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8 Real Reactions Of WCW Wrestlers Being Punished On Air

8. Hulk Hogan Walks Out

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Come 2000, Hulk Hogan's propensity for Machiavellian backstage politicking was known to the general audience enough that it could be worked into one of Vince Russo's infamous worked-shoot bullsh*t angles and still carry a semblance of sense (in as much as any of them could).

And so it was that at that year's Bash at the Beach, WCW Champion Jeff Jarrett 'lied down' for the Hulkster, the implication being that the perma-tanned perma-champ had used his creative power to dictate it so behind the scenes. To this point, the plan wasn't to punish Hogan with the exposé, but get fans talking about the phony 'reality' they'd just witnessed.

So far, so good. But then Russo, being Russo, had to spoil it all by saying something stupid like, oh, anything that typically falls from his idiot mouth. Once Hogan had left the stage, satisfied with his piece of business, the WCW booker launched into a bitter rant against the departed 'champion'. He gave the belt back to Jarrett, before calling Hogan a "bald piece of sh*t" who didn't "give a sh*t" about the company. The irate New Yorker's words were not part of the plan, but instead a stream of consciousness airing his own frustrations.

Hogan's reaction to his real-life dressing down was typical of the man: he took his on-air firing for real, and refused to work for WCW ever again, taking them to court over the libel instead.

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