set Maffew off, as he goes out of his way to emphasize the mistaken usage with Bold Inflation and footage of facepalms.

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