Hulk Hogan And His Career
Hulk Hogan won his first WWF Championship, pinning The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden January 23, 1984. Fight commentator Gorilla Monsoon proclaimed, “Hulkamania is here!” And the rest, as they say, is history. Hogan with the help of World Wrestling Federation owner, Vincent K. McMahon created the character of Hulk Hogan; the company’s showpiece attraction due to his charisma and name recognition. Hulk Hogan always wore his signature yellow-and-red colors. He would enter the ring and ritualistically rip his shirt off while flexing his oiled muscles. He was the all American good guy and his fans, better known as hulkamanicas, loved him. Hulk Hogan had three “demandments” for his little hulkamanics: training, saying prayers, and eating vitamins. Hogan added a fourth demandment, believing in oneself, after defeating 400 pound Earthquake in a series of matches across the country, starting with a victory at SummerSlam 1990 and ending with the 1991 Royal Rumble. Hulk Hogan had achieved this miraculous victory after Earthquake repeatedly crushed his ribs during a segment of The Brother Love Show. Hulkamaniacs were driven into a frenzy by Hogan’s “Hulking up.” The Hulkster would deliver a steady offense, but eventually he would lose momentum and seemingly be near defeat. But Hulk would feed off the energy created from the cheering of the Hulkamaniacs. He would bring his hand to his ear and listen to the audience’s cheers in an exaggerated manner. His strength would build and he would point an anger finger at his opponent warning of the carnage to come: first Hogan would hit them with three punches, then a boot to the face, and finally an Atomic Leg Drop.
Not everyone was swept up by Hulkamania. In 1996 The Alliance to End Hulkamania was formed. The alliance created a “Tower of Doom” match with three levels of steel cage designed to take down Hulk. Hogan formed a team called The Mega Powers and won the match after several members of the Alliance failed to cooperate with one another.
Something far more sinister than The Alliance brought an end to Hulkamania: puberty. Hogan’s all-American good-guy image appealed to his innocent pre-pubescent fans of the 80s but those fans received a rush of hormones in the 90s. They now listened to grunge, played blood soaked games like Mortal Combat, and had faces riddled with acne. They were full of hatred and angst. What’s a good guy to do? Turn Bad of course. Hulk Hogan joined the The nWo and renamed himself Hollywood Hogan.
Hogan eventually reprised his role as the Hulkster cashing in on the surge of nostalgia plague all 20 something’s in 00s. He did a slew of cheesy family comedies and a VH1 reality show about his family.
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