YMMV: Hulk Hogan

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Hulk Hogan was never able to really appeal to the core audience of WCW. They brought him in doing the exact same face routine that he did in WWF, and the reaction went from mildly positive to flat out booing him. This is partly because Sting, in WCW, was the guy that the fans refused to boo and expected to be the invincible hero, partly because they preferred the southern "wrasslin'" style to the northern "sports entertainment" style, and partly because Hogan didn't treat the long term WCW guys with any respect.
  • Awesome Ego: Whenever Hogan shoots on people who write his checks, you really have to clean out your ears and listen again to make sure you heard him right.
    "I swore I would never talk about the money again with Vince because that's what we always argue about. But when I saw the amount I was like, 'That's like one of my driver's paychecks', so I had to say something. He replied, 'Well you're not the only big guy any more, there are now 12 big guys'. I said, 'Well if that's the case let me explain something to you, I heard the first three matches and nothing. I wrestled and I heard what happened. And then I heard your match, Vince, and nothing. And I saw Cena, and people were leaving. I had a hard time getting out the building because of all the people marching through. So who are the other 11 big guys you're splitting my money with?' [our emphasis]
    • During his initial heel run in the WWF, by late 1980 and early 1981, Hogan — in television interviews — began bragging that he was going to become a big Hollywood star and had connections with his "friend," Sylvester Stallone, who was then working on Rocky III, and that Hogan was going to be the star of the film. Everyone thought he was full of it and it was just another muscle-bound, arrogant wannabe blowing hot air … but it would be averted, big time, when Rocky III became a huge box office success and made Hogan (proving himself right) a national icon.
  • Awesome Music: Nothing screams "American Badass" like ''Hulk Hogan's Theme."
  • Became Their Own Antithesis : In his AWA days Hogan was a hot young up-and-comer who was massively over with fans. Unfortunately Verne Gagne, the promoter, was a traditionalist who didn't trust Hogan and didn't want to give him the championship. Eventually Hogan got a title match, pinned the champ and was screwed out of the belt. Tired of AWA refusing to give young stars the breaks he jumped to the WWF, where he eventually became an Invincible Hero who stood on the backs of young stars to stay in the spotlight.
    Bleacher Report: Okay, so he could work a crowd. He has never seemed to realize that it takes two to tango. There is no Hulk Hogan without Vince McMahon. Those two, yes both of them, put pro wrestling on the mainstream map in the 80’s and early 90’s. But when Hogan’s big run was over, he vanished. He wasn’t the movie star he thought he would become. The WWE survived without him, probably much to his dismay.
  • Broken Base / Love It or Hate It: Casual fans like him, but Smarks tend to hate him.
    • Hulk getting removed from the WWE Website and essentially being made an Unperson after a racist rant of his from a decade prior was leaked in the summer of 2015. Most fans agree that it's a bit of an overreaction on the WWE's part, pointing out that the WWE's own history with racism hasn't been flawless, and others point out the very suspicious timing in that it was leaked right before Hogan was taking Gawker to court over his sex tape (Hogan's taking them to court for a hundred million dollars, while Gawker only made around forty five million in traffic in 2014)... that Gawker have exclusive access to.
  • Creator's Pet: From hanging out with WrestleCrap inductee wrestlers, to celebrity guests like Dennis Rodman or Donald Trump. Pretty much everyone the writers have desperately wanted to put attention on has been Hogan's "old friend".
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "If you think for one second, McMahon, that I was just the right gay—guy, at the right place, at the wro—at the right time..."
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome:
    • Hogan bodyslamming André the Giant at WrestleMania 3.
    • Hogan's now-legendary Face-Heel Turn at WCW's Bash at the Beach 1996, which led to the rise of the nWo.
    • The completely unexpected fan response at the nWo's first WWE appearance led Hogan into a match with The Rock at WrestleMania X8 - a match which not only stole the entire show, but once more put Hogan at the forefront of the wrestling business (and it was a damn good match, to boot).
    • Hogan vs. Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XIX in a street fight.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: During his last run as the WWE Champion, Hogan was dragged through an arena by The Undertaker while chained to his motorcycle. On the next Smackdown!, Hogan was going to make bruised but not beaten speech to the crowd. But from the very moment his music kicked up, they would. Not. Stop. Cheering. He motioned several times that he had the mic and needed to talk, but they kept cheering. The show went to commercial, came back a few minutes later, and they were still cheering. Hogan dropped the mic, and went to the turnbuckle to gather himself because he was so touched by this response, that he started crying. And where did this enthusiastic response come from for the All-American face? Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome/Leitmotif: Rick Derringer's "Real American" and Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)".
