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WRESTLEMANIA VIII: WWF Champion Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan [Rare Videos]

As with many happenings in professional wrestling, matches at events can change based on a number of different factors and circumstances. The "booker" (the person in charge of setting up matches) of the event may have an idea for a match, however the willingness of the wrestlers, the health of the wrestlers, or simply a change of ideas, can completely change or eliminate a match all together.

After Ric Flair won the WWF Championship on January 19, 1992 in Albany, New York, a World Wrestling Federation Press Conference was held to announce Flair's challenger for the title to later be held on April 5, 1992 at WrestleMania VIII. During the Press Conference it was announced by President Jack Tunney, that Flair's challenger would be Hulk Hogan (see videos below).

WWF Champion Ric Flair's Speech

Jack Tunney's Methodical Announcement 

Newly announced WrestleMania VIII Challenger Hulk Hogan's Speech

This Press Conference and the announcement of Hulk Hogan as Flair's challenger at WrestleMania VIII could have been just a set up for the double Main Event that actually took place involving the matches of Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice and Ric Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage. Vince McMahon and the powers at the WWF at the time are the only ones that know for sure if Flair vs Hogan was actually planned as a match at WrestleMania, or a clever device used to set up the Hogan vs Justice match.

Hulk Hogan says he has a "special place" in his heart for Ric Flair

Promo featuring Mr. Perfect, Sid Justice, and WWF Champion Ric Flair

Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in February 2018
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