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[1998-11-09-WCW-Nitro] Hulk Hogan for President

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Hogan gets a grand Secret Service entrance, but they hide that it's him at first, teasing that Bill Clinton might be about to appear on Nitro. How pathetic. It shows how little they think of their fanbase that they actually think people would believe this. Hogan congratulates Jesse "The Mind" Ventura on becoming governor of Minnesota. Hogan claims he has been fielding calls asking if he would be willing to run for President. He sat down with Bischoff, his new campaign manager, and decided he's willing to do it if he can find one great American (be it Oprah, Iacocca or his brother Bubba) to run with him. This was what they came with to take Hogan off of TV for a while and give him a break, as Bischoff (and Hogan, for that matter) correctly felt he was overexposed.

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This was what they came with to take Hogan off of TV for a while and give him a break, as Bischoff (and Hogan, for that matter) correctly felt he was overexposed.

Sometimes the ends justify the means.

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Mean Gene and Hennan are backstage awaiting the arrival of The President. The motorcade comes in and tells them to scram.

We cut to the announcer booth and Larry has to leave and salute the one person chanting his name. All of a sudden Hogan and Bischoff comes out. Hogan has on a Yankee toboggan. Hogan declares his Presidency for the United States. There can be a good bit of dissection at the psychology of Hogan in 1998 as it has been a weird year. Seems like he is gone for the year so Starrcade wont have Sting or Hogan.

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WAIT a second...after that last segment, now it's Luger/Nash vs. Hall/Giant and Bret vs. KONNAN? Does this make logic? Shouldn't Bret be facing Sting's friend who challenged him??

 

Mean Gene and the Brain are in the parking lot awaiting the "President," and even for an NWO fib it reeks of pathetic desperation that WCW would tease that this might actually take place. Oh, Loss already used the word "pathetic." Well, I concur. This motorcade entrance is dragged out to an absurd degree as Okerlund spends an eternity arguing with the Secret Service guys. Heenan really comes off terribly thinking that this is actually Bill Clinton, and not even in a gullible-heel type of way. WHY ARE SCHIAVONE AND TENAY GOING ALONG WITH THIS?? Limousines and an NWO promise = the truth now??

 

"Hail to the Chief" starts up and it's...Hogan. Wow, stunning. They sure fooled all of us. This is the biggest public display of Hogan insecurity since the Doomsday Cage Match. Clearly Ventura's gubernatorial victory got to him in a bigger way than anyone could have anticipated. Okerlund is out here for some reason--again, Mean Gene should not be interviewing NWO members. Hogan weirdly praises Jesse, maybe because he wants to be a hanger-on. After all the hype, we don't even get the name of Hogan's running mate that was promised.

 

One of the worst and most bizarre segments of the year. WHY ARE THE ANNOUNCERS ALL TAKING THIS AT FACE VALUE??

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