Monday, August 25, 2014

From the Archives: Hulk Hogan vs. Dino Bravo.

I like seeing historical anomalies. Back in the pre-RAW days, seeing the tippy-top star - in this case, Hulk Hogan - wrestle on the regular TV shows like Wrestling Challenge or Superstars felt like a treat. Either you had to shell out money for the pay-per-view, watch a Saturday Night's Main Event, or get your ass down to the local arena for a house show (and only if you were blessed enough to be in the "A" city). However, in the leadup to WrestleMania VI, Hogan, as WWF Champion, was scheduled for a match against Dino Bravo on Wrestling Challenge. The match is short, and it serves mostly to set up some angles. But a couple of things stand out. First, Hogan compressing his match formula down from his typical 8-12 minute pay-per-view match length down to television sprint is a sight to behold, even if said formula works far better in the long form. Second, the wheels are in motion not only to set up for Mania VI's match with Warrior, but for the SummerSlam match against Earthquake.