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Trivia / Hulk Hogan

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  • Breakup Breakout: During their NWA and AWA days, Terry Bollea and Ed Leslie were a tag team of Unrelated Brothers, known alternately as Terry & Ed Boulder and Hulk & Dizzy Hogan. Hulk Hogan, of course, became Hulk Hogan. Ed Leslie became best known as either Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, or "that guy with no talent who only has a job because he's best friends with Hulk Hogan." In Ed Leslie's defense, he gained quite a bit of popularity after his Heel–Face Turn in '87 and he became a decent wrestler in late '89, and, unlike HHH, his connection to Hogan wasn't apparent at the time. Unfortunately, his para-sailing accident in 1990 put an end to all that and anything after really was riding Hogan's coattails.
  • 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".
    • His Japanese fans call him "Ichiban" (Number One).
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Old Shame: Hulk Hogan blames himself for the disastrous match he and Ultimate Warrior had at the 1998 Halloween Havoc and if one had seen it, they probably know why. The part that isn't Hogan's fault is that the next match, Diamond Dallas Page vs Goldberg, called by some critics as the best match in the event's then eleven year history, was cut due to pay per view issues, meaning what was easily the worst match on the card was also the functional main event, making it that much more memorable.
  • 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.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Prior to the release of the WWF's first Wrestling Album, Hogan used Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" as his entrance theme, which he carried over from his 1982-1983 run in the AWA. Replaced briefly by "Hulk's Theme" (which was used for his concurrent Saturday morning cartoon series) before using Rick Derringer's "Real American" starting in January 1986.
    • As part of the nWo and during his WWE run in '02 he used Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slow Return)"
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: Jerry Lawler is among the few wrestlers who is allowed to work both for WWE and whoever else he wants to so long as it doesn't conflict with him getting to Raw, but in 2007 WWE decided to deprive Corey Maclin's version of Memphis Wrestling of Lawler since Hogan was going to be on the show as well. Maclin died before he could successfully prove violation of the Sherman antitrust act.
  • Streisand Effect: Once sued Post Cereals for a Cocoa Pebbles commercial that had a Hulk Hogan parody who gets beat up by Bam Bam. Apparently, Post agreed to stop airing the commercial, but not before bringing it attention it would not have otherwise received. Seen here.
  • Wag the Director:
    • The consensus among modern wrestling fans is that yes, Hogan is very much a prima donna, both onscreen and in Real Life.
      "Who sold out Shea Stadium? Who put 94,000 people in the Pontiac Silverdome? Who slammed a 700-pound giant?".
  • 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 the 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.
    • Also during his first run in the WWF, there supposedly was a series of matches signed for Hogan to face Bruno Sammartino, who in early 1980 was still one of the sport's top draws, if not the top draw. Sammartino, in an online interview, noted that these matches never took place because Hogan knew he would be beaten swiftly and surely in the ring. Which — at this stage in the game in Hogan's career — is likely true; indeed, Hogan no-showed for these events. What is unclear is who arranged for the no-shows, and one possible explanation is that it was Vince McMahon Sr. (still in charge in 1980), who knew that Sammartino was far-better conditioned and ring savvy than the (then) still relatively inexperienced Hogan, and that the elder Vince knew that Hogan's credibility as a serious if not dire threat to both Bob Backlund, André the Giant and future opponents — and his overall credibility as a wrestler — would be all but destroyed if a Sammartino-Hogan match were to have taken place. Keep in mind this was 1980, two years before Vince Jr. took over and also two years before the seeds of Hogan's rise to superstardom began (albeit in the rival AWA.
    • Greg Gagne has stated that his father intended to make Hulk the AWA champion and work a program with Andre in 1984 that would have seen at least one match aired nationally on CBS. Hogan didn't know this, as Verne was not one to share his future plans outside of his circle, so a frustrated Hogan went to the WWF instead.
  • 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.


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