Somewhere out there walks a half-bald, barbarian, wrestling brute known the world over as “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. The bigges start ever produced in the world of professional wrestling. The man who helped place professional wrestling into the mainstream flow, transforming what had been a circus act and a regional offering into a worldwide phenomenon. Hulkamania has now been running wild for over thirty years.
The legend of Hulk Hogan grew to a larger-than-life persona, less than a God but more than a Man. The Hulkster gradually made his way into the hearts of millions – occupying bedroom walls in poster form, imitated in school yards, and loved by legions of fans who identified as “Hulkamaniacs.” Hulk Hogan turned people on to professional wrestling, causing lifelong addictions for many early viewers as the rush of the ring was far too consuming to overcome.
Naturally, the biggest star of any industry will find a plethora of offers and endorsement deals coming down the pipe – it goes with the territory – and Hulk Hogan is no exception. That big, grinning, mustached face has been plastered all over merchandise and sold at retailers all over the world. Hulk Hogan is global. The most recognized professional wrestling figure of all time. The Red and Yellow International Real American.
However, there have been a number of cases where Hulk Hogan fans were left scratching their heads and wondering: “what the hell was that all about?” To say that Hulk Hogan has been connected with weird things would be an understatement. There is nothing normal about a jacked-up professional wrestler with overly-tanned skin walking around and sporting half of a mullet hidden under a bandana. Hulk Hogan in general is one weird dude.
In the following article, we will take a look at the connection between Hulk Hogan and the wildly weird atmosphere that he has created.
These are the 15 strangest things associated with Hulk Hogan:
15 Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
Who didn't love Saturday morning cartoons as a child? The cereal bowl and the television set were the weekend best friends of many young children and in the mid 1980s – during the height of his fame – Hulk Hogan would join the Saturday morning schedule.
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was aired on CBS and featured a cast of popular professional wrestlers in the classic battle of Good vs. Evil. Hulk Hogan led the “good guy” wrestlers while Roddy Piper led the “bad guy” wrestlers.
The series would eventual flop but thanks to the WWE Network, nostalgia seekers and stoners alike can enjoy this “classic” cartoon and freak out when they realize that Brad Garrett provided the voice of Hulk Hogan.
14 Hulkamania Workout Set
There is nothing strange about the connection between a professional wrestler and fitness. Staying in shape comes along with the job description and as we all know, Hulk Hogan has long advocated vitamin intake, prayers, and training.
However, when Hogan recorded his own workout audio tape (Hulkamania Workout Set) the level of weird was raised. The tape consists of instrumental music and the voice of Hulk Hogan, who instructs and encourages the listener throughout his/her workout.
The audio is creepy and listening to this tape in the wrong condition can be unsettling.
13 Hulk Hogan Camera
The smart phone has killed the art of the photograph. Capturing a moment in time has been replaced with capturing every moment in one's life and quickly posting to social media in hopes of likes and comments – we are so vain.
Back before the cell phone camera, Hulk Hogan found his way into the photography game with the release of the Hulk Hogan 110 Signature Camera. The camera itself was like any cheap disposal camera of the time but with a twist: any picture taken with the camera would place an image of Hulk Hogan into your photograph.
From the innocence of a trip to the zoo to strange happenings in the bedroom. Either way, your moments would include The Hulkster.
Wrestlers do commercials all the time: John Cena and Fruity Pebbles (thanks to The Rock), Macho Man Randy Savage and Slim Jim, Ric Flair and Fuel in a Bottle. The list goes on and the stench of cheese gets more rotten by the minute.
Hulk Hogan has sold his share of products and filmed a number of commercials throughout his career but his shameless Rent-A-Center ad definitely sparks up the strange. Hulk Hogan selling the idea of payment plans; not believable.
The Hulkster is joined by a co-star: legendary quarterback and Dallas Cowboy great, Troy Aikman, who has zero chemistry with Hulk Hogan.
11 Hogan Knows Best
If you are familiar with Bob Dylan, than you are unfamiliar with Bob Dylan. During the 1960s, Bob Dylan revolutionized the music industry in a similar fashion to the way Hulk Hogan would revolutionize the wrestling industry twenty years later.
All this time has past and still people remain uncertain about Bob Dylan. The mystic remains and that is a good thing. Hulk Hogan is an attention junkie, a man who loves the spotlight even when it's time for someone else to take that spot.
Hogan Knows Best was a prime example of Hogan desperately gripping to popular culture and providing his talentless daughter with a platform to launch her music “career.” Needless to say, Brooke Hogan is no Bob Dylan.
