Trivia: Hulk Hogan

  • Fan Nickname: Hogan's detractors will often refer to him as the "Orange Hobgoblin". His finisher is common referred to as the "Legdrop Of Doom".
  • Lying Creator:
    • Hogan is prone to repeating various anecdotes wherein the truth has been... blurred to say the least. Although in all due fairness, the man spent twenty-odd years traveling on a constantly exhaustive schedule in various nations as the biggest name in wrestling and spent a good deal of time having his body and head battered. Probably not all that surprising that events have become confused in the Hulkster's mind.
    • The biggest might be on the eve of his TNA debut when he declared he taught Vince McMahon how to work a wrestling business.
    • The IWC has a Running Gag meme based on this, where both the weight of André the Giant and the size of the crowd at Pontiac Silverdome at WrestleMania III increase exponentially with each time Hulk recounts the event. This is only mildly exaggerated from what Hulk actually says. Apparently the force of the slam was so powerful it retconned all of wrestling history, becoming to wrestling what the Big Bang was to our entire universe.
      • Then Andre died the next day.
    • He partied with John Belushi all the time. In 1986.
    • He was able to work 400 days a year due to gaining time while crossing the International Date Line on flights from Japan and back.
    • He was fired from the WWF for appearing in Rocky III instead of going to work in North Carolina. Any interviews on MSG TV promoting the film and Hogan's role in it (or wrestling clips of Hogan jobbing to Tony Atlas after filming wrapped) are the figments of someone's imagination.
    • Hogan, while being pushed as a top Foreign Wrestling Heel in Japan, was told to wrestle to a draw with young boy and Olympic judoka Riki Choshu, and just 'kicked his ass' instead.
    • In every interview that brought up the subject, Hogan would vehemently deny taking any type of steroid/HGH/whatever. Once Hogan was under oath in the '93 steroid trials, his story changed.
    • He was considering suicide and actually had a gun to his head when he was called on the phone by his co-host of American Gladiators, Laila Ali, whose call snapped him out of his suicidal depression. Oddly enough, even when told Hogan's version of the anecdote, Ali has no memory of any such event.
    • He was so fed up with wrestling in 1986 that he auditioned for the role of Metallica bassist after Cliff Burton's death. (Although this may be a misquote - he claimed to have hung around with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and talked about playing bass in a band with them in the late 70s or early 80s. Given that he was a bass player who lived in the Bay Area, this is actually somewhat believable. Though Lars says he doesn't remember, he was trying to recall if he knew a Hogan, not a Terry Bollea).
    • At the time he joined the NWO and WCW were running monthly pay-pre-views (Most of which Hogan headlined), his body was so damaged that he had to 'get cut on' (Have corrective surgery) every time he wrestled.
    • One of his stated claims to fame was discovering The Undertaker while filming Suburban Commando. Actually, when the film was being shot, Mark Callaway was already under contract to the WWF, but hadn't been given a gimmick yet. Then, Pat Patterson dreamed up the Deadman character, and he debuted in late 1990, before the film was released.
    • And speaking of The Undertaker, Hogan would later claim in his biography that Undertaker severely damaged his (Hogan's) neck at Survivor Series '91 with a Tombstone piledriver onto a steel chair, when it's clear (thanks to an unflattering camera angle) that it was Taker's safest Tombstone ever, with a foot-long gap between the mat and Hogan's head. This is supposedly why Hogan didn't just kick out of the Tombstone, etc etc.
  • Iconic Wrestler: Perhaps the most iconic of all time.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: WWE fans love to say Vince made Hogan, and that he'd be nothing without him. This is of course ignoring the fact that he was so popular over in Japan that he was called Ichiban, which means Number One, and that the phrase Hulkamania was first used in the AWA.
  • One of Us: Most likely a subversion, but Nintendo did call him in to host the Pokémon National Championship in 2006 and crown the winner.
    • He's a huge fan of Kinnikuman, though that does make sense...
  • Orwellian Retcon: The WWE, since his racist tirade, has scrubbed any mention from him whatsoever from their website and refused to allow anyone to use WWF footage of him.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The 1992 steroid scandal (which ballooned into the 1993 steroid trial) forced Hulk to take a healthy leave of absence. He was also 30 pounds lighter when he returned.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor:
    • After the stink about his steroid use started hitting real media, he did a complete 180, trying to explain that the show format didn't allow him to tell "the whole truth." After this, former Hogan role model "Superstar" Billy Graham would admit to using steroids with Hogan, and former friend David Schultz would not only admit the same, but also buying them from him as well. He admitted to thirteen years of steroid abuse in Vince McMahon's 1994 drug distribution trialnote , and has generally been candid about past use. Although Hogan would remain one of the most popular wrestlers in America for a long time afterwards, his numbers (house show, TV, pay-per-view) took a nosedive almost immediately after the show hit the airwaves, and never really reached the same peak of popularity.
