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WWE: Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series

WWE // 2009 // 540 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // January 8th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring is also known as the Franckster or The Incredible Franck. Don't mess with him.

The Charge

Here comes Hulkamania!

The Case

Fans of The Immortal: it's time to rejoice! WWE's Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series contains a whole series of Hulk Hogan matches that haven't previously been released on DVD yet. From his WWE career all the way to his last bow at WCW, this set boasts all kind of matches, interviews, and facts no Hulkster fan should miss. Here's what this loaded set has to offer:

• Hulk Hogan vs. Harry Valdez at Championship Wrestling in 1979
Hulk Hogan celebrates his debut in this short 3-minute match, which is not at all exciting. Hogan is totally in charge in this battle, toying with his opponent by delivering a series of big slams and kicks. That's about it.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Bob Backlund in a WWE Championship Match in 1980
At 29 minutes, this is a classic wrestling match boasting plenty of submission maneuvers, slams, and kicks. Big, powerful moves are scarce in this title battle, but Hogan and Backlund deliver a decent show that brings the crowd to its feet. It's a long matchup, but as far as good old wrestling goes, this one isn't that bad at all.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Steve King & Angelo Gomez in a Handicap Match in 1980
This match should have been kept in the vault, because it's anything but special. This handicap battle only lasts for 2 minutes, and Hogan completely dominates his opponents. That said, not even Hogan's maneuvers are impressive. He kicks them a few times and slams them to the ground once or twice, and before you know it, he's got them pinned for the victory.

• Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden in 1980
Clocking in at 12 minutes, this is a decent faceoff between two wrestling legends. The match itself isn't as fast-paced as you would expect, but there's always something electrifying about watching Andre and Hogan going at it inside the ring. Technically, this one works as well.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan at AWA in 1981
This battle is by far more interesting than the earlier handicap match, even though Hogan keeps things rather simple in terms of moves. It's a predictable matchup for sure, but fans of the Hulkster will certainly appreciate watching him dominate his opponents with body slams and big leg drops.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Randy "Macho Man" Savage in a WWE Championship Match in 1986
This is a solid title match for both Hogan and Savage. Clocking in at 14 minutes, the battle slows down every now and then, but the two wrestlers change the action up a bit by occasionally taking it outside the ring. A variety of strong kicks, dives, and punches make for a decent matchup.

• Hulk Hogan & Junkyard Dog vs. Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy in 1986
Good teamwork is on display in this 9-minute tag team match, in which four big athletes engage in a series of powerful maneuvers to offer audiences a solid show. It's not necessarily one of Hogan's greatest tag team matches ever, but it does indeed deserve a spot on this collection. This is good, clean '80s wrestling.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Kamala in a WWE Championship Match in 1987
Hogan puts on his usual show in this 6-minute match, which boasts solid moves from the Hulkster but still fall short in terms of entertainment. Some Hogan matches can get repetitive after a while, and this is one of them. This is definitely one of the slower battles on this disc.

• Killer Khan vs. Hulk Hogan in a WWE Championship Match in 1987
The first disc concludes with a 10-minute match between Hogan and Killer Khan, who looks a tad scary but lets the Hulkster take charge for most of the matchup. For a Hogan battle, this title match certainly doesn't disappoint.

• Hulk Hogan vs. One Man Gang in a WWE Championship Match in 1987
Hogan takes on the One Man Gang in the first match on Disc Two, and, to be honest, it's not the most intriguing battle. At 10 minutes, this matchup starts off very slow, with both wrestlers spending an awful amount of time with simple kicks and moves such as shoulder blocks. The action increases later on, but the match clearly isn't as surprising or entertaining as it could have been.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Rick Rude in a WWE Championship Match in 1988
This 10-minute title match is quite entertaining and fast-paced while Hogan is in control, and even though Rude keeps it simple by delivering mostly submission maneuvers, this battle really works. Definitely a good wrestling match.

• Hulk Hogan & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Ted DiBiase & Virgil in 1988
As far as tag team matches go, this one is neither memorable nor disastrous. Clocking in at 11 minutes, this matchup features solid team action, even though the end of the match is rather predictable. Still, Hogan and Bigelow perform some strong moves, and both teams keep the wrestling action at a relatively high pace throughout.

• Hulk Hogan vs. King Haku in a WWE Championship Match in 1988
Hogan's fight against King Haku is nothing special, considering the Hulkster is mostly in total control here. Haku retaliates occasionally with sleeper holds, but it slows down the match one too many times. That said, this one plays out the same way many of the matches on these discs do: with Hogan starting off strong, slowing down, and then wrapping up the match with his signature leg drop.

• Big Boss Man vs. Hulk Hogan in 1988
At eight minutes, this match between the All American and Big Boss Man mostly delivers the goods. From some decent punches and solid moves to some action outside the ring, this is a decent matchup between two wrestlers who know what they're doing. Not bad.

• Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan in 1989
Two of wrestling's greatest stars go head to head in this 12-minute title match, and one thing is for sure: this fight ain't boring. Savage and Hogan possess great flexibility and don't waste much time showing off their skills, and, of course, the audience is loving it. These guys really know how to offer a fast, amusing show.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake in 1990
We're finally breaking into the 1990s, and Hogan battles Earthquake at Madison Square Garden. Earthquake is obviously a big guy, and that explains why this match moves along a little slower than others. Still, it's a Hogan battle, and like every other match on here, it's pretty clear who will emerge with the momentum and victory. As far as this match is concerned, it's neither surprising nor disappointing. I would call it a so-so wrestling match.

• Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan in a WWE Championship Match in 1991
Clocking in at 16 minutes, the title match between Hogan and Slaughter is a lot of fun to watch. It's a diverse battle for sure, and whether the two athletes take the action outside the ring or spend some time inside delivering submission maneuvers and other kicks and punches, wrestling fans will certainly embrace the pace of this solid battle.

• Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan in 1991
The Nature Boy takes on the Hulkster in this last match on Disc Two, and they sure go out with a bang. Even though this battle only runs for 10 minutes, it's loaded with powerful moves, action outside the ring, and anything else these two wrestling stars are capable off. This one really deserves its spot in this collection.

• Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair & Vader in 1995
Four highly popular wrestling stars face off in a tag team battle, and the result is obviously quite entertaining as Disc Three begins. There's a lot going on in this matchup, which means that viewers certainly won't find themselves bored too often. How does it end? Take a guess…

• Hulk Hogan vs. Vader in 1995
Hogan clashes with Vader in a cage match on the beach, and the two wrestlers give those in attendance a rather satisfying show. It's not as special a match as some of its predecessors, but it's well-coordinated after all.

• Sting vs. Hulk Hogan in 1995
Sting used to be one of my favorite wrestlers back in the days when I used to regularly watch WCW on TV, and I always found his matches to be very amusing. This one is not an exception, even though it's certainly not a memorable battle either. Still, at 8 minutes, it's fast-paced enough to watch, and both Sting and Hogan deliver a more or less clean battle stuffed with some good technical wrestling.

• Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant for the WCW Championship in 1997
The Giant faces Hollywood Hogan in this title match, and the whole thing ends like most matches during the reign of the nWo. While it lasts though, the battle is by all means watchable, even though I've seen Hogan wrestle in much faster, more engaging fights.

• Bret Hart vs. Hulk Hogan in 1998
Bret Hart faces Hollywood Hogan, and the result is quite amusing, to tell you the truth. I'm not sure this match deserves to be on such a collection, but in terms of entertainment, it certainly doesn't disappoint.

• Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship in 2002
This is a no disqualification match, and that means we get to see plenty of interferences. Still, this nine-minute battle comes with chops, and Flair and Hogan bring along enough energy to make this one a fast-paced show.

• Triple H vs. Hulk Hogan in 2002
Clocking in at only 7 minutes, Hogan's battle against Triple H features many strong moves and a series of high-risk maneuvers we haven't seen in many matches on these discs. Thus, it definitely a refreshing surprise to observe the match go into different directions this time. Plus, Triple H and Hogan are both popular entertainers giving audiences just the kind of wrestling they want to see.

• Hulk Hogan & Edge vs. Billy & Chuck for the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2002
What I said about the previous match also applies here. This 6-minute tag team matchup is highly entertaining, even though it's by no means a classic. Still, the amount of high-risk maneuvers is just right, and in the end, this is definitely a fun match.

• Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle in 2002
This is it. It's time for the last battle of this collection, and even though it's not one of Hogan's best, it certainly delivers. Hogan's comeback didn't last all too long, but this battle proves yet again that he was someone who knew how to please his fans and offer some solid wrestling action at the same time. Angle is a worthy competitor, and their fight works for me.

Special features are scarce, although Disc Three includes eight short interviews with the Hulkster at different stages in his career. Some of these are funny while others are not, but all in all, they certainly don't make for exciting bonus material.

Technically, there's nothing wrong with this set. Most matches we see here take place during the '80s, which means the picture quality is obviously not up to par with that of today's wrestling shows. That said, it's not a big deal, and for what it is, the full-frame transfer this set offers works just fine. The same applies to the audio transfer.

For a collection offering matches no one has seen on DVD before, Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series has a lot of solid stuff in store for diehard Hulkamania fans. Hogan remains one of the most entertaining athletes in wrestling history, and this set proves it.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 83

Perp Profile

Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 540 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Interviews

Accomplices

• WWE.com
• HulkHogan.com








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