Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling was a short-lived American reality television program, which ran for eight episodes on CMT in 2008. The first episode aired on October 18, 2008. In Australia, the show premiered in July 2009 on the FOX8 channel. It was also shown in the UK on Bravo and Viva. The show was co-produced by Hulk Hogan and Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment. The show featured celebrities being trained to become professional wrestlers. The finale aired on December 6, 2008, where Dennis Rodman was declared the winner of the competition.
Hulk Hogan - Hogan held multiple championships in his career during his tenures in the WWF/WWE and WCW, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Additionally is known for his acting outside of the wrestling area and serves as the host, creator and executive producer (the latter two duties credit him as "Terry Bollea") of the series. He is the main judge and dismisses the eliminated contenders in the competition by declaring "You're a jabroni, get out of my ring!".
Eric Bischoff - Known for being both a wrestling entrepreneur and occasional on-air personality during his tenures with both the original WCW and WWF/E, most notably as Executive Producer and a member of Hogan's nWo faction in WCW and being a General Manager of the WWE Rawbrand. Bischoff is also credited as creator and executive producer of the series alongside business partner Jason Hervey and Hogan.
Jimmy Hart - in-ring manager having been involved with several different promotions including WWF/E, WCW, TNA, and others. Always best known to fans as the "Mouth of the South" and carried a megaphone with him as a manager.
Former professional basketball player best known for his unique hair styles, off-court behaviors and marriage to Carmen Electra. Rodman has had past wrestling experience as he was once with WCW as a member of the nWo, a faction that was led by Hogan.
Heels (Trishelle Cannatella and Danny Bonaduce) def. Faces (Todd Bridges and Butterbean)
Heels (Erin Murphy and Dustin Diamond) def. Faces (Nikki Ziering and Frank Stallone) with Dennis Rodman
In week two, the moves learned by the celebrities included the headlock take down, schoolboy pin, and shoulder tackle. Originally, Dennis Rodman was going to wrestle for Team Nasty, with Stallone managing. During practice, however, Rodman injured his arm attempting a flying clothesline on Coach Nasty. Team Beefcake won the match.
Faces (The Mistress of Mayhem [Erin Murphy] and Rodzilla [Dennis Rodman]) def. Heels (Candy Girl [Nikki Ziering] and The Winner [Dustin Diamond])
Faces (Red Hot Redneck [Trishelle Cannatella] and "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce) def. Heels (Mr. Not So Perfect [Todd Bridges] and Mean Bean [Butterbean])
The basic tie up, as well as the techniques for working the arm and working the ropes, were the moves of the week. The challenge in week three was for the individual celebrities to create for themselves a gimmick, which is a character or persona. Team Beefcake won the match.
Red Hot Redneck def. Mean Bean, Rodzilla, The Winner and Mr. Not So Perfect
In week five, the celebrities learned the "Over the Top" and "Duck and Boost" techniques. They also created their own finishing moves. "Dangerous" Danny Bonaduce was going to be in the match, but he had to withdraw due to an injury he sustained during practice. The two teams merged into one team, Team Hogan.
The celebrities learned how to hit the head, back, and gut of their opponents with weapons - (Trash cans, chairs...) in week six. Danny Bonaduce returned because his injury was not as bad as originally thought. Because he was not eliminated face-to-face, Hogan allowed him to return.
In week eight, there were four remaining contestants. Diamond and Butterbean were eliminated after the tag team event. Bridges was eliminated in the final episode after the final main event. Dennis Rodman was declared the winner and the first CCW Champion.