Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling is a short-lived American reality television program, which ran for eight episodes on CMT in 2008. The first episode aired on October 18, 2008. In Australia, the show premiered in July 2009 on the FOX8 channel. It was also shown in the UK on Bravo and Viva. The show was co-produced by Hulk Hogan and Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment. The show featured celebrities being trained to become professional wrestlers. The finale aired on December 6, 2008, where Dennis Rodman was declared the winner of the competition.
|Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling|
|Directed by||Brian Smith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||October 18 –|
December 6, 2008
- Hulk Hogan - Hogan held multiple championships in his career during his tenures in the WWF/WWE and WCW, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Additionally is known for his acting outside of the wrestling area and serves as the host, creator and executive producer (the latter two duties credit him as "Terry Bollea") of the series. He is the main judge and dismisses the eliminated contenders in the competition by declaring "You're a jabroni, get out of my damn ring!".
- Eric Bischoff - Known for being both a wrestling entrepreneur and occasional on-air personality during his tenures with both the original WCW and WWF/E, most notably as Executive Producer and a member of Hogan's nWo faction in WCW and being a General Manager of the WWE Raw brand. Bischoff is also credited as creator and executive producer of the series alongside business partner Jason Hervey and Hogan.
- Jimmy Hart - in-ring manager having been involved with several different promotions including WWF/E, WCW, TNA, and others. Always best known to fans as the "Mouth of the South" and carried a megaphone with him as a manager.
The trainers included Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Brian Knobs (who are best friends of Hogan), and Tom Howard with assistant trainers Joseph Meehan, Kevin Martenson, Tommy Williams, Tommy Wilson and Sam Culver. Bubba the Love Sponge was the special commentator.
Former professional wrestlers also made special appearances in the series. Bill Goldberg, a film actor and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion, guest starred in the sixth episode. Rob Van Dam, a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Champion, guest starred in the fifth episode.
|Name||Description||Elimination #||Elimination week|
|Todd Bridges||Former child actor best known for playing Willis on Diff'rent Strokes.||9||8|
|Trishelle Cannatella||Reality television star and Playboy model best known for her appearing in the MTV reality series The Real World: Las Vegas.||5||6|
|Dustin Diamond||Former child actor best known for his appearances in the Saved by the Bell franchise and Celebrity Fit Club.||7||8|
|Danny Bonaduce||Former child actor best known for The Partridge Family and is now more known as an adult for his VH1 reality series Breaking Bonaduce.||6||7^|
|Butterbean||Professional Super-Heavyweight boxer, kickboxer and mixed martial artist.||8||8|
|Erin Murphy||Actress best known for playing Tabitha Stevens in the classic comedy series Bewitched.||3||3|
|Dennis Rodman||Former professional basketball player best known for his unique hair styles, off-court behaviors and marriage to Carmen Electra. Rodman has had past wrestling experience as he was once with WCW as a member of the nWo, a faction that was led by Hogan.||Winner|
|Frank Stallone||Actor and singer who has been in four of the six Rocky films starring his brother Sylvester.||2||2|
|Tiffany||1980s singer teen pop star best known for her hit song "I Think We're Alone Now". In the past few years Tiffany posed for Playboy magazine and also participated in the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club.||1||1|
|Nikki Ziering||Playboy model and former The Price Is Right model. Ziering is also the ex-wife of former Beverly Hills, 90210 actor and Dancing with the Stars competitor Ian Ziering.||4||4|
^ Bonaduce was originally eliminated in week 5 because of an injury, but he was brought back in week 6. He was later eliminated in week 7.
|Team Nasty||Faces (Erin Murphy and Dennis Rodman) def. Heels (Frank Stallone and Dustin Diamond) with Nikki Ziering|
|Team Beefcake||Faces (Trishelle Cannatella and Butterbean) def. Heels (Tiffany and Danny Bonaduce) with Todd Bridges|
|Team Beefcake||Heels (Trishelle Cannatella and Danny Bonaduce) def. Faces (Todd Bridges and Butterbean)|
|Team Nasty||Heels (Erin Murphy and Dustin Diamond) def. Faces (Nikki Ziering and Frank Stallone) with Dennis Rodman|
In week two, the moves learned by the celebrities included the headlock take down, schoolboy pin, and shoulder tackle. Originally, Dennis Rodman was going to wrestle for Team Nasty, with Stallone managing. During practice, however, Rodman injured his arm attempting a flying clothesline on Coach Nasty. Team Beefcake won the match.
|Butterbean||One Mean Bean|
|Danny Bonaduce||"Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce|
|Todd Bridges||Mr. Not So Perfect|
|Trishelle Cannatella||Red Hot Redneck|
|Dustin Diamond||The Winner|
|Erin Murphy||Mistress of Mayhem (M.O.M.)|
|Nikki Ziering||Candy Girl|
|Team Nasty||Faces (The Mistress of Mayhem [Erin Murphy] and Rodzilla [Dennis Rodman]) def. Heels (Candy Girl [Nikki Ziering] and The Winner [Dustin Diamond])|
|Team Beefcake||Faces (Red Hot Redneck [Trishelle Cannatella] and "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce) def. Heels (Mr. Not So Perfect [Todd Bridges] and Mean Bean [Butterbean])|
The basic tie up, as well as the techniques for working the arm and working the ropes, were the moves of the week. The challenge in week three was for the individual celebrities to create for themselves a gimmick, which is a character or persona. Team Beefcake won the match.
|Team Beefcake||Heels (Mean Bean and Red Hot Redneck) def. Faces ("Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce and Mr. Not So Perfect)|
|Team Nasty||Face (Rodzilla) def. Heels (Candy Girl and The Winner)|
|Dennis Rodman (Rodzilla)||Diving clothesline|
|Butterbean (Mean Bean)||Powerslam|
|Trishelle Cannatella (Red Hot Redneck)||Inverted STF|
|Todd Bridges (Mr. Not So Perfect)||Diving sunset flip|
|Dustin Diamond (The Winner)||DDT|
|5-person battle royal||
Red Hot Redneck def. Mean Bean, Rodzilla, The Winner and Mr. Not So Perfect
In week five, the celebrities learned the "Over the Top" and "Duck and Boost" techniques. They also created their own finishing moves. "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce was going to be in the match, but he had to withdraw due to an injury he sustained during practice. The two teams merged into one team, Team Hogan.
|Hardcore tornado tag team match||Red Hot Redneck and Rodzilla def. Mean Bean and Mr. Not So Perfect|
|Falls Count anywhere grudge match||The Winner def. "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce|
The celebrities learned how to hit the head, back, and gut of their opponents with weapons (Trash cans, chairs, etc.) in week six. Danny Bonaduce returned because his injury was not as bad as originally thought. Because he was not eliminated face-to-face, Hogan allowed him to return.
|Triple Threat match||The Winner defeats Mr. Not So Perfect and "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce|
|No-Disqualification match||Mean Bean defeats Rodzilla|
|Tag team match||Rodzilla and Mr. Not So Perfect defeat The Winner and Mean Bean|
|CCW Championship||Rodzilla defeats Mr. Not So Perfect|
In week eight, there were four remaining contestants. Diamond and Butterbean were eliminated after the tag team event. Bridges was eliminated in the final episode after the final main event. Dennis Rodman was declared the winner and the first CCW Champion.
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