This day in Hamilton wrestling history: Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior at Copp’s

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Published December 29, 2023 at 11:00 am

When it comes to professional wrestling, there is no name bigger than Hulk Hogan and the Hulkster was one of many superstars of the WWF’s golden era that came out to Copp’s Coliseum (now First Ontario Centre) on this day (December 29) in 1987.

At stake on the night was the World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) World Heavyweight title and Hogan, who reigned supreme from January 23, 1984 until he was de-throned by Andre the Giant February 5, 1988, defeated Butch Reed in front of 6,000 fans to retain the title.

Hulk Hogan and Butch Reed at Copp’s Coliseum in Hamilton

Five weeks later (and less than a month away from the first-ever Royal Rumble, also held in Hamilton), referee Earl Hebner, “who was bribed by Ted DiBiase,” gave the win to Andre Giant on a three-count, “despite Hogan raising his shoulder at the one-count.”

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Hogan’s win December 29 was more straightforward – without the need for interference – as he neared the five-year mark of his time as champ.

Also on the card that night was Demolition (Ax & Smash), who scored a decision over Billy Jack Haynes and Ken Patera. As well, Dino Bravo defeated Hillbilly Jim; Koko B. Ware defeated Mike Sharpe; Bret Hart scored a win over Paul Roma; Hacksaw Jim Duggan (who became the first winner of Royal Rumble a month later) won over King Harley Race; Judy Martin & Leilani Kai won the WWF Women’s Tag Team title over Itzuki Yamazaki & Noriyo Tateno; Ultimate Warrior defeated Steve; and Dan Spivey bested Lanny Poffo.

 

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