Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: Turning Hogan heel during WWF run
I don't really think it was possible to turn Hogan heel in his WWF run, considering how things played out.
Turning him heel against Warrior wouldn't have really worked or paid off, considering how Warrior turned out. Plus, the Warrior title run was key to getting the belt on mega heel Sgt. Slaughter and setting up the retirement match with top heel, Randy Savage at WM 7. Add in how Warrior was gone after Summerslam '91 and with a Hogan heel turn prior to that, WWE no longer has a proven top babyface.
Turning him heel against Sid damn sure wouldn't have worked, based on Sid failing his drug test and opting to leave instead of taking the suspension. Plus, I don't think Sid was as over as a babyface as people think and it was more so about them growing tired of Hogan (explaining his extended hiatus after WM 8). Unlike the year prior, they would have top babyface in Savage but I don't see fans being as interested in Hogan vs. Savage in 1992/1993 as they were in 1989.
But, I do have a way a Hogan heel turn could have worked:
-Hogan returns to WWF at the 1993 Royal Rumble and wins it, lastly eliminating Yokozuna. This leads to Hogan/Bret at WM 9.
-Weeks of promos are shown between the 2. Nothing to heated but enough to build towards the match.
-On an episode of RAW, Hogan & Bret team up in a losing effort to Lex Luger & Razor Ramon due to a mishap when Bret accidentally hits Hogan. This causes tension between the 2.
-At WM 9, Bret has Hogan in the sharpshooter but Brutus Beefcake distracts the referee. Jimmy Hart comes to the ring and gets on the apron, as Bret breaks the hold to confront him. Jimmy tosses Hogan the megaphone, he hits Bret with it, wins the title and turns heel.
From there, Hogan begins cutting promos about how he's always been about the fans but now is going into business for himself. He is often shown via satelite, from the site of his latest Hollywood venture. They have a rematch at Summerslam that Bret wins by DQ, after Brutus attacks Bret. The next month at Survivor Series, Bret & Owen defeat Hogan & Brutus in a tag team match, when Brutus taps out to Bret's sharpshooter.
To keep it going:
-Bret wins the 1994 Royal Rumble, lastly eliminating Owen. This sets up Hogan/Bret 3 for WM 10.
-At WM 10, Brutus attempts to intervene in the match but is stopped by Owen. Bret locks in the sharpshooter and Bret wins the title. Afterwards, Hogan and crew leave WWF (temporarily, permanently, doesn't matter).
Now with all this happening, an angle can be done on the next episode of RAW that sees the split between Owen & Bret, with Owen asking Bret for a title shot. Bret says he wouldn't mind but their mother was pretty upset at them fighting in the Rumble match. Owen attacks and you have the next title feud.
Basically, I feel a Hogan heel turn in WWF in the 90s would only have worked well if it was against Bret, as I feel Bret really did need that rub. With Hogan's schedule in 1993, he couldn't be around as much as he should have been but those tracks could have been covered with his new Hollywood based gimmick and thinking he was bigger than wrestling. And by this point, Bret was one of the most over guys in the WWF and could have gotten plenty of sympathy from the fans after Hogan "cheated" to win the title and to retain it at Summerslam '93 by DQ. This gives Bret all the momentum in the world going into 1994 and gives Hogan a tremendous amount of heat by going against the ways he professed in the 80s.