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WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling [Paperback]

Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds
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Oct. 31 2003 WrestleCrap series
WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling examines some of the ridiculously horrible characters and storylines that pro wrestling promoters have subjected their fans to over the past twenty years. Why would any sane person think that having two grown men fight over a turkey was actually a reasonable idea? Was George Ringo, the Wrestling Beatle, really the best gimmick that a major promotional organization could come up with? And who would charge fans to watch a wrestler named the Gobbeldy Gooker emerge from an egg? In an attempt to answer such questions and figure out just what the promoters were thinking, authors Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds go beyond what wrestling fans saw on the screen and delve into the mindset of those in the production booth. In some instances, the motivations driving the spectacle prove even more laughable than what was actually seen in the ring. Covering such entertainment catastrophes as an evil one-eyed midget and a wrestler from the mystical land of Oz, not to mention the utterly comprehensible Turkey-on-a-Pole match (a gimmick which AWA fans might recall), WrestleCrap is hysterically merciless in its evaluation of such organizations as the WCW and the WWF. This retrospective look at the wrestling world’s misguided attempts to attract viewers will leave wrestling fans and critics alike in stitches.

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"The book's funny, well written and different. Highest recommendation."  —The SmartMarks.com 

"No matter how bad some of these gimmicks were, it's fun recounting them through this book."  —Post and Courier

"I've told all I know that they have to pick up a copy of WrestleCrap, because I'm keeping mine.'  —Doug Lunney, The Winnipeg Sun

