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#21 El-P

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:46 PM

Honestly, at this point, after the Saudi show, Hogan coming back is not even a footnote. 

 



#22 Matt D

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:47 PM

Morality aside, what do you even do with him? 



#23 peachchaos

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:48 PM

gotta get his win back on Lesnar



#24 Mad Dog

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:51 PM

Morality aside, what do you even do with him? 


Random talking head on various Network specials who you trot out once or twice a year for big events?

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

Morality aside, what do you even do with him? 

At this point, only the most senile portion of the audience and the hardcore retromaniacs will pop.

 

gotta get his win back on Lesnar

 

Ding ding ding. We have a winner.



#26 Boss Rock

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

I could see them using him as they did before he was let go: Wrestlemania or big ppv nostalgia appearance. Which I normally wouldn't mind (the Mania 30 segment with him, Austin, and Rock was great, as was his birthday celebration angle with Brock), but it's probably just best to leave things as is.

 

Don't whitewash him from history, maybe interview him for a Network special regarding someone he knew or angle he was a part of, but no reason for him to be on TV.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 01:25 PM

New line of merch on WWEShop coupled with some special ref type angle down the line?



#28 SomethingSavage

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 01:30 PM

gotta get his win back on Lesnar


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 03:32 PM

You pretty much have to keep him in a speaking role, so your options are let him ramble (brother) or have him try to recite overscripted 2018 WWE speak that everyone of his generation has struggled mightily with. 

 

Have him come out to get the welcome back to the family pop, let him do his gimmick where he pretends he wants the crowd to stop cheering which only eggs them on to cheer more, then keep him as a talking head for DVD/network specials.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 04:50 PM

New line of merch on WWEShop coupled with some special ref type angle down the line?

 

Can he even get down to his knees to make a count at this point? I guess he can be like Mongo in TNA and do a standing count.

 

I think he'll be used like he was before in 2015 as a talking head, maybe hosting a network special or something, and coming out for special appearances. I don't recall him doing a lot physically in 2014/15 other than taking a bump off of X-Pac during the Sting/HHH match.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 04:50 PM

Celebrate with Roman Reigns after the 2018 Rumble

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

Have him be massacred by Braun in TV segments only for him to get the W at a PPV.

 

Always worked.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:57 PM

 

New line of merch on WWEShop coupled with some special ref type angle down the line?

 

Can he even get down to his knees to make a count at this point? I guess he can be like Mongo in TNA and do a standing count.

 

I think he'll be used like he was before in 2015 as a talking head, maybe hosting a network special or something, and coming out for special appearances. I don't recall him doing a lot physically in 2014/15 other than taking a bump off of X-Pac during the Sting/HHH match.

 

 

That match he had with Sting in TNA was pretty amazing considering he really couldn't bump anymore. 



#34 SomethingSavage

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 08:37 PM

True.

Hard to believe that was nearly 7 years ago, but the match itself was everything Starrcade 97 could have been from bell to bell.

The post-match was magic. Great moment. Hogan had the crowd in the palm of his hand all over again, and I still remember getting legit chills when a beaten & bloodied Hogan ripped off the white shirt & hulked up that night.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 12:31 PM

gotta get his win back on Lesnar

 

I wish. Can't see it happenning but one last run Id want to see Hogan go over Strowman, Brock, Angle & Cena.



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 12:34 PM

So what are the odds that WWE pulled some strings to get Hogan that award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America?

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 12:38 PM

So what are the odds that WWE pulled some strings to get Hogan that award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America?

 

Go find the paper trail.



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 01:58 PM

I acknowledge that there's nothing atypical about how WWE handled the whole thing as a company, but for them to just fire him and wash their hands of the whole thing always rubbed me the wrong way. How did a guy who holds these views rise to the level he did in this world, traveling so extensively in the company of others, and interacting with so many fans, without anyone noticing? And if the company knew it and didn't care because he was such a cash cow, aren't they just as bad as him? (These are rhetorical questions, but stay with me.) They marketed him to children for the better part of the decade, only for him to later be exposed as a bigot, a drug user, and someone who can't be trusted on any issue. They built a national empire around him. Sure, you can't blame WWE for what he said in confidence 20+ years after his peak, but WWE putting all of this on Hogan doesn't seem like the right thing to do either. Even if their response is, "Well, we do a much better job of vetting people now before we market them to specific audiences", that can be criticized or debated but it's at least acknowledging that this is just as much a WWE story as it is a Hogan story. Hogan is not the only person with a dark side to ever have success in pro wrestling, but as one of the biggest names in wrestling history -- maybe the biggest -- he should be held to a higher standard, specifically because he was marketed as a hero to children for so long.



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 02:12 PM

True.

Hard to believe that was nearly 7 years ago, but the match itself was everything Starrcade 97 could have been from bell to bell.

The post-match was magic. Great moment. Hogan had the crowd in the palm of his hand all over again, and I still remember getting legit chills when a beaten & bloodied Hogan ripped off the white shirt & hulked up that night.

 

I think this came up in another topic but definitely one of my all time favorite TNA moments, absolutely loved that and one of the biggest pops they ever had as well.



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 10:47 PM

There is something to be said for having bad thoughts and knowing they are wrong and never acting on them. Hogan was in an intimate situation and doped up when he said what he did. That you can't find any black wrestlers who knew Hogan that will call him racist points to that. Which is something I did research a lot at the time. It does not make what he said okay. But considering how the comments were recorded and released, it seems like a thought crime. 






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