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Terry in hight-school
The Boulders
The AWA Roster
Here are 3 of biggest stars in the early 80s!
  • That`s the story how Terry came to greatness and the rest is history known to every wrestling fan.
  • [Unlike other sites, this was my idea from the get go, to write Terry`s bio before the big Wrestlemania boom, this was my original idea and unless it`ll be needed I won`t add the rest of his history, I update his matches, and from the matches you can learn alot, this page, the matches page and the titles page, where all done after long--long time of research, so if you take anything from me, be honest with yourself and give credit where it`s due. I can continue and write up to date about Terry`s career and bio, but I won`t, because it wasn`t my original idea, I hope that answers all your questions regarding this issue.]
  • In 91 and 94 Terry was involved in the steroid trial, here you can read the 94 transcript.
  • Important notes are, Terry is involved in many charity organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in which most big two wrestlers are involved, others like Pediatric AIDS Center, Special Olympics and the Starlight Foundation.
  • Terry is married to Linda and has two kids, son Nick(9) and daughter Brooke(11).
  • I stand corrected about Terry being Super Destroyer, as he wasn`t under a mask, rather in his usual outfit, while wrestling for Hiro Matsuda in Tampa, before he quit and returned. This happened, before Terry officially went to a big terittory and I did not count it, as this was only a gimmick while he was training in Matsuda`s school, so again I stand corrected, as Terry indeed was nicknamed Super Destroyer at around 76-77 while working and training for Matsuda`s school.
  • To see Terry`s PWI awards, click here.
  • Click here to read the lyrics from the 'Real American' theme song.
    • Hulk Hogan FAQ
    Q:Why did Hogan leave the WWF?
    A:Terry quit WWF on good terms, McMahon wanted Bret Hart as the next #1 of the promotion and Terry felt it was the right time to persue his acting career. While doing the Thunder in Paradise show, Ted Turner asked him to meet Eric Bischoff, maybe for an eppearence. Terry wasn`t involved in wrestling, when he met Bischoff and they agreed along with Turner to sign a contract, they told him how he`s got millions of fans and he still has many things to give, he agreed.
    So bottom line, Hogan left the WWF, went acting, because the man who helped him get movies, Ted Turner also ran WCW, Terry had to agree and I`m glad he did.

    Q:How did Hogan get that shiner at Wrestlemania IX?
    A:Couple days earlier, he got into a bar room fight with Randy Savage, after Savage found out, his wife, Liz spent the night with Hogan, while she and Randy had problems. Randy apologized shortly thereafter and they`re good pals till this day(unfortunetly the last month, august 99 they had a fight, and Savage is getting on everyones nerves, if he doesn`t want to work, then he should quit, I mean he`s 4 years older than Terry, can`t control his temper,words or hands and after his push that didn`t give the fans a chance to let him get over expects something big.Note that this was settled as we speak and Randy apologized to Terry, because it isn`t Terry who`s incharge, but it`s Bischoff and Terry can`t promise stuff he can`t do.) and Randy said he didn`t punch Terry because he thought he slept with Liz, he knew Terry will never do so, but because he was jealous.

    Q:How did Hogan got that shiner he sported on Thunder in Paradise?
    A:That episode was taped before WM IX and was as I mentioned above from Randy`s right hand.
    Terry worked for McMahon while doing the series and finished working on it, before joining WCW.
    The series where taped during summer 93 to summer 94, with them being shown from after him joining WCW for the next year. The series where on Turner`s behalf and that was one of the reasons Terry wanted to leave WWF, but once again, he did not leave WWF, wanting to go to WCW.

    Q:What do you know about Terry`s brothers?
    A:His brother Allan, the father of Mike(Horace)Bollea died in 86, I was told he`s got another brother-step brother from his mother`s previous marriage, but I don`t have any info on him.
    Thanks to "L" who named Terry`s other brother, and his name is Kenny, and he lives now in
    Washington. Credit to "L" for that info.

    Q:Does Ric Flair hate the Hulkster?
    A: No, the Nature Boy respects Terry alot, maybe not because he`s a great technicial, but because he knows how hard it is to stay up top, besides they worked together and each respects the other a great deal.

