Originally Posted by BevellingRetorts
I'd have Hogan turn heel to win the belt back from Randy at Mania V, Randy wins the belt back clean in the big SummerSlam rematch, Hogan wins the belt back dirty at Survivor Series.
You can still do Warrior/Hogan at Mania VI but this time the loss humbles Hogan & he turns face, from then on in, you have him as the special attraction, helping to build the next generation of megastars, Hogans crowning moment was slamming Andre, that's his peak, at that point onwards he should've started giving back to the business that helped make him a megastar. People think boom/slumps happen in isolation but they happen when a booker does something that gets hot, then fuck it up with shit booking &/or backstage politics.
There would've been no mid 90's slump if Hogan had actually spent his prime years putting over new talent, rather than hogging the spotlight until he fucked off to WCW, leaving WWF in the shit.
Savage did have his fans, but the majority were NOT going to boo Hogan over Savage. Hogan was still seen as Champ by a lot of fans because he never really lost the belt clean. There was a reason why Vince booked Hogan and Savage as a tag team to headline the first SummerSlam. Hogan was still the main draw.
What could have occurred was Savage beating Hogan at Mania and having him chase Savage until SummerSlam. They could have also ramped up Savage and Liz with Liz either being brainwashed by Savage to turn on Hogan or just turn on Hogan.
The Savage and Liz connection shouldn't have been broken up post Mania, but it is easier said now than being done back then. Liz was the ultimate babyface.
I actually think it was done masterfully though. Hogan started to lose steam because of that stupid Zeus angle and feud. They jumped the shark there. I agree the slumps happen at times because of bad booking in the peak eventually leading them there. Hogan vs Zeus is that bad booking.
The same with Warrior. He was red hot at SummerSlam 89 with the Rude feud and tried to go to that well again right after he won the title. They should have put Warrior against Savage or something instead in a fresh feud to kick off his reign or even Earthquake who was the hot new heel.
Things just continued to get stale post WM VI and they never recovered until around WM 8 and around WM 12 to that kind of interest. Ironically WM 10 was excellently booked, but the roster post Mania just didn't have the depth.