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Earlier tonight on SmackDown!, the Hulkster said that this may be the very last journey we all, as Maniacs, will take with him. If so, it will be the culmination of one of the truly unique runs for one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Now, with that said, what are some of your favorite Hulk Hogan moments-- and why? All I can say is that when Hogan rides off into that yellow and red sunset for the last time, I'm gonna truly miss him.

My fave moment (most obvious and easiest one to throw out there): WrestleMania III, versus Andre the Giant. I was about 7 or 8 years old at the time, and when I saw Hulk Hogan bodyslam Andre, Hogan became a real life superhero to me.

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(edited by RKMtwin on 23.1.03 2108)


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#2 Posted on
How about when Hogan retired on Leno and announced he was running for President? That was too rich for my blood. Especially with the Finger Poke of Doom a few weeks later.
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#3 Posted on
Not to bitch, but isn't your subject line a minor spoiler in itself?

But anyways, favorite moments:

I started watching not too long after he left WWF, so only WCW moments will be listed.

- The Career Rejuvenating Heel Turn: I saw Bash At The Beach 96. When Luger got carted off I didn't even realize that HE was the possible third man. When I saw Hogan arrive, I wasn't aware that he had been on a hiatus, so the surprise wasn't as big. But to actually see him turn heel was pretty upsetting to see in itself, which goes to show how powerful the man is. His bitter promo that followed is still one of the coolest moments I've ever saw on TV.

- Sacrificing A Best Friend: At Road Wild 96, Hogan had beaten the Giant for the WCW title. During the celebration, Ed Leslie arrives in a nWo shirt, thinking that his friendship with Hulk alone will guarantee him instant membership. But he got his ass kicked instead. He then shouts into the camera to eternal nemesis Ric Flair:" Y'see that, Flair?! That was my best friend!! If I'm willing to do that to my best friend, what do you think I'm gonna dooo to youuu....?" I found that chilling, but in a cool way.

- Anytime he wrestled in the long tights. Don't ask me why, they just looked cooler. I especially like his current tye-dyed ones.

- His demeanor whenever he said 'ass' during the New Blood angle. Just seeing him think he was real bad-ass by saying it.

Those are but some of the few.

(edited by Tod deKindes on 24.1.03 0014)


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When Russo shot on him at Bash at The Beach. See Also: Russo's only good moment!



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
Wienerville's resident WCW mark sounds off:

Yeah, BatB '96 and the “you fans can stick it, brother!” incident was wonderful. It took place about eight months before I started watching wrestling, but I can still appreciate it. Hogan had been the All-American good guy for years, doing it “all for the charities... all for the kids”, in his own words. The transformation from the bland red-and-yellow cartoon character to wrestling's greatest bad guy was so wonderful that I didn't realize how wonderful it was until he turned face again in 1999.

Other great moments for Hogan in WCW:

--The night Lex Luger defeated Hogan for the WCW World Title on Nitro-- 8/4/97. I was still in my mark period at this point, but Luger was probably more over than anyone else save Sting. Hogan, on the other hand, was a tremendously hated heel. So when Luger defeated Hogan, despite attempted nWo interference, I went nuts. I actually screamed “YEAH! HE DID IT!” and woke up my mom. She screamed at me to shut up... and then didn't remember doing it when I mentioned it the following day. She still swears I'm pulling her leg.

--When Goldberg defeated Hogan for the World Title on 7/6/98. People can talk about Goldberg's wrestling ability all they want (and for the most part they'd be wrong-- Goldberg was actually a pretty good wrestler, compared to some), but at this point Goldberg was mad over. The crowd went apeshit when Goldberg defeated Hogan. In retrospect, it was probably the greatest moment of Goldberg's career, thus far.

