Professional with living Legend Bruce Prichard recently looked back at the epic heel turn of The Immortal Hulk Hogan in the World Championship Wrestling in 1996.
Hulk Hogan heel turn is indeed one of the most shocking incidents in professional wrestling history. The wrestler who was bound to be a babyface in WWE, he carried the same giving in WCW as well and suddenly he turned heel which shocked the entire world of professional wrestling back in the time.
Bruce Prichard Remembers Hulk Hogan’s Famous Heel Turn
The incident took place in 1996 as mentioned above, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash arrived from WWE to WCW and together they were known as the Outsiders. In the main event of Bash at the Beach pay per view event of 1996 the outsiders were scheduled to face Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger along with a mystery partner. Later the mystery partner was revealed to be Hulk Hogan.
Together these three men formed one of the most famous stable thin professional wrestling history The New World Order. Hulk Hogan became the leader of this stable. Firstly, it was a three men stable later it was expanded and a lot of names were added to the it.
Bruce Prichard recently spoke to Something To Wrestle where he looked back at the epic heel turn of The Immortal Hulk Hogan in the World Championship Wrestling in 1996. He said;
“I think more than anything it was, personally, I wish we had done it. I wish we had done it a while ago. It was more of their positioning that it was WWE vs. WCW with those talents. Finally, they had to come out and say ‘you guys don’t represent WWE’ even though the commentary tried to drive you that way all the time.
“So you’re looking at it through business eyes and not necessarily a fan’s eyes a lot of times. To the audience, it was Hulk Hogan and something they were familiar with. I dare say a lot of people were ready for him to turn. They wanted to boo him and had been booing him. So you had the perfect storm, and no matter what anybody says, I think the pivotal moment was Hulk turning heel for WCW.
“That’s what made the turn. When they did that, they made the turn and didn’t look back for 83 weeks…….iron sharpens iron and you’re being challenged now. That gets you on your toes. So yes, it was a completely different feeling, and as you say, thankful we didn’t turn Hulk when I wanted to back in 1993. I think it was an exciting time to be a fan of the product in general.”
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