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WWE History Vol. 1: The Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all Time 

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Honky Tonk Man the hero?

Was the Honky Tonk Man really a babyface when he joined the then-WWF in 1986? Just as Hulk Hogan.
Was the Honky Tonk Man really a babyface when he joined the then-WWF in 1986? Just as Hulk Hogan.

Wayne Farris landed a dream contract of a lifetime when Vince McMahon Jr. hired him during the WWE's Classic era.

When Vince met Farris in person, he believed that the Dynamite one bore a striking resemblance to Elvis Presley. Presley had died years ago but was experiencing a surge in popularity due to an ageing baby boomer population in the US.

Vince ordered Farris to dye his hair black and grow his sideburns even longer. This is the iconic Honky Tonk Man's appearance but, believe it or not, the character was originally envisioned as a baby face.

Hulk Hogan himself even gave Honky Tonk Man a 'seal of approval.' Unfortunately, fans did not respond well to babyface Honky Tonk Man, in much the same way that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson failed to get over as good guy Rocky Maivia.

This would lead to Honky Tonk Man asking for a 'vote of confidence' from the WWE fans. The results were about as predicted. Fortunately, Honky Tonk Man used the opportunity to turn heel.

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