--When Ric Flair defeated Hulk Hogan for the World Title at Uncensored 1999, I couldn't believe it. Didn't think Flair would ever again win the World Title. But it happened! WHOO! The only problem was, the bookers took the opportunity to do a double-turn-- Hogan and the remnants of the nWo Elite Team turned face, while Flair and the Four Horsemen turned heel. And there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

A further notation: By defeating Hogan in that Uncensored cage match, Flair also won control of WCW for life. Of course, he later went into a mental asylum, during which time his son David thankfully lost the U.S. Title to Chris Benoit. When Flair came back, he lost the WCW presidency to Sting, who returned control to the “WCW executive committee” after a short time.

--When Hulk Hogan returned and defeated Randy Savage for the WCW World Title on 7/12/99, he was a de-facto face. Before long, he was teaming with Sting and Goldberg to feud with Kevin Nash, Rick Steiner and Sid Vicious. A few tag-team matches ensued shortly after Hogan's title win. A six-man tag-team match was signed for the Nitro just before Road Wild. The other five participants were introduced, and then Hogan came out wearing the yellow-and-red. And damn me to hell, I marked out. So kill me.



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#6 Posted on
How 'bout on Saturday Night's Main Event when Hogan and Orndorff climb down from the cage, and land at the same time to only have the bout restarted.

OR, when King Harley Race cracks his helon through a table because to too clever Hogan moves out of the way!! What a hoot!

Or Hogan on the A-Team, Hulk on Baywatch (yes y'all did mark out >:0*)...
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#7 Posted on
My favorite moment was Rock v. Hogan on PPV. I was marking out BIG TIME at home by myself when Hulk "hulked up". I can only imagine the electricity in the crowd that night. It will probably go down as the one single wrestling event everyone wishes they could have been at. And it was all due to Hogan.



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#8 Posted on
"When Hulk Hogan returned and defeated Randy Savage for the WCW World Title on 7/12/99,..."

That would be my number one Hogan mark out moment of all time as I was there for this Nitro. It was pretty much the pinnacle of my wrestling watching achievements, being such a rabid Hogan fan my entire life and actually being there live to witness him winning the heavyweight title. Just awesome.

Other notable moments being the Goldberg/Hogan match, F.U.N.B. Hogan, and pretty much any other time Hogan took the belt from Macho or Flair.



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#9 Posted on
I liked it when Earthquake attacked him in the late 80's with those running sit-down splashes. Then Tugboat came on t.v., asking for get well letters. I got a reply postcard with a generic message on it written by a computer.

One Saturday Night's Main Event match had Hogan vs. the Honky Tonk Man. The match was over in a few minutes, Hogan started possing, and they went to commercial. When the show came back on, he was still posing. At that moment I decided I hated Hogan.





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#10 Posted on
I guess my favorite Hogan moment was at Wrestlemania III where he beat Andre The Giant.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.36
When Orndorff turned on Hogan. Even though deep down inside I thought Mr. Wonderful was justified, I still couldn't accept that anyone could turn their back on Hulkamania...

Also, even though the angle did blow, when Hogan beat Sgt. Slaughter I was happy.



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#12 Posted on
Who can forget the great three week string on Nitro in late January/early February 1996 when Flair went over Hogan clean, and then Arn went over Hogan clean. Nothing was better than that.
And, if Hogan acting is being brought up, who can forget his cinematic skills being displayed each week prior to Nitro on Blunder in Paradise.



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#13 Posted on
There's so many to me, since I'm such a Hogan mark. Hence the name. I'll try to narrow it down to just a few.

First there was the Hogan/Savage feud of 1989. It was so wonderfully set up. Hogan and Savage form the Mega-Powers. They are a great tag-team, the two most popular guys on the roster. It'd be like Rock and Austin forming a tag-team in 1999. They have Liz, Savage's bitch and their dual manager. When they have single matches, the other partner comes out to "help". Then, one day, Savage gets sent flying out of the ring and squashes Liz. Hogan, seeing her injured, decides to carry her back to the first aid room. Savage manages to ward off a beating long enough to see this confusing image. Then Hogan decides not to come back for his partner, who is facing the Twin Towers, by the way. Big Boss Man and Akeem. Only after Liz tells Hogan to return does he bother to come back and help his partner. When he does return, and gets on the apron, Savage tags him in all right---by SLAPPING HIM ACROSS THE FACE! The fans go nuts! Best heel turn ever! Savage walks out. Hogan is left alone with the Twin Towers now. Somehow he still wins. He goes backstage looking for Savage, and knocks out both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels for getting in his way. They were nobodies then, so it's fine. When he finds Savage and they have words, Hogan trying to explain himself, Savage goes batshit and delivers the single greatest beltshot I've ever seen. It all led to a great intense and bloody match at Wrestlemania, that, I feel, did Savage no harm in losing. (Feuding him with Jim Duggan right afterwards, on the other hand...did serious harm.)

