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Old 10-24-2012, 05:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hogan's World Titles

I've got a few videos here concerning the unrecognized world title reigns of Hulk Hogan.

Here is a match with Terry "The Hulk" Boulder (one of Hogan's former ring names) against a jobber. In this match they talk about Hogan having been the NWA champ for approximately 37 seconds in reference to the unrecognized title win over Harley Race. I can't find the specific day in May that the match took place as records are incomplete on the internet. I do not know of any surviving video of the actual match between Terry Boulder & Harley Race.



Here is the second half of the first unrecognized AWA title win over Nick Bockwinkel. As stated above, Hogan held the AWA title for 6 days before he was stripped, and the title returned to Bockwinkel. It's poor quality video.



The second win over Bockwinkel for the AWA title was the exact same gimmick used in the NWA title win over Harley Race. Hogan was found to have thrown Bockwinkel over the top rope so the title win was disqualified, and the belt returned to Bockwinkel in what was the biggest mistake a promoter ever made. This moment is what began the downfall of the AWA though they would survive till 1990, but they were now seen as second tier. Had Verne put the strap on Hogan, and ran with him as long term champion it is unlikely that Vince McMahon takes over the wrestling world.



This match is the one in which Hogan defeated Anonio Inoki for the first ever IWGP championship. This is the last 1/3 of the match where Hogan KO's Inoki which was considered on the same level as a pin or sumission in Japan in those days. At the end of the video you will see the first IWGP title belt being awarded to Hogan.



And finally, here is the unrecognized WCW title win over Jarrett.

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