Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior: A Battle of the Has-Beens
Recently, wrestling icons Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior locked horns.
It's not the first time, as the two engaged in battles that defined the 80s era. Much like a dramatic teenager must always be checking up on her soap operas, the rabid WWF fans were constantly turning to see the next chapter in their epic wars.
When Warrior hung up his boots, the feud was thought to be finished. Done. Over. However, it was reignited a few days ago after a jab made by the Ultimate Warrior desecrated the Hogan legacy.
He has made points about the Hulkster's alleged cocaine usage and his inability to produce an interesting product, as well as shouting nonsensical rants, like he's done in the past. If this was set in a ring, surely we wouldn't care about it. We might keep watch every now and again just in case something exceptional happened, but it wouldn't be anywhere near the top of our lists.
So, why is there so much interest revolving around the fight these men are involved in? Why do we care about two men who are past their prime?
It's because it's a shoot. No companies behind it, no ulterior motives, no hefty paycheck.
Hogan and Warrior legitimately have a beef with each other. Sure enough, there is pity involved as we watch a couple of near-elderly guys yell at one another through cyberspace, but it has captured our interest. Their words are embittered with a fierce meaning. They want to rip each other apart, although they can only manage it through their virtual screens.
You have Warrior, wanting to scrap with Hogan with petty insults reminiscent of school days. Then you have Hulk, who feels sorry for how his adversary's life has turned out. This obviously isn't a genuine, caring opinion, but rather, Hulk poking fun at how his own success overshadows that of Warrior. The man formerly known as James Hellwig had been involved with drugs before, not much less than the controversy pelted towards him.
People are tuning in, keeping an eye on their Twitter feed and checking the news sites to find out what happens next in the saga. What will Warrior claim next through his webcam? What is the next tweet that Hogan sends, portraying his undying arrogance? This battle is far from over and it may only get worse. These two aren't going to hug it out and this may only finish with a lawsuit.
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