WWE is always looking to see who the next big star will be and sometimes that calls for taking a chance on a new guy. Lex Luger was looked at as a possible replacement for The Hulkster, but it didn’t pan out.
Despite WWE pushing the Lex Express like it was nobody’s business and giving Luger big moments in the ring, it just didn’t work for him like Hogan. Years later he can look back at WWE’s booking idea for him during that time and he sees the flaws.
While speaking to Sports Illustrated, Lex Luger admitted that there will never be another Hogan. That didn’t stop Vince McMahon from trying to elevate him to that level.
“There will never, ever be anything but one original Hulk Hogan. I was just trying to be the best Lex Luger I could be with my character. I never thought or would want to try to fill the shoes of Hulk Hogan. He was a phenomenon that was above and beyond almost anything the wrestling industry has ever seen.”
“Looking back in time now, I really look at the highlights of it. I had the opportunity to slam Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid. That was a phenomenal moment in my career, definitely one of the highlights. The [Lex Express] tour was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. I was in the main event of SummerSlam, and that was a big deal. I look at that as a big part of my career. I did the storyline to the best of my ability, and did my very best to fulfill my role in the story. I did the best I was capable of at the time; I can definitely tell you that.”
So many years later, it’s evident whose name stood taller in pro wrestling history. We’ll have to see if Lex Luger ever has his name called for the WWE Hall of Fame, but Hogan has two inductions under his belt at this point.
There are some who are pulling for Luger’s WWE Hall of Fame induction, but that hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps him showing up on the first episode of WCW Nitro is still a sticking point with Vince McMahon. Either way, Luger can look back with a lot more clarity at his career right now.
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