      Missy Hyatt: I'm sure Hulk Hogan in his head thought if he denied extensive steroid usage in 1991, the media would move on. Who would have ever thought his denial would cause a steroid media buzz which attacked wrestling so fierce with major ramifications.
    • He was re-signed to the WWE on a legends deal, including making appearances at Wrestlemania 30 and 31, however, in July 2015, he was "future endeavoured" after audio surfaced of a racist rant he made during his infamous sex tape with Heather Cole.
    Michael K.: The WWE’s website is now 40% less orange, because they have already erased every sign of Hulk Hogan from it.
  • Wag the Director:
    • The general consensus amongst modern wrestling fans is that yes, Hogan today is very much an attention whore, both onscreen and in Real Life. Back in WCW, Hogan used to schedule his vacations during football season so the dip in the ratings could be blamed on him not being there, justifying his claim that new guys couldn't draw so that way he could keep the spotlight on himself.
      "Who sold out Shea Stadium? Who put 94,000 people in the Pontiac Silverdome? Who slammed a 700-pound giant?".
    • But his leverage with Vince only goes so far; the breaking point being when a) Hogan vetoed a tag team run with Beefcake, saying it was beneath him, then b) decided at the 11th hour not to elevate Bret, claiming Bret wasn't in his league.
    • In 1988, there was a tournament to crown a new WWF Champion. Hogan was in it, but he and Andre the Giant got each other disqualified and eliminated in their quarter-final match. The two men who made it to the finals were Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase. The Million Dollar Man was accompanied to the ring by Andre, who interfered a bit on his behalf. Savage's valet Miss Elizabeth decided that Savage needed help, so she ran to the back and came back with none other than Hulk Hogan, who whacked DiBiase with a chair while the ref's back was turned (as opposed to, say, brawling with Andre in order to stop him from helping DiBiase any more). This set DiBiase up to be hit with the Macho Man's Finishing Move, and Savage was the new champ. It was Savage's first ever world title in the WWF, which was undoubtedly a great night for him. But the way the finish was booked, it looked like he hadn't been able to do it without Hogan's assistance. Savage also had to share the spotlight with Hogan in his post-match victory celebration, as Hogan would stay in the ring with Macho until the show ended. It's one thing to, say, raise the new champion's hand and briefly congratulate him before getting out of the ring and letting him have his moment. It's another to spend like five minutes congratulating him, working the crowd, and not leaving the ring, thus drawing the crowd's attention away from the new champion and onto yourself.
    • Similarly, when Hogan passed the torch a couple of years later to the Ultimate Warrior, he got at least as much time on camera as Warrior after the match, much of which showed him looking absolutely heartbroken over his loss. To put this in perspective, imagine if years later when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin won the WWF Championship from Shawn Michaels, most of the attention after the match was on HBK and how upset he was over losing his title rather than on Austin. Then, once he composed himself, he got into the ring with Warrior and proceeded to congratulate him and work the crowd until the end of the show, just as he did with Macho. Once again, he arguably should have stepped aside and allowed the new champion to have his moment and, once again, he didn't. Hellwig would eventually migrate to WCW in 1998, where heel Hogan squashed him in what even Bischoff considers one of the worst PPV main events ever. The one WWF champ to never job to Hogan.
      DDT: Hogan says he's going to be the man who takes wrestling into the new millenium. The really scary thing is that he probably will. Bah.
    • Wrestlemania IX. In kayfabe, Bret had a title shot against Yokozuna. Hogan had already competed earlier in the card, defeating Money Inc. Anyway, shenanigans occur. Yoko throws salt in Bret's eyes, blinding him. Hulk Hogan comes out and is all "Bret the Bret-man Hart that isn't the right dude, somebody needs to step up for the USA". Bret points weakly toward the ring, Hulk runs out and pins Yokozuna in a matter of seconds, making both Yoko and Bret look like complete pushovers. Everybody sells it like it's wonderful and he celebrates in the ring for what feels like an hour and nobody mentions Bret Hart at all.
