A man who is afraid to lose is truly no winner at all. Losing builds character and helps separate the delusion from one's mind that one is invincible. The constant winner grows smug and cocky; too arrogant for humble civilization. The consummate loser knows how to balance his ego and move along with humility.
If you know anything at all about the man known as Hulk Hogan, you will know that he was once the face of professional wrestling and has recently found himself stuck between explanations and apologies regarding racist remarks. After all these years, Hogan remains part of the discussion in some form.
During his glory years in WWE and WCW, Hulk Hogan would have a clause in his contact known as "creative control." Basically, Hogan decided when he was going to lose matches which was not very often. Even years later - when those glory days were gone - Hogan refused to lose (HBK should have defeated Hogan at SummerSlam 2005).
While Hulk Hogan remains a beloved figure to many, hatred for Hogan runs deep among many fellow wrestlers and fans of the industry. Hogan placed himself before everybody else but in a weird way was doing exactly what needed to be done in order to become the biggest star in the business.
However, there comes a time for the torch to change hands and if it were up to Hulk Hogan, his hand would be secured around that torch until unbearable arthritis kicked; causing a drop and leaving it nowhere for anybody else to find.
While the number is low, Hulk Hogan has actually lost and put other wrestlers over as you will see throughout this list. Some names will appear twice as the rare breed who hold multiple victories over "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan.
These are the top 13 times Hulk Hogan actually put somebody over:
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13 Yokozuna at King of the Ring
Yokozuna would defeat Bret Hart for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania IX. However, the big man would not leave with the gold as a surprise appearance by Hulk Hogan would change everything.
In an impromptu match, Hulk Hogan would quickly defeat Yokozuna to once again capture the WWE Championship, leaving WrestleMania with the gold and outshining everybody else on the card.
The idea was that Hulk Hogan would lose the belt to Bret Hart but Hogan refused to lose to "The Hitman." The compromise would place Yokozuna in a position to regain the title from Hogan which he did at King of the Ring 1993.
12 Lex Luger on Monday Nitro
Lex Luger has always been the poor man's Hulk Hogan. When Luger showed up on the debut edition of Monday Nitro, a mild confrontation between Hogan and Luger would spark some buzz.
However, the two All-American men would prove to be anything but interesting while working together as their styles and matches were very bland; a vanilla version of professional wrestling.
Two years later and Hollywood Hogan would allow Lex Luger to defeat him for the World Heavyweight Championship on Nitro... Of course, Hogan would take the title back five days later.
11 Kurt Angle at King of the Ring
The following is a prime example of a "professional wrestler" taking on a "sports entertainer." King of the Ring 2002: Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle in a one-on-one contest; nothing on the line except pride.
While we have seen Kurt Angle tear the house down in the past with the likes of Shawn Michaels, "The Olympic Hero" was not exactly going to have a technically sound wrestling match with Hulk Hogan.
However, a major shock would take place that night when Kurt Angle defeated Hulk Hogan. The more impressive factor at play here: Hogan didn't just allow Angle to win but would actually tap out for the finish.
10 The Giant at Halloween Havoc
Many years have past but wrestling fans still question just what the hell was going on with The Dungeon of Doom gimmick in WCW. It truly is a good thing that Eric Bischoff had the sense to provide programming with more of a real feeling.
Nevertheless, The Dungeon of Doom existed for a few years and out of the freaky faction would emerge The Giant, who we all know now as Big Show. The Giant was billed as the son of Andre the Giant and came to avenge his father and destroy Hulkamania.
At Halloween Havoc 1995 - in his first match - The Giant would manage to take the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Hulk Hogan.
9 Sting at Fall Brawl
In the fall of 1999, the situation in WCW was beginning to look bleak. The product was suffering from a lack of evolution as WWE was soaring and creating new stars. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan was the WCW World Heavyweight Champion... again.
At Fall Brawl of that year, Hulk Hogan would place the title on the line against Sting in a match that did not have the same impact as it had in the past. The constant sight of Hogan in the main event had become a bore.
Despite a lackluster match, Hulk Hogan did lose that night to Sting as his painted faced foe would recapture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
8 The Undertaker at Judgement Day
When Hulk Hogan returned to WWE in 2002 wearing the black and white and playing the heel, it just didn't work. The fans had gotten over hating on Hogan and had welcomed him back with waves of affection. The only problem was those damn colors.
