Road To WrestleMania XXX – Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan's WrestleMania

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The Hulkster hasn’t had a match at WrestleMania since his match in 2002 against the Rock. But I thought it’d be nice to look back at the guy who carried WrestleMania in its early years and is back for the 30th one. Continue reading

WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania 2

WrestleMania 2

If you missed the first WrestleMania 30 for 30 discussing the very first WrestleMania, check it out.

Superfriends Universe and Fight Game Blog now bring you, our WrestleMania 30 for 30 – WrestleMania 2 podcast.

Big D, Jason, and I discuss all the build up, hype, and angles about that show. I have tons of memories about that show as my wrestling fandom kicked into high gear in early 1986.

Check out our second WrestleMania 30 for 30 and let us know what you think!

WrestleMania Memories With GG

Benoit and EddieBefore I get to my favorite memories, you should first read Big D’s, Alan’s, Duan’s, and Cadillac Don’s entries.

What is your oldest WrestleMania moment?

Yes, I am old enough to have watched a copy of the first WrestleMania a few months after it happened. But I don’t have a real “first” memory from that show because I didn’t really know what I was watching. Like Don, my first memory involves King Kong Bundy, but it wasn’t of him dropping an elbow on Little Beaver. It was of he, Don Muraco, and King Kong Bundy “Pearl Harboring” the great Hulkster on the Saturday Night Main event before the big show. That angle is really what hooked me on wrestling. I didn’t get to see WrestleMania 2 live, but I was able to find out the results fairly quickly. It was the first time I cared about what happend.

What is your favorite WrestleMania moment and why?

Even though it’s probably not the most popular scene nine years later, my favorite WrestleMania moment was at the end of WrestleMania XX when two friends realized their dreams and their emotions were real in this fake sport. Continue reading

Wrestlemania 2 – Pearl Harbor

WrestleMania 2I remember it like it was yesterday. I was watching Saturday Night’s Main Event where the big angle for this Wrestlemania started. The main event was scheduled for Hulk Hogan vs. The Magnificent Muraco and instead of Muraco’s regular manager Mr. Fuji by his side, Bobby Heenan was in his corner. They said that Fuji had the flu, which was an angle alert. However, I was only nine so I didn’t know about angle alerts. During the match, Hogan went after Heenan and King Kong Bundy came in to attack Hogan and “pearl harbor” him as Vince McMahon would say. It was a sneak attack that left Hogan laying in the ring, taking big splash after big splash. As a young Hulkamaniac, I was devastated. I had just been turned on to wrestling the year before by my best friend at the time, and I bit hook, line, and sinker. There I was, up at midnight, watching my hero take the beating of his life. Bundy was played up huge. He was a mountain of a man. He actually resembled the letter “O” with his short but fat torso and lack of neck. He used to be called a condominium with legs. As Hogan lay lifeless in the ring, I was upset at this guy with the bald head and wrinkled forehead. But I was smart enough to know my guy was going to get revenge. The storyline was that Hogan was in the hospital suffering from rib injuries and you could write the Hulkster to wish him well. I wasn’t that gullible, but I know other young kids were. They even had Mean Gene Okerlund talk to the doctor and they showed x-rays of Hogan to sell the angle. They would meet again in the main event of Wrestlemania 2 and in a steel cage.

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