Last week we examined the "Warrior's" return to professional wrestling, a late summer debut with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that was designed to reignite his past feud with Ho Kogan.
However, on this date in WCW history, fans watched the Warrior's resurrected career go up in smoke, literally, as he began the "magic smoke" angle that called for an unreasonable suspension of disbelief, even for pro wrestling fans.
That's saying a lot.
First, the set-up, as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan cuts a promo on his former WWF opponent on WCW "Nitro" back on August 31, 1998. After their inevitable face-off, Warrior disappears in a cloud of smoke in front of a dumbfounded Hulkster.
Later that night, Warrior returns in yet another cloud of magic smoke, that like the biblical Angel of Death, has the ability to pick and choose its victims. NWO goes to sleep (as does much of the jaded audience) while Hogan does not.
While Warrior pounds on his chest and verbally molests the stick, Hogan can be seen running top speed into the dressing room, presumably to scream at the WCW executives for allowing Hellwig to sell them on this ridiculous angle.
Any Cagesiders out there think Warrior deserves credit for creating a smoke monster before the creators of LOST made it cool?