      • It was supposed to set up Hogan vs. Hart as a torch-passing thing, but then Hogan went all Hogan. This was followed by him leaving the company, fleeing to Japan, and blowing the lid on WWF's steroid abuse, so we can assume the backstage fallout from W9 was bad.
    • Starccade '97. Mention this match to any WCW fan, and they will break out in hives and spit blood. Sting was making his comeback in the rafters after being benched for over a year. His opponent was WCW champ Hollywood Hogan. Well, the match progressed nicely, when all of a sudden, Hogan dropped the leg on Sting and got the three-count. Clean. Immediately following this, Bret Hart (making his WCW PPV debut.... as a referee) ran over to ringside and ordered the match restarted, yelling that Sting was robbed. Sting quickly put Hogan in the scorpion deathlock and won the match and title. There were rumors of missed cues and other monkeyshines. Anyway, the screwjob finish helped kill Sting's heat.
      Eric Bischoff: The way we’d built it up, Sting should have been the clean winner. But Hogan was underwhelmed with Sting, and balked. I didn’t really see his point of view. I had a hard time reading between the lines with Hogan because he didn’t come flat out and tell me what his issues were.
    • Many of his Big Damn Heroes moments during his 1980s prime would result in having his music, rather than that of the wrestler(s) he had saved, being played. This often happened with Randy Savage.
    • The main reason Paul Orndorff turned on Hogan was feeling he always took the spotlight and considered Orndorff to be underneath him. The problem was most fans agreed with Orndorff, causing the first real split crowd in a Hogan feud since Hogan had become champion.
    • The Hulkster never rests. Shortly after he signed with (read: basically took over) Total Nonstop Action wrestling, he arrived with a bang, first by severely limiting the roster/screentime of the X-Division and Knockouts division. Whenever he didn't get his way or was overruled by Dixie Carter, e.g. strapping a rocket to AJ Styles and Bobby Roode, he gave interviews to the press which intimated that both athletes had stroke in the company and were getting pushed for political reasons rather than merit. (Styles had criticized him in public and said he hopes Hogan never joins TNA; Roode's big title change was going to take attention away from Hogan's big face turn, and we can't have that, so Hulk lobbied successfully for Angle to keep the belt.)
      "I’d go with James Storm all day long. Mainstream, brother! Cowboy hat, beer drinking, middle America, Nascar, Walmart, Country Western. I mean all day long, it’s a no brainer. That’s me. That’s my opinion. So, I mean, Bobby Roode’s a tremendous athlete—I would change. I’d bill him from Venice Beach, California or Omaha, Nebraska instead of, I dunno, 'Canada, eh!'"
      • After he'd finished with his head-chopping mission (half of TNA's midcarders were shown the door) and bled the company dry with his huge salary, Hogan chose not to re-sign with them. This rarely happens once. To happen twice...
    • His contracts with WCW and TNA explicitly gave him veto power over everything to do with his image—up to and including matches—as the assumption is he knows what he's doing. This is believed by some to be (at least in part) responsible for the infamous finish to his match with Sting at Starrcade 1997. He also insisted on feuding with guys his own age, largely because he loves to shoot on new guys for never drawing money.
    • It backfired on him at 2000's Bash at the Beach: when Hogan came out to the ring, Jeff Jarrett laid down on the mat, giving him the win by pinfall (because that never gets old). Vince Russo came out and swerved the audience by acknowledging the Creative Clause, the Fingerpoke of Doom, and Hogan's bad behavior (see this retrospective by Cracked). This is his version of events.
    • It blew up in his face a second time during the infamous Summerslam match with Shawn Michaels. While it was initially agreed upon that the two would trade victories in two matches, Hogan managed to use his bad knee as reason to nix HBK's victory match altogether (granted, it cannot be disproved that Hogan really wasn't having troubles with the knee since his bones have collectively turned to glass powder). As a result, HBK hilariously oversold everything(!!), making Hogan's offense look like a joke.
      • Unless that was Hulk Hogan's final match of all time (which it wasn't), then it can only be interpreted as Main-Eventer Disease. At most, this would have caused the rematch to be postponed, not canceled entirely. In addition, it would not have prevented him from losing the match he did have with HBK and giving up his own victory match.
      • Though Hogan also politicked to get HBK into a very forced and random Face-Heel Turn and pretty much did HBK no favors during their angle together. Many also state that HBK winning that match would have been best for business and that Hogan's victory really benefited only Hogan so Shawn might been little miffed already at Hogan pulling his usual shenanigans.
