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Old 12-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The WWF should have turned Hogan heel in 1989 or 1990 or 1991. It would have meant a lot more because he was at his peak. And if he wasn't at his peak ,they could have turned him heel as early as 1988. it would have meant a lot more turning him back then and in the WWF. By 1996, Hogan was washed up ,in a different promotion and wasn't as popular as he was earlier. Imagine the heat Hogan would get with an earlier heel turn
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hogan was still the biggest draw in the WWE by that point, it would have been a disastrous move for business to turn Hogan as they had no one to replace him. They tried giving the ball to the Warrior but it didn't work because the guy was an unappreciative douchebag who was a one hit wonder.

No, Hogan shouldn't have turned heel that early, that's retarded thinking and would have been disastrous for WWE. Especially during a time where it was still very much black and white in wrestling with very little grey areas. And Hogan's initial turn before the NWO became cool got an unbelievable amount of heat.
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WCW did a lot of things wrong, but the Hogan heel turn was done to perfection. The fact that he wasn't at his peak any more is what made it so great, because just when people thought that he was a one trick pony, he became a two trick pony. WWF turning him heel would have just been a poor business decision.
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Apparently the '96 heel turn and the nWo were enough to rekindle interest in the entire wrestling business, so it's all good. Besides, judging by the tone of WWF in the late '80's. We probably would have gotten something similar to the lame Darkside Hogan character from WCW.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Turning hogan heel in late 1980s

No, because there was no reason to turn him heel when he was still making Vince McMahon money around that time. It's well-documented that the wrestling business started to decline in the early 90's and Hogan still kept things together until he left so turning Hogan heel would have back-fired on them big time.

Hogan's heel turn in WCW back in 1996 was absolutely perfect given the circumstances around it. After years and years of the media trying to destroy his image and the WCW wrasslin fans not caring for his "good guy" act that worked greatly in the WWF, he finally said "Screw it!" and finally turned on the fans. Truly the biggest heel turn in wrestling history along with Andre the Giant's heel turn.
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Nope. Terrible idea, because he probably wouldn't have been a good heel in the late 80's.....and even if he was, it wouldn't have made the impact that the NWO did.

Think about what late 80's WWF heels were like and then what the NWO were like. The landscape of wrestling was much different.

As an aside, how Hogan was the "face" in the Sid feud of 1992 was beyond me. Sid threw out Hogan fair and square, Hogan acted like a bitch and helped the biggest heel in the WWF(Flair) eliminate Sid out of pure jealousy. Pure heel move, and they still made him the face.

Not to mention, his dumb ass knew exactly what he was doing to Savage when they were "buddies". He was pushing a crazy man's buttons and getting too close to his girl, committing guy code violations left and right. Late 80's-early 90's Hogan was a prick for a face....and not in a good "cool" way.
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As an aside, how Hogan was the "face" in the Sid feud of 1992 was beyond me. Sid threw out Hogan fair and square, Hogan acted like a bitch and helped the biggest heel in the WWF(Flair) eliminate Sid out of pure jealousy. Pure heel move, and they still made him the face.

I've got the original live recording of Royal Rumble 1992 - Hogan is booed after he eliminated Sid Justice. I think WWE removed that from the VHS/DVD releases.

January 1992: the first sign the love affair with Hulkamania was fading?
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I've got the original live recording of Royal Rumble 1992 - Hogan is booed after he eliminated Sid Justice. I think WWE removed that from the VHS/DVD releases.

January 1992: the first sign the love affair with Hulkamania was fading?
Yeah, I had the original recording too...don't know where it is now, but watched it many times as a kid. Hogan got booed, and Monsoon didn't side with Hogan and said "it's every man for himself" when Hogan was eliminated. Supposedly on the WWF release of Royal Rumble '92 that part of the commentary was changed to Gorilla knocking Sid and saying he should've waited for Hogan to turn around to fight him even up, and the boos of Hogan were edited out. Never saw or heard it myself, just have read that.

VERY shady on WWF's part, if true.
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Turning Hogan heel in the early 1990's would have been possible but in the late 80's would have been impossible
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Yeah, I had the original recording too...don't know where it is now, but watched it many times as a kid. Hogan got booed, and Monsoon didn't side with Hogan and said "it's every man for himself" when Hogan was eliminated. Supposedly on the WWF release of Royal Rumble '92 that part of the commentary was changed to Gorilla knocking Sid and saying he should've waited for Hogan to turn around to fight him even up, and the boos of Hogan were edited out. Never saw or heard it myself, just have read that.

VERY shady on WWF's part, if true.
If true? The WWF did this for years. Hogan was getting some boos even before 92. I can remember people accusing the WWF of "fake" crowd reaction in the late 80's.

As far as turning him heel, I think it was probably still too early. But it is a fascintating thought.
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