Dec 2 2010, 07:25 AM
Talk about it here.
Dec 17 2010, 08:19 PM
As an 80s fan, I do still notice when Flair and Hogan are in the same ring, although it's a little sad and weird that it eventually became commonplace to see them around each other when Flair/Hogan was such a dream match for so long. Lots of planted Hogan merchandise around the ring, as this was the height of astroturf Hogan fan support. Anyway, this match is somewhat heated and fun, but kind of rushed. I have to ask if Flair wearing Hogan's colors is breaking some kind of secret wrestler's code? Also, the scene at the end of all the Horsemen begging off from Hogan at the same time is ridiculous. Bischoff was a TERRIBLE announcer who only knew how to speak in platitudes, and yes, I realize the irony of that sentence.
Dec 18 2010, 12:13 AM
I like how during this time frame there were plants with signs with the most nondescript messages. Like "Hulk" or "WCW # 1"
I always kind of hated how Bischoff would put Flair down on commentary. IIRC the Giant/Flair title change match is a total burial on his part (again IIRC)
well not really but still pretty smarmy
Dec 20 2010, 08:56 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure Bischoff was a guy who understood wrestling well enough to know how to properly get over a heel at the announce booth. At the time, he was smart enough to leave the nuts and bolts of his vision to people who knew how to execute, and eventually, thank God he realized Schiavone was a better choice on commentary.
Jan 17 2011, 06:14 PM
The more post 80s Flair I watch over the years, the less I love him ( with exceptions, like 1992). But even if he's a bit dull at times, no one can fault his willingness to bump for the other guys. And in a case like this one, his usually comic overselling is a benefit because it makes Hogan seem more impactful. Hogan does seem to be moving slowly, and the crowd that granted him cricket chirps and boos on his entrance is not a crowd going to genuinely chant his name later unless he really gets rolling.
There just wasn't much to draw me into this match, though Arn's appearance at the end injected some life. I just thought it all felt very paint by numbers.
Jan 29 2011, 05:56 PM
I disagree with Kronus to a point. When a man is happy at work, his production is very good. Flair's production started going south when he wasn't happy and was not the #1 guy. He had fantastic matches in 94 pre-hogan. He gives a good effort here however. Hogan's sold a Ric Flair suplex like King Kong Bundy gave him a big splash from the top rope. Who convulses after a suplex from Flair?
I do not like the booking at the end with the Horsemen begging off from a stool welding Hogan. Even with the title Flair is not #1. Hogan's cage match goes on after the Flair/Savage World Title cage match at SuperBrawl in February. I wish the DoD would have jumped Hogan and ripped him a new one.
Jan 31 2011, 02:52 AM
I thought this was a solid match. Flair was good at bumping around for Hogan's stuff. I liked Flair working over Hogan's leg which Hogan did a good job selling. I didn't appreciate all of the Horseman looking like pussys. Still this was fun with good heat.
Feb 6 2011, 10:50 AM
The end, from Hogan no selling the knucks shot to having all four Horsemen on their knees, was quite silly.
Hogan definitely did a good job selling the knee, and the delayed suplex by Flair was very impressive.
Very solid match. Real hot crowd.
Mar 10 2011, 10:30 AM
An interesting match to open the year. Flair is obviously still good at putting on one man TV shows at this point and Hogan getting boo'ed out of the building by the Atlanta crowd was entertaining. I do agree the post-match Horsemen booking was ridiculous.
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