Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hulk Hogan's Rare WCW TV Matches

Back in 2017 I wrote about Hulk Hogan's Rare TV Matches in the WWF that he had on their syndicated programming.  At that time I didn't think much about his matches in WCW because I saw him on Nitro and Thunder frequently.  Recently though, I've been thinking about that time he spent in WCW before the advent of Monday Nitro.

Hulk Hogan joined WCW in 1994 and debuted on PPV defeating Ric Flair for the WCW World Championship at Bash at the Beach.  This list is going to look at the matches that Hogan had on WCW's weekend programming.  I will be excluding matches had on PPV, Clash of the Champions, Nitro & Thunder.  Let's take a look!

March 16, 1996 Dalton, GA
The Barbarian & The Shark with Jimmy Hart defeated Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage by disqualification

October 9, 1994 Atlanta, GA
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Dave Sullivan defeated Ric Flair & Masked Man (Bunkhouse Buck) with Sensuous Sherri a second masked man interfered and Ed Leslie made the save

August 6, 1995 Daytona Beach, FL
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan with Jimmy Hart defeated Kamala with Kevin Sullivan by disqualification after Zodiac & Shark interfered, Sting and Randy Savage made the save.  Michael Buffer did the ring introductions

All matches took place at Disney/MGM Studios Orlando, FL

November 12, 1994 
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Sting with Jimmy Hart defeated The Bruise Brothers: Ron & Don in 23 seconds with the leg drop and Scorpion Deathlock

taped February 5, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated defeated Pretty Wonderful: Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma

February 25, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated Avalanche & The Butcher

May 13, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater

May 20, 1995
Los Dos Amigos fought Ric Flair & Vader with Arn Anderson to a no contest after Renegade and Jimmy Hart interfered, Amigos unmasked revealing themselves to be Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage

I don't remember this happening and I find this so hilarious that I can't believe this hasn't been brought up over the years or isn't in the Hidden Gems section on the WWE Network.  You can find the match on YouTube and I suggest you go watch it.

March 23, 1996
Hulk Hogan pinned Shark at 2:44 after hitting him with a chair twice

Hulk wrestled 9 matches on three of WCW's weekend shows during his six years with the promotion.  All tag matches except for two.  What is but isn't surprising to me is that WCW's flagship show for years going back into the NWA & Jim Crockett Promotion days was Saturday Night.  He appeared on many episodes but only wrestled one match. 

WCW Worldwide, arguably the lowest tiered of the weekend shows was where he wrestled the most matches at six, but these were taped in Florida where Hogan lived.  Hulk Hogan managed to accomplish what many others wished they could.  He reached a level of stardom where he only needed to wrestle a few times a month and make millions of dollars doing so.  Good for him!

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