WWE Hall of Famer Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine has made a bold claim that he was better than Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan.
Valentine, a second-generation wrestler, is perhaps best known for his WWF run from 1984-1992, where he became an Intercontinental Champion and World Tag Team Champion.
Speaking in a “Title Match Wrestling” video, the 70-year-old noted that he competed in more meaningful 60-minute matches than Flair:
“As far as Hogan and Flair, everybody puts those guys over, but I think I’m better than both of them. I did longer matches than Flair. Well, Flair was ‘60-minute man,’ he called himself, but I’m the guy that did 60 minutes. I did 60 minutes in Madison Square Garden, I did 60 minutes everywhere.”
Speaking about Hogan, Valentine said he likes the Hulkster as a friend, but was shocked by recent comments when Hogan said Flair is the #1 wrestler ever, with himself taking second place:
“I liked Hogan as a friend, but I couldn’t believe it [when] I saw he put Flair over [and] said, ‘Flair’s number one, I’m number two.’ I said, ‘Guess what? I’m number one and both you guys are five or six.”
After leaving the WWF, Valentine would join WCW before leaving in 1998, when he would compete on the independent circuit.