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Since: 12.10.02
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#1 Posted on
I've always wondered how Hogan's initial run compared to Austin's run in terms of PPV's. I think its safe to say that Main Event runs have a shorter shelf life now with all the first run TV and 12 Pay Per Views a year. Of course, I was always too lazy to do the math. Using the wealth of data that is prowrestlinghistory.com, I've compiled a comparison of the two men's WWF runs in terms of Pay-Per-Views.

Hulk Hogan
PPV Period: Wrestling Classic 1985 to King Of The Ring 93

During this period, Hulk Hogan wrestled on a total of *26* Pay-Per-View events.

Steve Austin
PPV Period: Royal Rumble 1998 to Judgement Day 2002
*I started at the Rumble because that was when Austin became a full fledged Main Event star.

During this period, Steve Austin wrestled on a total of *39* Pay-Per-View events. Also, he was a Special Guest Referee in the Main Event of *4* Pay-Per-Views and wrestled on *7* UK Only PPV's. To make that even more impressive, he missed a whole year with the neck injury.

Would Hulk Hogan have stayed a hot character if he had to do 43-50 PPV's from 1985-1989 along with 2-4 hours of first run TV a week?

I think this illustrates that when examining a performers longevity, that just looking at the years they were around is inaccurate.


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Hulk Hogan was the biggest draw of the 80's while it's gotten to be pretty obvious that Austin was the biggest draw in the 90's based on these numbers. Even in his few years on top, Austin drew so much money and publicity. He quickly became a household name much like Hogan did and he became an icon. The only difference was that Austin could bring it in the ring, even AFTER breaking his neck, which is the most amazing feat in wrestling history.

But for big-money PPV's, I'd give the advantage to Hogan. His match with Andre will forever be the biggest match in wrestling history, Wrestlemania V culminated an AMAZING storyline when the Mega Powers finally collided, Wrestlemania VI featured Hogan's first Wrestlemania loss in the first face-face Wrestlemania main event against the Ultimate Warrior (back when he WASN'T a joke), and of course...Wrestlemania X-9 when he headlined against Rocky in a battle of past vs present icons. Add in the intrigue that came with WCW Starcade '97 between Hogan and Sting and you'll see that Hogan headlined more big money PPV's than Austin.

Austin's biggest claims to PPV fame came with his classic PPV battles with Bret Hart, Rocky, and Foley, but those were fewer in number than Hogan's big paydays.

And that's even WITH the increased number of WWF PPV's in the late 90's.




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Going back, its tough to compare buyrates because the PPV universe was drastically different. Maybe there's some kind of calculation to change the old numbers to what they would be today but I have no clue how that would be done.
There were numbers in the Observer in 2001 that put Austin ahead of Tyson as the biggest PPV box office draw ever.

I'll agree that Hogan has more "famous" PPV Main Events. Then again they were built to almost a year in advance.

I guess what impresses me about Austin's run was that he really did have a Savage or Piper or Andre or Warrior until Rocky got big for X-7. Foley was a borderline Main Eventer before Austin who had never drawn. The Undertaker was an unproven draw before Austin. HHH was nothing back then until Austin returned from neck surgery. Who else was there? Kane? Angle? He didn't really have those dream type match opponents. So it impresses me that it never really mattered who they plugged in there or what the reason was, people bought it anyways because it was Austin.

What I'd be interested in seeing is if Austin-Goldberg would do bigger business then Rock-Hogan. That's really the only dream match that Austin has. Whatever anyone thinks about either of them, Austin-Goldberg is the dream match of this era. I think Austin-Lesnar has the potential to be but not for awhile. Keep the Lesnar Express rolling until WrestleMania 20 and by then I think Austin-Lesnar would be huge.
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Reading this thread makes me realize that Vince really needs to do Austin/Hogan in March. That Rocky "Icon" fluff from last year wouldn't hold a candle to this feud's potential. They could base this storyline on so much "real life" stuff, it's ridiculous.



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An Austin/Hogan match could be one of the biggest matches of all time. It has an incredible backstory that goes all the way to the established star who gave the young rookie the shaft, only for that young rookie to defy the odds and rise to the level of the old timer. The last act, which would be the Austin/Hogan match, still has yet to play out.

Of course, that's not how WWE would play it up, because they have idiots writing the show. If anything, we'll get Vince involved and the storyline will be all about him trying to be one of their managers or something, then eventually he would guest ref the match. Not a terrible story, but one that would take away from the actual story between the two biggest wrestlers of the modern era.

Hopefully, egos could be set aside to let this happen, but there's many things standing in the way.

Hogan's aging by the day and wants to reclaim his spot at the top of WWE before bowing out. In order to do this, he needs some big wins over guys like Brock, but Vince doesn't seem to be willing to let him do that.

Austin is in the midst of trying to protect his success from politicians in the back, the desire to prove that he's still the man, and also his own actions working against him in his personal life.

Of course, both of those factors make this match even MORE intriguing. :)
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A Hogan-Austin match would be great...but I don't see ti happening for one reason. With all the "real life" back story, I don't really think either man would be willing to do the job for the other.



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    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
    A Hogan-Austin match would be great...but I don't see ti happening for one reason. With all the "real life" back story, I don't really think either man would be willing to do the job for the other.







That's why God created Double DQ's/Countouts. That way neither jobs, Vince gets a boatload of money, and the fans get screwed. And really, when it comes down to it, isn't Vince screwing the fans what its all about?



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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by redsoxnation

      Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
      A Hogan-Austin match would be great...but I don't see ti happening for one reason. With all the "real life" back story, I don't really think either man would be willing to do the job for the other.
    That's why God created Double DQ's/Countouts. That way neither jobs, Vince gets a boatload of money, and the fans get screwed. And really, when it comes down to it, isn't Vince screwing the fans what its all about?


Dude, I don't think God created those things. I mean, Double DQs and countouts have been around WAY longer than Kurt Angle.



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I haven't seen the past couple weeks of TNA. Have there been any hints that any swerve might be Sting and Angle being in cahoots and using this match as an opportunity to get Jarrett and Foley in the same place for an epic MEM beatdown?
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