Did hulk Hogan Nix Steve Austin's US Title Win in WCW back in 1994?

Posted By James Walsh on 11/13/19

On the latest edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff talked about the report from Dave Meltzer at the time that WCWís booking committee planned to put the United States Title back on Steve Austin in 1994 at Clash of the Champions (after he lost the belt to Jim Duggan), only to be overruled by Hulk Hogan. Austin ended up losing to Jim Duggan in 17 seconds at Clash. Highlights are below.

On if Hulk Hogan overruled the WCW booking committee on putting the United States Title back on Steve Austin: ďHulk would have never done that. Itís just so, and hereís where it is, and Iím gonna try not to get shitty about this, itís just petty. Itís like, Daveís own distaste or whatever, or whether heís pandering to a certain portion of his audience who didnít like Hulk Hogan at the time, whatever the case may be, everything had to be Hulk Hoganís fault. Everything had to be Hulk Hoganís fault. ĎHulk Hogan overruled the booking committee.í Thatís bullshit. Hulk Hogan didnít give two shits what was going on in the booking committee unless it involved him. So I just, I want to point that out, not because Iím angry about it, not because it even matters anymore, but just keep that in mind when youíre reading current things that prove to be so far off point and so wrong, that so much of what this guy writes is just his own personal observations that are not based in any kind of facts. Itís just the world that he lives in.Ē

On why WCW didnít put the U.S. Title back on Austin and instead kept it on Duggan: ďSteve Austin struggled a long time after he left WCW, and kind of floundered until he woke up one day as ďStone ColdĒ Steve Austin. So itís not like the handwriting was on the wall, number one. Number two, and again, you have to go back, put yourself in the context of the time, number two, I think itís fair to say, especially after looking at this abortion of a show, there was still a lot of residual, kind of, late 80s, early 90s, approach to characters, and I think the thinking clearly was that cartoonish, animated, poor manís version of WWF-type characters that weíre about to, unfortunately, have to discuss for the next 10-15 minutes, was kind of like the prevailing view of what worked at that time, not necessarily in my case and not necessarily not my case either, by the way. I certainly didnít, as the guy who was running the company, I certainly didnít leave my office and come down to TV and go, ĎLook guys, all this cartoonish, gimmicky shit is driving me nuts.'Ē

ďAnd I think going back to Steve and Hacksaw, I think, I can only assume, that the prevailing approach to creative at that time with the booking committee was, letís kind of go with those characters that have proven in the past to draw money, and Jim Duggan was one of those characters, as was Avalanche, as was a number of other cartoony, as was Honky Tonk Man, these were all characters that were very, very successful and prominent at a period of time when the WWF was really exploding onto the scene and kind of redefining what professional wrestling was and enjoying a lot of money in the process. Again, not to beat it to death, I think there was a tendency to kind of, ĎWell, thatís what worked for them so letís go back to that,í thinking that you could kind of recreate it, or extend the life of it, so to speak, and clearly it was horribly wrong.Ē