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  • One of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's most infamous promos during his feud with Vince McMahon came during a live broadcast of WWF Monday Night Raw when Austin — wanting revenge for being "fired" twenty-four hours earlier — held a gun to McMahon's head. McMahon had an "oh crap" look on his face, sure he was going to die. Then, Austin pulled the trigger ... and then it was revealed that all that was inside the barrel was a white flag reading "BANG 3:16." The end result was literally an "oh crap" ... in McMahon's shirt and pants. (Austin then gave a "Stone Cold stunner" to McMahon for good measure afterward.)
  • When WWE's Kane is on a face run, one thing that smaller (and that'd be most folks) Heels do is to back up, whether retreating from another face or just admiring what they did. And then they bump into an angry guy who's described as 300 pounds of pure psychopath. Cue Oh Crap look.
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  • Another fun spot. Big angry wrestler is doing something with his back turned. Another guy grabs an Improvised Weapon and whacks the big guy. The big guy stops, turns, and just looks at the other.
  • And wrestling is a major practitioner of Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...
  • Another good one: Guy is in ring and doesn't know his opponent. Cue intro to the biggest, meanest guy (or girl) on the roster.
  • Heel manager Paul Heyman has just delivered a bigoted speech to Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr., the two resident luchadores on the WWE circuit, and outlined his "vision" for Smackdown before walking away looking quite pleased with himself, thinking he's got it made. Unfortunately for Heyman, he just had to close that little speech with "...and there's not a man alive who's gonna stand in my way!" As Heyman is walking away, the toll of a church bell is heard loud and clear and the crowd goes wild. Heyman has a disbelieving look on his face, as if to say, "No way. It can't be him." Then the second gong sounds and the arena goes dark, and Heyman goes into Oh Crap mode as The Undertaker, known as the Deadman by many fans, makes his entrance, ready to kick Heyman's ass
    • In fact, The Undertaker's appearance in general is enough to create an "Oh Crap" moment. A favorite among fans is when Undertaker is knocked down, and is lying motionless on the mat. His opponent will start taunting him, before Undertaker will either sit up, or reach up and grab his opponent by the throat. Either way, the opponent's face tells the story.
      • Kane, as The Undertaker's kayfabe half-brother, is treated as having (to varying degrees) the same "supernatural powers", and thus uses the same style of no-selling. The opponent's reaction tends to be the same.
      • Notably, The Undertaker is just about the only person who can get this kind of reaction out of Kane, barring a few moments that most count as never happening.
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      • Kane himself got this look after pushing Paul Bearer off a ladder, thinking it was just a mannequin up there.
      • One moment was during the HHH/Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 27, where after a long grueling bout, HHH tombstones The Undertaker, and he gets his shoulders up at the 2 count. HHH, one of the toughest in ring competitors of the last two decades, literally scrambles back to the ring ropes with a horrified look on his face.
      • Summerslam 2009. CM Punk defeats Jeff Hardy in a Tables/Ladders/Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship title, and takes a moment to stand over his defeated opponent and gloat over his victory...then the infamous gong rings and the arena goes dark. When the lights come back up, Punk comes to the conclusion that nothing happened, smirks, and looks down at Jeff to continue gloating...only to find the Undertaker down there instead. He has a moment of absolute terror before a Chokeslam comes up to greet him.
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    • Then there was the time where Stone Cold Steve Austin and Wrestling/TripleH were going to beat up Lita. Cue Rollin, a pillar of fire and Taker and Kane pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment. At the time Austin and Triple H were the top heels in the business, who seldom if ever showed fear. This time however they decided Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • The audio cue of some wrestlers' entrance music will prompt the "Oh Crap" reaction from an unsuspecting opponent in the ring:
  • A world champion whenever a Money In The Bank winner decides to cash it in at their expense (usually right after the champion has just been through a grueling fight with someone else).
    • One of the best examples is probably The Miz cashing in on a beaten Randy Orton, if only because his facial expression didn't change at all, but his body language pretty much screamed "Oh, you have got to be kidding me."
    • Averted by CM Punk at Money in the Bank 2011 when Alberto Del Rio attempted to cash in his shot after Punk's title win over John Cena, only to be knocked out by a kick to the head before the opening bell could ring, allowing Punk to escape with his title.
