The Dungeon of Doom | Wrestling With Wregret

The Dungeon of Doom | Wrestling With Wregret


where am I there’s no regret is here I’ve never been here before ah it’s not hot wait why am i yelling [Music] nobody’s ever been able to defeat Brian’s a except now that I think about it everyone you’ll ever wrestle beat you up but it doesn’t matter it goes like this now your demise is etched in stone I said your demise is etched in stone that was a – come on guys [Music] it is without question that Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest and most important figures in wrestling history you might not like his in-ring style or his backstage politics or his tall tales or his flagrant racism but the fact remains that if it weren’t for Hogan’s run in the 1980’s wrestling as we know it could have turned out very different think of how insane it must have been to be Hulk Hogan in the mid 1980s you were the guy what would become the largest wrestling company in America and the world your name and face was put on anything the company could sell selling out arenas touring the world wrestling seven days a week and twice on Sundays sacrificing all semblance of a normal life to entertain millions of fans when looking back it’s easy to see why the Hulk Hogan experiment worked so well he had a great look and unmatched charisma paired with entertaining story lines and angles that saw topple some of the biggest meanest nastiest guys to ever grace the squared circle now back then then approach was like a charm can’t say the same thing about that 1994 though the hoaxsters signing with WCW was a pivotal moment in wrestling’s modern history the man who was once the World Wrestling Federation’s biggest star joined their direct competition was a huge deal it’d be like if Derek Jeter left the New York Yankees to play for the Boston Red Sox it kicked a war between the two companies into another gear but now that WCW had Hulk in the fold what are they gonna do with them well why don’t use the same formula that worked so well the WUF that’ll get the fans a cheer Hogan right right it’s time to talk about the Dungeon of Doom long heralded is one of the cheesiest things in the history of the business that’s right the same company that brought us spin the wheel make the deal White Castle of fear cheat him the one-eyed midget blowing up a boat Robocop lost in Cleveland and the No Limit soldiers were able to truly outdo themselves with this one a group that was created with the sole purpose of getting one man and one man only over with the fans the dod hung around longer than anyone could have expected finally shutting down long after his relevance had expired how could something so silly dominate the company for so long let’s take a closer look and find out upon signing with WCW in 90 for the hoaxer showed how good of a super pal he was like any all his friends to come over to the new playground as well Randy Savage Brutus Beefcake the nasty boys and Jimmy Hart where does some of the many folks across an enemy territory for fewer dates and more money well after their biggest drawing years Hogan’s very first contest in the company was a dream match for the world title against Ric Flair which the Hulkster won handily after blowing there one beginning on such a high note where else could Hogan possibly go for that answer we turned to Kevin Sullivan the man who returned to WCW not too long before Hogan’s historic signing upon his return he began teaming up with the equalizer now renamed Dave Sullivan Kevin’s cafe brother brother so yes Kevin Sullivan now has a dyslexic brother named Dave who refers to himself as a bad because that’s how dyslexia works Dave who was portrayed as naive and childlike goes gaga for Hulk Hogan now that he’s signed with a company this lets a fire of jealousy under brother Kevin who vows to destroy Hulkamania in response before I go any further I just want to reiterate the fact that Kevin sold it embarked and what would become a multi-year war with Hulk Hogan simply because he wasn’t his brother’s favorite wrestler anymore Vanek’s Kevin Sullivan the most justified and tragic villain in WCW history before the Dungeon of Doom officially began Sullivan formed the three faces of fear that’s Kevin avalanche and the butcher avalanche is the former earthquake who was given one of the laziest three christenings imaginable but hey I’m a chiral disaster as a natural disaster am i right the butcher of course is Edie Leslie better known as Brutus Beefcake better known as Brutus the fucking barber beefcake one of the first people Hogan brought with him to WCW Leslie was revealed to be the masked man who’ve been attacking Hogan for weeks turning heel upon the reveal and being given the butcher name I’m guessing it was because the word can be used to describe someone who’s bad at being a barber but that may be too obvious the three faces of fear reach their highest point at Starrcade 1994 where the butcher challenged former best friend Hulk Hogan for the WCW championship in the main event in a losing effort again this fact bears repeating Brutus Beefcake fought Hulk Hogan for the World Championship in the May event of the biggest show of the year for WCW in the year 1994 that’s both the setup and the punch line on we go to the spring of 95 as Hogan moved on to a few evader and Eve at Sullivan went full Eugene the three faces of fear more or less dissolved after slam burry Kevin found himself on a spirit journey following a voice that led him through the woods and into a cave where he met the master a being that had been alive for thousands of