      • Making it even more defensible (for Shawn), Hogan only did two or three television appearances to build the match, leaving most of the buildup to Shawn. Shawn, being Shawn, made the best of this delivering at least two promos (Who's Your Daddy Montreal? and Hogan on Larry King) that rank among the best heel promos of all time, but still... Shawn basically turned himself face during the feud as far as the Smarks were concerned by lampshading Hogan's indifference to the fans and the business.
        HBK!Hogan: Shawn Michaels has got more important things on his mind, like becoming the greatest wrestler to ever set foot in the ring, brother! He's more concerned about going out there each and every night, brother, and stealing the show! Brother, he works just as hard in Battle Creek, Michigan, brother, as he does in MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, brother! See, The Hulkster has got a philosophy, brother! Once those people are in the building, brother, you've already got their cash in your front pocket, brother! But Shawn Michaels, brother, he'd rather go out there and nearly kill himself every night, brother, just to make sure those people get their money's worth, brother! (crowd pops in appreciation)
      • The original plan (at least for Hulk and Vince) was for Hogan to steamroll Shawn on his way to a match with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. When Austin informed them he still wasn't stupid enough to eat a legdrop to set up a nonexistent return victory, plans were changed to a two match Hogan-Shawn series, then the second match was dropped when Hogan refused to lose the first.
    • In 2010, Hogan interrupted a heartfelt speech from Jeff Jarrett, accusing him of being a glory hog who kept younger talent down in order to keep the spotlight on himself. This would be an accurate and legitimate criticism of Jarrett's career...if it hadn't come from Hogan, the biggest primma donna in the history of professional wrestling. The audience of the Impact Zone was perfectly aware of this and didn't hesitate to boo Hogan out of the building.
    • It really says something when the politicking of Triple H, the man who married the boss's daughter and was the mastermind behind the infamous "Reign of Terror" in '03-'05, is considered small potatoes to what the Hulkster has done over the years. While Hunter does have a lot of leeway over storylines, everything is ultimately up to Vince and try as he might, he'll never question his father-in-law (except for the Katie Vick thing, but that's understable), and is utterly devoted to the business. Hulk Hogan didn't just demand that he feud with guys his own age — he used it as an excuse to claim that he was the only one that could draw. Back in WCW, his vacations would coincide with Monday Night Football, so that way he could claim that ratings dropped because he wasn't there and that new guys couldn't draw. Eric Bischoff, being a complete Hogan mark, all but revered his word as gospel; Vince, who has been in wrestling longer than Bischoff and nowhere near as dumb as him, wouldn't stand for it.
  • What Could Have Been: In the event that Hogan didn't want to be the third man of the NWO, another was set up to take his place. Who was it? Sting.
    • We almost had Hogan vs Austin. Unfortunately, something (speculation is money issues or a disagreement on the winner) happened and the match did not take place.
      • Hogan's entire career could have been perceived much differently from the get go in the US. The man was trained by Hiro Matsuda who was not only a great technical wrestler, but a legitimate shoot fighter who broke Hogan's leg the first day he'd come to his wrestling camp to see if Hogan had the desire to really be a wrestler. Hogan came back and Matsuda trained him to wrestle a very technical style, but American promoters wanted him to wrestle like a generic big guy wrestler. Hogan still used his more technical style in Japan, and in 1993 just after winning his fifth WWF World Title had a match with The Great Muta that saw him use an ENZUIGIRI on the man. When American fans finally got to see this side of Hogan when that match among others of his days working in Japan popped up on YouTube, many of Hogan's detractors had their jaws firmly planted somewhere in the lower levels of their homes. One can only guess what might have happened if Hogan had been able to use the style Matsuda trained him to use in the US.
    • Kane's gimmick? It was originally pitched as The Undertaker's gimmick by Brother Love but Hulk Hogan had already talked Vince into the Undertaker gimmick, supposedly thought up by Pat Patterson, who most certainty got it from the AWA. (Vince originally wanted Undertaker to hatch from the gooker's egg so whether Patterson/Hogan or Love got their way, it was good they were around to stop that...unless you're Hector Guerrero)
    • During his first run in WWF, Vince McMahon, Sr. wanted Hogan to dye his hair red (since Hogan is an Irish surname). He refused because he was already balding at the time.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Hogan's patented legdrop has caused serious damage to his knees and spine over the years, not helped by his long-term steroid abuse, and the sheer length of his career. He's had numerous spinal operations that have left him all but unable to wrestle, and have even resulted in him losing several inches of height. For this reason, "matches" with Hogan consist of bad guys running into his fists at full-force while he stands there like a turret.