    Q:What happened between Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan that they hate each other today.
    A:As far as I know, both of them are guilty. Let me explain.
    Back in the AWA days, as Terry mentioned many times, they were pals, and always hang out with each other.
    Then in the WWF, Jesse went more for political ways and offered a union in 87, from there all trouble start, when Terry refused, because he believed it could hurt his status and the WWF`s. No body agreed with Jesse as far as I know, from there Jesse proved to everybody that he`s a hollywood star and got fired and later won a suit over using his commentating by WWF.
    What not many know is that Ventura blaimed Terry for him being fired, because he was too much over at hollywood land.
    From 87, as far as I know Jesse and Terry haven`t spoken since.
    Then in 91 when Jesse campaigned for mayor of Brooklyn Park, MN, he called Terry to help him out and made some appearences to draw crowd, but Terry refused.(Would any of us help someone who hasn`t bother to explain why he hates us? or why he calls after 4 years when needs help?)
    Terry claims he has a friend who ran against Jesse, but nobody can know for sure if it`s the truth, I can`t know.
    I guess Terry refused, because of Jesse`s law suit, with Terry being in the middle of it and McMahon talking smack about Jesse, I only can guess that.
    The facts are when Jesse worked as commentator for WCW and Terry came in, it`s rumoured that they had a fight and of cource Jesse was released.
    I`m not taking sides, since both are guilty, it`s obvious Jesse`s idea of the union, could`ve ruined Terry`s future and that might be the basic of the feud.
    In my opinion Jesse tried to be pals again by calling Terry for his campaign in 91, but Terry refused and that`s where it all again became even more heated hatred. The fact that Jesse was released from WCW is another big factor, but we`ll never know all facts. I wish the two could sit down and solve their problems, it`s a shame, since Terry,Jesse and Billy Graham are my 3 favorite charismatic colourfull wrestlers of all time.

    Q:Has Hogan injured his knee before (99)?
    A:Yes, twice before, first time in 76 when he trained in Tampa and trainer Hiro Matsuda almost broke his leg, when Terry didn`t know how to block, 2nd time in 86 when he faced the late great Big John Studd, where he fell on his knee to the outside in a bad way and had to get surgery on his knee, the same one
    that has bothered him for years and took it`s toll this year, when Terry went skiing.

    Q:Why did they book Sid Vicious to kick out of Hogan`s Leg drop at Wrestlemania VIII?
    A:It wasn`t booked that way! "Papa Shango" Charles Wright, was late, he was planned to pull Terry by his feet out of the ring, before the3 count, he was late, resulting the first ever kick out from the
    Hulkamania hero Hulk Hogan.(note that before Terry became the king of Hulkamania, his finisher was the Axe Bomber-Lariat and he used the Legdrop often and almost always the opponent would kick out, either in Japan or AWA, earlier as you can read in the matches page or above this page, he used the Bear Hugg, only from his match with Killer Khan he started using the move). Leg Drop.

    Q:You list Hulk as a former AWA champ, why isn`t he listed anywhere else?
    A:This is similar to the Jarrett-Holly and Goldust-Vega switches, or the Backlund-Inoki-Duncam switches, however this is very known for Bockwinkel to get his strap back because he wants so.
    Bockwinkel was the top heel and Heanen managed him, they had to have more heat.
    That night, Hogan pinned Bockwinkel with a foreign object which was thrown by Heanen, reff Lord Bleard found it in Hogan`s tights, however allowed the title switch, Hulk Hogan went out of the arena, with the AWA World Heavyweight belt, you can say whatever you want, but if a person is recognized by the referee as the champ, he goes out with the title with the fans cheering and believing he`s the
    champ, the record books can kiss my @$$. Not that the title win is so important or something, I insist on it because it shows Terry`s hight in the AWA, that he was so popular and over, they had to give him the strap. They although didn`t recognized him as he was booked for Japan and it was the main reason.
    I still believe they`d kept him the champ if not him going to Japan, however his japanese deal was locked as far as I know long before the title match plan.

    Q:Hogan played in some band when he was in high school, what was it?
    A:The bands that Hulk Hogan were in are as follows:  Koko, Ruckus & Infinity's End.
    He also recorded an album around 82 in Japan.
    Thanks to Janice Marie Provetti for helping with this information.

    Q:Why did Hogan turn at Bash at the Beach 96?
    A:As far as I know, Bret Hart was scheduled, and he talked with Bischoff and Bischoff allready made plans, but Bret in the last second decided to stay in the WWF and Bischoff hadn`t have a choice but to ask Terry to turn heel. Terry who actualy was little sick from the yellow and red and from critics, turned heel and gave a great extra push to his legendary career.

    Q:Was he offered to come back to the WWF?
    A:Yes, during Holloween Havoc 96, Terry`s contract was done, just when he finished
    Santa With Muscles and 3 Ninjas with Lonnie Anderson, he was offered 4.5 Million from Vinnie Mac, and would`ve signed, but when he heard that the new Bret Hart contract that he signed instead of being the 3rd nWo man, had a line saying 'if Hogan comes back to WWF, this will obligate a win over Hogan' meaning Bret is promised a pinfall win over Terry. Terry did not liked it, and somebody leaked it to him and resigned for 3 years at Havoc!

