... one that I thought was very well done. Hogan's respect for the WWF and its current crop of talent seems to be pretty damn high. I think that if you couple this interview with his Raw performance last night, you'd have to come away with the feeling that Hogan clearly is happy to be back in the Fed and is eager to tune his game up a few notches to fit in with the guys he'll be working with.
I have to say that I hold a lot of optimism for Hogan's second term with Vince. Hogan has been through a great deal in his career, seeing first-hand nearly the full spectrum of the wrestling business. The knowledge and experience he can impart on some of the younger WWF guys can only help the overall product in the long run.
"Ohh, do I care? I don't even care. That's OK. It's just a PIECE of what I really wanted from you, Ric Flair. THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU TICK!! This is what makes you tick ... from the inside out. And, I just took a piece of you. You haven't been beat up properly!! But I'm gonna do that for ya, yeah. This isn't all I want from you, Flair. I want the whoooole Nature Boy. I want the whole Flair package!! You call yourself the Real World Wrestlin' Federation Champion. Well, I guess I am now. And, after what you did to Elizabeth -- I guess you couldn't make me any madder than I was before I went into the ring, but somehow YOU DID IT!!! Made it possible, yeah. Now I'm gonna get the rest of him. Doesn't matter -- in the street, parking lot; doesn't even maaatter to me, yeeah. 'Cause I'll do anything to win. If I didn't PROVE IT, I'll prove it next time ... oooooohhhh yeaaaahhh!!"
- Randy Savage, to Gene Okerlund regarding using the tights to beat Ric Flair for the WWF Title at WMVIII J.T. Dutch
I read that interview yesterday - and upon reading it gained a ton of optimism myself. (Not that I wasn't excited prior to that.) I kept telling myself I never needed to see Hulk Hogan again, but DAMMIT if Vince hasn't caused the mark in me to rise up.
I tend to believe alot of the "horror stories" about their behavior is fabricated by online folk who don't want to see the nWo in the WWF. I imagine some of the stories are true - but things like "Scott Hall threatened to kick out of people's finishers" seems like blowing a joke into a serious issue.
I'd like to think the guys are there to have some fun, make some money, and ride off in the sunset. But maybe my world is just too positive?
Am I alone in getting a real kick out of the Batista/Flair segment? It was like Dave was a kid and Flair was his old rambling grandpa. Dave struggles to prevent himself from laughing in his face while Flair paddles down the river of senility.