WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling Paperback – 2003
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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my 16 year old son wanted this for his birthday and is very happy with itPublished 11 months ago by Nikolas Capobianco
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 companyPublished on Dec 11 2013 by Electronic Arts
Goof all around. Fun experience, enjoyable remembering the past wrestle crap moments of both wwe and wcw. Great book indeed.Published on Nov. 22 2013 by bolt
If you are a wrestlign fan, you will enjoy it. Lots of funny sarcasm and tasty bits of backstage politics. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by C. Bedford Crenshaw
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 morePublished on April 15 2004 by IhateMTV
This book informed and brought back memories of the Dumbest Gimmicks of Pro Wrestling.Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Paul Chapdelaine
This is a funny book about the worst moments in professional wrestling. It is a spinoff of the website of the same name. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Johnny Heering
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Joseph Kata