WCW Hog Wild
Hog Wild was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the first in the Road Wild chronology. It took place on August 10, 1996 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. The event took place on Saturday, instead of taking place on the usual Sunday for pay-per-view events. The event was also notable for being the first pay-per-view event in WCW after the formation of the nWo at the previous month's Bash at the Beach.
VHS cover featuring Hulk Hogan
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||August 10, 1996|
|City||Sturgis, South Dakota|
|Venue||Sturgis Motorcycle Rally|
|Tagline(s)||Ain't No Easy Riders Here|
|Road Wild chronology|
In the main event, Hollywood Hogan defeated The Giant to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and spray-painted "nWo" on the title belt after the match. In other notable matches on the card, The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated Sting and Lex Luger while Ric Flair, Rey Misterio, Jr. and Harlem Heat retained their United States Heavyweight, World Cruiserweight and World Tag Team Championships respectively.
The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
|Ring announcers||David Penzer|
Madusa defeated Bull Nakano; both women had their shoulders down, but Madusa lifted her right shoulder off the canvas before the referee reached the three-count. Due to a pre-match stipulation, Madusa was allowed to destroy Nakano's Japanese motorcycle with a sledgehammer. In the main event Hollywood Hogan pinned The Giant after hitting him with the title belt while the referee was distracted from an interfering Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. After the match, The Booty Man came to the ring with an nWo T-shirt on and a birthday gift for Hogan; Hogan acted as if Booty Man was going to join the group, but turned on him and beat him down with Hall and Nash. Hogan then spray-painted “nWo” on the front of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt.
Kevin Pantoja of 411mania rated the event 7 out of 10 stars and praised it, with "Most pay-per-views after the nWo featured a good undercard and a poor main event scene. Here you had three really good to great matches in Mysterio/Dragon, Benoit/Malenko and Flair/Guerrero. There was some crap like the WCW Title match but this was still actually an enjoyable show and I did not expect that."
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