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What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

In 1996 wrestling was in a bit of a down period, sure there were bright spots in both promotions but overalls things were bad.

Still that summer we had 2 moments that changed things forever, the Austin King of the Ring speech at King of the Ring 1996 that laid ground for the rise of Austin. Then 2 weeks later we had Hogan's heel turn which led to the formation of the NWO.

So 2 big moments, my ? for everyone is which moment was bigger?

For me it's the Hogan heel turn, that move shook up wrestling right away, Hogan wasn't supposed to go heel but he did. He did that and it showed anything, indeed, could happen in wrestling.

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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

I would say Hogan 96 heel turn. It got people who were never wrestling fans interested in the product.
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Hogan’s heel turn started another boom period in wrestling.

As far Austin goes, the KOTR 96 promo gave birth to the Stone Cold character, but his feud with Bret Hart is what really elevated him if you ask me.

So Hogan’s heel turn easily
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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

Hogan's heel turn.
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Hogan's Heel turn set wrestling on fire and was the one moment etched in every wrestling fans mind considered to be the most shocking but memorable, Without NWO there is no Attitude era.

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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

Definitely Hogan's heel turn. Pure perfection.
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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

Hogan heel turn. I'm a huge Austin fan but I'm not dumb, Hogan being a huge fan favorite all those years to turn heel was just a masterpiece. Austin's 3:16 speech was great just not in the same ball park as Hogan.
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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

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As far Austin goes, the KOTR 96 promo gave birth to the Stone Cold character, but his feud with Bret Hart is what really elevated him if you ask me.
Pretty much. They were taking their time with Austin. He didn't even work the regular show at Summer Slam, that year, and ended up working the pre-show with Yoko. Survivor Series was his first real big main event program.
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Re: What moment from the summer of 1996 in wrestling was better: Hogan's heel turn or Austins 3:16 speech

The 3:16 speech is one of the biggest examples of the company's revisionist history. They treated this moment as something it wasn't, both to minimize Bret's role in Austin's success and to mythologize the phrase they branded on countless pieces of merchandise.

But there was no "Austin 3:16" t-shirt until several months after the speech. Austin's Summerslam match was on the preshow with a then-irrelevant Yokozuna. There's a story that not long after KOTR, Russo wanted Austin on the cover of the WWF Magazine with the "Austin 3:16" in bold text and Vince didn't know what 3:16 was referencing. He didn't even remember that part of the speech!

This takes nothing away from Austin, who delivered the promo like a boss and did everything in his power to get himself over. But WWF didn't know what they had until he worked with Bret. Vince, being the petty lunatic that he is, didn't want to acknowledge that back in the late '90s.
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