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The Mega-Maniacs was the World Wrestling Federation tag team of Hulk Hogan & Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake that had two distinct runs as a team, one in 1989 and another one in 1993.

The Mega-Maniacs
Tag team
MembersHulk Hogan
Brutus Beefcake
Jimmy Hart (manager)
Billed heightsHogan:
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Beefcake:
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Combined
billed weight
575 lb (261 kg; 41.1 st)
Hogan:
303 lb (137 kg; 21.6 st)
Beefcake:
272 lb (123 kg; 19.4 st)
Debut1989
Disbanded1998
Years active1989-1998

HistoryEdit

Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake began their careers more or less at the same time, quickly becoming lifelong friends and would team up from time to time. Their most well known "Pre-WWF" teams were as "Terry & Ed Boulder" and as "Hulk & Dizzy Hogan",[1][2] billed as brothers.

1989Edit

During the summer of 1989, Tiny Lister began appearing at WWF arena shows, playing his character, "The Human Wrecking Machine" Zeus, from the WWF-financed film No Holds Barred; Zeus began targeting Hogan, the movie's top-billed star. Zeus teamed up with "Macho Man" Randy Savage in hopes of destroying Hulk Hogan. Faced with overwhelming odds, Hulk Hogan turned to his best friend Brutus Beefcake, who was already feuding with Savage at the time, to even the odds.

At SummerSlam 1989, Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake teamed up to take on Randy Savage and Zeus in the main event, a clash that saw Hulk Hogan pin Zeus after his trademark Leg drop.[3] Hogan and Beefcake would once again team up after being attacked in the locker rooms during the closing moments of the 1989 Survivor Series by Savage and Zeus.[4]

It was decided that the feud had to be settled in a steel cage match, which was featured on a "Mini-PPV" as a double feature with the movie "No Holds Barred." (The match was taped December 13, 1989, and aired two weeks later on pay-per-view.) Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake were successful in the cage, after which Zeus was not seen in the WWF.[5] After the steel cage match, Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake both went back to working singles matches.

1993Edit

In 1990, Brutus Beefcake suffered a devastating face injury during a parasailing accident that forced him to retire from in-ring competition.[6] After an aborted comeback attempt in late 1991/early 1992, Brutus Beefcake finally felt he was ready to get back inside the squared circle in 1993.

On February 1, 1993 (shown on Television February 15), Brutus Beefcake faced off against "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase with his Money Inc. partner I.R.S. and manager Jimmy Hart at ringside. I.R.S. would interfere in the match with Money, Inc. double teaming Beefcake, even going so far as to hitting him in his surgically reconstructed face with a metal briefcase. The actions of Money Inc. were so horrible, that even longtime heel manager Jimmy Hart took objection to it and tried to protect Beefcake from further harm.[7]

At this point in time, Hulk Hogan was not active in the WWF, having gone into semi-retirement a year earlier, but the attack on his lifelong friend brought the Hulkster back to the WWF. With newly turned babyface manager Jimmy Hart at their side, Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake joined forces, swore vengeance on Money, Inc. and then officially named themselves "The Mega-Maniacs."

Due to the attack by Money, Inc, Beefcake took to wearing a red and yellow protective facemask when competing in the ring and Brutus's entire outfit changed to red and yellow as a show of unity with Hulk Hogan.[8]

Leading up to WrestleMania IX, the Mega-Maniacs took on the Beverly Brothers during house shows[9] to get ready for their shot at the WWF World Tag-Team titles at WrestleMania. The Mega-Maniacs were not successful in their challenge as they lost to Money Inc. via disqualification when Hogan attacked the champions with Beefcake's steel face plate.[10] Later in the night, Hogan would win the WWF World Heavyweight Title in an impromptu match against Yokozuna, when Yokozuna challenged Hogan to a match immediately after winning the title from Bret Hart the same night.[11]

The Mega-Maniacs would team up and take on Money, Inc. several times during the months of April and May on the house show circuit with the World Champion not defending his title once. Hogan would eventually lose the title to Yokozuna at June's King of the Ring pay-per-view, and both he and Beefcake would leave the WWF soon after.

WCW, 1994-1998Edit

Hogan and Beefcake, now known as "Brother Bruti," came to WCW together in June 1994. Bruti would eventually turn on Hogan at Halloween Havoc 1994, and the two feuded on and off for the next year and a half, with Bruti becoming "The Butcher" and "Zodiac." Hogan would be aided by Savage, while Butcher/Zodiac would be aligned with Kevin Sullivan and Avalanche, as well as being a member of Sullivan's Dungeon of Doom stable.

Zodiac would turn face in 1996, revealing himself to be a mole that Hogan and Savage had injected into the Dungeon of Doom a year earlier, becoming The Booty Man. Hogan, Savage, and Booty Man would continue to team against members of the Dungeon.

nWoEdit

In July 1996, Hogan shocked the fans by turning heel and starting a new faction known as the New World Order. Booty Man attempted to join the group until Hogan ordered his fellow nWo members Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to attack him. Less than a year later, Booty Man, now known as The Disciple, would join the group and always accompany Hogan to the ring and aide him in winning matches. In 1998, The Ultimate Warrior came to WCW to feud with Hogan and turned the Disciple against Hogan, joining the One Warrior Nation (or oWn, a play on the nWo acronym). Hogan and Leslie never teamed again after this.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Online World of Wrestling: Hulk Hogan". Previous Gimmicks: Terry "The Hulk" Boulder
  2. ^ "Online World of Wrestling: Brutus Beefcake". Previous Gimmicks: Eddie Boulder (AWA/NWA) / Dizzy Hogan (NWA)
  3. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com (August 28, 1989). "WWF SummerSlam Results (1989)".
  4. ^ "WWF Show Results 1989". November 23, 1989. Gene Okerlund attempting a locker room interview with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake in which Sensatinal Sherri distracted them long enough for Randy Savage and Zeus to attack both men;
  5. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com (December 27, 1989). "WWF Misc PPVs Results (No Holds Barred)".
  6. ^ R.D. Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.
  7. ^ "WWF Show Results 1993". February 1, 1993. Brutus Beefcake defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Ted DiBiase (w/ Jimmy Hart) via disqualification at 4:26 when IRS, who came ringside moments earlier, hit Beefcake in the back with the steel briefcase as he ran the ropes; after the bout, DiBiase held Beefcake for IRS to hit him in the face with the briefcase but Hart repeatedly got in the way before he was eventually shoved out of the ring by IRS, with IRS then hitting Beefcake in the face with the weapon; moments later, Dibiase & IRS were sent backstage while Hart and several referees tended to Beefcake; Beefcake was later taken backstage on a stretcher
  8. ^ "WWF Show Results 1993". March 13, 1993. featured an opening pre-taped segment with Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, wearing a steel face mask, & Jimmy Hart in which they discussed their tag team title match at WrestleMania IX before Hogan hit Beefcake in the face with a briefcase to show how indestructible the mask was
  9. ^ "WWF Ring Results 1993". March 8, 1993.
  10. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com (April 4, 1993). "WWF WrestleMania Results (IX)".
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.