years the master was portrayed by king curtis iaukea who got into the role by covering himself and asbestos after drinking a goblet full of dry ice and painting some horns on his head sullivan became the taskmaster which i’m guessing just one rank below master is it me or is there something in the air in this dungeon that makes it impossible for anyone inside to control the volume of their voice it was here the Dungeon of Doom was truly born a soul of an assembled a team that would destroy the red and yellow for good like for example the butcher who had now turned into the zodiac okay that’s a bit of a leap from the butcher but oh wow it well moving on to the next member of the group another former member of the three faces of fear here’s the a belay okay that’s not an avalanche that’s an abomination what in the Sam Hill is this who convinced John tented to go from an earthquake to an avalanche to a goddang shark it’s bad enough that tend to had to suffer the indignity of walking around with giant shark teeth pain on his face but perhaps even worse was his tiger tattoo which was made to honor as alma-mater of Louisiana State University have been covered up with a tattoo of a shark I think to his credit into later said that it was his idea to change the tattoo and not something forced upon him by WCW way to take one for the team I guess but I hope he was compensated well for that soon Kamala the ugandan giant and the most Awkward cameo in Diva Search history would join the fold because if there’s one thing this group needed more of it was guys in spooky face paint after putting a big dragon head on a mang and adding Vader to the fold the core of the dungeon was formed and Raider tank on Hogan who beat their ass at every turn yes it was all part of the plan for the Hulkster who had convinced WCW to basically recreate what worked in the 1980s to get him cheered by the fans this despite the fact that we were years removed from the height of Hulkamania by now and that WCW fans were very familiar with Hogan’s MO and didn’t care that much for it to begin with many fans in WCW had a predisposition to not liking Hogan for a variety of reasons and this retread of slaying monsters was not helping matters but things would get interesting when a certain newcomer to the industry showed up to break the walls down oh right it was him why was I thinking of somebody else quite possibly the dungeons biggest success story was the giant who by this point we had only previously seen for a brief moment at slamboree earlier in the year then again at Fall Brawl the giant claimed to be the son of Andre the Giant coming for revenge in the Hulkster after what happened between he and Andre nearly a decade earlier then all of a sudden I felt this or this presence I felt laundrymen right in my face as the week’s went on the future Big Show at torment the Hulkster at the Fall Brawl he tried to break Hogan’s neck and before that he ran over Holt’s motorcycle with a monster truck it’s really one of the more subdued part to this angle really but the true injustice happened on the October 2nd edition of nitro when Sullivan disguised as an old lady attacked Hogan and shaved his mustache off well what else is he gonna do shave his head she’s a stunt granny if the side of the taskmaster in drag and a clean-shaven Hogan were it’s strange enough shit start getting really weird the Macho Man is on a mission silver platter again between this and the album that came out on the same time huge midlife crisis you know what could best be described as WCW testing the waters of a Hogan he’ll turn that would happen less than a year later the world champion is shoot his red and yellow look trading in for his best Wesley costume and claim he’d a fight fire fire by embracing the dark side of Hulkamania this oft forgotten chapter in Hogan’s career was scrapped about a month and a half after it started by World War three in November when he decided to return of the Hulkster of old then he proceeded to take a shot at the Wrestling Observer out of pure pettiness claiming that savage was not working with an injured arm when in fact he was absurd brother but back to the matter at hand on a storyline perspective this move by Hogan actually made some sense it was important for him to reach deep down to a dark place in his souls he took on the biggest challenge it had in years after all how can you explain his willingness to commit murder this ladies and gents is the final visual of the monster truck sumo match which took place at Halloween Havoc 1995 after several minutes of pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing and pushed it fuck anyway after Darth Hogan won this incredibly stupid match he went push the giant off the roof of Cobo Hall presumably to his death until the big nasty bastard showed up moments later for their title match showing absolutely no damage with no explanation for how we survived the fall the WCW title match ended with a whole lot of bullshit as Jimmy Hart went rogue and attacked the referee then his man Hogan Lex Luger got involved as well and the two of them revealed they had joined the Dungeon of Doom then the yet a it was time to see everyone’s favorite misclassified monster the Yeti who was really more of a mummy debuting the previous week by bursting out of a penis shaped block of ice in the final seconds of the go home nitro he showed up here once again so he and giant could dry hump the hell out of the holster the following night on nitro Jimmy Hart revealed the giant had become the new champion thanks to a stipulation that he had kept a secret