YMMV / Hulk Hogan

  • Acceptable Targets: Hogan himself is one to most of the wrestling community, critics and fans alike. Check out his list of awards from The Wrestling Observer Newsletter on his Wikipedia page and you'll see that nearly every one is calling him the worst at everything. Even fans who love his character have no issue mocking him and his ego, especially when he starts acting like a prima donna.
  • 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 was seen as an upstart.
  • 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."
  • Base-Breaking Character: The most unpopular wrestler on the internet, but there's still a legion of Hulkamaniacs out there.
  • Broken Base: 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, with some pointing out that this is hardly the worst thing Hogan has done and that the WWE's own history with racial equality hasn't been flawless. Others have pointed out the very suspicious timing in that it was leaked right before Hogan was taking Gawker to court over his sex tape that Gawker has exclusive access to. Hogan took them to court for a hundred million dollars, while Gawker only made around forty five million in traffic in 2014. The court ruled in favour of Hogan, and he was awarded $115 million, plus punitive damages could increase that reward to nearly half a billion dollars.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Originally as far from it as one could get but every return of Hogan's had increasingly diminishing returns from the fans, especially as Hogan's age and injuries began to catch up with him. While it took a while to reach this status in WWE, Hogan was this right from the start in TNA.
    • 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".
  • Critical Dissonance: Casual fans like him, but Smarks tend to hate him.
  • 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)".
  • Designated Hero: 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 prima 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.
  • 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.
    • His role as Thunderlips in Rocky III is considered his only decent acting role, and this role is what got him the publicity he needed to become the megastar he was.
    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.
  • Follow the Leader: The bodybuilder look, the long blonde hair, calling people "Brother," and even the "Twenty-four inch pythons" catchphrase all came from "Superstar" Billy Graham.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Hogan wrestled in Japan in the early 80's, he did so wearing black, silver, and white trunks, knee pads and boots as a Face, a full decade before the nWo.
    • He also briefly switched to a black and white outfit that was eerily similar to his nWo garb in late '95 during his feud with the Alliance to end Hulkamania.
  • 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..."
    • Courtesy of the infamous Yapapi Strap Promo: "And as I see the raw pink meat on your back brother, I will take it to another level. I will transform from Hulk to Hollywood. I will double strap you with both fists, and you will scream to the heavens."
  • Hype Backlash: Probably the most common target in professional wrestling, which is to be expected considering that he's the most well-known and celebrated wrestler in the world. He never was the best in-ring performer (although he could be technically sound if he wanted, just look at his Japanese matches for evidence) and relied on massive amounts of charisma and cheesey promos that would never get over today.
  • 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 Impact Zone pop for him? Think again. (He's gonna it. He's gonna do it! HE'S GONNA DO IT—! *shirt rip* YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!)
    • There's a reason why his matches often went on last even when he wasn't champion. Many fans would leave the arena after a Hogan match if it were in the middle of a show.
  • Love It or Hate It: Hogan is either a great entertainer despite his personal flaws, or an evil S.O.B. who has no talent and only got to the top through dumb luck and politicking.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Brother.
      • Dude.
      • Jack.
    • WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN (fill in the blank)-MANIA, RUNS WILD ON YOU?
    • 24-INCH PYTHONS
    • The Apple Pie Indian Strap Match, thanks to an infamous bit where Hogan mispronounced "Yapapi Indian".
    • 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.
    • THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER
  • Misblamed:
    • For the infamous Starrcade '97 finish. A lot of people have accused him of refusing to do the job cleanly, and conspiring with Nick Patrick over the "quick count" timing to make Sting look bad. Eric Bischoff said that he booked the finish and it was a bad idea all around. He panicked when Sting showed up to the event pale and out of shape, having not wrestled in over a year. Apparently Sting was going through some personal problems at that time in his life, including substance abuse and marital trouble, which affected his work ethic. When Bischoff saw the state of Sting, he changed the finish of the match, and has stated that Hogan wanted to do the job clean because it was the payoff for a year's build. As for the fast count, Nick Patrick simply forgot to do it, according to Bret Hart.
    • Bischoff has also said that Hogan rarely played his "creative control" card during his tenure in WCW. Hogan's detractors would have you believe he was practically booking the promotion, however Bischoff said he could "count on his hands" the times Hogan refused to do something. This was countered by Kevin Nash who said (albeit Tongue-in-Cheek) that Hogan waved his "That don't work for me brother" clause whenever he had a chance, which he found amusing as a fellow wrestler but aggravating as a booker.
    • Hogan's creative control clause only applied to his own angles and matches. He was unquestionably a contributing factor in the death of WCW, but his detractors would have you believe that he killed it single-handedly.
  • 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!"
    • Another example: His acting during the Main Event in 1989 (one year after his loss to Andre), which culminated in Randy Savage's heel turn over accusations of lusting after Elizabeth. During the Mega Powers' matchup with the nefarious Twin Towers (Big Boss Man and Akeem), Savage was thrown out of the ring and onto Elizabeth, knocking her out cold. A distraught Hogan, sure that he was going to be helping to plan Liz's funeral, carried her limp body back to the dressing room and begged the doctors to do more than they could to save her life, all the while showing complete disregard for Savage as Boss Man and Akeem were beating him from pillar to post.
    • 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. He then did his usual pose, and pantomimed a swimming a backstroke for some reason.
    • 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.
  • Narm Charm: If any other wrestler used a basic leg drop as their finisher, they'd be laughed out of the ring. Hogan made it work however, solely cause he was Hogan.
  • 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 ignore 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.
    • Lying about not using steroids, only to admit (under oath) that he had been using them for 16 years.
    • It's highly unlikely that his detractors (and black people) will ever let him live down saying the N-word.
  • Popularity Polynomial: More like popularity rollercoaster. Hogan was the most famous and well-liked pro wrestler in the 1980s during WWF's first boom period. A steroid trial in the early nineties and a few shitty movies later, not so much. He tried to make a comeback by going to WCW in 1994 and while welcomed at first, he ultimately failed to get over with the WCW fans. Then he makes a Face–Heel Turn in 1996, and eventually became Love to Hate as the leader of the nWo, only for him to be outright hated again when the novelty wore off. Then Hogan made a return to WWF/E in 2002 in which his popularity resurfaced. However, it once again took a nosedive at the end of the decade due to his divorce, catastrophic personal life, failed reality shows, a sex tape, and his disastrous run in TNA. He made one last comeback attempt by returning to WWE in 2014, and while that was mildly successful, he was caught using racial slurs in his sex tape and was fired and blacklisted in 2015. However, his victory over Gawker in 2016 was met with massive approval across the internet, and he's rebounded back once again, and WWE have mentioned that they are open to letting Hogan make a return to the company eventually.
  • 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.
    • "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?"
  • Rooting for the Empire: His nWo run in the WWE was in trouble from the start when the fans refused to boo him no matter what he did. To paint a picture, he and the rest of the nWo beat up The Rock so badly he needed to be taken to a hospital, then Hogan himself T-boned the ambulance The Rock was in with a semi-truck. The fans booed The Rock anytime he got any offense in in their Wrestlemania match. When it became apparent that Hogan could've eaten a live baby in the ring and still got cheered, he was quickly moved out of the nWo.
  • 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.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
  • X-Pac Heat: While most fans clearly love the Hogan character, Bollea himself tends to get this trope due to his It's All About Me and Jerkass moments in Real Life. "Hogan Sucks" chants were common in WCW.

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