Hulk Hogan is an undisputed legend in professional wrestling, having solidified his status as a superstar in the 80s and 90s. Throughout his career, Hogan faced numerous obstacles and obstacles as a wrestler during this time, cementing his place as an iconic figure in the industry. He also had no problem with Vince McMahon asking him to lose to a very controversial WWE Superstar.
Despite his long-standing success in the industry, Hulk Hogan’s reputation was severely damaged in 2015 when racist remarks he made were made public. The controversy caused by the leaked tapes had a significant impact on Hogan’s image, and he has yet to fully recover from the fallout.
Nevertheless, Hogan remains one of the most prominent figures in the history of professional wrestling. He has broken numerous barriers throughout his career and become an iconic figure in pop culture, cementing his status as a WWE Hall of Famer and a legend of the sport.
One of the most iconic moments in professional wrestling history occurred at WrestleMania 6 in 1990, when Hulk Hogan lost the WWE Championship to The Ultimate Warrior in a main event match in front of a record-breaking crowd of 67,678 fans. This match was widely regarded as a “passing of the torch” moment, as The Ultimate Warrior emerged as a new superstar and a worthy successor to Hogan’s throne as the face of the WWE. The match has since become a legendary moment in wrestling history, cementing the legacies of both Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior.
While speaking on Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast, Hulk Hogan talked about the iconic match. The Hulkster revealed that he had no problem putting over The Ultimate Warrior when Vince McMahon asked him to.
“Vince and I had a disagreement. Vince had an opinion that Hulkamania had his run. And it actually went back to WrestleMania 6. When he asked me to put the Warrior over, I said, ‘That’s no problem at all, brother!’ but my question always is, if I’m putting somebody over, what are we doing after that? And, you know, there wasn’t really a clear-cut answer for that.
I said, ‘Well, how about this. When I put him over and hand him the belt and everybody’s cheering for him, I get halfway down the aisle. How about I just… turn around and just grind him? Just drop him and just drag him around the ring. And I want to be ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan!’ I said, ‘I want to be HHH: Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The ultimate bad guy.'”
Hulk Hogan’s extraordinary career in professional wrestling was recognized with inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame in both 2005 and 2020. While he is now retired from active competition, his impact on the sport will continue to be felt for many years to come.