Posts Tagged ‘Hulk Hogan’

In hindsight, the 1982 film Rocky III turned out to be an important piece of the 1980‘s. Continuing the tradition from the last sequel, it opens with a recap of Rocky’s victory over Apollo Creed in Rocky II, before that famous guitar riff starts and the Eye of the Tiger montage begins. We see Rocky enjoying wealth and fame, doing commercials, and appearing on the Muppet show. All the while Rocky is defending his title against various opponents, eventually stacking up ten title defenses. Meanwhile, a young hungry southpaw named Clubber Lang (Mr. T) is racking up victories, and calling out Rocky in front Mickey, Rocky’s manager.

Just as the first film, Rocky III parallels where Stallone was in his life at the time. In this film, Rocky is caught up in his fame and fortune, and doesn’t take Clubber Lang seriously. In short, Rocky loses the belt to Lang, Mickey dies, and Apollo Creed offers to help Rocky train for a rematch. They go to L.A. to train, and Rocky wins the title back.

This movie takes a departure in tone of the first two movies. There’s more glitz and glam, and the fights are filmed more like an action movie than a drama. It’s also the only Rocky where we see the fight at the end in its entirety.

For the first time we see Rocky doubt himself, which is interesting. Unfortunately Stallone at this point wasn’t really an actor anymore. There’s a scene on the California beach where Adrian gets Rocky to snap out of his funk. Actress Talia Shire completely carries the scene through some really stiff dialogue.

For me personally Rocky III is noteworthy because it’s the first Rocky I’d ever seen. I watched it on HBO when I was little. In that part where Mr. T. taunts Rocky, he says Adrian should come to his apartment so she can see a real man. I remember not understanding what that meant, but my young brain presumed it had something to do with her seeing him naked. Before the first fight scene I remember telling my mom that Mr. T. was going to be all washed up. Then I was surprised of course when Mr. T. won. As the movie kept going and I realized they were going to have another fight, I assured my mother again that Mr. T. would be all washed up, and this time he was.

There’s a really great piece of music for the scene when Mickey died, and Rocky wanders around his old neighborhood (places from the first movie). In my Rocky Balboa post I’d mentioned how I went to Korea. I ended up staying there a lot longer than I planned. When I came back I remember wandering around my hometown, as well as the town I went to college in and other places, and I could hear that piece of music in my head. It was a real morose haunting kind of feeling.

Rocky III is certainly not a masterpiece in film, but it’s important to 1980’s culture in that it introduced the world to two classic 80‘s icons, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, along with his iconic catch phrase “I pity the fool.” Just a year later Mr. T. went on to star in the hit series the A. Team, and also had his own Saturday morning cartoon show and even his own breakfast cereal. Hogan of course went on to be a mega star in the world of professional wrestling. In fact, both Hogan and Mr. T. would headline the very first Wrestlemania in 1985. Rocky III also introduced the Rocky statue, and the song “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, which is now synonymous with the franchise. All in all it’s a punched filled time capsule of 80’s awesomeness.

One hobby among wrestling fans is to poke fun at some of the sillier moments in wrestling history, and one event that ranks up their among the silliest is the yappapi match.

In March 2000 World Championship Wrestling had their Uncensored Pay Per View event in which the main event was Hulk Hogan (who was back to the red and yellow/not the evil Hollywood Hogan anymore) vs Ric Flair in a strap match. In a strap match the two wrestlers are tied together, and you win by touching all four corners of the ring. For some reason WCW decided to call this a Yappapi Indian Strap Match. The origins of the word Yappapi are unknown to me, but I’m going to guess there isn’t really an Indian tribe by that name.  (Even better, during the match Hogan won by pinfall, the rules of touching all for corners were seemingly ignored at the end.)

Anyway Hogan cut some pretty crazy promos for this match, and once youtube came around people were editing them into some funny videos. The one I’m linking has this promo, along with a Flair promo from when he and Hogan toured Australia years later, set to music. Pure nuttiness in all its glory. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Without a doubt the number one fantasy match that never happened in professional wrestling is Hulk Hogan vs Stone Cold Steve Austin. One of the many things that fill Youtube is fan made wrestling promos for matches that never happened. There’s a lot of Hogan Austin promos out there, but I think this one takes the cake. There was actually another one from years ago I wanted to give honorable mention to, but I think it’s not online anymore. Anyway, enjoy!