Heartwarming / Hulk Hogan

  • The Wrestlemania 18 match with The Rock is possibly one of the most heartwarming matches ever. No matter how much Hogan was set to play the cocky, jaded veteran with a mean streak, everything changed when Hogan set foot in the ring that night and got one of the warmest, most jubilant reactions in the history of Wrestlemania. And this wasn't because of Americana or anything like that: they were in Toronto. The crowd reaction during the match when Hogan hulks up, just like the old days of being The Hero, is absolutely off the charts, and even Rock can barely hide his inner fanboy. God bless Canadian fans.
  • His return to WWE in 2014. Hulk Hogan has had a…on-again off-again relationship with wrestling in general, ranging from the amazing to the gawdawful, and he hasn't exactly had a particularly pleasant past decade. The fact that the fans in Green Bay welcomed him as warmly as they did shows that, y'know what? Hulk Hogan will probably always have a place in the hearts of wrestling fans…brother.
  • Fans in Canada gave Hogan a welcome as though he was God himself come down from on high. The applause went on non-stop for over FIFTEEN MINUTES, and Hogan couldn't get in a word edgewise that entire time. The response they gave to him just being there was enough to bring Hogan himself briefly to tears over how much the people there loved the guy. He had to literally beg them to stop. ...and they still never actually quieted down that much. The guy was so beloved that night that almost anything he said or did during that promo got a pop, turning what was probably supposed to be a five minute or so promo into nearly a half an hour of heartwarming AND awesome!
  • Believe it or not, according to Easy E, HOGAN was the one who suggested dropping the WCW title to Goldberg, which Hogan confirmed on the Monday Night Wars series on the WWE Network.
  • In a somewhat odd way, one of the first things that Hogan did after his racist comments were made public was to call Booker T and apologize for it.
  • He and Bret Hart had a rather strained relationship in wrestling, mostly because of backstage politics. Yet Hogan not only attended the funeral of Owen Hart, he did so without much fanfare or anything. This is something Bret Hart gives him credit for in his autobiography.
  • A behind-the-scenes special on Wrestlemania XXX showed a moment between Hogan and Ultimate Warrior where Warrior was trying to apologize for things he had said over the years. Hogan immediately forgave Warrior, saying that all he cared about is what Warrior says and does now. It's even more heartwarming when you consider Warrior would die in two days.
  • Chris Jericho mentions how Hogan once endorsed an controversial angle Chris wanted to run, and when it took off came down to the lower-card locker room to apologize for doubting him and shake his hand. Chris Jericho then notes that while loads of people have asked him for juicy stories about Hogan's backstage behavor, he personally always found the man friendly and respectful.