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Michael Hogan
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Posted: 04 March 2018 at 7:05pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Robbie, I think Ric Flair is in the WWE-HOF twice: once on his own as
once as a member of the Four Horsemen.

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Thanks, Michael. It's so hard to keep track. ;-)

On social media, I advocated for Rick Rude in the HoF. A follower said, "He's already there."

In 2004, when the HoF became an annual tradition, I could name all inductees. Now, I would need to Google them. ;-)
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I rewatched the Hart Foundation VS Twin Towers bout (mid-1989), a bout I first saw on Coliseum Video's FAN FAVOURITES release.

I miss tag team wrestling, at least in WWE. Proper tag team wrestling. Featuring tag team tropes: babyface gets the tag, but ref doesn't see it so doesn't allow it, heel tags behind referee's back but somehow referee lets it go, etc, etc. And teams worked as a unit, e.g. commentators would talk about how important it was that so-and-so gets a tag as he is tired whilst his partner is fresh.

Tag team wrestling is, when done properly, unique. It has or should have a certain style. 
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Posted: 05 March 2018 at 12:07pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Next Hall of Fame inductee:

Hillbilly Jim. 

Should have been in already.
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I'm pleased about this news. :)

He was pretty good on commentary at times. Roddy Piper and Rick Rude had a steel cage match in late 1989. Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura were commentating. Hillbilly Jim was good!
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Jim's one of the guys I would have assumed was already in. He's worked for the company in various capacities for a long time, long after leaving the ring. Good pick, to me.
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Did he wrestle any matches after about 1990? I remember Earthquake "massacring" him on SNME ('Quake was going through a lot of veterans, including Rugged Ronnie Garvin). 

After that, I know he wrote columns for WWF Magazine, did commentary and was an ambassador of sorts (oh, and managing the Godwinns, too). But has he wrestled any sort of match since then? I can't recall any.
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Posted: 05 March 2018 at 2:51pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

He was in the gimmick battle royal :)
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How could I forget that? :) 
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Brutus Beefcake has an autobiography out (or will have soon). I can't find a site selling it, although I haven't checked for days.

Anyone interested?
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Amazon has it ( https://www.amazon.com/Brutus-Beefcake-Struttin-Official-Aut obiography/dp/1941356036)... A little pricey for me right now. Perhaps they will "kindle" it soon?
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I hope so, Paul.

If there's one autobiography that I might have found compelling (and controversial), it would have been Ultimate Warrior. If he had not passed away, I'm sure he'd have written one eventually.
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Posted: 09 March 2018 at 12:06pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

My guess is Brutus's view of his career is significantly different than everyone else's view of his career. Granted, that is probably what will make his story interesting!
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Posted: 09 March 2018 at 12:13pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Oh yes. 

Another hypothetical autobiography that I'd have enjoyed is Randy Savage. It might have been colourful to read! 
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I just want to read a wrestling biography where someone admits not every card they main evented was a sell-out, that the crowd didn't always riot and that not every match went at least 60 minutes :)
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Posted: 09 March 2018 at 5:44pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I'm looking forward to Hogan's updated autobiography - where he slammed Andre the Giant - TWICE - in front of 199,000 arena fans and thirty billion PPV customers!

I'd love a joint Bret Hart/Jim Neidhart autobiography, focusing entirely on their 1984-1991 run (I know they were singles for a while in '89).
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Posted: 11 March 2018 at 9:59am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Rewatched Hogan/Earthquake from SummerSlam '90. That feud was so hyped - and it felt important. I do wish we could recapture that now, have all feuds seem important.

I remember spending most of 1990 anticipating Hulkamania prevailing over Earthquake. I don't remember any televised pinfall victories for Hogan over 'Quake, but house show results show some pinfall victories.

It was definitely my favourite feud of 1990!
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Posted: 12 March 2018 at 9:48am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Alas, to me, Earthquake was just another guy that couldn't get the job done and take care of that halfwit Hulk Hogan once and for all.
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Posted: 12 March 2018 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

You cynic, you. ;-)

Take some comfort in the fact that Earthquake, as far as I know, didn't suffer a pinfall loss on live TV (only at house shows). I'm 99% sure I have that right.

And just remember there's a monster who did kill Hulkamania for a while: Yokozuna. One of the few, if not the only one, who Hogan never beat in a return bout. 
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Posted: 12 March 2018 at 10:38am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

When Yoko died I remember someone joking that Hulk was going to take a referee to the gravesite to count 3 as Hulk laid across it :)
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Posted: 12 March 2018 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Oh dear!

Had Hogan remained with the WWF in 1993, or returned to WWF in 1994/95, I am sure one of his first requests would have been a pinfall victory over Yokozuna. Yes, I know he got one at WM IX, but after that brutal defeat at KOTR '93, I'm sure Hogan would have wanted to "even the score".

Remember when Brock Lesnar pinned Hogan on SMACKDOWN! in 2002? I read in a wrestling newsletter that Hogan had wanted Lesnar to "return the favour" and lose to Hogan via pinfall at SURVIVOR SERIES 2002. No idea how true it is, but it wouldn't surprise me.


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I remember when Hogan was working with Randy Orton the feeling was that Orton should win one as part of his 'legend killer' gimmick that, if I remember right, was supposed to end with Taker at Mania. Hogan wasn't having that of course but as consolation he offered to escape the RKO by getting his foot on the rope instead of kicking out.

That Hulkster just gives and gives.
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I was a Hulkamaniac, but I can see the negatives. I can be objective.

I was pleased when he returned to the WWF in 1993. I quite enjoyed seeing him win a fifth world title. But to not defend that belt until June, and spend the interim challenging for the WWF Tag Team Titles, was just insulting to his fans.

He could have had bouts against Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, etc. Even a Hogan/Giant Gonzalez bout, whilst not a five-star classic, would have had some appeal to kids who enjoyed the cartoony aspects of the WWF.

I commend Hogan for his objectivity during one chapter of his autobiography, though (when he admitted handing Warrior the belt at the end of their WM VI match in order to steal the spotlight). 

Oh, autocorrect tries to change Hulkamaniac to "humanitarian". Well, I did say my prayers, take my vitamins, etc.
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I was a Hulkamaniac, too, but I agree with Robbie.

Though, to be fair, I thought the legend killer gimmick sucked. After all, most of the legends he beat were long retired and way past their prime.


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I'm afraid I've never been a big fan of Randy Orton's ring style. He has more wrestling talent than I could have if I trained for 15 years, but I don't find his style engaging.
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