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Today, we will be discussing the 21st anniversary of one of the biggest, most controversial moments in pro wrestling history. Weeks leading to the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view, Outsiders – Scott Hall and Kevin Nash – promised that there would be a “third man” to join the duo and solidify their invasion of WCW. At the event, which occurred on July 7, 1996, the Outsiders teamed up in what initially was a handicap match against the WCW representatives of Sting, Randy Savage, and Lex Luger.
During the match, Luger was “injured,” leveling out the playing feud to a two-on-two tag team match. All of a sudden, Hulk Hogan showed up after weeks of being absent. While it seemed as if he was coming to protect his fellow WCW comrades, fans witnessed what would be the most pivotal leg drop in pro wrestling history, as Hogan executed the move on the Macho Man.
Hogan would then by interviewed by Gene Okerlund, and expressed these words.
The nWo would go on to be an integral part in helping WCW win numerous weeks of the Monday Night Wars.
While the unanimous decision favors Hogan being the right choice to be the “third man,” who could have been a suitable replacement? For instance, if the angle had to happen that night, and Hogan became injured a week before, who from inside or outside WCW would have worked?
Sting is usually the next discussed name. While he was the one of the most popular names in WCW, he was way too big of a babyface to make it work. In fact, the time he turned on Hogan at Fall Brawl in 1999, it only took him a few weeks to turn face again, because fans did not want Sting to be a bad guy.
Flair, Luger, Savage, are other names who may have worked. However, the shock value certainly would have not been the same, or even close.
What are your top three names who you think could have worked as a replacement? Comment below.
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