    Q:Is it true Terry can`t call himself Hulk, because of Marvel?
    A: Yes and No. First I thought that Terry turned because of this, but I now know the story, it goes like this. When Terry signed with WCW, Turner bought all rights to use Hulk for Hogan and Marvel Inc started collecting money from Turner, which wasn`t a problem at all, when Terry turned heel, he had a great idea, to save Ted`s money, by changing his name, since it made sense and with him being heel.
    From then Turner stopped paying, now with Hulk Hogan back, Turner is once again has to pay to Marvel, which again, is not a problem at all.
    If you don`t know, Marvel Inc, own the right to Incredible Hulk comic stuff, so Hulk`s name is copyrighted, that`s why Turner and McMahon in his time had to pay.
    By the way, what Terry said about Turner owning Marvel isn`t true, Marvel is owned by ToyBiz, however Turner does bussiness with them and has no problem to pay whatever for the use.

    Q:Why couldn`t Hogan use his 'real american' theme song when he came to WCW?
    A:As far as I know, Jimmy Hart wrote the song, however when Terry asked McMahon and told him he`s joining WCW, it`s told that McMahon copyrighted the theme exclusive for his WWF and thus
    breaking any good left feelings among the two and for Terry being unable to use the song, since
    Hart did legaly make the song for McMahon.

    Q:If so, why won`t he use the Eye of the Tiger for his theme?
    A:There`re couple of reasons, he used that theme in the AWA, shortly in the WWF and in Japan till 85
    The song is copyrighted to the Rocky movies, so at the time, he was also promoting Rocky, when he
    changed his theme song to 'real american'(lyrics) or 'real american' (*.wav format).
    At the time, with the WWF enjoying their great boom, no one cared about Stallone or Rocky, nor thought of it, I`m sure if Terry would`ve asked to use the song, they`d let him, after some copyright payments, but Terry released his own CD(click here to see it) and his theme song was American Made, which is to be honest, a little rip off the real american theme song. Terry along with Jimmy Hart and crew, released it during his signing with the WCW, and of cource promoted the CD that way
    and there`s no reason in my opinion he should`ve done any different.
    The Hulk Hogan everybody knows - red&yellow Hulkamaniac is recognized with these 2 theme songs, and I can`t see any other themes he can go out with.

    Q: I watch Hulk Hogan for long...... I wonder how he does the blade during his matches?
    A:A simple example is SuperBrawl, when he sat in the corner, got out the taped blade, which is fully taped and only a mini-mini edge is out that only can cut the eye brow and can`t cut anything else, he put it out, making us believe he`s holding his four head in pain, while actualy he cuts himself with that razor.
    Terry always had hard time to get the thing out, you can see WM VII against Slaughter where the blade is seen iobviously and Earl Hevner has to pick it up, or kick it to the outside.
    Terry also sometimes as the rest of the wrestlers, blade when they`re face down, which is easier.

    Q:What is Hulkamania and when was it born?
    A:Hulkamania, is the Hulkster running wild, pumping the crowd and going wild, it`s also when the adrenaline starts flowing and Hulkster doesn`t feel pain and Hulks up, it`s also believing in your hero-Hulk Hogan, like you believe in Santa Clause, never hurts, only good!
    Hulkamania was born in the AWA, Hogan was still a heel when Rocky III came out, the fans went crazy every time Hogan entered the arena and he was turned face, and became the most popular wrestler. Hulk used Hulkamania in his interviews in the AWA, saying that he`s the president of the Hulkamaniacs and always talked about the fans and made new things communicating with the fans, thus pushing Hulkamania into another level.
    Newer fans(or who haven`t watched all that stuff I have) know Hulkamania from the win over Iron Sheik, however that was Hulkamania running in the WWF, Hulkamania ran wild in the AWA first.

    Q:Who are Hogan`s best friends in real life?
    A:Jimmy Hart met Hogan in a bar where he played and I believe they even played together in a band, that was after 76, maybe 77 after Terry`s Hiro Matsuda stint.
    Terry`s first big appearence in Dothan, Alabama, also had Ed Leslie backstage, they lived near by and travelled together, since then they`re best pals(they actually went to school together and are childhood friends). Hogan met Jimmy Hart again in memphis, as far as I know they since then best pals also. Terry has better friends outide of the bussiness, but these 2 are
    his best friends.

    Q:Has Terry used any other drugs besides steroids?
    A:Yes, marijuana, during his band days, early AWA days. He quit using steroids in mid 90 when they
    became illegal.

