Hulk Hogan is an undisputed legend in professional wrestling, having solidified his status as a superstar in the 80s and 90s. However, Hogan wasn’t always liked by his peers for a multitude of reasons. Now it appears that Ric Flair recalled the time Harley Race confronted Hulk Hogan with a gun.
WWE wasn’t always the global juggernaut that it is today. The wrestling industry was still in the grips of the national territory system, and Vince McMahon’s WWE was gradually taking over all the territories in North America.
As the face of the WWE during this time, Hulk Hogan drew the ire of many pro wrestlers who didn’t like the fact that WWE was trying to monopolize the business and break the territory system.
While speaking on his WOOOOOO! Nation podcast, 2-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair recalled an incident when WWE visited Harley Race’s NWA Kansas City territory. During that time, Race was so angry that he left a WWE event in a fit of rage to confront Hulk Hogan with a gun.
“Harley was so goddamn mad at WWE, WWF at that time, and he’s leaving me to wrestle [Bruiser] Brody over there and we had 3,000 people. He’s going over to the convention center to kill Hulk! He pulled out his 9 mm tucked into his pants and goes, ‘I’ll be back.’
The ring crew said, ‘he’d already been here and tried to light the ring on fire’ and they all told me he wanted to kill me, so I went across the street to the Rusty Scrupper and drank two bottles of wine and I just come sliding back there, right before the main event, hoping I’d miss him. I’m sitting on the toilet, going number two and I had my pants down, and Davey Boy Smith goes, ‘Harley’s here! Harley’s here! Harley’s here!’ and Davey Boy Smith started screaming.
And I pulled my pants up, but didn’t wipe my rear end, just blowing out of the bathroom to find him, and he was standing right there with a gun in his hand going, ‘I came here to blow your damn kneecaps off, but I’d rather work with you guys.’ He scared the hell out of me.”
Thankfully, nothing ended up happening as Hulk Hogan and Harley Race ended up working together on numerous occasions after that. Regardless, Hogan will always be grateful Race didn’t actually shoot him.
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