When Brock and Hogan had their bump into each other backstage moment on SD, did anyone else suddenly have a quick flashback to the end of Mania IX? I just can't get it out of my mind that everytime Hogan has returned in the past decade plus he gets at least one run with the world title. If Steiner can have world title matches back to back months, could Vince decide to give Hogan another nostalgia title reign this spring?
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I really don't think so. I get the feeling that Hogan was only brought back so that he could go out on top. If he got into the title picture, he'd have to go out after LOSING. As it is, he can kick Vince's ass at Wrestlemania (and probably get his win back from Rock at No Way Out) and leave on top. I'm not saying we'll never hear from him again, but I think his last run made him realize that he doesn't have what it takes to be a consistant performer anymore.
I can see him making some sort of an appearance at WMXX, but I really don't expect to see much of him for the year in between, and I don't see any reason to give him a title run of any sort with the company in the state it is now.
I don't know how concerned Hogan is about making his final match really great or even if it's so much about getting another payday. Sometimes I think with him, it's almost like he's trying to convince himself that he's still got "it", i.e. being able to get the pop & keep himself in the picture (title or no) to keep his marketability.
His perception may very well be that he's still a money draw and that the pop proves it. The money is nice, but with him, I get the feeling it's more about ego.
That said, he still did a terrific job of putting Brock over in that match, and I give him a ton of credit for making Brock look like a total monster there. That proves that at least on occasion, he does go against conventional IWC wisdom and does what's right for business.
I think that at this stage, Hogan is honestly kind of warring with himself.. because he really is of the generation where you did put over the new guys and ride off into the sunset.. but at the same time, he was the start of the generation of 'super stars' and I think that he's somehow trying to put people over while keeping himself at the top.. I'm not sure how long that it'll last, but at the moment, I'm enjoying Hogan.. I don't know if its nostalgia, but I can get completely into his matches no matter how bad.. I'm a kid all over again..
Trogdoooor!! Trogdooor!! Trogdor was a man.. I mean.. he was a dragon man.. I mean.. he was just a dragon.. But he was still..
Burninating the countryside.. Burninating the peasants.. Burninating all the peopleeeee in their tatchroofed cottages! THATCH ROOFED COTTAGES!!
He hasn't been in the ring yet on this run, so it may be too early to make this statement, but Hulk looks like he's in the best shape he's been in since his classic WWF run. I swear, the Hulkster looks ten years younger than he did at Wrestlemania last year. It can't all be losing the NWO beard, can it?
And, in general, I know Hulk's a lousy worker, and I know Hulk plays political games backstage but, you know what, I didn't know that when I was seven years old, and that's exactly how old I am every time Hogan comes down that aisle, brother.
"Contrary to popular belief, there are no good wars, with the following exceptions: the American Revolution, World War II and the 'Star Wars' trilogy." -Bart Simpson
I stopped caring for Hogan after he beat Sgt. Slaughter. Maybe it was because I was growing up and about to take my several year sabbatical from wrestling (so I missed a lot of good stuff and a lot of HORRIBLE stuff, from Bret Hart (good) to the Goon (HORRIBLE)). When I came back, there he was in WCW doing whatever it took to ruin angles and keep himself in the main event.
He's the ultimate kayfabe guy... I think he's convinced himself of his larger-than-life status, when in actuality the business has passed him by. Don't get me wrong... I marked out for him years ago, too, but that was a long time ago.
br> And, in general, I know Hulk's a lousy worker, and I know Hulk plays political games backstage but, you know what, I didn't know that when I was seven years old, and that's exactly how old I am every time Hogan comes down that aisle, brother.
Thank you. That is EXACTLY how i feel.
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Saw that too (it was one of those Saturday nights when the weather was too crappy to go out, so I watched WWE programming from 9 until 2 this morning; yes, I am a glutton for punishment, why do you ask?).