    Q:When Did Hogan Appear on Sports Illustrated and What Was The Cover Story?
    A:Hulk Hogan appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on april 29th, 1985. next to the
    swimsuit issue, the above issue with the Hulkster was 1985's best seller.
    (Thanks to nobody, 2 months I asked you to help, I had to search 2 days and turn my room upside down to find the mag)

    Q:Do you think that Hulk Hogan will ever return to the WWF?
    A: Never say never, but his contract ends december 2001, at this point I can`t see him jump to the WWF, and I know he doesn`t want to go to the WWF, but I won`t be surprised if he`d one day be put in the WWF Hall of Fame and end his career in the WWFand be both WCW Hall of Famer and WWF Hall of Famer, I hope so, because Vince apreciates Terry as well as I do and after all set and done, the above is the best thing to do.

    Q:Can you please tell me about that case where a woman accused Hulk of sexual harrasment in 96?
    A:That happened in the beginning of january 96. In the Twin Cities, a woman by name of Kate Kennedy claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Terry. Terry officialy told she`s trying to extort money from him. Terry filled a counter suit couple days later in the U.S District Court in Minneapolis,
    alleging that Kennedy and her attorney threatened to initiate criminal proceedings against Terry unless he agreed to a large financial settlement.
    Note that it happened over Labor Day weekened for a WCW Nitro at the Mall of America, where Kennedy was managing promotional merchandise for the event.
    Terry`s later Geoffrey Jarpe got the truth out, and Terry`s suit was rulled in his favour, with facts being that Terry didn`t sexualy assautled her and that she indeed was after his money.

    Q: Is it true that Terry played in a commercial that aired during SuperBowl XXX?
    A:I don`t know much about Football or SuperBowls, but thanks to Mike and Dan who helped me with it, Terry was in the commercial during the 1991 Super Bowl, it was for the Right Guard!

    Q:I hear many people say that by signing with WCW, Hulk Hogan ruined the company, is it realy true for most people?
    A:A while back I read a rant from "Netcop" and wrestlemaniac`s own, a long timer on the net,
    Scott Keith about how WCW was about to die and came back again. I couldn`ve out it better myself,
    I knew the bellow information, but I wouldn`ve put it in any better way on paper than he did. Read and
    The Background

    In 1992, Bill Watts was given the reigns of WCW, in a move that yielded great results creatively and
    athletically, but was a total disaster financially. Ron Simmons was given a run at the top in order to
    promote a "black friendly" image for the company, but the house shows he headlined barely drew 1,000
    people on a good night. The signing of Jake "The Snake" Roberts provided a much needed boost in
    revenue for a short period, but his personal problems sent him crashing out of wrestling again for a long
    time. However, the seeds of thought had been planted in the Turner hierarchy, and that's always a
    dangerous thing with them. And so, shortly into 1993, Bill Watts was fired for having too much
    independent thought, the Ron Simmons title reign was trashed, and a new era of frivolous spending and
    corporate mentality would begin, one that would very nearly sink the company in record time, even for

    The Players
      Ted Turner, eccentric billionaire with an army of yes-men to implement his every whim.
      Eric Bischoff, former coffee-boy and junior-announcer, turned Executive Vice-President of Wrestling
      Big Van Vader, WCW World champion and eventual scapegoat.
      Cheatum, evil midget.
      Cactus Jack, loyal company man and amnesia victim.
      Sting, even more loyal company man and bad plot device victim.
      Sid Vicious, multimillion-dollar free agent and amateur surgeon.
      Davey Boy Smith, non-player-turned-multimillion-dollar-free-agent due to Turner's spending spree.
      Fred "Shockmaster" Ottman, Rhodes family member and hopeful World title contender.
      The Hollywood Blonds, most over tag team in 10 years and the one sure-fire, can't miss prospect of
    the whole bunch.
      Paul Roma, ex-WWF jobber turned Four Horseman.
      Ric Flair, washed up ex-champion who can't draw anymore.

    The Story

    In January of 1993, the firing of Bill Watts sent shockwaves through the Turner organization, and sent
    everyone into frantic pangs of butt-kissing in order to be the Chosen One who would be given the task of
    running the company. Tony Schiavone assumed he was next in line, but in fact the job was given to
    unknown commodity Eric Bischoff, whose only previous experience in running a wrestling company was
    the self-destruction of the AWA in 1990, and who had been brought into the company as a friend of
    Diamond Dallas Page. He also had, according to Jim Cornette, "hair that didn't move, even if he was
    standing in a wind tunnel." With those credentials, WCW figured they couldn't lose.


    The first order of business was to clean up the messy threads remaining from Bill Watts' tenure as
    Executive VP: The World title was taken off Ron Simmons and put back onto Vader, who was no more of
    a proven draw than Simmons was, but at least he was marketable.

    But they needed a challenger.