  • An occasional instance involving two separate Oh Crap moments happens when there is a tag-team match pitting a team of one face and one heel against a team of two heels. The first Oh Crap reaction is from the face wrestler when he realizes that his heel teammate has just walked out mid-match, leaving him at the mercy of his heel opponents. After a couple minutes of the heels beating down the face, the second Oh Crap reaction happens from the heels when the entrance music of another face (often a stronger one) hits, indicating an ensuing Big Damn Heroes entrance by the second face to rescue the beatdown victim.
  • Another common example is when a heel authority figure is in the ring ranting about something. After being interrupted by a face wrestler, he will threaten to immediately fire the next person that interrupts him. The Oh Crap reaction comes from the heel authority figure when the next person who interrupts him is a face authority figure who outranks him.
  • A TNA example. Jeff Hardy and Fortune are about to beat down on Mr. Anderson when AJ Styles suddenly stops and does Anderson's signature taunt, Fortune following along before taking out all of Hardy's allies. Jeff Hardy's face turns to dumbstruck shock.
    • Jeff Jarrett challenged Amazing Red's younger brother to a MMA fight, thinking he'd be smaller than the already small Red. He turns his back to 'give him a free shot'. Red's brother won't have it and taps him on the shoulder. Jarrett's smug face suddenly turns into an Oh Crap when he realizes Red's brother is taller than he is and absolutely RIPPED!
  • The expression on Ric Flair's face here
  • The lead-in to WWE's Royal Rumble. Triple H had been brutalizing and antagonizing Mankind for several weeks, and a few days before, had beaten him bloody. Cue Mankind coming out to inform Triple H that he is not ready to face him in a Street Fight at the event. However...
    Mick Foley: "But I think the fans deserve a substitute in that match. I think ya know the guy..." (removes mask, rips off shirt to reveal a different one) "I think you know him pretty damn well! His name... is CACTUS JACK!"
    Triple H: (Pulls a classic Oh Crap face)
  • On the April 11 edition of Raw, Michael Cole gets a rather perfect one after Jerry Lawler defeated Jack Swagger, meaning he has no choice but to face Jerry at Extreme Rules in a match of the King's choosing. This became pretty much his default expression the rest of the night.
    • And not just that, either. Turns out it's a tag team match, and his partner is Jack Swagger. Normally this would be okay, but this was mere moments after he slapped Jack in the face and blamed him for the loss.
    • And again when he realized that Jack won't be in his corner vs The King at Over The Limit.
      • It started a little bit earlier when he realized he'd fallen hook, line, and sinker for Lawler's Batman Gambit, pretty much making Swagger so outright furious with Cole, Swagger says "He's all yours" to Jerry and walks out on Cole.
  • Pretty much the reaction of the entire Divas locker room to Kharma.
  • On the May 14th edition of Impact!, Immortal has a perfect example of an Oh Crap when they find out that Mick Foley is the Network Executive that's been screwing up their plans for the past few weeks.
  • Bully Ray had this reaction when Mr. Anderson returned on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after being put in the hospital by himself and Gunner. It wasn't just that he was back that scared him, though. It was that Anderson, one of the largest hams in pro wrestling, was in Tranquil Fury as he just brutally beat the other guy who put him out into a bloody pulp with a metal chain right in front of Ray and Bully Ray realized he was probably next.
  • The Undertaker had a very real-life moment of Oh Crap when, during a Hell In A Cell match, Mankind fell through the roof of the cage. The Undertaker thought that he'd seriously injured his fellow wrestler.
  • An almost-legendary Oh Crap moment came during the 1997 Royal Rumble, as Stone Cold Steve Austin ran roughshod over his competition and was left all alone in the ring. The countdown for the next Rumble entrant finishes, and a familiar guitar screech causes Austin to freeze cold in his tracks.
  • On Raw 6/18/12, AJ Lee interrupts a match featuring Daniel Bryan and Kane. Not only Kane was surprised, so was Daniel Bryan, who wasn't aware that CM Punk and Sheamus were also surprised just like the announcers, which cost Bryan and Kane the match since Punk sees a chance and takes it.
  • During the Smackdown Elimination Chamber 2012 match, Daniel Bryan had yet to leave the pod and The Big Show decided the best course of action to get his hands on him was to break into the pod from above! Bryan's facial expression went from smug to pure terror. And there was a minute or so before the pod would open.
  • Booker T and his match with Rikishi, who's known for his "Stinkface" where, upon downing an opponent in the corner, he would smother their face with his enormous posterior. The look on Booker's face is utterly priceless. As a matter of fact, a lot of superstars got this feeling when they knew what was about to hit them... in the face.
