The Enduring Legacy of
HULK HOGAN (Part 36)
The referee counts Earthquake and Tugboat out, leaving Barbarian and Hogan to face each other. The Barbarian goes out to the floor, rolling Hogan back into the ring. Barbarian goes to work on Hogan, chopping him, then kneeing him out of the ring. Hogan shows some guts and gets back in the ring, but Barbarian is waiting and pounds away. Barbarian works the Hulkster over in the corner, following up with a piledriver. Cover but Hogan kicks out at two. Gorilla Monsoon notes Hogan didn’t get the full brunt of the piledriver, pointing out the Barbarian’s mistimed execution. Irish whip by Barbarian and both men clothesline each other.
With Hogan and Barbarian down, the referee began counting them out. However, the Barbarian gets up before the ten-count, going back to work on the Hulkster. Mafia kick sends Hogan back to the floor, giving the Barbarian time to climb to the top rope and hit a flying clothesline on a dazed Hogan. Cover but somehow, Hogan rallies and “Hulks up,” kicking out at two and showing the Barbarian he’s ready for more. The Barbarian slugs away at Hogan but it’s pointless as Hogan is now supercharged and seemingly invulnerable. Hogan blocks a punch and retaliates with a series of his own, followed by an Irish whip into the ropes. Big boot by Hogan and a legdrop marks the end of the Barbarian. The referee raises the Hulkster’s hand; he is the sole survivor in the battle between the Hulkamaniacs and the Natural Disasters. Almost as if by instinct, the Barbarian’s manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan runs in, ready to take a post-match beating. Hogan slugs Heenan then whips him into the corner, with Heenan gracefully flying over the ringpost out onto the floor. Heenan took so many bumps during his career that it’s no surprise he had neck problems.
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The 1990 Survivor Series had arrived and Hulk Hogan finally had his chance to get Earthquake in the ring, along with Earthquake’s allies Haku, Dino Bravo, and the Barbarian. With Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Tugboat, and the Big Bossman backing him up, Hogan had to feel he could keep focused on Earthquake without having to watch his back for a sneak attack. The four-on-four encounter eventually came down to four men, Hogan and Tugboat vs. Earthquake and the Barbarian. Earthquake seemingly had Hogan at his mercy but when the former sumo wrestler missed a big splash on the Hulkster, it opened the door for a hot tag-if Hogan could make it.