    And, oh, where does one start with this...
      Sting. Superbrawl III saw WCW doing what worked before: Putting Sting in the plucky challenger role
    by having him foolishly sign a strap match with Vader. Sounds fine on paper, so what does WCW do?
    Film a mini-movie, of course. Vader invites Sting to his "White Castle of Fear," and even sends him a
    charter helicopter. So the helicopter flies Sting out to the Rocky Mountains, where Sting confronts Vader,
    Harley Race and Cheatum (the Evil Midget) in a mountain hideaway. They talk. And talk. And then they
    get into a tug-of-war with the strap, which snaps in a flash of lightning ... and the movie ends. So, uh, how
    did Sting get home? Did he walk? But never mind petty details like those. The match itself was terrific,
    one of their best ever. So of course WCW needed a newer, better challenger. Someone preferably from
    the WWF...
      Davey Boy Smith. Never mind that he had never headlined a card before outside of England, or
    captured the World title, or proven himself to be a marketable commodity. No sirree, logic like that didn't
    stop WCW from signing the British Bulldog to a ridiculously overinflated contract and pushing him right to
    the main event against Vader for Slamobree 93. So that bombed, big surprise, right? So what does WCW
    do? Build up a reputation for Smith as an actual contender by having him defeat top talent in the
    promotion? No, silly, that would require the so-called "talent" to lie down for Smith, a name WWF guy,
    and that was unacceptable.

    No, WCW had a much better idea: FILM ANOTHER MINI-MOVIE! Yee-haw! So here's the deal: Given a
    budget estimated at anywhere between $100,000 and $1,000,000 depending on which side of the story
    you're getting, WCW set up an epic battle between the Masters of the Powerbomb (Sid and Vader) and
    the Allied Forces (Sting and Smith). First, they FILMED a press conference with Vader and Sid
    announcing their alliance. I'm not talking about the usual videotaped vignettes that you see on Monday
    nights, I'm talking an actual filmed segment using a professional movie camera and actors and
    everything. People thought that was pretty bad. What did we know?

    Because a short while later, we got the sequel: Davey Boy and Sting are on an unnamed beach playing
    volleyball with a group of orphans (I am not making this up), only to see the vile team of Sid (wearing the
    FLIP-FLOPS OF DOOM!) and Vader (still wearing his mask/jockstrap, even on vacation) pulling up in a
    luxury yacht to torment the faces. While Sid (flip-flop, flip-flop) and Vader saunter onto the beach and
    appear to challenge Sting and Smith (and talk...and talk...and talk), it's actually a DIVERSION, you see.
    Because Cheatum, the Evil Midget has a large bomb (helpfully rendered as a large black ball, just like in
    Mighty Mouse cartoons) that he places under Sting's boat. One of the orphans alerts Sting just before he
    gets onto the boat, but the bomb still explodes and the faces are presumably trapped on the island
    forever as the heels sail off into the sunset.

    This was actually supposed to make people BUY the pay-per-view. Seriously. This is also why people
    are constantly complaining whenever WCW tries "sports entertainment," because they suck at it. If you
    feel otherwise, please re-read the preceding paragraph, and draw pictures to help bring the point home if
    need be. Sadly, the heroes were NOT trapped on the island, because they escaped and had a crappy
    match at Beach Blast with the heels and triumphed. No one cared. No one bought the show. A new
    challenger was obviously needed. Someone new. Someone different. Someone with missing teeth and a
    huge ass. Someone like...
      Cactus Jack. I honestly still don't know how they managed to screw this one up. Here's the scenario,
    and we'll follow with a short quiz to test your booking acumen: Vader and Jack have a pair of matches on
    WCW Saturday Night, which was at that time the centerpiece show for WCW. The first match is
    inconclusive and Jack is given a good run at Vader. In the second match, which is even more brutal,
    Vader ends up powerbombing Jack on the exposed concrete floor in a sick spot that sees Jack's head
    land on the floor with an audible "thump." The show is stopped as an ambulance is called in to carry Jack
    off. Vader even seems a little concerned. The fans are in shock. The internet eats it up with a spoon and
    some actually look up Mick's home number and call to see if he is all right. It turns out that it's a work to
    give Mick a few weeks off to heal. Now, POP QUIZ, HOTSHOT! Mick comes back a few weeks
    later...what do you do?

         a) Have Foley return, kick ass, and trick Vader into signing a hardcore rematch, where Foley uses
         his strengths to overcome Vader and triumph for the title.

          b) Have Foley return and lose to Vader in a tough rematch where Vader works on the neck
         mercilessly to reinforce the idea of Vader as a soulless machine.

          c) Have Foley return, but with amnesia and a small bag of something vaguely associated with his
         son. Have a ditzy "reporter" named Catherine White find him on the streets of Cleveland, thinking
         himself to be a former sailor who can only remember the word "Dewey." Have him suddenly regain
         his memory after an actress playing his wife triggers his recovery. And, oh yeah, stick Chris
         Champion into the feud as a Japanese guy named Yoshi Kwan as his first challenge from
         Harley Race. Then have Jack reveal that the preceding three months was all mindgames on his
         part as part of an ultimate plan to get Vader at Halloween Havoc in a dumb gimmick match. Then
         have him lose the match anyway.

