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Eric Bischoff Shoots Down A 25 Year Old Rumor About Hulk Hogan

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 26, 1993) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1994’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioner & Mike Bell

– Crush vs. Mike Davis

– Ludwig Borga vs. Tatanka (From Raw)

– Owen Hart vs. Paul Vandale

– IRS Interview

– Royal Rumble Report

– Double J vs. Scott Taylor

• Eric Bischoff Shoots Down A 25 Year Old Rumor About Hulk Hogan

During a recent edition of 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff addressed the rumor of “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan not wanting to go to North Korea in 1995 for the “Collision In Korea” event because he didn’t want to lose to Antonio Inoki.

Below is what Bischoff said about this rumor:

“No, there wasn’t a possibility. And I know a lot of fans and people that are students of the history of wrestling in general and Hogan in particular, want to believe that type of narrative because it’s been out there and it’s so prevalent.

But, you know, Hogan had no problem doing the job for Billy Kidman on national television. So I don’t think that doing a job for Antonio Inoki in Pyongyang, North Korea, was really the issue.

The issue really was the travel. And to this day. I mean, Hulk doesn’t like to travel. He’s never really liked traveling.

He pretty much wrote that off back in 1994 when he left the WWF, because, for a variety of other reasons, but one of those was he just didn’t like being away from his kids and his home.

So it really was despite the narrative and I know it’s so popular and ingrained in so many minds that it’ll never go away. But, you know, ‘jobbing to Inoki,’ and I have a hard time even saying it because it sounds so juvenile.

But I understand the question. I’m not criticizing you for asking it, because it’s one that I think a lot of people probably believe, but it’s just not true.”

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