Volume 1, Issue 21
July 12, 1996
Hulk Hogan as Heel
As a longtime wrestling fan (some would call me a mark), I have to admit to feeling somewhat let down by Hulk Hogan's recent heel turn. Not that I don't think it's a great angle. Anyone who has seen the last two issues of this Newsletter knows better than that.
I am also not one of (what seems to be) the majority of Internet-based commentators who go out of their way to put the Hulkster down at every opportunity (some even put up those silly "No Hogan Zone" logos at the top of their pages). As I've pointed out before, these commentators are (for the most part) youngsters (high school and college age kids) and I sense that many of them are simply going along with the trend (have you ever posted a pro-Hogan message on the RSPW newsgroup? Or said something positive about him on the IRC channel #wrestling? Try it sometime but be ready to duck!)
Actually I have been, and remain, a Hulk Hogan fan who makes no bones about my feelings.
I will agree that Hogan has not looked too good for some time now. His wrestling, which was never his strong point, has seemed lackluster at best. His interviews have lapsed into parodies of the Hulkster of old - he seemed to spend more time whining lately than anything else. His childish complaints around the time that Savage won the WCW belt were painful to watch.
My feelings of let down stem from my belief that the Hulkster has been a positive role model throughout his career (as Terry Boulder he wrestled as a heel, but HH has always been a face). I can't help but think that this turn of events is likely to upset the legions of children who admire the Hulk Hogan of old. This is a dangerous thing to play with and I hope, for that reason, that the rumors I've heard about Hogan wanting to return to his face personna before his next movie turn out to be true.
On the other hand, Hulk Hogan (the wrestler and TV personality) needed to do something to revive his morabund career. This heel turn is probably the best thing he could do to rebuild his sagging fan support. I have no doubts that he has the potential to be a great monster heel - in fact in some ways (and this contradicts what I said in the last paragraph) I hope he continues on this tack for the forseeable future. Only because I feel that as soon as he "turns back" to a face he will lose whatever momentum he has built up during his heel tour.
Also, the New World Order as a rival organization within the WCW has such great possibilities that I would hate to see it played out too soon. It will wither on the vine if Hogan turns his back on it and that would be a tragedy for Hogan, Hall & Nash and the WCW.
I realize these opinions are opposed to each other but that pretty much sums up the way I am feeling about this whole chain of events. Mixed feelings to say the least.
I look forward to seeing this storyline play out over the next few months.
Anyway, that's the way I see it...
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