    If you said c), send your resume to:

    World Championship Wrestling
    attn: Eric Bischoff
    1 CNN Center
    Atlanta, GA

    It should be noted that Halloween Havoc 93 was an excellent match that gave Jack instant credibility as
    a contender and name value. He was fired less than a year later after being stuck in the tag team ranks.

    Now, if you've been paying attention, I bet you're sitting there thinking to yourself: "Hey, self, why didn't
    they get some other big fat guy like Vader, give him a stupid gimmick, and then let him take a run at the
    title?" Well, since this is WCW, that's exactly what they did.

    You've probably heard of the guy, too.
      Fred Ottman. What? You're telling me you've never heard of Fred Ottman, who is Dusty Rhodes'
    brother-in-law and is thus pushed to the upper card by divine right on a regular basis? Well, maybe you've
    heard of his rather famous gimmick. See, Sting and Davey Boy Smith needed a partner for WarGames
    93 against the evil heel team, and WCW wanted a big surprise for when they announced it. So they took
    poor Fred (last seen in the WWF as Typhoon ... are the pieces fitting yet?), stuck him in a stormtrooper
    helmet that was covered in tinfoil, and gave him instructions to wait for Sting to announce his name, and
    then burst through a breakaway wall onto the set.

    Well, that was the plan at least. Sting dramatically announced that his partner at WarGames would be ...
    THE SHOCKMASTER! No one knew the name. No one cared. And then, to top it off, Fred burst through
    the wall ... and tripped. He fell flat on his face, losing his helmet in the process, while Ole Anderson
    continued doing his voiceover off-camera, unaware of the botched entrance. Most of the other wrestlers
    nearly fell to the ground with laughter at the situation. The Shockmaster was a flop (literally!) not 5
    seconds into his run in WCW.

    Fred Ottman's career never recovered, as he was stuck in the midcard ranks as a clumsy oaf named
    Uncle Fred after the incident. It's too bad -- I was personally looking forward to seeing Vader v.
    Shockmaster headline Starrcade 93. It couldn't have been any worse than we almost got ... because
    there was one final hope for the World title. And this one COULDN'T miss. The one guy who could CUT
    through all the nonsense, grab his SLICE of the pie, and take a STAB at dethroning Vader once and for

    Ric Flair.

    Okay, well, Flair lost his first shot at it, but there was always another guy.
      Sid Vicious. Since Vicious was the only guy in the promotion booked to not look an idiot half of the
    time, he started drawing consistent face pops. And so in late 1993, after a quick face turn that was
    essentially a formality, Sid challenged Vader to a title match at Starrcade, where Sid was booked to win
    the title, and everyone lived happily ever after.

    So how come that Flair guy got the title shot instead?

    Oh, see, silly me. I forgot to mention that about two weeks before Starrcade, Sid got into a fight with Arn
    Anderson in a hotel room while they were in England, and nearly stabbed him to death with a pair of
    safety scissors after things got ugly. The fact that he actually found something to top the squeegee
    incident boggles my mind almost as much as the stupidity of stabbing someone with SAFETY scissors,
    but Sid never did play by the same rules as the rest of us.

    So after taping a few weeks of footage with Sid as champion, WCW was now left without a viable
    contender to the title for the biggest card of the year. And that, my friends, is the most suitable ending to
    the year that I think anyone could have thought up. WCW would have gone bankrupt had Starrcade
    bombed, and Bischoff would have been out of a job. But as usual, Ric Flair bailed them out, and then
    Hulk Hogan "saved" them in 1994. But that's 1994, and we're making fun of 1993 right now.

    NWA R.I.P.

    As 1993 began, the recently-resurrected NWA had put its World title on The Great Muta, and WCW, its
    largest member, wanted to pass the title to WCW wrestler Barry Windham. The NWA agreed with this.
    Then WCW decided that they were now too big for the NWA, and pulled out while Windham was still
    champion. The NWA had more of a problem with this idea. Then WCW declared that the World title belt
    was actually owned by them anyway, so they were keeping it when they left. This pissed off the NWA
    royally and lawsuits started flying. The end result was that the NWA got to promote its own World
    champion, and WCW had to stop using the NWA name. By this time, Ric Flair had possession of the
    belt again.

