Classic Induction: Mr. America: The Solution to All of Terry Bollea’s Problems!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 31 January 2013, 10:00

WWE, 2003 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that your friend and mine, Hulk Hogan, has been having some issues in his personal life. First his son Nick was in a horrible car wreck that left a young man paralyzed, with his family no doubt preparing to file a major lawsuit. Not long after that, his wife left him.

Yeah, it kinda sucks to be the Hulkster these days.

While we never like to delve into wrestlers’ personal lives here on this website, we do so today in a public service capacity. After all, we’ve not been the nicest folks to Hogan over the years, so it seems only right, at this time of the rolling year, to do right by our fellow man. And right we will do. For we, yes, we the keepers of the Crap, have the solution to all of Terry Bollea’s problems.

And it’s Mr. America.

Remember that? Remember when the Hulkster became Mr. America a few years back? Well, life wasn’t going so great for Hogan then, either. One wacky mask and three red, white, and blue boas later, though, things were never better.

And that’s why we propose a simple solution to Terry’s real life meltdown: he needs to go back under the hood.

If it worked for him in WWE, we have no doubt it would work for him out in the real world!

A bit of a refresher course, for those of you that may have slept since 2003. Hogan was fresh off a big win at WrestleMania over none other than Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

As you can imagine, McMahon was none too pleased about losing to Hogan; he was livid. So livid, in fact, that he went so far as to tell Hogan he never wanted to see him again, and was going to pay him to just sit at home.

Somehow I doubt if you, dear reader, ever pissed your boss off royally you’d get the same “punishment.” But hey, what the hell, tomorrow I want you to go in and punch your boss right in the face.

Let us know how it turns out for you.

(Disclaimer: will not be held legally responsible for any idiotic action you may take based upon our idiotic request.)

Shortly after Hogan’s forced exile, a strange series of vignettes began to air on WWE television, promoting the arrival of a guy named “Mr. America”.

Now who could that be?

Well, duh…shouldn’t the BALD eagle have been a dead giveaway?

So yes, Hogan was back, thus circumventing those would wrong him. And those evil, vile folks couldn’t do anything to him, because, well, you know…he wasn’t Hulk Hogan!

He was Mr. America!

You see, while Roddy Piper wasn’t buying this …

…Mr. America was steadfast in his resolve that he was not, in fact, Hulk Hogan.

Hell, he even had a backstory of his origin!

Still, you couldn’t fault Piper for his suspicions, especially following a very familar finger pointing…
…and subsequent beatdown.

It didn’t take long before Vinny Mac was back on the scene, telling Hogan that while this Mr. America garbage may have been fun and games to him, it wouldn’t be long before he would prove that Hogan was, in fact, Mr. America…and that would be the end of the Hulkster!

And rest assured, McMahon did everything in his power to take Mr. America down, teaming up with Piper to attack him. Little did Vince know, though, that Mr. America’s biggest fan was about to appear. For from out of the crowd appeared a pimply-faced teen who waylaid Piper with a crutch!

Piper responded to this attack as you would suspect he would…

…by beating the kid within an inch of his life. He pummeled him up and down, finally dragging him back in the ring by his foot.

But then something weird happened:

Piper wound up just holding a leg!

That’s right – Mr. America wasn’t just an old school vehicle for Hogan, it was also the springboard to unleash Zach Gowen on the world.

Ahh, Zach Gowen. Now that kid right there…he was an amazing talent. If you ever wanted to see how badly WWE could botch a sure thing (how many talk shows do you think would do features on a ONE-LEGGED wrestler…who could do MOONSAULTS?!!!), you need look no further than that young man.

And Gowen wasn’t the only guy getting a rub from this angle: Sean O’ Haire, he of the “I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know” theology, was also on the scene, under the tutelage of Roddy Piper.

So yeah, there was a LOT going on with this storyline. It was THE featured act in the promotion. Which meant, of course, it got lots of time, and lead to such timeless wrestling nuggets as…

Arm Wrestling Contests!

Lie Detectors – complete with ‘ding!‘ and ‘bzzt!‘  sound effects!

Bizarre pseudo sexual encounters!

And, in a tender moment, Zach Gowen touching his first boob!


So after all this, after nearly two months of build and new characters and overarcing storylines and countless hours spent and everything else, what happened?

Well, Mr. America unmasked himself.

Yes, really, that’s what happened. He took his mask off, showing himself to be Hulk Hogan.

And he was fired.

Amazingly enough, it was almost two years before Hogan wrestled another match for WWE.

All I can say is that should he utilize the RD Reynolds tactic for putting his life back in order (what better way to hide out from a crazy ex-wife and money hungry lawyers than going undercover?), I hope Hogan is smart enough this time to keep his hood on.

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14 Responses to "Classic Induction: Mr. America: The Solution to All of Terry Bollea’s Problems!"
  1. Shane Jeffries says:

    Great Induction. Makes me long for the days of The Midnight Rider:)

  2. John Darc says:

    And Hogan’s life is still shitty!

  3. Tony Wilson says:

    You wouldn’t know it, though. In his mind, it’s still 1991, and he’s still relevant.

  4. Bone White says:

    I wish someone would pay me to stay at home! Great piece btw

  5. Ryback Is GOD!!! says:

    Wasn’t WWE sued by Marvel for this? lol

  6. Thomas Moffatt says:

    The worst part of this was there were people 100% convinced that Hogan and Mr America were two different people – I actually met one who explained that Mr America had a back story and his hair, height and voice were different and Hulk Hogan would never pretend to be someone else – this guy was in his twenties I must add…

  7. Ed Novak says:

    I can’t believe some people were fooled by this. There were one and the same – unlike Hulk Hogan and the Hulk Machine which were obviously two different people.

  8. simongr81 says:

    The unmasking happened after Smackdown went off the air. Hogan was fired before the next show in real life. They then used what was a gimmick not supposed to air to fit in the storylines. Priceless.

    I wouldn’t call Mr. America crap, but that’s just me.

  9. Matthew N says:

    The worst part was what they did to poor Sean O’Haire. That devil’s advocate gimmick could’ve made a truck load of money.

  10. BigPoppaNasty says:

    Mr. America was such an absolutely hilarious thing. It’s biggest issue was that it inevitably had a short shelf life. When Mr. America debuted and came to the ring with “Real American” blaring and Piper shouting “NO NO NO NO NO!” I absolutely loved it.

  11. Rich "The Monster" Hyde says:

    As a little extra to this induction I also remember actually printing a fairly lengthy article supposedly giving irrefutable proof that Mr America and Ol’ Terry were 2 different people due to, if I remember rightly, slight differences in their poses! Ok, I’m sold!!

  12. Ferret says:

    I always liked this oldskool trope. But the promotion has to play it straight. Like it’s a new person. Then after a while they can put the odd other person under the hood. Bonus points if its a different body shape or skin tone. But absolutely keep playing it straight.

    You can still have a Piper type calling BS, be the announcers, etc. have got to come down on the Piper might be insane side. “I just don’t see it King.” “You know Hot Rod’s been under a lot of strain lately”.

    And so on.

    • segaz says:

      Totally agree with the old school trope of having people just play it straight while others lose their mind.

      Regarding being paid to stay at home however, who knew that could happen in 2020?

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