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> Did he SAY he wasn't holding back? That's the only form of proof possible. Just because he said he would be dead could simply mean that 30% of Thor's power SHOULD be enough to kill Rulk and 90% of all characters in comics.
Hahaha! Okay, first of all; Thor has faced Hulk many times before and never got the upper hand for any length of time much less a difinitive win. Thor knew he was about to face a being who had just manhandled that same Hulk. Even Thor isn't dumb enough to look at that scenario and say; "Hmm... 30 percent should do it". He wouldn't even have time to scream... he'd be too busy trying to get the hammer out of his own mouth. If Thor is the seasoned warrior many make him out to be then he would have assessed the situation and brought his A game from the get go. I believe he did.
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> > Hulk #6 was a bunch of crock precisely because of what happened above. Thor in round 1 was swinging for the rafters while making death threats and yet not having any real impact on Rulk whatsoever. Then in round two its like Thor is fighting a whole different Rulk... one who is actually "fearing" for his life in the wake of the same Thor's assault. The worst part is that the reader is left to "speculate" (like what you're doing)... with no help from the writer whatsoever... as to how how Thor could possibly hurt Rulk in round 2 when he couldn't do squat to him in round 1.
Simple enough really... and eluded to in the issue. Hulk's gamma/ anger amp messes with Rulk's gamma/ heat amp weakening him enough for Thor's sneak attack to have results. Abomb says Thor can't beat Rulk (as was shown when Hulk wasn't around to weaken Rulk). Hulk was able to defeat Rulk only after getting his mad on enough, which he wasn't given time to do the first fight. Thor gave Hulk the time he needed to amp up, and Hulk weakened Rulk up so Thor could hurt him. It was a team effort neither would have won alone.