    So what did WCW do? Once again, I present a Booking Quiz:

         a) Drop the whole stupid idea since no one cared anyway and just use the big gold belt for the
         WCW World title.

          b) Have Flair come on WCW Saturday Night and toss the belt in a garbage can, then challenge
         Vader for the real World title.

          c) Create a phony "International Board of Governors," who then recognize Flair as the "WCW
         International World champion," a title which was supposed to be roughly equal in stature to the
         WCW World title, but in fact meant nothing. Have said title be defended for nearly another year
         before being mercy-killed and merged with the actual World title.

    Once again, if you said c), type up your resume, because you have a future with Turner.


    Vince McMahon was once quoted as being the "Walt Disney of wrestling," but WCW took that a little too
    literally near the middle of the year.

    The WWF used to do one live RAW per month, and tape the next three weeks around that live show. It
    was very cost effective, if totally stale. WCW decided to take that one step further: They would rent out a
    studio in Florida on the Disney World location, and then tape THREE MONTHS of television at a time for
    their syndicated programs.

    People attending the tapings were specifially told who to cheer and boo. Signs and shirts were carefully
    handed out. Wrestling fans were quite specifically screened out of ticket lines for fear of having
    inappropriate reactions to things. It was a farce, a parody of a wrestling show and a joke on the industry
    for years to come.

    Wrestling fans who DID manage to attend these shows reported to the internet and elsewhere that nearly
    four months' worth of title changes had been given away by the shows. They reported that then-current
    tag champs the Hollywood Blonds would lose to Paul Roma and Arn Anderson, who would lose to
    the Nasty Boys, who would hold onto the belts through October. These shows were taped in July, to help
    put this in perspective. Then-current TV champ Paul Orndorff would lose his title Rick Steamboat, who
    would lose to Steven Regal, who would still be champ at the end of the year. Then-current champ Barry
    Windham would lose the title to Ric Flair, who would in turn lose to Rick Rude, who would have the
    title as the year ended. Vader was reported as having his title all the way through the October-themed
    tapings. The US title situation was uncertain even to WCW, and no segments using it were taped.

    This was, to be blunt, the most horrible break of kayfabe ever seen in wrestling to that time. Now not only
    was the business obviously exposed, WCW could no longer book "shock" title changes because their
    title runs were now literally set in stone. WCW tried a swerve early on by having the Horsemen lose their
    scheduled title match against the Hollywood Blonds, with the plan being to put the titles on them at a
    later Clash of Champions. However, Brian Pillman suffered an injury between those matches, and
    Steven Regal had to be subbed in (and thus given 1/2 of the tag titles by proxy) because footage with
    the Horsemen as champs was scheduled to start circulating on the syndicated programming the next

    WCW never tried a major swerve of that magnitude for the remainder of the year, and the end result was
    pathetic efforts by all involved, and zero intrigue with the fans, most of whom had already heard the
    results leaked and thus knew well in advance of Fall Brawl, for example, that three titles would change
    hands. None of the other workers could be bothered to make any effort to improve between tapings,
    because by necessity no one who was not filmed with a belt could win one for any length of time. Thus
    you had Marcus Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio winning the tag titles and losing them a week later so the
    taping rotation wouldn't be ruined.

    By 1994, WCW got smart and stopped taping major angles at these things, but the damage had been

    And speaking of damage done...

    The Hollywood Blonds

    You know why Steve Austin was so bitter towards WCW after his run? It wasn't because of the injury,
    oh no. It was because of something far stupider and narrow-sighted on WCW's part.

    In 1992, the year ended with Barry Windham and a newly heel-turned Brian Pillman challenging
    champs Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas in ****+ matches on a regular basis. Windham was
    informed that he'd be moved up to the NWA World title, so Pillman needed a new partner. Austin needed
    a new direction, so they were put together and called themselves the Hollywood Blonds. The gimmick
    was simple: They were jerks and people hated them. I mean really, really *hated* them. So much so that
    by the time April rolled around, they were so over due to a great catchphrase ("Your brush with greatness
    is over!") and unsurpassed matches with the champs (many of which approached the magical ***** level
    on a regular basis) that WCW had no choice but to put the titles on them.

    And WCW didn't want to do that, because they had built their following on hard work and decidedly
    ignoring everything WCW told them to do to get over. And thus WCW would have to admit that they were
    wrong. And so, after a mere two months with the titles, the Blonds were jobbed to the Horsemen in a
    poor match for both teams, and Pillman was turned face (in the single most disastrous turn of his career),
    with grand promises to Austin of World title shots that never happened. Austin and Pillman, quite
    possibly one of the greatest tag teams in history, had been jobbed out due to politics, and neither man
    ever forgave WCW for that. Especially Austin. What is even more ridiculous is that they lost the titles to
    Arn Anderson and ... Paul Roma?

