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Solie's Tuesday Morning Report: EXTRA!

Volume 1, Issue 37
September 4, 1996

A Giant Ego?

Some thoughts concerning the reports of the Giant's displeasure over Hogan's hogging of the spotlight

I read this morning that the Giant was upset at Hulk Hogan's interruptions of his monologue at the end of Monday evening's Nitro broadcast. It is reported that he has demanded that Hogan not be allowed to overshadow him in the future.

Frankly, I doubt the accuracy of this report. The Giant was jobbing to Hogan just a few weeks ago (remember Hog Wild?), the idea that he would suffer an attack of ego at this point seems highly unlikely. As a less-then-one-year rookie it would seem to me to be the height of hubris on his part to start questioning his own role in the NWO storyline right at the beginning.

Now don't get me wrong, I think the Giant is potentially one of the greatest monster heels this sport has ever known. His huge size and surprising agility give him overwhelming natural advantages which he is still learning to exploit to the best advantage. The operative phrases here are "potentially" and "still learning".

Regardless of the way the vast majority of Internet denizens feel about Hulk Hogan, he has been (and in my opinion, still is) the greatest showman the sport has ever seen. He is capable of generating more heat then any wrestler alive and that is what this sports entertainment medium is all about. The man knows what he is doing.

No matter how their relationship is reported by the media you can be pretty sure that Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Paul Wight, in fact, feel honored to be studying at the Master's feet. If they don't feel that way then they have no sense of the history of this business and don't deserve to be where they are.

But I think they all do know what a priveleged position they find themselves in and are unlikely to let their egos get in the way. Why jeapordize your part in the hottest angle of the year and antagonize wrestling's biggest player over self aggrandizement? It doesn't make any sense at all.

The biggest potential problem I see looming is going to come when its time for Hogan to return to his face personna. Who gets to de-thrown the Kingpin? One (or all) of these guys will toss Hogan out of the NWO when the time comes and then there is likely to be a struggle for the leadership role. Kevin Nash is the logical choice as the largest of them with real experience. Nash filled those shoes in the WWF for the better part of a year and was very convincing in the part.

The Giant's title reign in WCW, on the other hand, consisted of his running around chokeslamming everyone in sight. That kind of behaviour has a very limited appeal in my opinion. It gets old in a hurry without a creditable challanger to generate some kind of suspense. Even Hulk Hogan lost his share of matches - such stars as the Undertaker, the Ultimate Warrior, Earthquake, and Yokozuna made their reputations at Hogan's expense (he did lose the WWF Title five times you know).

So, if the Giant does have an ego problem, Hogan's departure time is when we can expect it to rear it's ugly head. If he's smart, however, it won't happen then either.

Anyway, that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver,
editor Solie's Wrestling Newsletter

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