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Batista, Hogan, Flair, DOD and 1994


With the Batista rumored "win the belt" clause in his contract, it got me thinking back to Hogan's WCW jump in 1994. They bring him in, first PPV he takes the belt off Flair. Then in October, he beats Flair in a cage match with Flair's career on the line, all this to build to a Starrcade main with him against Brother Booty Man? 

Did Hogan's creative clause give him the power to book all of his angles? I mean, why not build to the Flair career match at Starrcade?

Oh yeah dude, I'm pretty sure Hogan's contract literally said the words "HOGAN CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS" in bold letters.  Really though, the Havoc show was more important to Bischoff than Starrcade, and it worked in this case and popped a big number.  But yes, Hogan had iron-clad and complete control over everything he did, absolutely.  


  1. If it involved Hogan in *any* way, he had the final say.

  2. If any performer deserved this type of clause, it's Hogan.....

  3. Seems like WCW could never figure out what the biggest PPV of the year should be. Sometimes it was Starrcade, sometimes it was a throw-away shit card like in 1990-92, while Great American Bash was the big show. Hell, sometimes it was Halloween Havoc. They didn't seem to have a "WrestleMania", where every year that was THE show to look forward to.

  4. Which is still crazy to me. The GAB and Starrcade should always have been pushed as their biggest shows of the year.

  5. What EXACTLY was Bischoff's beef with Flair? From everything I read, he did everything he could to get rid of Flair while Flair was too stupid to just to say "fuck it, I'll go to WWE."

  6. ARRRRGH THE BARBARIANMarch 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Attitude Era Flair. Hmm. He might have been better off in WCW

  7. Quite frankly knowing what we now know about Flair today makes me think he was a total pain to deal with. Doesn't excuse Bischoff for constantly shitting on his legacy but who knows what really went on backstage.

  8. ARRRRGH THE BARBARIANMarch 4, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    It's a bad time of year when you think about, it's right around/after the holidays and people have already spent their money. Might make you less willing to buy the show or go to it and you're never going to make a big deal out of it at that time of year like WWE does with WM. People kinda have other things to do. I went to Starrcade 97, it was on 12/28 or something like that.

    Horrid time to do an "event"

  9. Your_Favourite_LoserMarch 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    "If it involved Hogan in *any* way, he had the final say."

    except his divorce!

    and the sex tape!


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