The Hulk Hogan era of TNA was a truly peculiar one, which did not end well, though it promised much success on paper. Regardless, several eras of TNA hold a place in the hearts of many fans, in addition to several members of the roster are extremely popular. One of the more popular names in TNA history is Abyss, who was a longtime member of the promotion. However, he could not escape the strange discussion within the company’s Hogan era, with him sharing the screen with the Hulkster in one of the strangest storylines of all time.
The Hulk Hogan era of TNA was a mess
When Hulk Hogan was brought in to TNA, it was initially a big problem. With a growing list of popular and talented stars such as AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe, in addition business legends like Kurt Angle and Mick Foley, the company had a good foundation to build something substantial. However, Hogan and many of the people of yesteryear stole much of the spotlight, makes that era of TNA one of the greatest failures in wrestling history.
A major problem was that many of these names, such as the aforementioned Foley and Hogan, in addition to the aging Ric Flair, everyone stepped foot in the ring, even won the World Title. It was really a mess, and even the pillars of TNA, which helped keep the promotion going, suffered from the poor discussion that was dished out during this period, and it included “The Monster” Abyss, which to this day is a TNA legend.
Abyss is a TNA legend, but could not escape bad discussion
Abyss was a big part of TNA’s rise, and fought with people like AJ Styles in big matches, while his gimmick became very popular, with a dark-themed character reminiscent of people like Mankind and The Undertaker. It’s always hard to discuss a monster heel, especially when they tend to suffer terribly after suffering just one loss, most recently proven with WWE’s coverage of “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. Regardless, Abyss has maintained popularity through ups and downs, still retains its character of a monster.
Over time, TNA started to get a little ridiculous with him. Comparisons can be made with the development of someone like Kane, who is regularly booked to do completely excessive acts of horrible evil or sometimes become a comic character. Abyss was no different, with his list of incredibly exaggerated and horrific storylines that were almost too large to even begin to deal with. Some of his storylines include family feuds, shootings, kidnappings, devotion to mental institutions and several cases of falling in love with women. One of the most ridiculous, however, was his partnership with Hulk Hogan.
Abyss receives magical powers from Hogan’s WWE COURT ring
During a feud with Eric Bischoff, Abyss was overwhelmed by an attack through several heels, which resulted in Hogan running out to defend Abyss. Abyss lost much of its aura at the time and was rather a nervous wreck of a baby face. Hogan confronted him and gave him a pep talk, which involved stripping him completely of backward insults, which was probably not the desired intention. Hogan then spoke to him like a child and gave him his WWE Hall of Fame ring and told him that it contained magical powers, and that it would turn Abyss into a wrestling god.
When Abyss was in possession of the ring, Abyss began to transform into a Hogan parody, with the classic yellow and red in his attire and began to experience superhuman power, and with the greatest ease pushed his way through opponents, implying that Hogan’s ring has in fact transformed. his whole being, which makes him unstoppable. It was truly absurd, and Abyss who became a Hogan fanboy lowered his credibility even further than he had already done with his terrible storylines up to this point.
The corner between Hogan and Abyss was happily dropped
Luckily, the corner did not last too long, with Hogan regaining his Hall of Fame ring and Abyss returning to other crazy gimmicks, whether it be split personalities or competing in a variety of ridiculous match types, including such as Monster’s Ball- matches, First Blood Steel Chair on a Pole matches, and Doomsday Chamber of Blood matches. TNA was obsessed with using Abyss for all these weird matches, but he always put everything in to make them as good as they could be.
It came to the forefront of this story that Hogan introduced Abyss as TNA’s own “John Cena”. No matter how many bad discussion decisions were made during Cena’s time in WWE, he was never a Hogan parody. Abyss dressing like Hogan and getting magical powers out of his ring is more telling for how Hogan views himself, rather than how he viewed Abyss.
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