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The Giant


So I've been following along with your Nitro reviews detailing the arrival of Hall and Nash, and I jumped forward to the Great American Bash and the following Nitro. On back to back nights, the Giant counters out of the Torture Rack, hits the chokeslam, and pins Luger clean, and then the following night shrugs off a chair shot, hits the chokeslam, and pins Scott Steiner clean. My question is this: did they have anything in mind for him long term, or was the plan only to build him up so Hogan could get the title at Road (or Hog, whichever) Wild? 

​I dunno, in the Observers at the time Dave is equally mystified at Giant's push.  It would make sense that big bad monster heel Giant gets slain by returning babyface Hulk Hogan, because that's the one story that Hogan knows how to tell (over and over and over) so I can assume that's what the payoff was supposed to be.  Which is why it's so weird that they kept the belt on him once they figured out that Hogan was going heel.  The logical thing would have been putting the belt back on Savage or Luger and letting Hogan screw one of them out of the belt, instead of heel Giant who then turns heel and joins the nWo anyway.  

Also, double fuck them for taking the tag belts off Sting and Luger and having the Outsiders win them from Harlem Heat instead.  How perfect would it have been for the squabbling tag champs to finally get on the same page and start dominating as champions, only to get steamrolled by the nWo at Hog Wild?  It would have KILLED people and ripped their hearts out.  That would have been glorious!  ​

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  1. Luger was TV champ too which was kinda forgotten about until The Outsiders helped Regal beat him for the belt.

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  2. Stuck the landing.

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  3. "Which is why it's so weird that they kept the belt on him once they figured out that Hogan was going heel."

    I didn't know if i was going heel, until right before i went out there,. Brother! - Hulk Hogan

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  4. Doctor FunkopolisApril 25, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    They screwed Luger and themselves by not having him win the title.

    Luger manning up and redeeming himself as a face, winning the title from the unstoppable Giant and then getting right in the face of the burgeoning NWO alongside Savage and Sting only to have Hogan turn and eventually steal the title from him? That's an amazing story.

    But even if you don't do that and everything stays the same? He had to win WW3. It was the obvious conclusion, but it was also the best one. Luger running through the NWO to get a shot at the title is something that would have made money.

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  5. All parts being equal I don't think this stuff mattered much in the long run of the nWo vs. WCW stroyline. Although little things like this did eventually catch up with WCW.

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  6. 1. WCW

    ​Sting

    2. Intercontinental Title

    ​tito Santana

    3. Canada

    ​Bret Hart.

    4. ECW

    ​Paul Heyman.

    5. Attitude Era

    ​Steve Austin.

    6. Wrestlemania

    ​Shawn Michaels. ​

    7. Tag Team

    Rock and roll express

    8. NWA Champion

    ​Ric flair

    9. Raw

    ​Steve Austin

    10. Starrcade

    ​Ric flair

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  7. Hulk is just the man plain and simple. Is he suppose to be honest?

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  8. What really drives me crazy to this day is Hogan dropping the leg on Savage instead of Sting at Bash at the Beach.

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  9. 1. WCW
    Booker T

    2. Intercontinental Title
    Randy Savage

    3. Canada
    ​Bret Hart.

    4. ECW
    RVD​

    5. Attitude Era
    Rock​

    6. Wrestlemania
    Hulk Hogan

    7. Tag Team
    Dudleys

    8. NWA Champion
    Ric Flair

    9. Raw
    Steve Austin

    10. Starrcade
    Ric Flair

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  10. Most of these seem about right for me.... But then for RAW, for some reason my first thought was "Michael Cole."

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  11. Theberzerker, #1 HUSS CHOMPIONApril 25, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    I think once they got rolling with the nWo angle they stopped being able to focus on anything else and really didn't care what was going on with the world title, they just made a beeline to put it on Hogan at the next show.

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  12. It didnt matter who had the belts at Hog wild.


    In front of 250K bikers the villains were going to be the babyfaces that night.

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  13. Made for a more concrete heel turn to me. Hogan and Savage fought in the past but it felt more like two brothers squabbling. This was an ultimate act of betrayal.

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  14. Battle Kat LitterApril 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    What? Nobody's first thought when reading "attitude era" is Triple H? How can this be possible? Our brains must be faulty.

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  15. My first thought of Attitude Era was DX Tank.

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  17. Or black people.

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