About the Author

Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds are the creators of WrestleCrap.com, one of the Internet wrestling community’s favourite websites. They both reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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2.0 out of 5 stars An honest review Jan. 17 2004
First of all, I am a big fan of Reynolds's web site. For the record, Reynolds each week features examples of "wrestlecrap," i.e. story lines and gimmicks from the world of professional wrestling that seem particularly lame. (For example, a guy whose gimmick is that he's a wrestling plumber qualifies as wrestlecrap.) The Wrestlecrap site has a large, devoted following, due in part to Reynolds's peerless knowledge of the sport, but mostly to his wicked, dead-on sense of humor.
Numerous times on his site, Reynolds promised that the book would NOT simply consist of rehashed examples from his web site. Unfortunately, that's exactly what at least 95% of this book is.
A true fan of the site will recognize almost all the material here. Compounding the problem is that Reynolds's trademark wit is absent. Except for a few bright spots, he seems to be holding himself back, adopting a lamer, more "proper" writing style than the funnier, freer one found on his site. So not only is the reader presented with old material, but it's not even presented in as amusing a fashion as it has been before.
Also, the "exposé" material promised by Reynolds on the site is rather weak. His account of the fall of the WCW is accounted more thoroughly and better elsewhere - Shaun Assael's solid yet unspectacular "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks" is one such example.
I am a Reynolds fan, and I wanted to like this book. For the reasons given above - which, I believe, anyone will recognize upon an open-minded reading of the book - I could not. If you're not a fan of wrestling, you probably don't care about the myriad ridiculous wrestling angles from throughout the years. If you are a fan of the site, skip it entirely. You've seen it all before, only better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! Jan. 16 2004
First off, I have never visited the Wrestlecrap Website. That said, when I heard about the premise of this book, I was expecting a slightly amusing look at bad gimmicks like "The Red Rooster." I was surprised to find that this book gave more than lists and photos of outrageously horrid characters. "Wrestlecrap" is so much more. This book ponders the thought process of the higher-ups in WCW and WWF. It describes gimmicks that were created for personal satisfaction rather than business savvy, gimmicks that were created out of desperation rather than creativity, and bad gimmicks that the promoters honestly thought were brilliant. Best of all, I found this book to be more than just slightly amusing; this book is hysterical!
Wrestlecrap primarily focuses from the mid 1980s to the present, when Vince McMahon Jr gave pro wrestling a brand new paint job, and how folks like WCW's Jim Herd tried to "outcamp" the WWF with disastrous results. While I've read countless articles presenting icons like McMahon as everything from innovative to cutthroat to no-nonsense maverick, it's not very often you get to read a detailed report on the many blunders that go on amidst the successes, in the ring and behind the dressing room curtain. Yes, we know multiple Doink the Clowns were lame, how embarrassing the fake Razor Ramon & Diesel was, or how we cringed at WCW's "Wonderful World of Oz." But Wrestlecrap goes into great detail about the geniuses who dreamed these angles up, why they expected them to work, why they didn't work. We read about backstage politics, and how some promoters created bad gimmicks specifically to make the wrestlers they disliked personally look bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE CRAPPIEST AND THATS A GOOD THING Nov. 11 2003
I'm not sure if the other reviewers are trying to be funny but if your a true wrestling fan then you need to buy this book. If it is anything like the website ([...]) then this book will be just amazing. I can hardly wait for his next book which is about the fall of WCW. Buy this book as soon as it comes out. You wont regret it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this supposed to be a joke? Nov. 11 2003
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These so-called authors must be mad! They forget that TRUE wrestling fans know all about this sports-entertainment. That's because REAL fans read Capt. Lou Albano's Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling. Sorry RD but's it's hard to buy into a book by someone who doesn't even know the Rock's real name (Rocky Melvin for those of us in the know). Come on, the authors would have us believe that the Gooker did not thrill and entertain us all with his dance moves. Who could forget that the Gooker had a great WCW tag-team title-run with the Shockmaster? The authors of this book...That's who! Shame on you! If you have extra money in your pocket save it for former WWE wrestler Chyna's rap cd...Don't waste it on this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars the crap about wresltecrap March 5 2004
This book had promise but ended up with a mediocre delivery. There was some entertaining moments for remembrance of ridiculous gimmicks but overall, it began falling flat about half way through. Reynolds dwells upon Hulk Hogan's movies rather than on actual wrestling for a lengthy chapter. Now I know Hogan's movies are unbelievable crap but I didn't really need Reynolds to rehash and summarize every one of the movies. He also rants about the Monday Night wars and the nWo at length after promising he wasn't presenting this book to look at the mainstream stars and stories.
While the book was certainly readable, I was expecting something a bit different, maybe more coverage on the lame ass gimmicks he began talking about. There was more to Scott Hall than the nWo afterall (he did portray a gator wrangler). The further the book went, the more Reynolds talked about the big stars.
Overall, the book is entertaining to some degree and a wrestling fan will enjoy it. I expected more focus on the could-a-been gimmick-wrestlers and stories rather than the superstars and major storylines. Maybe some of the dumbass gimmicks the stars used to be (Blue Blazer, Starship Coyote, Big Bully Busick, Planet Stasiak, Raven's Nest, the Skyscrapers, Powers of Pain, etc.). I certainly could have done without the movie review chapter and the author's venting of his despisal of the nWo and the McMahons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
if your looking for a book on everything bad about wrestling, then you will love this book. See how wrestlecrap has led to the demise of a multi million dollar company
Published 11 months ago by Electronic Arts
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Goof all around. Fun experience, enjoyable remembering the past wrestle crap moments of both wwe and wcw. Great book indeed.
Published 12 months ago by bolt
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, but got off track
If you are a wrestlign fan, you will enjoy it. Lots of funny sarcasm and tasty bits of backstage politics. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by C. Bedford Crenshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
When I purchased this, I was under the assumption that the book was going to be all about Wrestlecrap and the bad ideas in wrestling over the years, but it wasn't. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by IhateMTV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read of the Dumbest Gimmicks
This book informed and brought back memories of the Dumbest Gimmicks of Pro Wrestling.
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Paul Chapdelaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about your pieces of crap!
This is a funny book about the worst moments in professional wrestling. It is a spinoff of the website of the same name. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars Bookelicious
I read this book and found it to be fantastic! I have watched wrestling off and on for many years. This book was so well written that it helped me to understand alot about... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by "flyerr"
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Craptacular. . . and that ain't no Bull (Buchanan)
Dude, I am loving this book. Some of the information is repetitive of what was on the original site (which is LONG gone), but most of the info is great, and gives you a good idea... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Joseph Kata
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Wrestlecrap material, but slightly disappointing
I have to admit, "Wrestlecrap" is one of the few books where I actually considered inflating my rating. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by The Gooch
2.0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad, and The Wrestlecrap!!!
Did Robert Ebert ever make a movie?
Did R.D. Reynolds or Randy Baer ever wrestle a match?
The stories about the absurd story lines which are sometime associated with... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by M. W. Wheatley
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