25 years ago today…
December 3, 2016
25 years ago today Hulk Hogan defeated The Undertaker to win the WWF Championship. The title would be vacated less than a week later due to the disputed finish of both this match and their prior bout at Survivor Series, declaring that a champion would be crowned at next month’s Royal Rumble event.
Everything initially began on November 16, 1991, when Ric Flair and The Undertaker attacked Hulk Hogan on the set of Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor interview show, but later Randy Savage and Roddy Piper fought off both Undertaker and Flair to protect Hogan. This would culminate in Hogan facing off with Undertaker for the championship at the 1991 Survivor Series, coined as “The Gravest Challenge.”
Set as the first-ever one-on-one match at Survivor Series, The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan would go one-on-one for the World Wrestling Federation Championship on November 27, 1991. At that time, it was thought as IMPOSSIBLE for Hogan to ever lose such a high-profile match. However, as Ric Flair made his way to the ringside area to interfere, Undertaker was able to deliver a Tombstone Piledriver on Hogan onto a steel chair (courtesy of Flair), and pinned him for the win. Only one year after his debut at the same event, The Undertaker captured his first World Wrestling Federation Championship. This a huge shock to any WWF fan watching (especially children) as Hulk Hogan had lost the WWF Championship in such a high-profile match in such dastardly fashion. Another factor added onto the impact of Hogan’s loss was just how scary The Undertaker was to most small children.
Due the controversial nature of the match’s finale, then-World Wrestling Federation President Jack Tunney announced that the WWF would schedule a one-time only pay-per-view event entitled This Tuesday in Texas (or Tuesday in Texas) only a week later. The show took place on December 3, 1991 at the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, with a rematch of The Undertaker vs. Hulk Hogan. In that match, Hogan would fight off and stay a step ahead of both Paul Bearer and Ric Flair (thanks to President Tunney sitting at ringside to prevent interference), and defeated Undertaker to once again capture the World Wrestling Federation Championship.