Writing about the 1990 Royal Rumble was rather interesting as I hadn’t quite remembered how Hogan’s career went down back then. I was in high school at the time and wasn’t watching as regularly as I should have. I admit it, I was not as dedicated as I later became, but I still loved watching the show when I could. I will admit one thing, during this time I was not a Hogan fan. I just wasn’t impressed of thrilled with him in any way. Much of it had to be that he wasn’t a snazzy dresser and I liked some of the wilder ring gear of the time, even though I didn’t realize what idiots some of them (Ultimate Warrior) were at the time.
Some might have thought Hogan’s career was in full swing at this point as he won the Royal Rumble two years in a row, but looking back now we know that Hogan was just getting started. I won’t say that the majority of his later career has been good, or even that we can stomach watching him, but I will give him credit for longevity, such as it is.
The 1991 Royal Rumble Match started with Bret Hart and Dino Bravo. Bravo was eliminated first by Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine. Bret Hart was eliminated fourth by Taker, but that was over twenty minutes into the match! The #18 entrant was supposed to be Macho Man Randy Savage, but he no showed. The announcers, Gorilla Monsoon and Rowdy Roddy Piper, decided that Savage must have fled the arena to get away from Warrior who he had earlier attacked and caused to lose the WWF Title in his match against Sgt. Slaughter. Hulk Hogan entered at #24 and eliminated seven people, the last two included his good friend Nasty Knobbs and the man he’d been feuding with until that point, Earthquake. Rick Martel broke Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase’s longevity record by lasting 52:17. Hogan was the first to win the Royal Rumble Match twice and the first to be named #1 contender for it.
Hogan went into WMVII as the #1 contender to Sgt. Slaughter’s WWF Title. Slaughter had only won the WWF Title at the Royal Rumble, but his reign was short-lived as Hogan defeated him, giving Hogan his third Title reign. Hogan feuded with Slaughter through part of the year, but nothing overly exciting. At Survivor Series Hogan faced Taker who beat him for the WWF Championship, but only with the help of Ric Flair. Six days later at This Tuesday In Texas Hogan won the Title back, but Flair was involved in this match as well, so the Title was vacated.
Going into 1992 the steroid scandal started. There were a lot of accusations, much controversy and it almost ended Hogan’s career. Not long after this Hogan left the WWF and didn’t return for almost a year. As there’s so much to write about Hogan’s career, I’m going to end this off here. If anyone is interested (hopefully more than just one person), I will happily continue writing about Hogan’s career, the ebb and flow of it all.
Thanks for reading,