It wasn't long before Hulk Hogan was back in red and yellow and back to what started it all. That April, Hogan would challenge for the WWE Championship at Backlash when he took on the newly crowned champion, Triple H; winning the gold one last time.
However, this nostalgic title reign would only last a month as Hulk Hogan placed the WWE Championship on the line at Judgment Day against The Undertaker in a losing effort.
7 The Rock at No Way Out
In early 2003, The Rock – who had been away in Hollywood – would return to WWE as an abrasive egomaniac heel character. “The Great One” would find himself set to go one-on-one with “The Immortal” one at No Way Out in Montreal.
The main event match would mark the second time The Rock and Hulk Hogan squared off in WWE and while the result was the same as the first time around, it came with different circumstances as the old “let's use Montreal” to run a screwjob angle came into play.
The Rock would defeat Hulk Hogan with the help of Mr. McMahon setting the stage for a Hogan/McMahon match at WrestleMania XIX.
6 Sting at Starrcade
In 1997, the nWo ruled WCW as the World Heavyweight Championship spent most of the calendar year in the possession of Hollywood Hogan. It appeared as though no WCW talent would be able to reclaim the title for the company.
Throughout that same year, Sting would embark on a darker journey as his once colorful persona was replaced with a mysterious silence. However, Sting's agenda was not hidden, he wanted Hogan.
The match would take place in December at the Starrcade Pay-Per-View event where the year was capped off with a Sting victory over Hollywood Hogan and a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
5 Brock Lesnar on SmackDown
In the summer of 2002, the Undisputed WWE Championship was held by none other than "The People's Champ" himself, The Rock. On the August 8th edition of SmackDown, The Rock would discover his opponent for SummerSlam.
Hulk Hogan would do battle with Brock Lesnar to determine the #1 Contender to the title. With Hogan's track record and Lesnar being a rookie, all odds were on Hogan emerging with the title shot.
However, Brock Lesnar would place Hulk Hogan in a bear hug and with a vice-like grip around the legend would squeeze Hogan to the point of incapacitation for the victory. Lesnar would move on and become the youngest WWE Champion in history.
4 Goldberg on Monday Nitro
The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was ready to find solace with a new owner in the summer of 1998 and it was blatantly obvious where the belt was heading: to the undefeated Goldberg.
On the July 6th, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro from the Georgia Dome, WCW would present the match which everybody had been awaiting with little hype or build but it was going down nonetheless.
In front of the massive crowd, Goldberg - a man who once played football in that very state - would finish off Hollywood Hogan to become the brand new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
3 The Undertaker at Survivor Series
Twenty-five-years ago, The Undertaker would make his WWE debut at the Survivor Series Pay-Per-View event. Throughout the course of the year that followed, "The Deadman" would make quite a name.
The Undertaker's impressive dominance would lead to a WWE Championship match one year later at the very same event in which he debuted. The title holder at this time of course being Hulk Hogan.
In somewhat of a shocking finish - especially considering the point of Hulk Hogan's career - The Undertaker would capture his very first WWE Championship.
2 The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania
The decade was fresh and new back in April of 1990 as the days of Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin as the top Superstars in WWE were still a few years down the road. This remained the era of the muscle-man-Superstar.
And who better to fit this description than Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior? The two beefcake brutes would square off in Toronto in the main event of WrestleMania VI for both the WWE and Intercontinental Championship.
With his big splash on Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior would leave the SkyDome with both title belts becoming the first man to ever hold the WWE and Intercontinental Championship simultaneously.
1 The Rock at WrestleMania
For the top entry we go back to the SkyDome in Toronto:
WrestleMania X8 would be the first WrestleMania presented following the conclusion of the Attitude Era. The company was set to change its course and head into a new direction as guys like Brock Lesnar, Batista, Randy Orton, and John Cena were set to debut that year.
With Hulk Hogan back in WWE and Stone Cold Steve Austin nearing the end of his in-ring days, the biggest dream match in history seemed like a not-too-distant reality. However, disputes about this conceived bout with lead to it never taking place; leaving that one untold story of professional wrestling.
Therefore, if Stone Cold Steve Austin is not going to face Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania who else could take on the task? The obvious answer being the second biggest WWE star in the company, The Rock.
With the hostile crowd quickly turning on "their champion," the people would stand behind the sentimental favorite in Hulk Hogan. However, in a clean and uncontroversial victory, The Rock would emerge the winner of the match.
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