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45We are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month.The wrestler we are reviewing for today not only annoyed other wrestlers on a WWE Network reality series, but he annoyed wrestlers in the ring with his abilities and that man is the one and only Tony Atlas. The match that I have for you guys today is a match Tony had with the one and only Hulk Hogan at the Philadelphia Spectrum back sometime in 1981. I believe that at this time Hogan was still a heel of some sorts because after a collar and elbow tie up that saw him throw Atlas against the turnbuckle, he stopped and flexed his muscles at him, but Atlas would return the favor with some force behind it that angered the Hulkster. One point that made me laugh during the match was when Hogan had Atlas in a headlock and it looked like he had it locked until Atlas was able to wiggle himself out of it.

46Hogan would turn to the referee to check Atlas’s hair for oils or whatever that would help him escape. Then right after, Hogan was in a headlock and when he tried to wiggle out, he couldn’t. There’s a lot of old school wrestling going on in this match from headlocks to elbows and even bearhugs as both competitors went back and forth. I do have to admit however that Tony was holding his own against the Hulkster in the match and he wasn’t giving up at all, but Hogan was relentless as well. After trading advantages back and forth, Tony Atlas went to lift Hogan for a body slam and the referee sold an awful botch of a kick and he went down. With the referee down and Atlas concerned, Hogan took advantage by tossing him out of the ring. With Atlas out of the ring, Hogan tried to get the referee up to start the count, but Atlas took advantage, came back in the ring, and rolled Hogan up for the 1-2-3. It was so weird to see Hulk Hogan as a heel back in the 1980’s because most fans can only think of the NWO version of Hogan in the mid-1990’s. A lot of credit is due to Atlas who kept up with a man who was significantly bigger than him (not by a lot).

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