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WWE News: Hulk Hogan's first impression of Goldust revealed

The real reason why their program never came to pass!

News 05 Jan 2018, 13:45 IST

Let's just say it really wasn't very favourable
Let's just say it really wasn't very favourable, at the time

What's the story?

Goldust captured the imagination of the WWE Universe when he first made his shocking debut. No character like him had been seen back then, and to be honest, ever since.

One person who was not impressed with Goldust, or rather his alter ego, Dustin Rhodes, was Hulk Hogan. Bruce Prichard revealed how Hulk Hogan turned down a chance to work with him on his Podcast, 'Something to Wrestle With'.

In case you didn't know...

The year was 1993. Hulk Hogan was no longer as hot as he once was, and Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard and the rest of WWE's think tank at the time were searching for a suitable opponent for the man who put the company on the map, for WrestleMania 9.

Hogan would end up facing Yokozuna in an impromptu match at WrestleMania, and manage to pick up a big win.

The heart of the matter

Prichard remembered being impressed with Dustin Rhodes/Goldust when he first saw the man perform: (H/T Wrestling News Source)

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. 

The idea was to then bring him in as a suitable opponent for Hogan at "The Show of Shows". Except the match never materialized because of Hogan's reaction to Rhodes:

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 past that conversation.

What's next?

Goldust is still an active part of the current WWE roster and is currently working with the 205 Live crew, at this moment. Hogan, on the other hand, is no longer a part of the company, because of certain racist remarks that he'd made in a private video.

What a turn of events from 1993.

Author's take

Sometimes when you hear Hulk Hogan stories, it is difficult to sympathize with the man. The backstage pull that he had was immense, and he pulled many strings to ruin several programs.

In any case, shout out to Bruce Prichard's podcast, because there's really nothing like it, in the whole world.

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