Hulk Hogan has had one heck of a career. There are so many moments that you could pick out as the greatest.
Luckily, the former WWE Champion was recently asked that same question and he pinpointed three moments that stick out of his mind when reflecting on his career in the pro wrestling business.
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest names that WWE and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon ever created was Hogan. He has been a household name in the world of professional wrestling for decades now.
He has wrestled some of the biggest names in the history of pro wrestling, and although he has a long-lasting relationship with the company, there have been some hiccups between the two sides throughout the years.
Most notably he left the sports entertainment company to join World Championship Wrestling in the 1990’s, and he worked in TNA Wrestling for a few years.
His latest run with the company was a short one. On February 24, 2014, on Raw, Hogan made his first WWE in-ring appearance since December 2007 to hype the launch of the WWE Network.
At WrestleMania XXX in March, Hogan served as the host and came out at the start of the show to hype up the crowd. Steve Austin and The Rock ended up coming out to have a memorable segment with him.
Hogan picked up mainstream popularity between the mid-1980s and early 1990s in the WWE. He would join World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s where he often performed as a heel as the New World Order (nWo) leader.
Hogan headlined the premier annual events of the WWE and WCW, WrestleMania and Starrcade, multiple times. He has also worked for other promotions such as American Wrestling Association, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
During his professional wrestling career, he is a twelve-time world champion: a six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion/WWE Champion and a six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hogan was recently a guest on CBS Philly's Howard Eskin Show and in this interview, he talked about the three biggest moments of his decorated pro wrestling career. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc):
"The first one, of course, was WrestleMania 1 where we pulled out all of the stops." Hogan remembered, "we had Mr. T. We had Billy Martin there. We had Mary Hart. We had everybody there. The Rockettes, Alice Cooper, Cyndi Lauper, I mean, we had the whole gambit there for WrestleMania 1. Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon bet the farm that this was going to make or break the pro wrestling business and this is where we did the transition. This is where we shifted gears into an international phenom, the wrestling business, instead of just a local scenario, so WrestleMania 1 was so important and it put wrestling on the map."
"Then we go to WrestleMania 3 where we set the largest indoor attendance record and I wrestled André The Giant." Hogan recalled, "that really cemented my career in stone when André The Giant passed the torch to me because nobody had ever beaten The Giant before."
"And then, fast forward to WrestleMania 18 where I came back to WWE after working for Ted Turner for about eight years." Hogan continued, "I came back. Everybody thought that Hulk Hogan was washed up, he was too old, maybe he was out of gas, maybe he couldn't keep up. And I went out to the ring with The Rock and basically took The Rock to school at WrestleMania 18. And that match, from what a lot of the wrestling fans talk about, was the biggest WrestleMania moment ever because the whole building was cheering for Hulk Hogan and the whole building was cheering for Rock off and on, and it was the craziest go against the grain cheer the bad guy because nobody expected it. It was just something that changed the landscape of how the wrestling fans view the heroes and villains."