bpickering wrote: I forget it was either on the first Hulkamania VHS or The Best of WWF Vol 1.
Not listed above but the Hogan/Gene tag match is on the Collection.
I watched this last night. I believe this was originally shown on the first Titan Sports VHS tape I ever rented. I'm not sure if it ever aired anywhere else. The production value for it was terrible even by 1984 standards. It almost looks like a fan-cam and when fans raise their arms to cheer it partially blocks the shot. There are no different camera angles or zoom-ins. It's like you're in the cheap seats watching the action from afar with Vince doing a very obvious voice-over months later.
It's a fun match for what it is and Gene hits his few spots perfectly. You'd think that at some point over the next 5 years Gene would've joked in an interview with Mr. Fuji that he once pinned him, but I can't recall this match ever being acknowledged on WWF TV at any point. Of course I just might not remember, but it seems like it was exclusively for the MN market and then they slapped it on a VHS release and that was it.
Pretty sure it was on Best of WWF Vol 1, and fairly certain also on Hulkamania.
It was on the Best of WWF Vol 1. Was not on Hulkmania.
What was the set up for the match? Is there video of it anywhere?
This is what I was wondering. Other than the training videos, I don't recall any incident that precipitated the match. Maybe at the previous MN house show Fuji or Steele threatened Okerlund? I have no idea. It seems like the whole thing was a hot shot to really fuck with the AWA and they just needed a special attraction with recently departed AWA guys.
Also, I didn't remember Jesse Ventura being ringside supporting the heels and disputing the finish, and I'm not sure why he was there.
Going from memory- which is clogged with malted hops- Hogan wanted prove he could beat Fuji & Steele alone, so he picked Mean Gene as a partner. Having Gene as a partner was like not having a partner. In the match Gene wasn't supposed to actually wrestle. He and Hogan high fived- and the ref ruled it a tag and Gene was forced to enter the ring.
Last edited on Fri Jan 11th, 2019 02:25 am by The Ultimate Sin
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