  • Drinking Game: Watch some of his promos, especially his mid-90s WCW promos. Take a shot every time he says "brother", "dude", or "jack".
  • First Installment Wins: Smarks are generally not crazy about Hogan himself, but even they cannot deny He still leaves a crowd spellbound. Those who remember when he first joined the nWo will attest: he generated real heat. So here we have a performer who's lasted roughly forty years across five major companies, able to shift seamlessly between face and heel (at least until TNA, when the Impact Zone made it clear that they wanted the old Hulkster back — which further proves the point). His replacements? Not so much. In fact, WWE struggled in his absence until Steve Austin came along.
    V1 The only time the crowd even rustled during this match was chanting for Hogan after Andre tripped up Macho Man.
    Jay: God, that makes me really sad. That means that Hogan's right! He's right to steal the spotlight.
    V1: In a way, yeah.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Is INCREDIBLY popular over in Japan, or at least used to be.
    • He's also inexplicably popular in Canada, despite their general disposition towards technical mat wrestlers and the Hart Foundation 97 angle making the All American Face a bad guy in Commonwealth nations. Hogan's two battles with Rock in Canada probably began the process of rebuilding bridges burnt by the Montreal Screwjob. This was especially apparent at WrestleMania X8 in Toronto, Canada.
  • God-Mode Sue: With no WWF superstars to compete with, and no Vince McMahon to keep him in check, Hogan quickly took over the small pond that was WCW. It's a good thing Hall and Nash came along when they did.
    Uproxx: The picture of Hogan with Arn in the figure-four while simultaneously pinning Ric Flair made rainbows shoot out of my eyes. Those rainbows were made of fire and urine, though.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Hogan became an Unperson to the WWE when a racist tirade he went on became public. However, said tirade was only made public due to a lawsuit Hogan filed against Gawker for refusing to take down a sex tape involving him.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Hogan and Randy Savage, The MegaPowers, feuded heavily with the heels Akeem and the Big Bossman. What was the heel team name? The Twin Towers. This may have been the origin of the "HULK HOGAN DID WTC" meme described below.
  • Ho Yay: "Ya know what really turned me on Mean Gene? The whole time I've been training with a dude..."
    • "We've been hangin' and bangin'!"
    • "If you THINK for one second, McMahon, that I was the right GAY GUY..."
  • Memetic Mutation: Brother.
    • Dude.
    • Jack.
    • WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN (fill in the blank)-MANIA, RUNS WILD ON YOU?
    • The Apple Pie Indian Strap Match, thanks to an infamous bit where Hogan mispronunced "Yapapi Indian".
    • "HULK HOGAN DID WTC" There were several pictures of Hulk Hogan photoshopped during the September 11 attacks, including one of him doing the Atomic Leg Drop to one of the towers as it collapsed. This may stem from the MegaPowers vs. Twin Towers feud in the 80's.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Hogan has a limited repertoire which took him far: Hulking up, posing, no-selling punches and pointing. Nobody wants to see Hulk Hogan as a boss heel on TNA — something he made careful note of, as seen in his recent WWE cameos.
    • Think he can't make the actively hostile Impact Zone pop for him? Think again. (He's gonna it. He's gonna do it! HE'S GONNA DO IT—! *shirt rip* YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!)
  • Narm: Some of his promos. The end of his four year title reign to Andre (with help from debuting Evil Twin referee Earl Hebner) is a pretty good example. Hogan has tears running down his face as he babbles incoherence like "HOW MUCH FOR THE PLASTIC SURGERY, MEAN GENE" and "WHEN I TURNED AROUND THEY WERE IDENTICAL!"
    • Also, a surreal WrestleMania IV promo (Which probably crosses over into Narm Charm for sheer entertainment value) where Hogan promised to sink the east coast into the ocean when he body slams Andre all the way down into the fault lines. But it's okay, because everyone who can't swim can hold onto him while he heads for the new shore - Specifically, they can hold onto 'The largest back in the world', while he backstrokes and doggy-paddles them to safety. In which case they would probably drown. And we haven't touched the part where Donald Trump gives up all material possessions.
