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Date Posted: 23:28:08 11/03/03 Mon
Author: Scrapiron Bryan
Author Host/IP: pg4px.pg.com / 188.8.131.52
Subject: Re: Question for Scrapiron -- regarding Warriors loss to SGT. Slaughter
In reply to:
's message, "Question for Scrapiron -- regarding Warriors loss to SGT. Slaughter" on 18:45:54 11/03/03 Mon
Hey. Yeah the loss to Slaughter was a huge upset. Nobody saw it coming. Interferance or not it shouldn't have happened. If Warrior had to drop the belt fair enough. But there were enough of guys on the roster that would have looked more believable beating Warrior and been more deserving of a run with the title than Slaughter. A defeat to Mr Perfect or Rick Rude would have been more apt. The only reason Slaughter got it was because of then situation in the Middle East at the time and he was doing the whole anti USA gimmick while Hogan was the great American hero.
It was all just to set up the politically fuelled main event at WM7 between the two.
Now, like you I don't follow ratings/buyrates but reports say business was down and because Warrior was the flagship of the WWF at the time it was all on his shoulders.
There are a number of things that would have led to a longer more successful reign as champ for Warrior.
First and foremost Hogan supposedly passed the torch to Warrior at WM6. The plan then was for Hogan to take some time away from wrestling while he went to Hollywood and took the place by storm with blockbusters like Mr Nanny and Suburban Commando. But Hogan never really left and he was around often enough with his face on TV for the fans to never really get accustomed to life without him. Most of them figured that while he was there the belt should be around his waist. They figured nobody could second him. Not even Warrior.
Look at Summerslam '90. It was promoted as a double main event:
Hogan vs Earthquake in a "nothing at stake" match and
The Ultimate Warrior vs Rick Rude in a steel cage for the WWF Title.
Now tell me which of the above is a main event and which is an uppercard but pointless match. By booking the event like this they basically made Hogan and his grudge match with Earthquake equal to the WWF title match.
I think Warrior should have been given more time with the belt. 9 months wasn't long enough for the "Hogan Hangover" symptoms to wear off.
Even the fact that Warrior dropped the belt to Slaughter like he was supposed to. Why not let Warrior win it back at WM7? It would have got him way over with the very patriotic American audiences and finally put to rest Hogan's ghost.
But naw. They gave the belt back to Hogan because God knows he needed to feed his starving ego and after all he had been training, saying his prayers and taking his vitamins.
The only positive thing to come out of it is that Warriors retirement match with Savage at WM7 completely overshadowed Hogans win over Slaughter.
I don't know anything about Warrior leaving because he didn't get another title shot but Hogan vs Warrior 2 should have happened in 91/92 in WWF instead of in 1998 in WCW.
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