Hulk Hogan is the man upon whom Wrestling was built. Look carefully at that phrasing, it wasn’t built by him, it was built ON him. He supported it when it expanded, he carried it, but he wasn’t the one behind it. If you don’t know who it is that was in fact behind it, perhaps this isn’t the best thread for you to be in. I mean, c’mon. If that isn’t common knowledge, the rest of this is going to be pretty higher learning.
Anyways, the topic may say Hulk Hogan, but the question is; Can Terry Bollea (maybe someone could help me on the spelling if I got it wrong) carry Backlash?
Does Backlash even need to be carried? I think this is pretty obvious, but only if you actually bother looking at it. It’s a rather strange thing to occupy yourself with, so allow me;
Don’t get me wrong here; Viscera has proven to be an extremely entertaining character as of late, and even put on a surprisingly decent match against Chris Benoit not too long ago. Not a classic, by any stretch of the imagination, but both guys looked good. He was ok against Batista, did his part, and has been otherwise not remarkably bad. At this point, I do feel he has actually justified his television time, I think he’s good at what he’s been used for thus far, but a hastily booked Kane feud with only two shows to really do anything isn’t the answer. Trish and Viz have been great, entertaining stuff, but it didn’t really help the feud out. This can only be the WWE trying to build up Kane again, after his string of significant losses. He’s been jobbed pretty hard this year, including a loss to Matt Hardy, which after his injury and firing was pretty worthless, several losses to Triple H, another loss at Mania, Loss to Shawn Michaels… He’s had wins over guys like Christian on Raw, sure, but his Main Event record is terrible, has been for years.
The inclusion of a Tag-Team Turmoil match is appealing, but I don’t think it’s going to put a lot of asses in the seats. Could definitely help the division, make those belts valuable if it’s a start of similar high-stakes matchups, but it’s not going to do it on it’s own, c’mon.
Edge vs. Benoit, alright, building since Mania, sort of. Benoit hasn’t really been given any mic time for it, and has more or less been involved by being beat up a lot. I think this feud is all about making Edge look good for Batista, maybe one of a few, since I don’t think just one such story is going to elevate Edge to that point.
Jericho vs. Shelton Benjamin
Nothing on that card is going to make someone think it’s worth thirty dollars to see. It’s not going to sell viewers at home, and that is where the money is. So, then, the only match left is Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels vs Hassan and Daivari
I believe this, not because I’ve heard it so many times, but because I’ve been watching for word of one thing. I’ve been watching for the Hulk Hogan Leg Drop. The Leg Drop is as big a part of Hulk Hogan as his after match routine and the ripping of the shirt. It’s part and parcel with being the Real American, it’s part of his super-man comeback. He’s the biggest name in wrestling, and has been since the creation of that comeback, he’s not going to change it now; he’s not going to stop hitting his trademark leg.
Every guy always says you worry, when you’re going out, how you’ll be remembered. It’s the number one reason guys have for never retiring. They don’t know if they’ll be able to let go. It’s not that they can’t, necessarily, but trying is kind of scary, because so many guys haven’t managed it so well.
So, if people can see this, can Terry Bollea revive the Hulk Hogan character one more time, and bring the fans to see him one more time, or will his performance be found too wanting to be worth thirty dollars. To people who watch wrestling, to the vast majority, thirty dollars is a fair chunk of change for three hours of TV. I’d rather see it in the theater, and I’m a huge fan of wrestling, so it’s clearly on people’s minds.
I love seeing Hulk Hogan on TV, but when we consider that, does Hulk Hogan have the power to cost thirty bucks a home? If me and some buddies got together and each chipped in ten, maybe, and it’s an actual maybe, I’d see it. Depends on whether or not I have nothing else to do. But I was never a Hulk Hogan fan. The question here is, how big a percentage of the wrestling demographic do I represent opinion-wise, and is that a big enough hit to make Backlash a failure?