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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

I've been thinking back to 1993 and Hulk Hogans departure from the WWF when the main superhero character who had ruled the WWF for 10 years left. WWF had the same formula for many years which was that Hogan the real american good guy defeats the monster heel. Thinking back it appears that Vince tried to keep the same formula. He gave Lex Luger the "all american" gimmick where Luger feuded with the then monster heel Yokozuna. However it just didn't work it IMO it just wasn't the same. What do you think of this time?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 10:09 PM
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

Yes, I watched something on it and they pretty much said verbatim that he was. They attributed his attitude as the reason he wasn't ass sucessful as they thought he could be. This was a WWE production by the way. I can't remember what's the name but I think it was on WWE Classics on Demand.
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

I heard that he was booked to be WWE Champion in 1994 but ran his mouth about it before it happened, spoiling it, so they went with Bret instead.

People in the business seem to dislike Luger because of how fast he succeeded in the business. He wasn't the best wrestler but was decent enough to be the top guy.
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

The other posters answered the question, but I still do not understand why they thought putting the belt on Lex was smart. Vince was wise in staying away.

Here is why....it has to do with the psychology of the sport IMO. Luger was decent enough sure....but he evoked no emotional connection. I think there were two major reasons Lex never could carry a company.

1. His look...lets face it he looked like the kid we all hated in high school. Sure there have been exceptions but guys with his hair, looks, and physique rarely pass as great faces, especially when....

2. They lack mic skills. Lex was crap on the mic.... know he gets some credit here, but I don't know why. Jeff Jarrett and Lex are like long lost grammer class brothers, stumbling over words and saying cool things like "yeah", "oh man"..."well" to stall and get their thoughts together.

I looked at Lex as that kid I hated in high school, the one who thought he was better than you, and let's face it wrestling fans are a different breed...high school jock is usually the guy wrestling fans hate. In that era guys who built like Lex were either a: monsters....Nikita, Road Warriors, Teijo Kahn, Powers of Pain, Ultimate Warrior, or b: they were Hulk Hogan and Lex Express did not fit into either of those categories.

Even in the NWA he was never truly given the torch. They knew he was not someone the fans could really love.
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

From what i gather and have read, yes.
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

They really dealt Lex a bad hand with that whole 'Lex Express' shit. The dude just wasn't a convincing babyface - he just came across as too slimy and too arrogant. He didn't have any of the right components to be a top babyface (no mic skills, the wrong personality, looked like an asshole). If they'd kept him as a heel he would have been huge; the guy was just naturally unlikable.

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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

I gotta agree. Lex Luger would've been great heel (somewhat like Sycho Sid was). Lex unlikeable, while I'm not a fan of Hulkster but even as a heel he made me smile unlike Luger as a face.

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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

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They really dealt Lex a bad hand with that whole 'Lex Express' shit. The dude just wasn't a convincing babyface - he just came across as too slimy and too arrogant. He didn't have any of the right components to be a top babyface (no mic skills, the wrong personality, looked like an asshole). If they'd kept him as a heel he would have been huge; the guy was just naturally unlikable.
Luger is best as Heel than Face. His express was boring when I 1st saw Yokozuna feud, he would've faced Bret Hart SummerSlam 93, have Luger win the match with great feud & Bret gets revenge WM10
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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

Luger was definitely being groomed to be the next Hulk Hogan by Vince McMahon. Obviously that failed miserably. There was a television show report (when the WWF was taping 4 weeks out) and for one taping Luger came out with the WWF Title. He didn't run his mouth, the WWF itself gave that away. They, for whatever reason, decided to give the title back to Bret Hart (after much politicking from him I'm sure) and soon Luger jumped to WCW.

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Re: Was Lex Luger meant to be the next Hulk Hogan?

Sometimes I use lots of sarcasm when I wrtie, but to be hoenst I thought all wrestlingfans over the age of 15 knew that Vince had Luger as his pet project trying to make him become the next Hogan.

But unlike Hogan, Luger never had that "IT-factor" or those mic skills, also like Hogan, Luger was very robotic in the ring

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