• Hulk Hogan Protected Top WCW Star
During a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff addressed false rumors that Hulk Hogan was using Goldberg to his advantage and revealed that the exact opposite was the case, as Hogan took Bill under his wing back in the day.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“I know for a fact that Hulk Hogan was a very, very big supporter of Bill Goldberg. One of the reasons why I ultimately had such a difficult time with Goldberg was due in no small part to the fact that Hulk was in his ear and essentially guiding him.
I understand that you know because Hulk knew that Goldberg was special. He also knew that Goldberg was inexperienced in the wrestling industry. Never had been in it, he was still new and unsure of himself in some respects. Not when it came to physicality – he was very confident in himself.
And Hulk, I would say, to a degree, under his wing, including getting Bill the same attorney that Hulk had, Henry Halls. And once Henry started managing Bill or representing Bill, things got difficult very fast, and that’s in no small part due to Hulk Hogan’s influence on Bill Goldberg to help protect him.
So this nefarious kind of scheming and planning as it relates to Bill Goldberg, at least by Hulk, I don’t think so. I genuinely believe that Hulk would have never manipulated Goldberg into a situation that was not a good situation for Bill. I wouldn’t believe that at all.”
Hollywood Hogan even put Goldberg over on July 6, 1998 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia in what’s still considered by far the biggest title change in WCW Monday NITRO history.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 29, 2001) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).
It featured pre-taped mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
– Crash Holly vs. Chris Nelson
– Edge vs. Funaki