As far as Hogan being mainstream, I'm not so sure. Not that the mainstream isn't aware of it, but the general feeling I'm getting is that people are looking at it as a joke, as in "Wrestling is soooo fake, they have an old fossil like Hogan as champion." I heard some DJ talk about how Rock must be a great actor, because he was able to have a staredown with Hogan without bursting out in laughter.
Did you have any idea that Roddy Piper showed up at Halloween Havoc to confront Hollywood Hogan? WCW’s lack of coverage to this point is embarrassing, as this is clearly the biggest story of the millennia.