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Tags: Hulk Hogan
After being taken to the cleaners by his ex-wife and having to pay for his sons recklessness there are rumours going around that Hulk Hogan is $5 million in debt. Fortunately for Hulk he contacted these guys…
As the Hulkster would say…
“It looks as though everything’s going to be OK, brother!”
At least he’s not as broke as Flair.
Wow! I wonder who comes up with the names for the new WWE wrestlers because they are just horrible. It is either someone who is on drugs or Dusty Rhodes as looking at the names of the WWE’s NXT rookies for season 2 one can see just how horrible the names are.
For example they have Joe Hennig, the son of Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, who is a WWE Hall of Famer and multi-time Intercontinental Champion. Instead of playing up the fact that Joe is the son of this wrestling legend they instead give him the name Micheal McGillicutty. Not only is the name completely awful but there is just no way that the WWE can push the fact that he is the son of Curt Hennig. A similar tale can be told for Duke Rotunda, the son of Mike ‘IRS’ Rotunda, whose new name is Husky Harris. Sigh!
It’s funny that other second and third generation wrestlers such as Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and DH Smith are allowed to play up their family connections, as have others (Sim Snuka), so why can’t the new guys? Even with the new Samoan tag team featuring Jay and Jimmy Uso (sons of Rikishi) and Tamina Snuka (daughter of Jimmy Snuka) the WWE are mentioning their famous relatives so why not with the NXT guys? It doesn’t make sense.
Tags: John Cena, Vince McMahon, Wrestling, WWE, WWF
I used to be a big wrestling fan and loved the WWE. I first got into wrestling back in the 80s when it was shown on Channel 10, when Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Andre The Giant ruled the ring. In the early 1990s Channel 10 dropped the then WWF and it wasn’t until we got Foxtel in 1996 that I again began watching the wrestling, although this was WCW Nitro, as Foxtel did not pick up the WWF Raw Is War until 1997 a few months before the Montreal screwjob. That is when I got back into the WWF and stars such as Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Triple H. I watched both WCW and the WWF until WCW was bought out by Vince McMahon and continued to be a big WWE fan until the death of Eddie Guerrero. For a little while I took a vague interest in WWE but the Chris Benoit, who was once my favourite wrestler, went and brutally murdered his wife and son before committing suicide. Since then I have tried to get back into WWE but every time I watch something happens that turns me completely off. I want to watch and enjoy the wrestling like I once did but I think that some changes need to be made before I can do so. So in that spirit here is a list of things I would do to fix the various problems that exist in the WWE.
- Get rid of the stupid RAW guest hosts.
I don’t know why the WWE continues having Z-list celebrities host what should be its biggest TV show of the week. Worse still is that there is a rumour that Vince wants to extend this practice to Smackdown. Apparently Stephanie McMahon wants RAW to be like Saturday Night Live but unfortunately she has forgotten that at least SNL has actual celebrities hosting and nt some random baseballer, NASCAR driver or boxer. The WWE should remember that they are in fact a GLOBAL brand but the celebrities that they have had on have all been known only in the USA. It’s sad when the celebrities that the WWE have hosting their show are less well-known that the WWE wrestlers themselves. They don’t add anything to the show and you cannot get excited about someone who you have never heard of hosting the show. Worse is that most guest hosts have been terrible and have made the show a complete train wreck, fit only for Wrestlecrap.
I also don’t like the idea of the guest hosts making decisions that are usually reserved for a management type figure. It is annoying that some ‘big’ star will make a PPV match up yet he doesn’t even know the name of the PPV. For example when Jeremy Piven (who?) mistakenly called Summerslam by the name of Summerfest. It’s just stupid.
- Have some respect for women.
The WWE seems at times to have no respect for women at all. Take the current ‘Piggy’ James angle where Michelle McCool has been taunting Mickie James and calling her fat, even though in she is not fat at all. This one angle would alienate 100% of the female fans of the WWE, but we know how Vince and the WWE thinks that normal women should be stick thin with impossibly huge breasts.
Another example of this is the ritual humiliation of Vickie Guerrero, the wife of one of the most loved superstars of the WWE, the late Eddie Guerrero. despicably Vicki has been flat-out called fat and ugly various times on TV and every time I see her being humiliated on TV all I can think of is that Eddie would be spinning in his grave. I don’t blame Vickie because she probably needs the money after her husband’s untimely death, but surely the WWE could just give her a little respect.
