Ravishing Rick Rude
Round One Matchup
While wrestling legends Hulk Hogan and Ravishing Rick Rude didn't have many matches during their WWF run together, the booking committee behind The Hasbro Classic insisted that these two face off in the opening round of the tournament.
With manager Bobby Heenan (not pictured) distracting The Hulkster, Rude started on the offensive immediately, hammering Hogan with a series of punches and kicks. Then, Rude used his considerable strength to yank Hogan over the top rope to the ringside floor below.
Rude's advantage was short-lived. After several attacks to Hogan on the outside of the ring, Hogan barely beat the count in. But then, Hulk became a man possessed and used his 24" pythons to whip The Ravishing One from pillar to post.
Weakened, a prone Rude was trapped in Hogan's reach as he put The Ravishing One in his patented (at least for this particular action figure) bearhug. Rude was clearly in pain, but managed to hang on, eventually slapping his hands across Hogan's head to break the hold. The Hulkster then charged Rude in the corner -- and missed.
Taking advantage of his good fortune, Rude grabbed Hogan from behind, and put him in a rear chinlock -- only the second resthold to be used in the preceding three photos.
Aided by the power of his Hulkamaniacs, Hogan was willed to his feet. Once he stood tall, Hogan summoned all of his strength and tossed Rude over his head and down to the canvas below. Rude gained a momentary advantage by kneeing Hulk in the stomach and then hitting his patented Rude Awakening. Was Hogan done for?
Rude went for the pin, but Hogan kicked out with authority. He began Hulking Up to the delight of the crowd, fighting off Rude's punches until he stood tall, pointed his finger at The Ravishing One and mouthed "You!"
The Hulkster came back with lefts and rights and clotheslined his opponent. Prone, Rude lay on the canvas as Hogan reared back and delivered his patented leg drop for the pin. One.... Two.... Threee.... HULK HOGAN WINS!!
Whatcha gonna do, when Hulk Hogan finds his next victim in the Hasbro Classic..... brrrrrrrrrother!
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