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Booker T On How Hulk Hogan Was Instrumental To Harlem Heat’s Success

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Booker T has reflected upon the importance of Hulk Hogan towards the success of Harlem Heat in WCW.

In a recent interview with The Big Thing’s Kristian Harloff, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed the impact “The Immortal” had towards the success of Harlem Heat, the famed tag team of him and brother Stevie Ray, in World Championship Wrestling.

Booker noted how the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion put a word in for the duo to receive a push from WCW higher-ups (h/t Wrestling Inc.):

“I wouldn’t say Hogan and I, and my brother. I wouldn’t say we were friends or anything like that, but he did put a word in for my brother and I to get a push”

Continuing, Booker T added that there was a rumour of Hulk Hogan receiving compensation for the subsequent success of the now-WWE Hall of Fame tag team:

“There’s a rumour, that Hulk Hogan got paid money as well for doing that. I have always given him props for speaking up for my brother and I, but there’s a rumour that he made money off of merchandising from Harlem Heat being successful, but I thank him for putting the word in for us.”

First teaming together in WCW during the 7 July 1993 tapings for Worldwide under the alias’ of Kane and Kole, Harlem Heat remain one of the most famous tag teams in WCW history, amassing ten reigns with the company’s World Tag Team Championships between 1995 and 1999. Although they broke up for a brief while, they wrestled their final WCW match together on the 19 July 2000 broadcast of Thunder.

They’d later be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class, despite Stevie Ray having never wrestled for the company.