The TNA wrestling competition treat their women wrestlers so much more respectfully than the WWE. They treat their women as proper wrestlers and give them actual storylines. While they sometimes have stupid angles that are pure t’n'a (pardon the pun), the Knockouts are a highlight of their show. Their best Knockout, the awesome Awesome Kong is treated like the great wrestler she is, where I am sure if she was in the WWE the only thing that would be mentioned would be her weight.
- Enough with Hornswoggle already
We all know that to Vince McMahon that midgets = hilariously funny but that in reality Vince that is not the case. Hornswoggle started a as sort of funny, kid friendly character, which is OK, but please don’t put him in with the main eventers like DX and certainly don’t put him over really good wrestlers like Chavo Guerrero. The joke has become really stale now and most wrestling fans I know just change the channel when Hornswoggle appears on the screen. It is so frustrating as a viewer that the horrible comedy skits that feature Hornswoggle take up so much screen time while there are talented wrestlers who don’t get on TV much at all. Maybe if Vince really wants to give Horny a job he could do it in a way that that doesn’t insult the intelligence of the viewers and doesn’t take too much time.
- Bring back managers
I don’t know why but it has been a long time since any of the WWE wrestlers have had a manager.I think that whenever some heel wrestler needs to get some heat with a live crowd they give them Vicky Guerrero as a mouthpiece, but that’s about it. I remember the old days when Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan and ‘Captain Lou’ Albano used to be such immensely popular figures in the WWF. And there was of course Miss Elizabeth as well. Managers used to be used as mouthpieces for those wrestlers who were not that great on the microphone. Now we get guys like Randy Orton, who could use a manager, stumbling and bumbling their way through promos and generally boring the crap out of viewers. Imagine how much more over Orton would be if he had a manager to assist him with his promos.
- Bring back Tag Teams
Remember the Hart Foundation, Demolition, the Legion Of Doom and the Steiner Brothers back in the 80s and early 90s? For those who grew up watching in the Attitude era, remember Edge * Christian, the Hardy Boys and The Dudley Boyz? What has happened to the Tag Team division of the WWE since those days. Now there is really only Chris Jericho and the Big Show and D-X in the Tag Team division, as well as some other teams like Cryme Time that no-one cares about. There could be a potentially great tag division if only the WWE saw it as being important.
- Give RAW a general manager
Even if the WWE persists with the stupid guest host schtick on RAW they should have a general manager appointed to at least make the guest host making decisions angle more logical. Then they could explain that the GM has spoken to the guest host and told them what they can and can’t do and updated them on the state of the WWE and RAW. The GM could also be with the guest host to help them when they make the inevitable stumble on live TV and need someone to guide them through whatever they are meant to be doing.
- Give the fans a reason to care / Try to get the fans involved more
A couple of weeks ago the WWE had their Slammy Awards where they made up some awards to give the wrestlers. Nobody knows who nominated the wrestlers for the awards or voted for them, because the WWE’s audience sure didn’t have any involvement. Surely in these days of the internet technology the WWE could make the Slammys legitimate and have their audience vote on the categories. This would add to audience interest, but perhaps the WWE doesn’t want this as then wrestlers other than those ordained by the WWE might end up getting awards. Still I think it would be good for the audience to have a say in something like this rather than it just be another way for WWE management to reward their favourite wrestlers. (Isn’t that what belts are for anyway!)
I could also improve the WWE draft which usually occurs after Wrestlemania, in the name of increasing fan interest. My idea would be for the WWE to have a draft month, where with the exception of each brands champions, the wrestlers, managers and commentators all become free agents and they have to negotiate contracts with the GMs of Smackdown, RAW and ECW to get a contract with the particular show. In this way we could have the Smackdown GM appearing on RAW and vice versa, negotiating with a particular wrestler who has always been part of RAW. This could be the month where the brands become more important that the championships, although when negotiating with a wrestler we could hear a GM talk about the history and lineage of a particular championship. We could also have the heel wrestlers make extreme demands of the GMs and commentators put over all this. (I don’t think I’ve explained my idea too well.) Also on each brand they could have try-out matches instead of building up to a PPV feud. All contracts would have to be signed by the end of the main event of the next PPV.
