January 23, 1984, was the night Hulkamania became a national phenomenon when Hogan defeated the hated Iron Sheik to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. (It wasn't exactly a secret, but the match was televised live nationally via the USA Network.) Not only was it a match that changed professional wrestling but, as it came during a time where tensions were at all-time highs between the United States and Middle East, the match was seen as America conquering a hated world enemy in Iran. Today, the match remains celebrated in American culture.
Wrestlemania III, where Hogan defended his championship against André the Giant, a match that drew a crowd of 93,000 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome. Despite a rare case of being the underdog, Hogan managed to win the match after bodyslamming the Giant in one of professional wrestling's defining moments.
And, contrary to what some detractors say, there was no line or any sort of assistance used by Hogan during that match. He tore a pectoral in the process of lifting Andre. While it's a shame that Hogan eventually couldn't get over his own ego, it's truly something to see him during the entertaining high...
One of the more memorable spots of the late 1980s was courtesy of Hogan's Saturday Night's Main Event match with the Big Bossman, where Hogan hit a superplex off the top of a steel cage. That was big by 1989 standards.