I remember when Hulk Hogan and the legion of Hulkamaniacs returned to the World Wrestling Federation back in 1993. The stage was set at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada for WrestleMania IX – the greatest pro wrestling phenomenon the world had ever seen at the time. The WWF did it right back in the early 90’s. The pageantry. The spectacle. For crying out loud this event featured the very first appearance of a youngish looking Jim Ross – Jerry Lawler’s hetero-lifemate. And who could forget the Hulkster’s grand finale? After losing a grueling 20 minute tag-team match to Money Inc. Hogan would seek and find retribution by winning the WWF title against Yokozuna – just moments after the sumo wrestler defeated then champion, Bret Hart. They certainly don’t make spontaneous title fights like they used to. That night everything fell into it’s proper cosmic place, and all was right in the world.
Ah, the good ol’ days of pro wrasslin.
Fast forward to 2013 and the arrival of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to TNA’s Impact Wrestling. Jackson made his debut Thursday night, and all things considered his “performance” wasn’t half-bad. Clearly Rampage’s handlers played to the Memphis native’s strong suite: Stare downs, mean mugs and short (very short) dialog. So how do you fill the rest of a live five minute promo? You send in a veteran with experience on the mic and the ability to create a new rivalry for your organization. You send in Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle.
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