I can hear you say that my idea is good, except that it would leave the PPV empty, as there would be no championships on the line and no feuds built up. My idea would be for this PPV to be like the Bragging Rights one that was on in 2009, but this time we have a reason to care for the brands. We could also have a Clash of the Champions type main event, where there is a three-way dance featuring the WWE, ECW and World Heavyweight Champion. We could also have Intercontinetal vs US Heavyweight champion and RAW vs Smackdown Tag Team champions. No belts would be on the line, only the prestige of being the best brand and promoting your brand to wrestlers who have not yet signed a contract.
I do have more ideas on how to improve the WWE product but will leave that for another time. Perhaps this will become a series of posts?
I was trying to find some stuff on the internet that showed the 2nd greatest boxer of all time (after Ali), Joe Louis in his career as a pro-wrestler. For those who don’t know, Louis was in serious debt with the IRS after WWII and did all sorts of crazy stuff (like fight Rocky Marciano when Louis was past his prime) to make cash. The reason why the ‘Brown Bomber’ was in so much debt was due to him being ripped off by his management team during his career, as well as his own generosity to help his own family and other underprivileged black kids. To cut a long story short, I came across this poster of a film that Joe made in the late 1940s. I don’t know much about ‘The Fight Never Ends’, except for what is written on the poster. Louis made another feature film called ‘Spirit of Youth’ a decade or so earlier. (It also featured an all colored cast!)
As for Joe’s career as a wrestler, well that was nothing worth really writing about. He did spend a lot of time as a wrestling referee though.In this clip the voice over guy just mocks Joe’s financial problems.
Tags: Antonino Rocca, Comic Books, Cross Over Comic Books, DC Comics, Superman, Wrestling, WWE, WWWF
I love it when real life people appear in these old comic book stories. Here wrestling champion Antonino Argentina Rocca takes on the Man Of Steel. Of course this story is not as famous as the Superman Vs Muhammed Ali comic book that came out in the late 70s, but I wonder if that story was influenced by this one.
Antonino Rocca was one of the wrestling greats of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and wrestled in the famous fictitious tournament final against Buddy Rogers for the newly created World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship, which he lost. He also apparently worked alongside Vince Mc Mahon as a commentator on WWWF television in the mid70s, before he passed away in 1977.
Here is a match between NWA Champion Lou Thesz, and Rocca. Not sure when this is from though, perhaps the late 50s or early 60s.
Tags: Hulk Hogan, Hulk Hogan Power Shake, Hulk Hogan Vitamins, Lord Alfred Hayes, Lord Alfred Hayes Vomitting, Tuesday Night Titans, Vince McMahon, Vince McMahon Jr, World Wrestling Federation, Wrestling, WWE, WWF, Youtube
I’m sure that back in the 80s kids thought Hogan was being sincere when he talked about his Powerful Protein Shake and the Powerful Python Pack vitamins but knowing what we know about Hogan now, this is just funny. I think this is from Tuesday Night Titans.
Also I must say how much I miss Lord Alfred Hayes. Sure he was the butt of everyone’s jokes and he was a terrible announcer, and most of the comedy skits he was in were cringingly awful, but I miss him all the same. Here Hogan calls him Awful Alfred, which I guess is the persona that Hayes used in the AWA when he was one of the top heel managers. Apparently he was as a good as a heel manager as he was as terrible an announcer. Most people I guess just remember him as the Coliseum Video guy.
Tags: Australia, Hulk Hogan, Hulkamania, Ric Flair, Wrestling
I have to give Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair some kudos for working the Australian press in the way they did yesterday. For those who have not heard the news, here is how the Herald Sun, Australia’s #1 newspaper reported it…
“The Hulk, Hulk Hogan injured in bloody Sydney brawl with Ric Flair and media
WRESTLER Hulk Hogan has been badly injured after a violent bloody brawl broke out at The Hulkamania promotional press conference at Star City today.
The press conference veered violently out of control today as Hulk Hogan and ring rival Ric Flair let their animosity break into a full scale bloody brawl.
Newspaper Sydney Central’s photographer Phil Rogers had his flash broken when Ric Flair threw a table off the stage and into the press gathering before diving on photographers.
Media were stunned as the Hulk’s head began bleeding profusely and confusion broke out when the veteran wrestling star was unable to get to his feet.
