The closing minutes of WCW Bash At The Beach 1996 as Hulk Hogan joined forces with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall will live forever in professional wrestling history.
To this day the reveal of the ‘third man’ remains one of the most shocking and most and talked about moments ever, in any wrestling promotion the world over.
With Hall and Nash facing off against Sting, Randy Savage and Lex Luger, ‘The Outsiders’ had promised they’d got an accomplice going into Bash At The Beach. As the main event came to a close, with Hall and Nash in control, Hulk Hogan stormed to the ring, but who’s side was he really on?
In a matter of seconds, arguably the biggest babyface in the history, flipped the wrestling world on it’s head dropping the leg on Savage and declaring the creation of a “New World Order of professional wrestling.”
Reflecting on this moment during an appearance on the Broken Skull Sessions, Steve Austin and Kevin Nash broke down the infamous scene. After Hogan hit his famous leg drop on Savage he dropped to his knees to arrogantly cover the WCW star as Hall counted the pin.
Recalling the pin, Austin said he felt that Hogan was being disrespectful towards Savage.
“I was watching this with my guys before the show,” Austin said. “I said, ‘Hey, man, that’s disrespect. Am I right? Tell me about the cover. For some people, they don’t get this, but when you make a cover in that position it’s almost like, ‘Dude, you’re supposed to be here, and here I am with a little something extra.’ Am I right? Because I was watching with my guys. They said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘Dude, he’s too high [not close to Savage’s body].’”
Nash went on to agree, adding that there was “no heat lost” between the two men at the time.
Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage held something of a chequered friendship during their time working together throughout the 1980’s and 90’s.
Inside the ring, the team known as ‘The Mega Powers’ enjoyed great success in WWE both together and as rivals. However, their relationship behind the scenes was more complex.
The two were initially friends but their friendship became strained after Elizabeth, Savage’s wife, stayed at Hogan’s house in 1993 as she was friend’s with Hulk’s now ex-wife Linda. Savage reportedly took issue with the arrangement and Hogan not talking to him about it.
However, the pair eventually reconciled many years later before Savage’s untimely death in 2011. Hogan later inducted Savage into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
Speaking in the run up to the anniversary of that legendary night at Bash At The Beach, Hogan revealed that he had serious concerns about turning heel at the event. The Hall of Famer said he was unsure whether the timing was right for him to switch his character.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.