Hulk Hogan: Cursed?
by, 02-15-2012 at 10:19 PM (5399 Views)
First off, this isn't a blog to tarnish Hulk Hogan's image. I grew up watching him in the 1980's and have fond memories of seeing the Hulkster "hulk up" and come back to beat monster heels.
It used to be a standard tradition that when you left an area (or organization, to make things simpler), a wrestler would lose his last match before moving on to another area (organization). Not doing so, would draw the ire of the locker room, the promoter(s) and/or the fans. It's an age-old tradition that had been upheld since the 1950's. Not doing so, would label a wrestler as "difficult to work with".
Now why did I choose Hulk Hogan? It seems Hulk doesn't hold up this tradition very well.
The first time Hogan left WWF, he dropped the belt to Yokozuna in 1993 and was defeated.
Hogan toured through New Japan and in his last match vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, he won in 1994.
At the end of his WCW run, he was the champion, but he refused to drop the belt (a work then ended up a shoot, according to Bischoff and other sources) in 2002.
He returned to the WWE and ended his run with a victory over Randy Orton in 2006. He made sporadic appearances in 2007 with his final appearance fending off the Great Khali from Hornswoggle.
Hulk Hogan's TNA tour is still continuing and many assumed it would mark the end of his career when he lost to Sting. Hogan returned just recently and was victorious over Roode, Bully Ray and Kurt Angle with teammates Sting and James Storm in 2012.
1 decisive loss, 3 wins and to be continued in his current promotion.
For those who don't know what I'm talking about the tradition of losing your last match is called "giving back to the business" by building young talent. There is an argument if it's the last match in an area or just the wrestler's last match.
Hogan has drawn big matches and made money for various promoters but has he ever quite "given back to the business"?
Will he lose his last match of his career?
Is it the promoters, his need for money or his ego that drives him forward?
Is he cursed for not following tradition? (Not just losing the last matches, but refusing to drop matches to Jeff Jarrett, Shawn Michaels and refusing to lose to Yokozuna cleanly in his WWE loss).
Just food for thought from an old Hulk Hogan fan.