Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: Instances Of Hogan Using Creative Control/Politics
The whole Ultimate Warrior situation in '90-'91 seems fishy to me.
People love to say that Warrior dropped the title because he wasn't a draw, despite failing to provide any significant information to back that up.
But from what I understand, the idea for WM 7 was Warrior/Hogan 2 but Hogan didn't want to work Warrior. That's when the idea was presented to have Warrior drop the belt to Savage at the Rumble but Savage broke his hand/wrist and was taken out of the equation. Needs to be said that by the fall of 1990, Hogan/Slaughter was already going to be the main event, regardless if it was for the title or not. Hogan leaps in, introduces the idea of Warrior dropping the title to Slaughter, who would then drop it to Hogan.
In 1993, Hogan agrees to come back to WWE but ONLY if he's given the title. Part of that scenario was:
Hogan wins the title at WM
Drops the title at KOTR to Yokozuna, due to a controversial finish with a heel Japanese referee
Hogan regains the title at Summerslam
Problem was, Vince & WWE weren't too fond of the specifics of the second part, prompting Hogan to take his ball and his crew and leave, only agreeing to work European shows for the summer, since his name was possibly a reason for the gate.
Come to think of it, Hogan never dropped a title clean in WWE (at least from '88 to '93).
Evil Hebner in '88
Tombstone on a chair in '91
Stripped of the title in '91
Controversial finish in '93
Shot down an idea in '94-'95 to have Flair, who just lost a retirement match, return as his ally against the heels. This pretty much lead to the end of Flair on WCW's booking team.