Eric Bischoff has explained why he doesn’t think Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect was a main event program in WWE and understands why the match failed to sell out Madison Square Garden.
Hogan and Perfect engaged each other in a feud in WWE in the early nineties. Perfect was the last man eliminated by Hogan when The Hulkster won the 1990 Royal Rumble match. Less than a week later the two men faced off one-on-one in the hallowed Madison Square Garden. In a match aired on the MSG Network Perfect defeated Hogan by disqualification in a match for the WWE Championship. That result meant Hogan remained champion.
Bischoff was discussing the life and career of Curt Hennig – also known as Mr. Perfect – on his 83 Weeks podcast. Co-host Conrad Thompson noted WWE’s confusion a two of their biggest stars at the time failing to sell out the Garden.
Bischoff gave his thoughts as to why:
“Without having the benefit of looking at the storyline going into that or any of the promotion going into it, I would say that I don’t believe Curt was a believable threat to Hulk Hogan at the time. Curt was a cocky, entertain-y heel, and I don’t think a cocky, entertain-y heel provided a believable enough threat to Hulk Hogan.”
“Curt was a big dude, by the way. But he didn’t have that larger-than-life persona that Hogan did. Like I said, I think because of the time, that funny, cocky heel was a relatively new thing. You hadn’t seen a lot of that before. You’d see different kinds of heels, but not the funny kind, and not the really cool kind. I think he was just a little too cool for his time and ahead of his time as a character.”
Hogan and Perfect continued to face off in live events for several months. They were then joined by Brutus Beefcake and The Genius as partners for tag-team encounters as well.
The soon to be WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff also discussed Bret Hart in WCW. Bischoff said that the belief that Hart’s family members were brought to the company to placate the Hitman was not accurate.