These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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 he didn't treat the long term WCW guys with respect.
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 good friend.
Irony: 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.
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).
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.
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.
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..."
WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN (fill in the blank)-MANIA, RUNS WILD ON YOU?
The Apple Pie Indian Strap Match (see below).
"YOU'RE NOT READY, BROTHER"
"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.
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!"
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?!"
This backfired on him 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. As a result, HBK hilariously oversold everything, making Hogan's offense look like a joke.
It also made Shawn look like a completely unprofessional ass, as it cannot be disproved that Hogan really wasn't having troubles with the knee since he had been known for having problems with it.
Unless that was Hulk Hogan's final match of all time (which it wasn't), then it can only be interpreted as a lame excuse. 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.
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.
"THIS WATER'S NOT HOT!!!"
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?"
Villain Sue: Hogan remained invincible even as a heel. See more information about Starrcade 1997 to see why. 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.