Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his...
See full summary »
Randolph Spencer and Martin Brubaker were ex-Navy SEALS-turned-mercenaries who hired themselves out as soldiers of fortune for a very high fee. On their missions, Spence and Bru relied ... See full summary »
When mercenary "Hardball" Cutter discovers that the team he is working with is actually a group of IRA gunrunners, he decides to put a stop to their plans. Furious with Cutter, the gunrunners target him, his partner, and his family.
WWF Champion Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan, Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude, Tag Team Champions Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji, Mr. Perfect vs. ... See full summary »
The 5th Annual Royal Rumble battle royal, with the vacant WWF Title going to the winner, WWF Intercontinental Championship: The Mountie vs. Roddy Piper, WWF Tag Team Championship: The ... See full summary »
30 men. One ring. Two start, and a new one is introduced every 2 minutes. Only way out: over the top rope. The second annual Royal Rumble features 30 top WWF stars. Also: WWF Women's Title:... See full summary »
The toughest wrestlers in the world, get together with the hottest babes in professional wrestling to bring you two hours of exciting WCW Monday night action. High flying moves, chair shots... See full summary »
Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his network. Rip refuses and goes back to his normal life. Still looking for a way to raise ratings, Brell initiates a show called "The Battle of the Tough Guys", a violent brawling competition. A mysterious man, Zeus, wins the competition. This gets Brell to use him as an angle to get at Rip.Written by
Pat McCurry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rip wore blue and white wrestling gear in the movie. Hulk Hogan was known for his standard color scheme as red and yellow, but he did wear blue and white during some matches in the mid-1980s. Instead of "Rip 'Em", the tank tops usually said "American Made". See more »
In the ring scenes, Hogan wears the WWF "Winged Eagle" belt, the one used by the WWF from 1988-1998. In the dressing room scenes before his match with Zeus, he has the "XL" championship belt, the one never used by the WWF but designed to be worn by Andre The Giant. See more »
One of the all-time great howlers. This was made back in the days when Vince McMahon and pretty much everybody else in wrestling tried their best to keep the "secret" from being revealed. That secret being, of course, that pro wrestling is staged and choreographed. So you had movies like this and a few others from the time that treated it as though it was real. The plot to this is pretty stupid. Hulk Hogan plays a version of himself named Rip, who is the WWF Champion. Kurt Fuller runs a TV network that loses to wrestling in the ratings due to Rip's popularity. So Fuller tries to come up with his own pro wrestling alternative called Battle of the Tough Guys. Seriously. Through a series of ridiculous events that involve a lot of big men grunting and fake-hitting each other, Fuller discovers his own champion: Zeus, a hybrid of Mr. T and Frankenstein's monster. Zeus is played by Tommy "Tiny" Lister, who went on to a long career in everything from A-list theatrical releases to garbage that shows on the SyFy channel at 2am. The rest of the movie is a long wait until the inevitable showdown between Rip and Zeus.
Hogan and Lister are both so awful you can't help but enjoy them. They snarl and growl and carry on like animals marking their territory every time they're face to face. The real star of the movie, though, is Kurt Fuller with one of the most over-the-top performances you'll ever see. He's got more ham in him than Porky Pig. Objectively, it's a terribly-made movie. Its only redeeming quality is that it has some merit as an unintentional comedy. For current fans of professional wrestling, it will all seem pretty dull. The wrestling matches mostly consist of guys clubbing each other with their forearms and posing a lot. For people who grew up with the Hulkster and the old school WWF like me, there's a lot of nostalgic appeal here. Fans of "so bad they're good" movies may also find something to like about this turkey. Many memorably bad scenes and corny lines. One of my favorites is when Hulk starts throwing food at two thugs trying to rob the diner he's eating at while the Hank Williams, Jr. song "All My Rowdy Friends" plays in the background. Movie gold.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this