- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press,Canada (6 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550227629
- ISBN-13: 978-1550227628
- Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.2 x 23.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists! (Wrestlecrap) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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About the Author
RD Reynoldsis the creator of WrestleCrap.com and the author of "WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Wrestling" and "WrestleCrap and Figure Four Weekly Present: The Death of WCW. "He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blade Braxton is the co-host of WrestleCrap Radio and has been a writer for WrestleCrap.com since 2003. A former independent pro wrestling performer, he plans on using his royalty check to hire the Black Scorpion to perform magic tricks at his next birthday party. He lives in Topeka, Kansas.
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Then this one I decided would be fun, the sort of thing not to read all in one sitting, but to read out lists and such.
As it turns out, they clearly ran out of list ideas about halfway through, and started throwing random lists together like "TOP WORST MULLETS IN THE BUSINESS" followed by "TOP BEST MULLETS IN THE BUSINESS" and "TOP 25 WORST MOVE NAMES" and "TOP 1 WORST CHAMPIONSHIP SPEECH" random bits that often end up nonsensical, and with really lame "miss" jokes.
Some of the lists are really unimpressive, and all either involve one person, or one event. The most pathetic list in my view was the "TOP 3 OUTFITS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR HALLOWEEN" and all it consisted of was one event, Wrestlemania 22, and the outfits worn by Rey Mysterio, John Cena, and Triple H. The jokes were terrible, too.
Possibly WrestleCrap's style, any of the funny jokes weren't actually funny, but more of the sort of "Oh, I see, that's kind of amusing", while a solid 50% of them were simply "That was stupid", with most of the rest falling in between those.
The final list involves the "TOP 25 WORST GIMMICKS EVER" and I'd consider it a real disappointment. Most of the gimmicks weren't given any real explanation as to why they are among the "worst", and just about all but a very small portion of them are intensely obscure and esoteric things, like a one-time gimmick from some random jobber in some random independent federation in 1972 that lasted a week. Some older fans might not even get it, so younger fans are completely out of it.
Potentially a spoiler, but the supposed "WORST GIMMICK OF ALL TIME" was "Red Rooster", a gimmick for Terry Taylor in which Bobby Heenan called him a little red rooster one time, and the name stuck, so at Wrestlemania, Taylor spiked his hair, colored it red, and pretended to be a rooster.
Is that it? Seriously? That came above the likes of Cheex (not even mentioned), RoboCop (seriously. Also not even mentioned), Kerwin White (not even mentioned), the Bashams, Gobbledy Gooker (came in number 2), Shockmaster (nowhere near top 10), Yeti, That 70s Guy (not even mentioned), Warrior in WCW, and others.
In all, this book is not comedic, and useful only for learning obscure and esoteric facts such as who was AWA Champion in 1980 or who Bastion Booger is or who was the first and only "World World Tag Team Champion". Not worth half the amount I spent on it.
This book, however, is quite the opposite. Of course it is not meant to be a serious book, it is meant to be humorous, but even the humor is rare.
What particularly struck me was the vulgarity (particularly references to female body parts), which seemed completely unnecessary. Though some of the lists were funny (the best mullets list in particular) many of them seemed like filler, others were just infantile and disturbing (though wrestling is often infantile - not to mention disturbing - so maybe I shouldn't be surprised)
Also many things in the book, though likely meant to be humorous, come off as being harsh and mean-spirited.
Probably best to avoid this book.
My only beef with the book is that the lists are really pretty oddly numbered. It's not standard Top 10 style but anywhere from a List of 25 to 1. Really guys, 1 entry is not a List. Many stayed in that 7 items range and I would have liked to have had a consistent Top 10 or 15 items per list. Minimum of 5 items in a short list.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll say "WTF were they thinking?". Read it, enjoy it, and laugh at how stupid wrestling can be. Great job guys.