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Hogan to the AWA - In 1990!

A very seldom talked about item was the AWA made overtures to Hulk Hogan during the dying days of the company in the fall of 1990. It's referred to in the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter of that time period. From what I gather, if true it had to have been a hail mary by Verne and ESPN. Does anyone know what (if anything) Hogan was offered? I'm wondering if it was majority ownership of the organization.

Secondly, what would have been the impact of Hulk Hogan going to an AWA on its deathbed? I personally think his addition would have led to a financial infusion to the company by Hogan and other connected outside backers, and possibly ESPN. Plus some other talent that the WWE released or who quit in Q4 1990, such as Akeem, Greg Valentine, and Honkytonk Man. Together I think this might have been enough to bring the company to UWF/Global levels. Not great but better than running in empty television studios.

How do you think that it would have gone?
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Re: Hogan to the AWA - In 1990!

Hogan was earning millions annually by that time - and although his first run was in decline, he was at the time at the tail end of a hugely successful programme with Earthquake [John Tenta] - SS 1990 in which Hogan/Quake was the star attraction registered a scorching buyrate of over 500,000. Hogan was still the biggest star in the world, even though he didn't hold the title. I think it would've been big business. Even though business was down for WWF between 1990-1993, Hogan still carried them through that time. Who knows where the WWF would've ended through transitional period, had it not been for Hogan? I certainly think the landscape of the industry would've ended up significantly different had Hogan went to AWA - would Warrior have been given longer to run as the top guy, or would Bret have "stepped up" sooner? Would WCW have managed to sign Hulk?

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Re: Hogan to the AWA - In 1990!

I didn't know about this. Interesting story.

If they had got the biggest star in wrestling and marketed him properly whilst using him properly he potentially could have saved them. The big problem would have been no marketable heels for him to go against though.
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