“Tonight Genius we’re gonna find out how smart you really are. when you get asked a question Einstein, Socrates and Plato could not answer.
WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN HULKAMANIA RUNS WILD ON YOU!?!?”
That is a direct quote from Hulk Hogan on the teaser for Saturday Night’s Main Event. He was set to face “The Genius” Lanny Poffo.
I remember being eight years old and being really disappointed I missed this episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event. We did not have cable and lived in an area that made getting broadcast tv impossible. The undercard had Andre the Giant taking on the Ultimate Warrior in the blow off to their feud. Dusty Rhodes vs the Big Bossman and “Mr.Perfect” Curt Hennig vs The Red Rooster
I can’t remember how I found out, but I was really shocked when I read the results of the main event.
Before the match The Genius gives us a poem, citing how brains will always conquer brawn. Hulk cuts a great promo on the Genius. Explaining the mathematics of Hulkamania and creating some poetry of his own.
The match starts with Hogan not appearing to take The Genius seriously at all. Mocking his attempt at a handshake. Then overpowering him with ease. But Genius in his own unique way is out maneuvering the Hulkster. This continues for a few minutes with the Genius showing his gymnastic prowess in avoiding Hulk. But he still does not seem to be taking The Genius seriously. That is until Genius slaps Hulk in the face and finally manages to anger him. At this point Hogan starts overwhelming the Genius. Between taking breaks to mock the Genius, by mimicking how Genius prances around the ring.
It looks to be a short night for the Hulkster before Mr.Perfect comes down to ringside, and starts desecrating The WWF championship. Hogan gets distracted and naturally Genius attacks Hulk from behind. Finally getting on offense and controlling the match briefly. Before Hogan starts Hulking up. Again looks like the match is due to end soon, but Genius gouges Hogan’s eye and rakes his finger nails across Hulk’s back. But this serves only to infuriate the Hulkster further. Who tosses Genius from the ring. He follows him out giving Perfect the opening to knock him out with the belt. Genius gets into the ring and wins by count out. Perfect and Genius take the WWF championship and high tail it from the ring.
Finding out that Lanny Poffo beat Hulk Hogan by count out was shocking. Hogan lost by DQ and count out often in his WWF tenure. But always to guys like Big John Studd or Paul Orndorff or One Man Gang. Top main eventers and he always won the big match.
He never got his win back from the Genius. The point of the match was to set up the Hogan/Perfect feud. There were some great promos at the end of the show. with Perfect and Genius destroying the WWF title with a hammer. Then Hulk cutting a low key (for him) promo on Perfect.
To conclude guys who beat Hulk Hogan and Hogan never got his win back. Tony Atlas, Yokozuna, The Rock, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Current UFC Champion Brock Lesnar and Lanny Poffo.