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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.[2] 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.

Hog Wild
Hog Wild.jpg
VHS cover featuring Hulk Hogan
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateAugust 10, 1996[1]
CitySturgis, South Dakota[1]
VenueSturgis Motorcycle Rally[1]
Attendance5,000[1]
Tagline(s)Ain't No Easy Riders Here
Pay-per-view chronology
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Road Wild chronology
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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.

StorylinesEdit

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.[3]

EventEdit

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tony Schiavone
Bobby Heenan
Dusty Rhodes
Mike Tenay
Interviewer Gene Okerlund
Ring announcers David Penzer
Michael Buffer
Referees Randy Anderson
Nick Patrick

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.

ReceptionEdit

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."[4]

ResultsEdit

No. Results[1][5][6] Stipulations Times
1SN The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated Rough and Ready (Dick Slater and Mike Enos) Tag team match 03:47
2SN Konnan defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. Singles match 04:24
3SN The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated High Voltage (Robbie Rage and Kenny Kaos) Tag team match 03:22
4SN Alex Wright defeated Earl Robert Eaton (with Jeeves) Singles match 00:30
5SN The Dungeon of Doom (The Taskmaster, Meng, and The Barbarian) (with Jimmy Hart and Big Bubba) defeated Joe Gomez, Jim Powers, and Mark Starr Six-man tag team match 03:06
6SN David Taylor (with Jeeves) defeated Mr. J.L. Singles match 02:37
7SN Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Renegade Singles match 06:53
8SN Arn Anderson defeated Hugh Morrus (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 00:40
9 Rey Misterio, Jr. (c) defeated The Ultimate Dragon (with Sonny Onoo) Singles match for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 11:35
10 Scott Norton defeated Ice Train by submission Singles match 05:05
11 Madusa defeated Bull Nakano (with Sonny Onoo) Singles match 05:00
12 Chris Benoit (with Woman and Miss Elizabeth) defeated Dean Malenko Singles match 26:55
13 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (c) (with Sister Sherri and Col. Robert Parker) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 17:53
14 Ric Flair (c) (with Woman and Miss Elizabeth) defeated Eddie Guerrero Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 14:14
15 The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated Sting and Lex Luger Tag team match 14:36
16 Hollywood Hogan defeated The Giant (c) (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 14:56
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • SN – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Saturday Night

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hog Wild". Pro Wrestling History. August 10, 1996. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 144.
  3. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  4. ^ "Random Network Reviews: WCW Hog Wild 1996". 411mania. January 19, 2015. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  5. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2015). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 5: World Championship Wrestling 1995-2001. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  6. ^ "Wrestling's Historical Cards: Hog Wild (Sturgis, SOuth Dakota, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally". 2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 145.