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EXCLUSIVE: "Road Warrior" Hawk says why there will never be a pro wrestling union (20 years ago Torch Talk)

Dec 28, 2012 - 4:23:00 PM
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Twenty years ago this week, the late former WWF tag champion "Road Warrior" Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) predicted to PWTorch editor Wade Keller that unions will never be established in pro wrestling. In-between stints in WWF and WCW at the time, Hawk explained why in an exclusive Torch Talk published in a December 1992 edition of the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter...

Wade Keller: Could a wrestling union ever form?

Hawk: It'll never happen. It's the biggest business that's not unionized.

Keller: Why not.

Hawk: There's prelim guys, middle guys, and main event guys, and I'm not gonna be affected, but it certainly could affect other guys, their livelihood. If it were feasible, it would have been done.

Keller: Do you think people like you and Hulk Hogan, when you were there, had the power to unionize the wrestlers?

Hawk: There's not enough wrestlers that would stick with it that would have the possibility. Hogan's the man. It's been tried before and shut down. I know the guys who tried it, it cost them their careers.

Keller: That's the one thing Wayne Ferris, who was complimentary of Hogan, said he wished Hogan had used his power when he was really on top to do, create a union, and help the wrestlers less fortunate than he over the long run.

Hawk: Don't think it didn't run through his mind. I'm telling ya', it'll never happen. There are a lot of intangibles involved. Everybody's situation is different. A lot of people don't have the luxury of splitting from an established tag team and going my own way.

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