WWE Studios to release Hulk Hogan's No Holds Barred on DVD this summer

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WWEDVDNews got their hands on a flyer that was being sent along with recent WWE Shop orders. It's a list of upcoming WWE Studios projects, including The Marine 3 starring Randy Orton. Also on tap is a horror/thriller called No One Lives starring none other than Cageside's favorite "Funkasaurus," Brodus Clay.

Most importantly, however, the flyer revealed the 1989 classic No Holds Barred will be seeing a re-release this summer. Starring Hulk Hogan as Rip (um, okay?) and "Tiny" Lister as Zeus, the box office flop will be released July 3, 2012 on DVD for the first time ever.

The basic plot goes like this: Thunder Lips is the hottest wrestler on TV and when he refuses to sign with a slimeball TV executive's rival network, the exec -- played by awesome character actor Kurt Fuller -- finds and hired Zeus to destroy the hero. Thunder Lips initially refuses to wrestle his googly-eyed opponent but after his younger brother gets put in the hospital thanks to Zeus, Lips agrees. And the rest is cinematic history.

Even more interesting is after the movie's theatrical release, Lister as Zeus showed up on WWE TV right before SummerSlam 1989, demanding a rematch asserting he could easily defeat Hogan off a Hollywood set and inside a wrestling ring. He hooked up with "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri and had a few matches before eventually taking on Hogan and alleged lover Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake in a special pay-per-view (PPV) event -- for which Savage, Sherri and Zeus cut the most awesome promo of all time -- where fans could watch both the movie and the steel cage match in one sitting.

The fan favorites won and Zeus was never seen again. Hogan, of course, would go on to further success in WWE and WCW. Lister would score a knockout victory over DJ Pooh several years later but would lose via TKO at the hands of Ice Cube soon after.

Any of you Cagesiders excited for this? I have the masterpiece on VHS already but I'm looking forward to a cleaned up digital copy I can hand down to my children after I die. My only complaint is it isn't on Blu-ray.

Oh, who am I kidding? It'll be the laziest transfer ever. And I'll still buy it.

Full video of the aforementioned promo after the jump.

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