    Paul Roma: Horseman for Hire

    So in mid-'93, WCW decided to reunite the Horsemen for their inaugural Slamboree PPV. They had Ric
    Flair, Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson in their employ already, now all they needed was a fourth.
    Tully Blanchard? Retired and preaching in Texas, although WCW certainly tried throwing money his
    way. Barry Windham? The storyline said that he was a lone wolf, and there was no reason for him to
    suddenly rejoin the Horsemen. Of course, there was no reason for him to have joined the Horsemen in
    the first place back in '88, but that's another story. Lex Luger? Off to the WWF, fighting Yokozuna. So
    it had to be someone new. And since they had just signed a couple of new talents, the choice was

    Paul Roma.

    Yes, Paul Roma, who was about half the age of any of the team, and had never done anything more
    notable than beating the Rockers at SummerSlam '90, was the surprise fourth member of the most elite
    team in wrestling history.

    Boy, you can imagine how well THAT decision went over with the internet crowd and live crowds in

    Despite not drawing any heat to speak of (well, no POSITIVE heat, at least), Roma and Anderson were
    given the tag titles for a good three months, before the negative reaction to Roma got so overwhelming
    that he was dumped and the entire Horsemen team was disbanded not six months after the "reunion."
    The 1993 version is generally regarded as the weakest Horsemen unit ever.

    Long Way Down (One Last Thing)

    Just to add some final perspective to the whole mess that was 1993, this was also the year that saw the
    WCW debuts of:
      Maxx Payne: Guitar Playing Villain
      The Equalizer (later renamed Evad Sullivan), quite possibly the worst wrestler ever not named "Giant
      The Awesome Kongs (two fat guys who make Bigelow look like a ballet dancer by comparison),
      Ice Train (catchphrase: "Choo choo!" I'm not making that up.)
      The Honky Tonk Man ... as a serious contender to the TV title.
      Road Warrior Hawk ... as a singles wrestler.
      Ray Traylor, as The Boss ... Man, is he big.

    All these people were actually hired and paid good money. Some of them even had matches against
    each other. All of them were pushed. They all sucked. No one cared or paid attention to their lack of skill
    and/or heat, because all that mattered was finding a good gimmick, because that's how the WWF did

    And that was the problem with WCW in 1993. They desperately wanted the success and formula that the
    WWF had, but none of the people hired to run the promotion had the brains to pull it off. Least of all Ole
    Anderson and Dusty Rhodes, the men hired to book for most of '93. As a rough guide, most of the really
    sucky years for WCW came under Dusty Rhodes.

    The Fallout

    After all the damage had been done, the financial losses due to poor buyrates, nonexistant house show
    revenues, and generally insane spending habits from the controlling powers left WCW nearly 23 million
    dollars in the red at the end of the year. Obviously a major change was needed, and Bischoff can be
    thankful that for once management didn't start by firing the Executive VP, like they usually did.

    So with his job secure, at the end of 1993, Bischoff did the first smart thing of his tenure and gave the
    book to Ric Flair. Flair booked himself to win the title from Vader in a "title v. career" match, then
    proceeded to clean the dead weight out of the upper card, putting Steve Austin in Dustin Rhodes' spot
    as US champion (and grooming him for a World title run), putting Arn Anderson in Johnny B. Badd's
    (another Rhodes favorite) spot as TV champion, and moving Rick Steamboat back into contention as a
    singles competitor, leading to a classic match at Spring Stampede '94.

    In the end, however, none of it mattered to Bischoff or his higher-ups, because what they wanted was
    mainstream success, and there was, in their eyes, only one man for the job: Hulk Hogan. They had
    almost lost the kingdom for the want of a nail, and now they were about to gain an even bigger one with
    the help of Hogan.

    This basicly means that Terry`s main stream success saved WCW, although Steve Austin didn`t
    get what he want, WCW was saved and Terry Bollea was the savior! WCW owe him alot!
    While I personaly love watching wrestling itself, there`s no doubt that Hulk Hogan in WCW brought
    the main interest, I only wish that things would`ve been booked differently by Bischoff to combine
    story-lines with wrestling hard hitting workrate action! So next time when people say Hulk Hogan
    ruined WCW, tell them that if not him, there wouldn`t be any WCW today and sure as hell there
    wouldn`t be any WWF Attitude which came off the nWo success!
    This business owes alot to Terry Bollea, and even if you hate him, you should appreciate what he
    did, and still tries to do for it!

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