Veteran professional wrestler, Rhino recently appeared on Talk’n Shop Podcast. Over there, he spoke about when Hulk Hogan stopped being his hero. Rhino is a former WWE Superstar. He is actually one of ECW original wrestlers that became significantly popular when he joined the WWE and was known for having one of the most devastating ‘Spear’ moves in the industry.
Rhino spoke about the first time he met Hulk Hogan at a WCW event.
Rhino Talks About Losing Respect for Hulk Hogan
“I get booked, it was a pay-per-view, it was Macho Man and Ric Flair in the main event, and Macho Man had his dad, Angelo Poffo,” Rhino said.
“So back then you could rest with the boys, right? So I’m sitting next to Angelo Poffo, talking, watching Hogan, and he could see that I was watching him out of the corner of his eye. And he didn’t have to work, he was just walking down halfway and then security had to pull him back.
“I was supposed to wrestle Road Warrior Hawk, just to do a job before the pay-per-view to air on TV, but Hawk didn’t show up. So they just go, we might have you dress as security and hold Hogan back. And I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to touch him!’.
And I’m like, ‘So they don’t use real security’. I’m in the business for like six months before that”. Rhino stated that Hulk Hogan stopped being his hero after he saw him drink several beers backstage before his match.
He deemed it extremely unprofessional as wrestling under the influence could have been extremely dangerous for him. “So I’m like, my dad could drink 18 beers and not get f-cked up, so Hogan can have two. Now I’m comparing this.
Then he grabs a third one, now I’m concerned right? Not because of him getting out there and doing his job, now I’m concerned because of my childhood image of him is being destroyed. So I’m making more excuses, right? Then he’d drink a fourth one, and then a fifth one and I’m really starting to get upset.
Well, by the fourth one, the Big Show comes back because that’s when he was sitting in the audience. They would show and then they would walk off, he had the trench coat. Him and the Big Show, The Giant. ‘Okay his buddy came back, so he has to have a beer with his buddy’.
So that’s like the fifth one. So here comes a buddy, have one with them. So he drinks his beer, and I go, you know what, ‘I’m f-cking done. I’m done. He’s not my hero, I wish I never got booked for this.’ I still haven’t forgiven him, I need an apology from him,” he said.