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Subj: Re: Hulk Hogan was the most marketable and easily promotable wrestler of the era,
Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:14:32 pm EDT (Viewed 124 times)
Reply Subj: Hulk Hogan was the most marketable and easily promotable wrestler of the era,
Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 02:48:17 am EDT (Viewed 6 times)

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What's sad is that back when there was a steroid investigation as I recall Hogan could have turned states evidence against Vince McMahon and really rocked the industry to its knees. If memory serves though a deal was cut so that he could leave NWO and return to WWF/WWE.

Still, he is one person who could likely still expose many dirty secrets of the industry. Also as I recall, Brett Hart has things to say after what happened to his brother and the "Montreal Screwjob" as it is known. I'd love to see some "tell all" books that reveal the big secrets much like books that exposed the steroids in baseball.

Do a Google search sometime for all the wrestlers from the 80's to now and see how many are dead and what got them. The majority died at rather young ages from serious health problems, liver, heart, etc.

Macho Man/Randy Savage had heart failure and died while driving his vehicle.
Junk Yard Dog was a car accident as I recall
Big John Stud: major health issues
Rick Rude: heart attack
Elizabeth Hurley: drug overdose

You aren't wrong in terms of marketability. I apologize if I already told this story (because I hate it when people do it to me) but my first exposure to pro wrestling is when I came across Thunderlips wrestling The Iron Sheik for the world championship. That's how I knew Hulk Hogan at that point, from his character in Rocky III. His appearance in that movie went a long, long way in terms of exposure.

As to deaths and debilitating health, you can add The British Bulldogs to the list. The Dynamite Kid is in a wheelchair and Davey Boy Smith died of a heart attack due to anabolic steroid use. And yeah, Junkyard Dog died at the wheel of his car, they think he fell asleep.

If you look at the number of professional wrestlers and compare it to any other sport or entertainment genre, there is a higher number of deaths and debilitating injuries than any other.


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