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In 1988, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and Wrestling/HulkHogan were eager to take a step into Hollywood. Hogan was at the height of his popularity in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then WWF), and in fact, he did have some acting experience, most notably in ''Film/RockyIII'' as Thunderlips. Having Hogan star in his own major motion picture seemed like a natural progression, so Hogan took some time off from wrestling while Wrestling/RandySavage was champion. [=McMahon=] and Hogan collaborated as executive producers, and unleashed ''No Holds Barred'' upon the public in 1989.

Hogan stars as "Rip", the most-popular professional wrestler in the entire world (no, really!). One day, he is approached by Brell (Kurt Fuller), the [[LargeHam hamtacular]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil head of the World Television Network]], who wishes to lure Rip to his network so that he can TakeOverTheWorld of television ratings. The honourable, loyal and handsome Rip thwarts Brell's blank cheques, sexy {{Femme Fatale}}s and {{Mook}} ambushes, so Brell [[StartMyOwn starts his own wrastlin' program called "Battle Of The Tough Guys"]]: a glorified bar-brawl that crowns the [[ScaryBlackMan seemingly-invulnerable Zeus]] (Tom "Tiny" Lister) as champion. Yet Brell will not be satisfied until the rock-hard abs of Rip are under his control, and a heinous attack on Rip's little brother might just be the ignition for Rip to accept a final showdown against Brell's champion.

Hulk's movie career didn't quite take off as hoped as a result of ''No Holds Barred'', as while it just about broke even, it was critically savaged upon release for its acting and dialogue. It seemed like an OldShame for those involved until 2012, when the movie ''finally'' saw a [=DVD=] release.