This reporter narrowly missed being struck with the table and photographers ducked and weaved as Ric Flair took off his trouser belt and began to whip anyone within range.
The press conference began well with the stars of the tour speaking professionally about their careers and the business.
Hulk Hogan was excited to be touring Australia for the first time.
He said promoters in the past had billed him to tour Australia without his knowledge only to tell the fans that he could not make it.
The Hulkamania tour hits Melbourne on Saturday night.”
The ABC were not to be sucked in by all this though…
“Hulk Hogan ‘attacked’ at press event
Posted Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:55pm AEDT
Updated Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:01pm AEDT
Hulk Hogan was bleeding profusely from the head. (Getty Images: Brendon Thorne)
Hulk Hogan was apparently left battered and bruised after a bloody brawl with rival Ric Flair at a media conference in Sydney today.
The event, to promote a wrestling tour later this month, veered violently out of control when Hogan and Flair let their animosity break into what appeared to be a full-scale brawl.
Media were shocked when Hogan began bleeding profusely from the head and was unable to get to his feet.
Flair used his belt to whip anyone within range.
The Daily Telegraph reports one photographer had their equipment broken when Flair threw a table off the stage and into the press.
It was a dramatic twist, as the event had started well with the professional wrestlers discussing their careers.
Pro-wrestling has a long history of orchestrating rivalries between crowd favourites and villains.
Bouts are often staged with the outcome preordained.
This track record has led to speculation that today’s events are nothing more than a promotional event.
Bouts are often staged with a predetermined outcome. Next the ABC will tell me that there is no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny.
Despite the main stream press that this story has picked up, there is no way that I am going to shell out any money to see the Hulkamania tour this weekend. I am saying this as both a wrestling fan and a Ric Flair fan.
Firstly the main even consists of Hulk Hogan who is 55, and Ric Flair who I believe is 63. We all know that Hogan has creative control of this tour and that Flair will have to do the JOB all week long. In fact I could pretty much say I know exactly how the match will go, as I suspect it will just be each wrestler’s signature spots strung together. We know at one point Flair will put the figure four on Hogan and he will no sell it, before hulking up. We also know that Hogan will end up giving Flair the big boot, run off the ropes and drop the leg drop of doom, 1, 2, 3, Hogan wins.
While I could perhaps tolerate that as a main event the undercard is really uninspired. Lots of Hogan’s flunkys like Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake) and the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart are on the tour. Nothing that I would really like to see.
Tags: Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Ric Flair
I post these clips with a brief word of warning. Firstly I admit that I am a Ric Flair fan and think that he was one of the top five wrestlers that I have seen… but he has become a bitter old fart in recent times. Not only that but I think that he has become a bit pathetic and that now that he’s over 60 years of age he should retire from the ring.
Still, I didn’t expect that there would be more wrestling fans willing to defend Hulk Hogan than Mick Foley. Some Youtube comments even went as far as to say that Hogan was the greatest wrestler ever, which is rubbish, since all he could do was kick, punch, big boot, leg drop of doom, 1, 2, 3… Hogan only really got to the top because of his charisma and looks and stayed on top because he made money and then played politics. Maybe those Hulk Hogan vitamins that all the Hulkamaniacs have been taking are a little stronger than I thought!
I would have thought that there’d be more defence of Mick since he’s a nice guy and got to the top through lots of hard work and determination against the odds and prejudices of guys like Ric Flair.
As for the comments he makes about Bret Hart, technically he is right and wrong about Hart being a draw. When Hart was champion in the WWF he was not a huge draw in the US, but that could be more due to the way he was booked by the WWF than to anything Bret was doing. You can also say that Bret was a bigger name than Flair outside of America, not just in Canada but the UK and Australia too. (But this was probably due to us Aussies only having access to the WWF and not the NWA/WCW!)
I think that part of Flair’s problem is that he is a complete suck up, especially to his best friends HHH and HBK, as well as Vince, but that is probably a story for another time.
Tags: Billionaire Ted, Vince McMahon, WWE, WWF
Back in the mid-90s when Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan left the WWF for WCW Vince McMahon was quite pissed off. Instead of letting it go Vince did the logical thing and aired a series of unfunny skits on RAW to get back at Savage and Hogan.
Lol Vince talking about Hogan’s steroid abuse!!!