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Current Raw Star Was Considered To Face Hulk Hogan At WrestleMania 9

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (January 5, 1998) – Macho Man vs. Lex Luger

On this day in 1998, World Championship Wrestling had “The Macho Man” Randy Savage wrestle Lex Luger on a LIVE episode of WCW Monday Nitro.

Later that year they would become team partners, when both would join the nWo Wolfpac faction.

• Current Raw Star Was Considered To Face Hulk Hogan At WrestleMania 9

During a recent edition of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard podcast, Bruce Prichard (f.k.a Brother Love) revealed that Old School WWF Veteran and current Raw Superstar Goldust was originally considered to face “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 9.

Below is the story (transcript credit to Wrestlinginc):

“Let me put it this way; we were interested in Dustin Runnels, not Dustin Rhodes. WrestleMania 9 we were looking for something for Hulk Hogan to do; an opponent for him at WrestleMania 9.

Hulk had been away and it was time for him to come back, but he didn’t feel that there was really an opponent for him so Pat Patterson and I were looking at different talent outside of the WWF that we can bring in and create an opponent for Hogan and not get someone from the roster but bring someone new in to work with Hogan. We had seen Dustin Rhodes working on the TBS show, WCW Saturday Night.

We thought, man, he moves, he is smooth, a good, decent sized worker. Dustin is a big kid, and I remember thinking, oh my God. I then started to do a Dusty Rhodes promo because Dusty had always done this promo to me to pitch a match with Dusty Rhodes and Hulk Hogan.

I start doing all these Dusty Rhodes promos and asked if you can imagine, not a match between Dusty Rhodes and Hogan, but it would actually be his son that comes in to work with Hulk Hogan?

We had Hogan on speaker phone and Vince McMahon asked me to pitch the idea to Hulk, and I’m looking at Vince like, he doesn’t want me to pitch it he wants Vince to pitch it. He wants to hear from the boss, he doesn’t care what Bruce and Pat Patterson have, what does Vince have?

So, I go in there with this big, long elaborate pitch, cutting promos, then suddenly Hogan’s reaction was, ‘you mean that skinny little kid with the buggy-whipped arms I see on TBS this past Saturday?’ Vince checked out at that point.

Hogan wasn’t interested and that meant we weren’t getting passed that conversation.”

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