And the funny thing is, if you think about, Savage would be justified. I mean, Hulk hoisted his woman up and walked off with her and left him there with two 400 pounders. How Hogan managed to remain a face out of that is beyond me. I still consider this the best build up of a Wrestlemania main event they've ever done. Andre/Hogan was just as good, but the match was just not nearly of the same quality. I also think they built Rock and Austin nearly as well both times for their Mania mains, but this one still takes the cake for me. You can't beat a best friends turning into bitter enemies and meeting for the title match. It just isn't done anymore.

I also liked the Hogan character's stupidity. Anyone this dumb would be booed off the show in today's environment. He is betrayed by his friend Paul Orndorff in 1986. It leads to matches. He is then betrayed by his friend Andre the Giant in 1987. It leads to matches. He is then betrayed by his friend Randy Savage in 1989. In 1992 he was betrayed by his friend Psycho Sid. 1994 he is betrayed by Brother Bruti (Ed Leslie) at Halloween Havoc, takes him back later into the nWo and is then betrayed by the same man when Leslie joins the One Warrior Nation.

You'd think the man would have had trust issues by the 1990's alone.

Naturally I loved the heel turn, and as a heel I think Hogan was probably the best heel in the business until late 1998 when the Rock turned and Hollywood was an old gimmick anyway. He also cut an incoherent promo in 1999 about a Yapapi Indian Strap match which was hard to follow but highly entertaining because of how old-school it was.

There's more, but we're not writing a book here.






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#14 Posted on
Goodness, that's a long time period to cover, and some of the best have already been mentioned, of course. Personal moments:

Rock/Hogan confrontation on RAW: Well, the part with the truck sucked, but everything leading up to that was incredible. I had goosebumps literally watching it and my wife yelled at me because I stopped taking out the trash in the middle of the room to just stare at the screen in awe of the coolness.

Heel Turn: Mentioned many times before, but still awesome. I can watch that over and over again. Although I'm still pissed at Bobby Heenan's "Whose side is he on?" when he came out, thus ruining the surprise to some degree.
Rest o' the PPV kicked butt, too, incidentally.

The period during his NWO run when he called himself "Wood" like he was down with the homies. Just awesome self-delusion.
And the old WWF cartoon. Cartoon Hulk ruled.




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#15 Posted on
Just a few thoughts I wanted to add:

-I also remember the Hulkster trying to be hip period of his nWo run in WCW. I recall him talking to Nash in a backstage segment and saying "holmes!" But, you see, it didn't sound like holmes. Not only was it estremely forced and unnatural, it sounded like Hulk said HALLMZ! LOL!!!

-Another one of my favorite moments was when Hogan took on The Genius on Saturday Night's Main Event. Whenever Hogan gave Genius big-ass back scratches of death, The Genius would run off hysterically with his arm in the air doing some weird flailing-breakdance-kinda' move! I loved that!

-Also too, on the DOWN ON HULK tip, remember Royal Rumble '92 when the Albany crowd completely turned on him with the Flair/Justice finish? That was crazy.

-Back in 1990, I remember, for some really odd reason, on an edition of WWF Superstars, they showed footage from a Hogan-Earthquake match shortly after Hogan came back after the Earthquake ambush. But get this-- the footage was from the Denver Coliseum! (I live in the Mile High City, so that was unique and has never left my memories.)