    • The night after Bound for Glory and Hogan's heel turn, Bischoff and Hogan come down to the ring with Hogan reusing his "Hollywood" gimmick complete with smug air-guitar. The big difference now, however, is instead of playing on the World Title like he would back in WCW, he's now playing on crutches and is mugging the camera with it at every chance he can. If ever the smarks needed an image that encapsulated their feelings on Hogan in TNA, there you go. Made worse in hindsight considering he could've used the Immortal world title he was to present Jeff Hardy with in that very same segment.
    • From the 1985 WWF The Wrestling Classic: "Ya wanna get in there for some ring-a-ding-ding, Piper?!"
    • The fist helmet.
    • From 1995: For most people, cutting a vicious promo and promoting your new restaurant business would be two entirely different things. Not if you're the Hulkster.
  • Never Live It Down: Hulkster will always be remembered as a selfish, senile old man who kept down the young talents at any cost. While he has admitted he wants to maintain a higher profile than everyone else (he's earned it, you see), he also jobbed to stars that had great potential like Warrior and Goldberg. Additionally, the haters seems to ignored that Hulk Hogan is also doing good deeds, as Bret Hart said. Every rumor is automatically believed, no matter how wild or fallacious, while the good deeds go unacknowledged.
    • When he confused the Silverdome for the Superdome at Wrestlemania XXX.
    • Nice that Hulk is supportive of his son in a time of crisis, but seriously. Dude. For real. Blaming Nick's victim for the crash that left him a vegetable, calling it an act of God, and exploiting his son's arrest to pitch a reality show ("We can call it The New Nick"!)? So much for Hulkster in Heaven.
  • Protection from Editors: Kurt Angle may have the 3 I's, but Hulk's got the 3 C's: Creative Control Clause, it's true, it's true.
    • Nitro became what it was through the wallet of Ted Turner, who bought World Championship Wresling in the early 90s. With this much money to play with, WCW management i.e. Eric Bischoff could pretty much write a blank check to any talent he wanted to sign. This meant attracting huge names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Diesel, and a slew of others to come join WCW. However, for some of these stars—Hogan in particular—a blank check wasn't enough. They wanted creative control of their on air characters. This meant they would have a hand in dictating what storylines they took part in, and even wins and losses. This creative control became a cancer that would eat away at WCW for years, and eventually led to Vince Russo's infamous rant at "Bash at the Beach" in 2000, and a subsequent lawsuit because said rant went further than Hogan thought it was going to.
  • Shocking Swerve: Hogan's Face-Heel Turn at Bash at the Beach 1996 that led to the nWo angle.
  • Snark Bait: The feud in WCW between Hulk Hogan and the Dungeon of Doom largely falls into this category. Certainly wasn't helped with Hogan's Large Ham tendencies taken to previously thought impossible levels.
      • Wild Mass Guessing: When Hulk found himself inside the Dungeon of Doom, he thought that he was in Hell and when he found that the water wasn't hot, he figured, "OK, the good news is that I'm not in Hell? But then, where AM I?"
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Have you ever seen Hulk's acting? He's okay when he isn't trying to act angry, but when he does...
    • His music can qualify as well. One of his songs has him singing about a dead fan, complete with a gospel choir.
  • Villain Sue: Hogan remained invincible even as a heel. See more information about Starrcade 1997 to see why.
    DDT : I think people are turning to USA out of habit right now. The ratings for Walker must be going through the roof.
    • Like his 2002 face run, his heel run before that subverted this as he lost to The Rock at WrestleMania X8, leading to his face turn.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: HIT ME LIKE A WRECKING BALL, BROTHER (P.S.: you're welcome.)
    • At the height of Hulkamania he wore T-shirts and headbands that said "Hulk Rules", in the post-WCW phase of his career, they read "Hulk Still Rules", make of that what you will.
    • The nWo attire. Actually zig-zagged, depending on how you look at it. Hulk is terribly attached to his trademark red & gold, since it symbolizes the peak of his popularity and success. Hogan has made no secret of his misgivings over the whole nWo makeover (turning heel, he insists, was entirely his idea however), and hurriedly went back to the spandex once he rejoined WWE. Marks and Smarks agreed that it looks pretty ridiculous.