The Story Behind HULK HOGAN’s Shocking Heel Turn at Bash at the Beach ’96


Hulk Hogan shocked the world by turning heel by joining the nWo at Bash at the Beach in 1996. It was at this moment a fan couldn’t handle what he was witnessing so he decided the best thing he could do was jump into the ring to attack Hogan. Read on to find out what happens when you step into the ring with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash!

Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in the ring Moments after Hulk Hogan's heel turn and the formation of the New World Order at WCW's Bash at the Beach 1996.
Moments after Hulk Hogan’s heel turn and the formation of the New World Order at WCW’s Bash at the Beach pay-per-view, 1996.

The fate of the fan who tried to take matters into his own hands by stepping into the ring with Hulk Hogan


“We had no idea who [the third man] was going to be.

The whole ‘third guy’ thing came up by accident. I remember Kev’ and I called Bret [Hart] and we spoke to him and we told him it was really fun working at WCW. It was really laid back, guaranteed money, it was easy.

We were so used to being in a shark tank in [the WWF]. Coming to Atlanta was like being in a country club. It was really tame in the locker room in WCW compared to New York. We told Bret he should come down. Bischoff was interested, he was offering him a pretty sweet deal…but Bret wasn’t interested.

We wanted [the third man] to be Hulk Hogan, but Hulk had creative control in his contract so he didn’t have to do anything he didn’t want to do.

I met Hulk briefly at WrestleMania 9 but I didn’t know him.

We actually went to the ring in Daytona and Hogan wasn’t even there yet. He was on a jet, flying cross country from shooting a movie. Bischoff wanted it to be Hulk Hogan, but before we went out he told us, ‘If Hulk doesn’t show, I’m gonna send out Sting!’

When Hulk did come out and turned heel at Bash At The Beach in Daytona, he gave his interview, you know: ‘Hey, screw all you kids…’

And people are buying it as a full-on shoot.

So people started throwing stuff in the ring…and if you watch the tape, you can see a fan hit the ring.

Me and Hulk are on one side; this dude gets over the railing – past security – inside the ring…and there’s big Kev’ waiting… (laughs)

Dude, you’re out of luck now…

I can’t imagine what this mark was thinking…[yokel voice] ‘Wehl, I’m gunna git’ dose guys…’

He probably thinks security’s going to stop him, so he can tell all his buddies, ‘Well I tried to, man…’

No, man…security didn’t get you – you’re in the ring; NOW what cha gonna do?

Kev’ knocked this cat OUT…

And now the dude’s down – me being the prick I am – I hear this commotion behind me, I look over and go, ‘Kev’ – is that a mark-?’

I start putting the boots to this guy, full shoot (laughs)

In my opinion, [the fans are] allowed to yell and cheer and boo all you want – you’re not allowed to touch the wrestlers, you’re not allowed to throw stuff at the wrestlers, and you’re CERTAINLY not allowed to go over the barricade into the ring.

Because once you come into the ring, we don’t know if you got a gun, a knife or whatever. And guess what – that’s what I do for a living, man. Yeah, it might be ‘fake’, but all I gotta do is turn the volume up a little bit and it starts becoming REAL.

So, that dude in Daytona, wherever you are – thank you. It was fun stomping on your face. I hope you learned your lesson.”

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WATCH: Moments after Hulk Hogan turned heel, a fan jumps into the ring to fight him. This was NOT a good idea!

SOURCE: Inside The Ropes radio, In Your Head online

Originally compiled by Matt Pender and shared here with thanks to our friends over at Wrestling’s Glory Days’ Facebook page

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  1. Performers do not know the intention of someone rushing the stage or in this case the ring, so the performers act as they see fit. Obviously this ‘fan’ doesn’t understand that this whole thing is scripted, had an emotional reaction, and got his ass beat. Mind you that this was about 8 years before Dimebag Darrel was killed on stage by a crazed fan.


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