Hulk Hogan was not exactly raised in the Digital Age. While much of his fanbase is built around Generation X and Millennials, that doesn't mean Hogan is in touch with younger Generations … but never tell Hogan that fact.
Apparently Hulk Hogan thought it wise to get in on that World Wide Web market all the kids been talking about. Hence, Hostamania was born – a web hosting company running on the good name of the great Hulk Hogan.
In a commercial for this new endeavor, Hulk Hogan parodies Miley Cyrus and the “Wrecking Ball” video. Why Hulk? Why?
Hulk Hogan stormed through the world of professional wrestling like a vicious hurricane and when Hogan decided to leave WWE, the force of that storm was felt for a very long time. The foundation has been shattered.
The Hulkster – for some reason – has always fancied himself an actor having starred in a number terrible films such as No Hold Barred, Suburban Commando, Mr. Nanny, and Santa with Muscles – some of the worst movies ever made and centered around strange plots.
Hulk Hogan also tried his acting hand at television having starred in the short-lived Thunder in Paradise – another horrendous watch.
8 Hulk Hogan's Ultimate Grill
The George Foreman Grill, which has become a massive success, was originally supposed to be The Hulk Hogan Grill. This according to Hulk who instead found little success with his own patient blender. (More on that to come)
Well, years down the road and Hulk Hogan would finally get his chance at a meat-grilling fortune with Hulk Hogan's Ultimate Grill which is much like all the other late night infomercial grills you have seen while fighting insomnia.
George Foreman wins this round.
7 Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling was exactly what it sounds like: celebrities climbing into the ring and actually attempting to wrestle. Celebrities and wrestling have blended well in the past but this was a failed experiment.
The “all-star” cast of their eight episode debacle featured a crew of has-been celebrity wash-ups, which is usually the case for this kind of programming. Thankfully, the show was not picked up for a second season.
Dennis Rodman would eventually be declared the winner of the competition.
6 Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania
Online gambling has become a huge phenomenon. The power to bet in the comfort of your own home while sitting in front of your laptop still in your underwear has become commonplace for those with the gambling bug.
Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania (clever name, right?) was created for the online gambling community. The slot game features the twelve-time World Champion as you roll along hoping to capture some small taste of sweet victory.
If you really need to play some slots, throw on some pants and make your way down to an actual casino.
5 Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer
The infamous Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer haunts Hulk Hogan to this day. The story goes: Hulk Hogan was offered a grill endorsement which he failed to respond to in time. Thus, George Foreman swept in and The George Foreman Grill is now found on shelves everywhere.
The Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer did not generate the revenue which Hogan had hoped for and would amount to another lackluster endeavor for The Hulkster. The blender can still be found on the internet and would probably make for a good conversation piece.
“You want that shake made from my Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer, brother?”
4 Hulk Hogan Hotline
There was once a time when people used their phones to make phone calls … but that's all ancient history compared to our modern environment. There are now those who fall in love without ever hearing the voice of their “soul mate.”
Well, wouldn't you know, Hulk Hogan once had his very own hotline. That's right, for just a buck and a half per minute, you were able to contact your hero via telephone and receive all those inspirational Hulk Hogan style messages.
Perhaps Hulk Hogan will someday come out with his own app of sorts.
3 The Wrestling Boot Band
Hulk Hogan once thought that he could be a rock star thanks to his popularity as a professional wrestler. Therefore, The Wrestling Boot Band would prepare to takeover the music world when they released their 1995 album, Hulk Rules.
The band was fronted by Hulk Hogan who played bass guitar and provided vocals for the not-so-legendary group. Other members of The Wrestling Boot Band included “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and Hogan's ex-wife Linda.
It is a crying shame but The Wrestling Boot Band will probably never reunite.
2 Hulkster Cheeseburger
Once again we find ourselves discussing Hulk Hogan and meat – the mystery meat which was found in a Hulkster Cheeseburger. Yes, before Hogan wanted you to grill your hamburgers, you could have easily tossed them in the microwave.
Nothing says gourmet quite like a Hulk Hogan endorsed cheeseburger that you zap on high while drunk at three o'clock in the morning. Is there really another conceivable way to feast on a fine Hulkster Cheeseburger?
The bigger question: which would Hulk Hogan choose; the grilled or microwaved burger?
Hulkamania has run wild on almost everything in sight including traditional Italian cuisine. Pastamania was a restaurant which operated out of the Mall of America.
Pastamania was promoted on the debut edition of Monday Nitro with the usual Hulk Hogan promo that at the time had grown stale. Shilling a pasta restaurant with the tired old Hulk Hogan schtick was not the way to compete with WWE. Luckily for wrestling fans, Eric Bischoff quickly figured that out and changed the formula.