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Kevin Sullivan On Hulk Hogan/nWo, Bruce Prichard Says Masked Champion Is Now Unlikely

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On a recent edition of his “Tuesday With The Taskmaster” podcast, former WCW booker Kevin Sullivan discussed what Hulk Hogan and the nWo were to the success of WCW.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On the importance of Hogan to WCW’s success: “The reason why we got Nitro was because of Hogan. I remember when Hogan and Eric [Bischoff] came up to me and said, ‘We’re gonna run against Vince.’”

On how WCW would have fared without the nWo: “If Hogan had turned heel it might have sucked down some WWF babyfaces saying, ‘Oh, if I can work with Hogan, I can get those big paydays’… Now, could it have lasted as long as it did? No, the nWo was that special lightning bolt that crosses the sky once every generation.” The veteran also toyed with the idea of Hogan turning heel by himself without the nWo. “Him turning heel was the biggest turn in the history of the business. Him turning heel not with the nWo would have still been shocking. Now, would it have drawn? Yes. Would he have the props without Nash, and Hall, and Syxx? No.”

On people mentioning their Mt. Rushmore of wrestling: “Everybody thinks they can fit into every era. Sorry, you can’t. So, when you say ‘Mount Rushmore,’ you have to say the Mount Rushmore of that era. How can you say Mount Rushmore and have Hogan, Flair, Austin, and Rock on Mount Rushmore and not Roman? So, who gets dropped off?”

During a recent edition of his “Something To Wrestle With” podcast, WWE executive Bruce Prichard explained why a masked WWE World Champion is unlikely in the current era.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On whether a masked talent could have an extended WWE World Title run now: “With the internet and the ability to search and find who’s who and what they really look like and everything, I don’t know if that mystery could sustain in today’s environment. I think people would go search it, you’d have your dirt sheet writers [saying] ‘This is their real name! This is who they are!’ I think Rey [Mysterio] is kind of the last of that breed.”

On why he doesn’t think it’s likely: “I just think the audience has gotten a little more sophisticated. They want to be able to see who’s under that mask, and they can’t suspend their disbelief enough … I just think that the audience over-analyzes and take things way too seriously.”

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