    • Also, Booker's reaction to that infamous promo. Right after he says the word in the heat of his promo, he realizes what he's done and gives himself a Face Palm.
  • At Extreme Rules 2012, The Big Show and Cody Rhodes were in a tables match (you can only win by putting your opponent through a table). Big Show was on the apron getting into the ring when Cody dropkicked him, making Show lose his balance and step through the table with one of his legs. Show reacted this way when he realized what had happened, as the ref saw it, called for the bell and gave the victory to Cody.
  • When The Shield interrupted a match to attack Sheamus and Randy Orton, Roman Reigns accidentally knocked The Big Show into the corner— and promptly got knocked out by the giant. The reactions of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins suggested they just realized they pissed off the wrong guy.
  • On the May 9th episode of TNA Impact, Aces & Eights are on a roll, Bully Ray and Devon are about to put Sting through a table with a 3D...when Abyss returns and charges the ring. Bully Ray looks like he's seen a ghost and he and Devon can only stare like Deer in the Headlights as Abyss barrels towards them while Tazz's Smug Snake mentality dissolves into a Villainous Breakdown. The only Aces & Eights member present who doesn't have this reaction is Anderson, who quickly finds out why everyone else did when Abyss just runs right over him without even stopping.
  • After The Shield called out John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback, they attempt to escape only to be stopped by Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Brodus Clay, Team Hell No, and Randy Orton, as this footage shows
  • The main event of the September 23, 2013 Raw with The Shield facing Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, the Usos, the Prime Time Players, Justin Gabriel, Rob Van Dam, Zack Ryder, and Daniel Bryan in an 11-on-3 elimination handicap match. First, after Roman Reigns singlehandedly eliminates several of the opponents, Ambrose & Rollins are knocked off the apron & promptly have this reaction when Reigns is eliminated in the meantime. Then towards the end of the match, Rollins manages to eliminate R-Truth, and realises he's not only the last man left on his team, but that Bryan, Ziggler & the Usos have positioned themselves on all four sides of the ring, surrounding him.
  • Raw 11/11/2013, The Wyatt Family interrupted a match with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan dealing with the The Shield, which led to Punk & Bryan playing the two factions off one another so they started brawling whilst they watched with amusement from the outside. Unfortunately, they didn't count on Bray Wyatt figuring out what they were doing and pointing the other 5 men back in the direction of Punk and Bryan; even Jerry Lawler knew what was about to happen.
  • In his first match (with Austin Idol) against The Road Warriors in Memphis, Jerry Lawler delivered his piledriver to Hawk and jumped up to celebrate. When he turned back, Hawk was standing right behind him.
  • On Raw, March 30, 2015, the day after WrestleMania 31, Seth Rollins smugly declines to give former champion Brock Lesnar his rematch, citing jet lag and a sore foot. Lesnar, being Lesnar, goes on the attack and German suplexes Rollins— who lands on his feet, then immediately kicks Lesnar in the head. When Lesnar immediately pops back up and glares at him, Rollins immediately realizes he screwed up and runs away, leaving Lesnar to destroy the announce table and attack everyone in sight.
  • During ACH and Adam Cole's match at Supercard Of Honor X Cole collides with the barricade, leading fans to go wild for ACH and start chanting "Over here!"
    Kevin Kelly:"'Over here' means behind us. No, NO!"
  • The 2001 Royal Rumble had two of them:
    • Drew Carey enters the event, and is alone in the ring due to the Hardy Boyz eliminating each other. Just as Jim Ross hopes that the next entrant will "take it easy on him", Kane comes out, resulting in an Oh Crap moment for both Carey and Ross.
    • Later on, Kane and the Undertaker reunite, clearing the ring. The next entry is Scotty 2 Hotty, who comes out to find the Brothers of Destruction calmly waiting for him in the ring. JR urges him to just leave, as Scotty's face tells us that This Is Gonna Suck.
  • On the October 13, 2008 edition of RAW, JBL sported this look after he boasted that he was a real American and then Hulk Hogan's music started playing... until he realized it was just Charlie Haas cosplaying as Hogan.
  • The 2016 Royal Rumble had Roman Reigns have this reaction twice:
  • On the September 13, 2017 episode of Raw, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar called out his challenger Braun Strowman. They came to blows, and Lesnar hurled Strowman overhead with a German Suplex, only for Strowman to pop right back to his feet and stare down Lesnar. Lesnar's stunned reaction was a clear depiction of this trope.


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