Hulk Hogan is regarded as one of the most famous pro wrestlers of all time. His time in WWE saw the birth of WrestleMania, and he broke barriers in pop culture as well. That push to megastardom also came with a bit of an inflated ego.

On the recent episode of his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff shared his insight on a range of topics. One of the subjects he discussed was the feud between Hulk Hogan and Billy Kidman during The Great American Bash 2000 event.

Eric Bischoff reflected on the criticism WCW received from fans regarding the rivalry, specifically concerning the perception that Hogan didn’t properly elevate Kidman in their matches.

“I’ve never hidden the fact or shied away from the fact that I’m friends with Hulk. I was friends with him then, and I’m still friends with him, so I don’t want this to sound like I’m just defending Hulk Hogan, but I’m going to because Hulk wanted this thing to work too. Hulk had a good deal with WCW. Hulk wanted it to work, but was smart enough to recognize that things were falling apart.”


“Like me, to a degree, when I agreed to work with Russo, he went into this with the best intentions but also recognized that he had to change too. He had to be willing to do things that his character otherwise would never have done, and Hulk didn’t want to work with Kidman. Hulk thought it was a ridiculous idea from the get go, but also recognized that there was this, part of it was, you know, managing the roster and trying to manage morale. Part of this was, okay, if 60% of our roster, or 30% of our roster, a large enough percentage of our roster, believes that they’re never going to get an opportunity here, then as a leader, as the most significant talent on the roster, or one of them at least, Hulk felt responsible to try to make things work and the Kidman idea was his attempt. It wasn’t his idea, by the way, but Hulk agreed to do it because he wanted to kind of break the perception and improve the morale to the degree that he could.”

“He didn’t want to work with Billy Kidman. He didn’t think that there was a story, and nothing to do with Billy. Billy is a phenomenal talent. He certainly was back then. It just wasn’t believable. There was no story there that made it believable. There was not enough story there to make people go, you know, I don’t get it. Hulk Hogan, 275 pounds, 24 inch pythons, all the stuff that we’ve learned and identify with in terms of Hulk Hogan’s character, now he’s going to get in a ring with a guy that probably at the time weighed a buck 90 and was relatively new. It just wasn’t believable, but it was Hulk’s attempt to try to break through the perception within the audience and certainly within the locker room, that if you’re in the middle of the card that there’s no chance you’re ever gonna wrestle in a main event, and that’s what this was.”

Hulk Hogan is a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, but he didn’t achieve that without a lot of controversy along the way. This included fans viewing his contributions to the business as a bit selfish as well. It seems that we might have another great illustration of that.

Hulk Hogan is still recovering after lifetime of taking bumps in the ring. Only time will tell where he has his next match, or if that is even a possibility.

What’s your take on this situation with Hulk Hogan? Do you think Hulk Hogan was hard to work with? Sound off in the comments!

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