Released in the summer of 1989 as a blatant attempt to cash in on pro wrestling’s appeal, No Holds Barred features the iconic Hulk Hogan as Rip Thomas, a wrestler who butts heads with a sleazy network executive and a frightening hired gun by the name of Zeus. Hogan is also credited as executive producer, along with wrestling guru Vince McMahon, who financed the project. The film, which singularly epitomizes every over-the-top action movie trope, was universally panned by critics, many of whom argue that the over-the-top action paled in comparison to the wrestling telecasts on which it was based.
The movie also has the rare distinction of being re-packaged as part of a pay-per-view event, titled No Holds Barred The Match/The Movie, which included the movie and a wrestling event tying directly in with the film. While it may not be high-art, it’s still campy fun and an important part of your childhood if you were a little Hulkamaniac runnin’ wild. As important as Suburban Commando? SUBJECTIVE QUESTION!
Anyway, we were curious what the cast has been up to, so here’s a peek.