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I have to say, that without a doubt, the single greatest Hulka-moment was WM IV from the Trump Plaza.. when he gave his promo prior to the match with Andre.. I'd try to recreate it, but I cannot do it justice at all..

However, it did include the following, in no particular order.. Donald Trump thanking God he's a Hulkamaniac, Bodyslamming Andre the Giant leading to the breaking off of the Atlantic Seaboard from fault line fracture, The Largest Back in the World (you know it needs capitalization), and letting all the little Hulkamaniacs hook up with him when he backstrokes to the new shore (which we can assume is around Cleveland)

Oh.. and he ended it with horrible, hilarious swim motions in front of the Fink..

It is also one of the few promos where you can actually see the insanity in his eyes, in one moment he goes from as normal as a 'wrassla' is going to be, to full on completely insane Hulkamania.. I almost have to pee just remembering it.
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#17 Posted on
Back in the summer of '97, when I was in college and not a wrestling fan at all, a very bored friend and I rented Survivor Series '91 and laughed uproariously as the Undertaker ("Oh my god, he's a dead guy?! Who the hell watches this crap?") took the WWF title. Of course, we had to see the rematch from THIS TUESDAY IN TEXAS, and so rented Supertape '92. Later, after I left college, I became an actual wrestling fan but that SS/TTIT combo has some good memories for me.
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#18 Posted on

    Originally posted by jimimium
    I have to say, that without a doubt, the single greatest Hulka-moment was WM IV from the Trump Plaza.. when he gave his promo prior to the match with Andre.. I'd try to recreate it, but I cannot do it justice at all..

    However, it did include the following, in no particular order.. Donald Trump thanking God he's a Hulkamaniac, Bodyslamming Andre the Giant leading to the breaking off of the Atlantic Seaboard from fault line fracture, The Largest Back in the World (you know it needs capitalization), and letting all the little Hulkamaniacs hook up with him when he backstrokes to the new shore (which we can assume is around Cleveland)

    Oh.. and he ended it with horrible, hilarious swim motions in front of the Fink..

    It is also one of the few promos where you can actually see the insanity in his eyes, in one moment he goes from as normal as a 'wrassla' is going to be, to full on completely insane Hulkamania.. I almost have to pee just remembering it.



This was actually my favorite moment as well. Insane, frightening, and hilarious all at the same time.

Another one of my favorites was one of my first as well. I don't remember the year, or what even happened the rest of the show, but Mean Gene was interviewing Elizabeth in the middle of the ring (I'm guessing this was part of the aforementioned Hogan vs. Macho Man feud), asking her who she chose to be with. As it turned out, she wanted to be with neither Savage nor Hogan, suitably pissing both of them off. Later, one of the backstage interviewers went to go see how Hogan was taking the news, and he started trashing the locker room. It culminated with him ripping his shirt off, which he had JUST PUT ON when said interviewer walked into the room.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
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Some of my favorite Hogan moments...

- Special guest star of The A-Team.
- Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips.
- Hogan vs. Andre at WMIII. Easy one.
- Hogan turning heel and joining the nWo.
- Rock vs. Hogan. The man still has it.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54

    I also liked the Hogan character's stupidity. Anyone this dumb would be booed off the show in today's environment. He is betrayed by his friend Paul Orndorff in 1986. It leads to matches. He is then betrayed by his friend Andre the Giant in 1987. It leads to matches. He is then betrayed by his friend Randy Savage in 1989. In 1992 he was betrayed by his friend Psycho Sid. 1994 he is betrayed by Brother Bruti (Ed Leslie) at Halloween Havoc, takes him back later into the nWo and is then betrayed by the same man when Leslie joins the One Warrior Nation.

    You'd think the man would have had trust issues by the 1990's alone.


You think Hogan has it bad? Look at Sting. Betrayed by the Horsemen (more than once), Luger, Hogan, Savage, the Giant, Vampiro and even WCW itself when they thought he turned to the nWo.

(edited by Big Bad on 25.1.03 0412)


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