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Hulk Hogan Reveals Original Plan For WrestleMania 1 In 1985

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• Old School WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday

Old School WCW/WWF Veteran “The Man Of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (Real name: Dean Simon) celebrates his 59th birthday today.

Dean Malenko first made a name for himself in NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling / Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1994 to 1995, before he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1995 to become a part of the Cruiserweight division during the famous Monday Night Wars.

In early 2000, Malenko joined Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn and together they left WCW and signed with the World Wrestling Federation, where they became known as The Radicalz.

He retired from active professional wrestling in 2001 and became a road agent for the WWF (later WWE), a job he did until April 2019.


• Hulk Hogan Reveals Original Plan For WrestleMania 1 In 1985

During a recent appearance on Steve Austin Show podcast, WWE Hall of Famer “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan revealed that “Dr. D” David Schultz was originally supposed to be a part of the WrestleMania 1 main event in 1985, but an incident led to him getting replaced by Paul Orndorff.

Below is what Hogan said:

“It wasn’t a big corporate thing, it was this personal thing. It was like if you, I and our friends talk about starting a new company. When I first got up there it was just Vince and me, Patterson came about a year and a half later.

When he started talking about the WrestleMania thing, I was only up there for a year. He started talking about leveraging things, putting up the farm, putting up his house, he pretty much rolled the dice on this WrestleMania thing.

The match, which was really crazy between me, Mr. T and Piper and Orndorff was Dr. D (David Schultz) idea. All the sudden we started building it up as Piper and Dr. D vs. me and (Mr.) T. David decided to do his own angle.

At the Forum, I had T sitting ringside, because he was a friend of mine. And out of nowhere, Dr. D rolled out of the ring and b*tch slapped him, a shoot slap. Chief Strongbow had him arrested. Vince was pissed, that was pretty much the bullet that did him in.”

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