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!!''No Holds Barred'' provides examples of:
* TheAce: ''"RRRRRRRRRRIP!!!"''
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing ... after Rip knocks Zeus off a tall balcony, causing him to fall at least three stories (25-35 feet) to his (presumed) death.
* AngerMontage:
** Rip goes to Zeus' gym for one of these after Zeus sends Rip's little brother to the hospital.
** Brell gets one of his own during the climactic fight.
* AttemptedRape: One of Brell's {{Mook}}s to Samantha.
* BadGuyBar: Where Brell gets his idea for ''[[ShowWithinAShow Battle of the Tough Guys]]''. Includes disgusting rednecks, a crude wrestling ring, and a random monkey-like man in a cage throwing peanut shells in your beer.
* BigOlUnibrow: That thing on Zeus is something to behold.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: It is strongly implied that Zeus was killed from the impact of his tumble over the balcony after the climatic fight, having landed so hard on the canvas that the ring imploded. [[spoiler: The man he was working for, Brell, is accidentally electrocuted shortly thereafter.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: The limo driver near the beginning after Rip defeats all his buddies. "WHAT'S THAT SMELL?"
-->'''Driver:''' "Duh-duh...''DOOO-KIIIIE!''"
-->'''Rip:''' ..."''Dookie?''"
-->''*scene*''
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter "Z"]]: Guess who.
* TheBrute: Zeus, again.
* TheCameo: Since the movie has a fictionalized version of the [=WWF=], it's no surprise to see Howard Finkel, Gene Okerlund and Jesse "The Body" Ventura show up. More surprising is a cameo by Stan Hansen, who wasn't in the WWE at the time.
* CatchPhrase: "RIP 'EM!"
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Brell will stop at nothing to rule the world of television ratings, right up to assault and kidnapping.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Brell already has the highest-rated show on television. He didn't need to resort to felonies to force Rip into his ''Battle of the Tough Guys'' show.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: One in the BadGuyBar, which features an overflowing urinal trough and a guard dog, for some reason.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Just before Samantha falls asleep, she hears [[ADateWithRosiePalms weird, repetitive grunting noises]] coming from Rip's side of the hotel room. But it's cool: Rip's just doing pushups.
* FinishingMove: Interestingly, Rip's finishing move is a double axe-handle, which is Hulk Hogan's real-life finisher when wrestling in Japan.
* FoodFight: Rip's counterattack towards an armed robbery at his favorite restaurant. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Yeah.]]
* HighVoltageDeath: Brell, in the final scene. After defeating Zeus, Rip sees Brell and goes after him. Brell tries to flee but backs into an electrical panel, causing him a large-voltage shock that (presumably) kills him instantly.
* InkSuitActor: Seriously, the only differences between Rip and Hulk Hogan are their names and color of their gear (Rip is blue and white, Hogan is red and yellow). But Hogan himself mixed up his color scheme in his earlier WWF matches, including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX-0jI7ZX_c blue and white]], so it's more like Rip is a CompositeCharacter version of Hulk Hogan himself (his then-current personality, his less-iconic earlier outfits, and his Japanese finisher).
* ItsPersonal[=/=]ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Once Zeus lays that beating on Randy, Rip cares far more about paying him back than anything to do with Brell.
* KickTheDog: This movie has gone out of its way to make the antagonists as despicable as humanly possible. Zeus had beaten up Rip's brother Randy to a point where he can't walk and to add insult to injury, he punched him of his wheelchair and kicked him while he was on the ground. Brell has gone from a Smug {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} to abusive, by trying to have his old employee Samantha raped by his {{mooks}} for actually caring about Rip, hiring goons to attack Rip just because he had the audacity to say no to Brell, letting Zeus cripple Rip's brother and blackmailing Rip to throw a match.
* LargeHam:
** To say Tiny Lister handles the role with NoIndoorVoice would be an understatement. Even his whispering is hammy.
** Brell is amazingly over the top himself.
* ManlyTears: Rip sheds these as he sits beside Randy in the hospital following the latter's beatdown.
* MoralGuardians: In-universe example -- some groups and families complain about Brell's "Battle of the Tough Guys". Brell's response? "[[TakeThat They WATCHED it, didn't THEY?]]"
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The prize for winning the ''Battle of the Tough Guys'' was one hundred thousand dollars... ''TAX-FREE.''
* NoSell: Zeus no-sells hits against him up until the final battle. Rip also does so when he enters states of ersatz Hulkamania.
* ObviouslyEvil: Brell just rubs his evilness right in your face.
* OnlyOneName: Barely any of the main characters seem to have last names, or in Brell's case, a first name.
* TheParalyzer: Zeus' forearm shots.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: Established in Rip's first scene, where we see from his perspective his vision blurring as the result of a sleeper hold.
* PsychopathicManchild: Zeus. He was only recently released from prison after killing someone after the bell in a match.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As is Hulk Hogan's trademark in the ring.
** Zeus is pretty much made of this till the final moments of the movie, at which point Hogan proceeds to beat the crap out of him.
* RedRightHand: Zeus's BigOlUnibrow. Liston's natural lazy eye is also exaggerated. Zeus is never seen without it crossed.
* ScaryBlackMan: Zeus, the only black man of note in the film, as it happens.
* SeriousBusiness: Wrestling. It's single-handedly responsible for the success of World Television Network, and Brell is willing to pay any price to have its biggest star. It's as if the station airs nothing else but a single show.
* ShowWithinAShow: Brell's ''Battle Of The Tough Guys''.
* ShirtlessScene: It's a wrestling movie!
* TeenyWeenie: The redneck in the bar's restroom mocked two of Brell's partners for their minuscule manhoods.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: The motel scene with Rip and Samantha.
* VanillaEdition: The 2012 DVD release, which doesn't contain a trailer, any behind the scenes features, or even an acknowledgement of Tom "Tiny" Lister's WWE career.
* VillainousBreakdown: Brell starts trashing his own station equipment as Zeus gets beaten around by Rip at the end.
* WouldHitAGirl: Brell ''and'' Zeus both manhandle women at some point:
** For Zeus, the first moment comes at the seedy bar wherein he is introduced. A waitress tries to greet him at the door, but before she can get two words out, he grabs her by the face, twists it with a vise-like clawhold and then drops her over a stair railing to the floor below, causing presumably serious injuries and drawing blood. Later, during the climatic fight scene, Zeus sees Rip's brother, Randy in the crowd and decides to knock him out of his wheelchair and kick him around; when this happens, Randy's girlfriend, Stephanie, tries to cover him to get Zeus to stop, but he kicks her aside (hard). Shortly thereafter, Rip comes after Zeus, who throws several people, including women and children, into the stairwell into Rip's path. (The noble Rip helps each person up before he gets to Zeus.)
** Brell has been implied to have hit Samantha Moore, his former secretary and tool of seducing his enemies, in the past. When Moore defects to Rip's side and helps him gather ammunition to beat Brell, he sends his goons after her, hoping to kidnap and send Samantha to a horrifyingly brutal fate ... until Rip, out riding his motorcycle, happens to come right around the corner.
* WrestlingMonster: Zeus is a seemingly unstoppable force.