from Hogan that allow the title of changed hands on disqualification which he himself initiated holy shit did we just see a reverse dusty finish the title was held up due to the resoundingly bullshit way than the Giant had won it leading to a 60 man battle royal at World War 3 to determine the new champ Randy Savage would win that match busted arm and all take that Meltzer while that was going on the dungeon would slough off some of their original members and gain some new ones in particular Hugh Morris the Barbarian the one-man gang and Loch Ness better known to UK wrestling fans as giant haystacks it appeared that Nessie and Hogan were on a collision course but an official match never happened as haystacks had to leave the company soon after debuting two addresses cancer diagnosis but not before putting the giant over in a very bad match at uncensored in 1996 uncensored 96 why why is that show sound so familiar to me by this point the Dungeon of Doom was beginning to fall apart of the seems the zodiac wants a cornerstone of the group revealed he was a spy for Hulk Hogan the entire time and left so in cave a that means either Brutus and Hogan beat the crap out of each other multiple times to keep the ruse going or they actually worked soften each other and pretend to get hurt you know wrestling Kevin Sullivan’s position of power was also in question both in storyline and in real life especially after being publicly punked out by Brian Pillman one month earlier thus the dungeon joined forces with Ric Flair and Arndt Anderson dubbing themselves the Alliance to end whole khomeini ax scooping up Zeus and banal on the way fans bore witness to one of the most ridiculous main events of all time the doomsday cage match pitting Hogan and savage against 8 freaking people the good guys are able to win the day after getting some help from the booty man himself and his frying pans well it makes sense a cartoony group of villains deserves get beat up with cartoony weapons fast forward to bash the beach in July 7th 1996 the night that Hogan finally pulled the trigger on his heel turn forming the New World Order with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash with Hogan now a bad guy the dungeon was left without a purpose yet they continued to hang around as solbin feuded with the horsemen most notably versus Chris Benoit it was time to reboot the group because in a company that featured at one time the NWO the four horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom well which one of those were you gonna put more time and effort into thanks their Hollywood connections the dod were able to shoot a highly produced vignette on the set of the film Batman and Robin not surprisingly this would be a better production in the film Batman and Robin in this vignette we see the dungeon add Max Muscle and big their ranks plus we see the return of the giant who had just been part of the NWO for all three months before getting kicked out and he would eventually rejoined the NWO meant even back then the guy couldn’t stop doing face and heel turns the group also added a guy over the name of Braun and wait Braun wait are you telling me that that braun strowman was actually part of a Dungeon of Doom but roll the clip oh oh I’m sorry this is actually Braun the Leprechaun who joined the group honest mistake former US Champion Conan in future WPF Women’s Champion Jacqueline would join later but it was just a band-aid solution for a stable that was on life support at bash the beach 1997 one year after the formation of the NWO Sullivan lost a retirement match to Benoit after a betrayal by Jacky effectively put in the final merciful mail in the dungeons coffin and that was the life and times of the Dungeon of Doom we saw master a giant a dyslexic brother a shark a cannibal a lot in his monster a leprechaun Hulk Hogan as a two-bit Zorro and a yet a was it ridiculous yes did it go on for way too long absolutely but you know what in a roundabout way it actually succeeded in its mission of putting an end to Hulkamania so good job everyone well played well played the Dungeon of Doom was for all intents and purposes a Hulk Hogan vanity project an excuse for Hogan two wrestlers friends almost exclusively for the sole objective of getting people to cheer for him and they couldn’t even pull that off throw in some of the worst acting ever seen on television wrestling or otherwise and it becomes iconic in its awfulness and everyone who came and went to the dungeons doors the giant would go on to have the best career out of any of them but why didn’t bother putting him through the rigmarole entering and leaving and re-entering the group like he did WCW could have built this guide to be a megastar without the Dungeon of Doom or the NWO for that matter and it would have been totally fine Kevin Sullivan himself has said to the ends justify the means and he has a point the goal the dungeon – and the three faces appear before it was to get Hogan over and even though the gold-making Hogan universally beloved in pan out it did open the door to make the fans hate him once he turned he loved 96 if it weren’t for the dungeons persistence the path of Hogan’s betrayal might not have had the same poof it wound up having so if you look at it that way the goofiest troupe and all of wrestling may be one of the most important be sure to thumps this video if you liked it comment below subscribe to wrestling with you grant and by the t-shirts a pro wrestling tease dot-com I’m Brian Zane and I’ll see you next time [Music]


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