I am not a big fan of “what ifs” but a recent podcast discussion got me thinking. What would have happened in 1984 if Hulk Hogan wasn’t available to the WWF? Who could Vince McMahon Jr. pick to beat the Iron Sheik and lead his quest to take over the world of pro wrestling?
A recent podcast at drew my attention to this topic. The guys had a fascinating discussion about the best choice to become WWWF champion in 1978 if Bob Backlund wasn’t available? The podcast immediately prompted me to think about the same question but in regards to a Hogan-alternative. Thus it didn’t take long to stop the podcast and start typing this blog.
So here is the scenario. Hulk Hogan is unavailable to Vince McMahon for whatever reason. Whether he is injured or preferred to stay in the AWA and work his New Japan gig, he isn’t ..click here to read more
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One of the most fun memories I have of being a pro wrestling fan were the jobbers. I spent many Saturdays watching WWE (WWF) stars squash preliminary wrestlers in one-sided affairs. Today I pay tribute to these unsung warriors and look back at the most memorable WWF jobbers of the 80s.
Please don’t misunderstand this blog. I am not here to make fun of these lovable losers. I am here to pay tribute and honor the brave who stood up to Big John Studd in the face of a bear hug, were clawed to unconsciousness by Blackjack Mulligan, and were showered by the spit of Captain Lou Albano. Yes, pro wrestling would not be the same for an hour every Saturday if not for these forgotten warriors.
Keep in mind a few things when reading the list. One, I am only looking at the WWE (WWF) ..click here to read more
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With WWE adding Saturday Night’s Main Event to its Network archives this week, fans of that age are no doubt thrilled. I speak for myself as well when I think of the joys as a kid of staying up late on the weekends to catch headline wrestlers in marquee matches on free television.
Sure, Monday Night Raw’s diluted the allure of that by running through matches with name wrestlers week after week until there’s nothing special about anyone, but things were different in 1980s. The weekends were filled with jobber matches, while the top guys were held apart from each other. Pay-per-view encounters were one thing, but the five or six times you got Saturday Night’s Main Event, you were provided with 90 minutes of must-see television, with Vince McMahon’s carnie drawl, Jesse Ventura’s cartoonish gravitas, Mean Gene’s hype-filled inquisitions, and the best of the 1980s WWE roster playing it all ..click here to read more
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Saturday Night’s Main Event is expected to land on the WWE Network today. With 36 shows and over 3000 minutes of matches where do you even start? You would start with the ten best SNME matches as determined by a blogger who has seen them all!
I loved Saturday Night’s Main Event. It brought not only the expected feuds but even a few dream matches to free television for wrestling fans. The matches were always fast paced as the WWE generally would try to squeeze 4-5 in an hour which made for some excellent matches. The WWE Network is getting them all today so I thought it would be a great time to dig deep into the archives and create a must-see list for first-time viewers.
WWE championship: Hulk Hogan vs. Terry Funk (SNME #4) – This match rarely gets the love it so rightly deserves. Terry Funk was on his game here ..click here to read more
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Nothing says red, white, and blue like good ol’ professional rasslin! World leaders would search far and wide for the biggest, creepiest, and most sadistic men to invade America and challenge wrestling’s biggest heroes. In celebration of July 4, I present America’s Most Patriotic Wrestlers.
Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, let me remind you that this is all for fun. While wrestling has always thrived on feuds, the feuds in wrestling used to be much different. Taking pages out of current foreign disputes, promoters would generally book heels from the world’s axis of evil to take on the current top star. Wrestlers “from” Iran, Russia, Germany, France, Vietnam, Japan, China, Mongolia, and others would come to America to destroy wrestling’s hero.
The following wrestlers wore their love for America on their sleeves. Some of these wrestlers would make their careers fighting a foreign villain or villains. For ..click here to read more
Dusty Rhodes, Hacksaw Duggan, hulk hogan, Iron Sheik, Patriotic Wrestlers, Sgt. Slaughter, The Patriot
Stone Cold Steve Austin has had some of the biggest matches in WWE history. Unfortunately there was still plenty of money left on the table due to a variety of circumstances, some of which Austin revealed in a recent media interview.
Anytime Stone Cold is going to talk to the media I am going to listen. Austin has turned into one of the more outspoken former WWE stars in recent months. The best Austin interviews are the ones he does with the wrestling media and a recent stop at Ring Rust Radio was no exception.
Austin covered a variety of topics on the interview. One of the more fascinating topics was when Austin was asked about guys he is disappointed he didn’t get to do a match or program with. Austin dropped some names, some obvious, and some not so obvious.
