Old School, cause I'm an old fool....
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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.