The most ridiculous moments in the No Holds Barred movie


It's only fitting that WWE's first foray into producing films featuring its wrestlers came in the Golden Era of the 1980s and was a feature film Hulk Hogan, the company's biggest star at the time. The result was Without taboosin which The Hulkster portrays a wrestler who must fight an evil TV executive who has hired a monster heel to destroy him.


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1989's No Holds Barred was WWE's first foray into film, and a very strange one at that.

Poorly received both critically and in terms of box office results, Without taboos has all the hallmarks of a 1980s cult classic, including some incredibly over-the-top moments. Let's take a look at the 10 most ridiculous moments from one of the most ridiculous pro wrestling movies of all time.

The WWE is canon in this film

Nevertheless, Hulk Hogan plays a fictional character

WWE personalities without borders

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Common Gene Okerlund

Howard Finkel

While Mexico understood that there was value in only making films in which wrestlers played themselves – namely luchadors like El Santo and Blue Demon – America never really understood that, so not even a film like that Without taboos Hulk Hogan plays a fictional wrestler named Rip Thomas. As a result, Hogan lacks most of the signifiers that made Hogan an icon, including his taunts, signature maneuvers, and his red and yellow gear. Still, Rip wrestles for the WWE (nope WWF) in the film and is even world champion, which makes Hogan's fictionalization even stranger.

The boardroom scene

Kurt Fuller chews the scene as the film's non-Zeus villain

Without taboos



Kurt Fuller

Tom Brell

Of course, fans know Zeus as the film's big villain, but there's an even bigger villain Without taboos: Tom Brell (Kurt Fuller), sinister boss of the World Television Network, who wants Rip Thomas on his network – but then seeks revenge when Rip rejects him. Because the film has no interest in showing any basic understanding of the television business, it portrays Brell as a sneering, cocky supervillain, best seen in his introductory boardroom scene where he yells at his subordinates and only cares about them seems to care about gaining the ratings of a single time window.

The limousine scene

Hulk Hogan manages to derail a car by punching it from the inside

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Without taboos


Suburban Command


Mr. Nanny


Santa Claus with muscles


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When Rip turns down Brell's offer to wrestle for his network, the WWE Champion gets into a limo to get home, but the driver takes him to a warehouse so some bad guys can beat him up. However, on the way to the warehouse, the scene takes an absurd turn.


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Rip Thomas is trapped in the back of the speeding limo and tries to get out by kicking the vehicle's doors as hard as he can – so hard that with each hit the entire vehicle spins out of control.

Le Hulkster Parle Français

A scene in a fancy French restaurant goes exactly as you would expect

Recommended dishes to upset Thomas in the French restaurant


Hot dogs

Beef bourguignon

Of course, Rip Thomas also has a love interest Without taboos in Samantha, who is supposedly working with Rip to expand his brand but is secretly on Brell's payroll. Samantha is tense and Rip is a wrestler, so of course she takes him to a fancy French restaurant, expecting him to be out of his element. A snooty French waiter is condescending towards him and Samantha suggests that he just order the beef bourguignon because it's basically a beef stew, but Rip surprises them both by revealing that not only can he actually speak French fluently A regular in the restaurant is (the waiter). was new).

The bar scene

It's hard not to see it as Vince McMahon's take on Southern Wrestling

Notable actors appearing in the bar scene

Kurt Fuller

David Paymer

Stan Hansen

Looking for real tough guys who could possibly fool Rip Thomas, Brell and his minions – played by Charles Levin and instantly recognizable character actor David Paymer – come together in one Street house-like bar to spot some competitors. To call this scene over-the-top would be an easy way to put it, as it's full of rough-and-tumble underclass and mayhem, including a very primitive version of professional wrestling, not to mention Stan Hansen playing an absurd cartoon redneck named Bubba. It's hard to see this and not Think of it as WWE boss Vince McMahon's take on some NWA-style Southern wrasslin.

Zeus vs. Lugwrench Perkins

Zeus faces off against his future Dungeon of Doom stablemate in a fire factory




Battle of the tough guys



As part of Brell's master plan, his network hosts a tournament called the Battle of the Tough Guys, where the winner not only receives money, but is also instructed to face Rip Thomas once the wrestler is manipulated into doing so. Zeus, of course, wins the tournament, but one of the most ridiculous fights is against Lugwrench Perkins, better known as Jeep Swenson, aka Zeus' Dungeon of Doom stablemate The Ultimate Solution. Their incredibly brutal fight takes place in a factory where flames are constantly shooting everywhere.

Rip Thomas beats a sex criminal in the ass with a motorcycle

The guy just attacked Rip's love interest



Samantha Moore

Joan Severance

Of course, Samantha eventually takes a liking to Rip Thomas and quits working for Brell, whereupon he incites some thugs to literally sexually assault the woman in a parking garage. If it sounds dark for an '80s move produced by WWE, don't worry – the film quickly trivializes it.


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Before the bad guys get there to Rip happens to pass by on his custom motorcycle and comically rides his pig right into one of the goons' asses. Meanwhile, Samantha lies on the sidewalk, trying to hold her torn clothes together. Needless to say, it's a bizarre sonic nightmare.

The big training montage

Rip doesn't do any training at all in the training montage

Rip's brother


Randy Thomas

Mark Pellegrino

While Rip Thomas initially rejects Zeus' challenge to a fight, the hero eventually gives in when Zeus puts Rip's brother Randy into a vague state of paralysis. Before the big final battle, Without taboos of course resorts to a training montage, but one in which Rip himself doesn't do any training. The montage alternates between Zeus' rigorous training and Rip, who is currently helping his brother rehab and learn to walk again, which certainly says something about both men's priorities. However, it is strange that in this sports film the hero is not seen doing any exercise in the obligatory training montage.

The villains both die

Hulk Hogan ends up killing Zeus outright



Tom Brell

Electric shock


Thrown through the ring

For the ultimate proof of this Without taboos is an absurd, cartoonish wrestling film, you shouldn't look any further than the end of the film. As Rip Thomas takes on Zeus in a live match (in an octagonal ring, no less), Brell watches from a control room above, eventually destroying him and ripping out electrical wires in frustration as Rip gains the upper hand. In the climax, both villains die – Zeus by falling from the upper level through the center of the ring, and Brell by being electrocuted by the torn cables.

The theme song

“No Holds Barred” features an original song in the end credits




“Without taboos”

John Joyce

Jim Johnston

Since both villains are dead and there are no law enforcement agencies to speak of in the world Without taboos, the good guys celebrate as the credits roll and viewers are treated to that very special 80s cinematic trope: the original theme song, composed specifically for the film. A perfect piece of 1980s cheese, the eponymous “No Holds Barred” is not only a fun novelty, but also has an added appeal for wrestling fans – the tune was written by Jim Johnston, known for covering various themes for WWE stars to compose. including Hulk Hogan's own “Real American.”