“Well, I wasn’t in the right place, mentally, when they ..click here to read more
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Hulk Hogan really wasn’t in a position to negotiate in 1996, while he had legitimized WCW as an organization; he hadn’t changed their fortunes overnight. The company did finally make a profit in 1995, but Eric Bischoff summed it up best in his book, Controversy Creates Cash. Here is the excerpt, credit goes to the fantastic WCW Worldwide Tumblr whom I shamelessly copy and pasted from:
“[T]he truth is, Hulk Hogan didn’t boost our viewership very much that year. Except for the first Pay-Per-View match between him and Ric Flair, where the buy rate was 1.3 percent, he did not have the impact on ratings we’d hoped. His shows didn’t really move the needle.
There were a number of reasons. Hogan’s character had gotten a little stale. And the whole red-and-yellow, say-your-prayers, eat-your-vitamins thing clashed with the [WWF] steroids controversy. His credibility had been damaged.”
“Hogan also didn’t play that well with the ..click here to read more
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By the beginning of 1996, the crowds had finally had enough of Hulk Hogan. The company had resorted to piping in cheers in case of booing or putting him with popular sports stars (Kevin Greene) to get the fans cheering. Hulk was being booed by fans everywhere, no longer the south. Hogan hit the point of oversaturation, a point that he was hitting in 1991 when the crowd was 50/50 for him against Undertaker at Survivor Series.
That’s why Vince wanted to make him the Babe Ruth of wrestling as he coined, trot Hogan out for the special appearance every now and then, keep him fresh. It wasn’t like the rest of the Amazing Friends were being booed by the fans, Sting was still massively over and Savage despite being a WWE guy endeared himself to the fans by working hard and having a great feud with Flair. The Hogan and ..click here to read more
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If you’ve noticed by now, this is no longer a four part series.
In our last article, we talked about the Hogan and Vader feud and while this was happening, did you wonder what happened to The Three Faces of Fear? Oh, you didn’t? Well, guess what I didn’t want to cover this part. I just wanted to gloss over this part but my boss demanded that I cover this. Well, the Avalanche went on to feud with Sting and Savage and Sullivan beat The Butcher so bad that the Butcher got amnesia. The Butcher had a new name, The Man with No Name and would feud with Sullivan. They had a match, Sullivan won and that was it.
OR IS IT?
Until Sullivan got messages from The Master (Curtis Iaukea caked in powdered sugar it seemed like) saying that he needed form the Dungeon of Doom and destroy Hulkamania. He also became ..click here to read more
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Seth Rollins’ betrayal of his Shield teammates in favor of Evolution has drawn both shocked reactions and lukewarm reception from viewers. While it’s too early to stamp Rollins’ turn as a success or a failure, here’s a look at some of the wrestling history he’s up against, the twenty-five best shifts to the dark side ever.
25. Shawn Michaels Superkicks Hulk Hogan (July 4, 2005)
Would’ve meant more if WWE had stuck to Michaels’ heel run, but Hogan’s alleged refusal to lay down (ironic if you’re Michaels) killed the impact. Independence Day Raw ends with Hogan and Michaels passively celebrating a win, and Michaels landing Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere.
24. Terry Taylor Gradually Betrays Chris Adams (May 1987)
With UWF’s excitable Jim Ross calling each turn of the key, Taylor was conveniently absent for Hot Stuff International’s assaults on Adams, culminating with Taylor subtly allowing Adams to be pinned in a Tag ..click here to read more
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When Hulk Hogan came to WCW in 1994, there were changes in the way the company was booked and produced. On the positive side, the production values went up greatly and almost put them on par with Vince McMahon. On the negative side, the company was slowly changing into what the fans had come to detest. The company still had a roster with some great talent and they were still putting on great matches on television and pay per view, but a lot of the talent that worked hard in the post-Flair walk out were being pushed down or phased out.
Steve Austin, said by many to be the next big star of the company was jobbed out to Jim Duggan and sent down the card. Mick Foley, feeling that he had no upward advancement in the company left for greener pastures. Dustin Rhodes, undoubtedly the MVP of the company in ..click here to read more
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Arguably the two biggest stars in our history of professional wrestling are Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Rumors of heat spread throughout the dirt sheets and Internet for years between those two but according to Austin, it just wasn’t true.
The access to someone like Steve Austin weekly on a podcast is unprecedented. Austin hosts his podcast twice a week and shoots on everything and everyone. Austin has turned into a heck of an interviewer, but it is generally Austin who is the one dropping the 411 as he likes to call it.
Austin recently conducted a lengthy interview with his former WCW boss Eric Bischoff. The four-part podcast is fascinating on every level and there isn’t a topic that these guys don’t cover. One of the more interesting topics however was Hulk Hogan.
Austin and Bischoff were discussing Austin’s run in ECW and the controversial promos he cut when ..click here to read more
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