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Re: Wrestlers sacrificed to Hulk Hogan?
Stranger, probably the reason there have not been many replies is this: most of the guys that were "fed" to Hogan during his run were territorial stars who had great careers, so I cannot really name a guy. By today's definition Hogan really was not "fed". Most of the guys he wrestled were main event stars in order to pack house shows, he was only "fed" rarely, because he did not do a lot of television squash matches from what I remember. The guys he beat were built up and after jobbing to Hogan then they would go on to fued with mid-card faces or they would turn face themselves. Almost all of them maintained their status in the industry because losing to Hogan back then did not really deflate your career. The idea of "feeding guys to the champ" has been done for decades, but rarely in the 80's WWF. In the 80's this was done way more in territories where guys would move in and out quickly, like World Class or Memphis where heels were fed to Von Erich or Lawler so they could move on to another territory and repeat the process. There were a couple of guys who did not belong in the business who were brought in as monsters for Hogan to defeat. Jeep Swenson (who was so bad I am not sure they even let him do a singles match vs Hogan), and Zuess.
But in the WWF like I said most of Hogan's WWF defenses were against credible opponents, who after losing to Hogan continued solid careers, and many of them returned to main event status as Hogan opponents again or they turned face and returned to prominance that way. His first defense was against Masked Superstar who left shortly afterwards before returning as one of the Machines, and then Demolition Ax. They brought Killer Kahn in to put Hogan over and he left right afterwards, and Joe LeDuc was brought in as "The Headbanger" but really dissapeared quickly after jobbing to "Rip" Hulk Hogan in "No Holds Barred".
For the most part Hogan unlike Godberg, or today's Ryback only wrestled other main event stars, and unlike Goldberg or Ryback their status did not seem tarnished by the viewers in the WWF. as for the WCW face title run, I seem to recall he only wrestled guys from the Dungeon of Doom, and guys who he wanted to get back at like Piper, and Warrior.
Last edited by Greenlawler; 09-26-2012 at 02:13 AM.