WCW eBay Find of the Day: The Hulk Hogan “Hulkster” Raft is Real! [2000]

The Holy Grail has been found!



Originally given away by World Championship Wrestling to fans who sent in their cable bills proving their purchase The Great American Bash 2000 PPV, the Hulk Hogan inflatable raft has become a thing of legend over the years online. Brought up numerous times on WrestleCrap, Wreddit, and various social media sites, the Hulkster raft became a wrestling Sasquatch of sorts due to the fact that no one could prove without a shadow of a doubt that WCW plastic floatation device even ever existed.

Hulkster raft ad from WCW Great American Bash 2000, the WWE Network cruelly taunting fans with their giant ITEM NO LONGER AVAILABLE branding…

In today’s world, calling up any oddball wrestling item through a quick Google search usually works 100 percent of the time but pictures of this raft have eluded fans for a couple of reasons. According to WCW PPV buy numbers by Chris Harrington, you would have had to been part of the 80,000 (estimate) who actually bought the Great American Bash PPV AND actually cared enough to send in your cable bill to WCW for this promotional item. Vampiro vs Sting in an Inferno Match along with Russo and Bischoff promising a HUGE surprise ended up convincing me to buy this PPV back in 2000 (spoiler: the surprise was a Goldberg heel turn), but I must’ve just passed on getting in on this magnificent deal. However, even if I DID send in my cable bill to WCW, I could’ve possibly run into another problem.

Apparently, fans who even sent in their bills never actually ended up receiving the Hulkster raft as promised by known liar and rampant Twitter-blocker, Tony Schiavone.

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Not only did WCW fail to entertain their remaining diehards with their abysmal Nitros and PPVs in 2000, they also failed with seeing through at delivering a cheap, plastic raft that they advertised. While there was a “while supplies last” tagline in the ad, you would’ve thought that someone could’ve provided evidence of its existence a lot faster by now. Even the official WWE Archivist account has been quiet on the matter despite several questions regarding the raft being thrown his way on Twitter. Sixteen years is a long time to wait for such a dumb item and sad to say, the above photo is all I have of it (for now). Even the original eBay seller wasn’t even aware at the absolute GOLD he had in hand, whenever I asked about it

“Unfortunately I don’t have any other pics, as it was sealed and never opened. I had it in my collection since 1999-2000. I assume that it is a rare item, as I was shocked how many views and bids it received.”

The things I miss out on when I decide to take a mini-vacation and turn off the Internet for almost a full week…

Special thanks to friend of the site Adam L. for sending in an email giving me a heads up on this item. Unfortunately, I was too late to bid on the inflatable Hulk Hogan raft but you better believe I would’ve put up a fight just to get more photos of this WCW Holy Grail. I’ll put a call out on my social media sites, and I will update this post with more photos if I can.

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Sara Kleeman

Amy Merkel-Kartchner

Amy Merkel-Kartchner

Joseph Merkel, if I had known this would have been yours…

Joseph Merkel

They reached out to me on twitter because they knew about it. One of my friends bought it for almost $200

Amy Merkel-Kartchner


Amy Merkel-Kartchner

So, I just checked out the pictures of the tweets in the article. Nicely done!

Rob Nelson

I watched all of the WCW PPVs, but couldn’t send in the cable bill due to…well…one of those “special” cable boxes. 😉

Adam LaFerney

Sweet 😀 Next I need to come up with enough decent late 90s Saturday Night jobber material for you to make some articles out of. I have Disorderly Conduct’s autographs buried in a drawer somewhere, but I’ll need a little more than that! I’ve made some Reddit posts about The Gambler, Roadblock, Mr. Hole in One, and my other favorites but they don’t get much fanfare. However, I think once WWE finally gets their shit together and puts the late 90s Saturday Night/Worldwide shows on the Network, fans will be dying for information on these guys. Basically I’ve said it… Read more »

WCW Worldwide Fansite

I will literally take a week off work the second they upload the old Worldwide shows.

Tony Ashbrook

I got the raft. It was sweet. I even got a shirt .

Gary Fisher

WCW was good at that. A friend and I got new blood rising. And they said the same thing. Send in a copy of your bill and they would send you a vampiro shirt. Never got it.

WCW Worldwide Fansite


David Aulds

I bought that event as well, never sent my cable bill in though.

Ed Cuneo

Eliseo Ramos wow!

Andrew Newcomb

Undoubtedly one of those items that Eric Bischoff had his friend’s company produce just to make them rich.

Brandon Trahan

I actually had this from ordering the PPV and gave it to a friend. So at least two exist!

WCW Worldwide Fansite

That’s more than we knew about last week!

Brandon Trahan

I figured not many people ordered that PPV, but I actually had no clue the raft was that rare!

[…] The full gallery is below, click-through for all of the hot garbage. The nWo Wolfpac “Too Tweet” shirt is a personal favorite but there’s a Diamond Dallas Page one with Bugs Bunny that I pulled from the 1999 WCW Catalog that’s amazingly awful in all of the best ways. For years, I’ve yet to come across any evidence of that thing actually existing, and it could very well be my WCW holy grail now that we’ve recently gotten proof-of-life of that supposedly mythical Hulk Hogan raft. […]

Jon C.

I have this sealed in the package with the packaging receipt.

Jon C.

I have this sealed with packaging reciept