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The “Nature Boy” and Hulkamania: A Dream Team, Brother…Woo!

Ric Flair vs. Hulk HoganThis week, news came out that legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has signed a three year deal to wrestling for the “Immortal” Hollywood Hulk Hogan and his international Hulkamania tour. To be honest, I was super excited when I first heard news from one of my roommates. After listening to the Figure Four Daily podcast Tuesday night and was listening to the Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez show, and they talked more about this tour and Flair’s signing. Here are my thoughts from giving it more thought today.

Like said, at first I was originally excited. A tour that Hollywood Hulk Hogan is putting on under his mimicker “Hulkamania” brought out the child in me. When I was growing up, as were most everyone else, absolutely loved Hulk Hogan. Who else wouldn’t get excited over Hogan doing his own tour, especially an international tour?

“The Real World’s Champ,” Ric Flair, another headliner of the Hulkamania tour, made me relive my childhood, once again. A guy that I once hated when I once loved Hogan, but now have the utmost respect for due to all what he’s done inside the ring and outside up to his “retirement match” against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV last year. Hearing Flair’s name even makes me go “Woooooooooo!”

After some thought, some deep, philosophical thought, what came to mind was, if this tour happened fifteen to twenty years ago, this tour would be great if it was truly a global tour with these two men, tearing it up from international city to international city, continent to continent, big venue to big venue. But it happening in 2009, I don’t know if I want to travel down the same road my mind originally went down.

Here’s why. Ric Flair was once compared to by saying he can wrestle a broom stick and make his match with it great. In his later career, it was downgraded to anything that has a pulse. Hollywood Hulkster, well, to “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hogan should “be a man… don’t be scurred… You’re running from Macho… don’t be a chump!” Hogan running from Macho? My point on why it would have been great if this tour happened fifteen to twenty years ago.

Let’s say if this tour happened fifteen years ago, back in 1994. The headliners could have been Hogan, Flair, Savage, Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, the Undertaker, just to name a few names. Let’s look at twenty years ago, back in 1989. Hogan, Flair, Savage, Four Horsemen, Andre the Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ricky Steamboat, name a couple more, but different names.

Now, Hogan’s matches are hell of a lot more crappy than they once were, and Flair’s matches are the same, absolutely horrible, like watching a bad horror movie. Personally, I wouldn’t want to see these two wrestle each other, one more time. Could it draw? Maybe. Wrestling fans here in the States, would they care to see this match? The casual fans who watch it now, most likely not. I don’t want to see people my mother’s age wrestling each other, sorry, but I just don’t, no matter who they once were, legends or not.

But to conclude this article, think about this for a while and think about what conclusion you would come to. Now why did you come to that conclusion, which you thought about for a while, is that what today’s fans want to see? Could that draw at Madison Square in New York City? Could that draw in the Metro dome in Minneapolis? I don’t know if it would draw at the National Hockey Arena at Saint Cloud State University, then again, it probably could.

Anyways, to try to bring back my tired mind and to bring together my wanderlust thoughts of where this tour could of went fifteen to twenty years ago, for Hogan, Flair, Eric Bischoff, and everyone else in this tour, I do hope that they do big draws and make huge money, because they do deserve it, by all rights. But then again, I hope this is all what they’re going to do. Why? The math is real simple. They’re decades past their prime. A decade and a half past their prime. Even I question if I would go and see these two men live, wrestle each other, one more time. This is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, watching the History Channel, goodbye!

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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