He is the single biggest name in the history of North American professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan was more than just a top babyface during his runs in the WWE, WCW and then again with the WWE. Hogan was a figure who helped the WWE enter the mainstream and become worth mentioning on national broadcasts of shows such as SportsCenter. During the height of the popularity of Hulkamania, Hogan was featured in movies and television shows outside of the ring. The Hulkster is more of a pop culture icon than he is just a legendary wrestler.
The resume built up by Hogan over the decades would, at the very least, match up with that had by any other wrestler before, during or after his runs in the WWE and WCW. Hogan was in main events of iconic shows that will live on for generations so long as pro wrestling continues to exist. One would not be overstating the point if he said that Hogan was one of the main reasons that WCW became a wrestling superpower during the 1990s. Each time that fans may have thought that they had seen the last of Hogan as a wrestling personality, he has managed to come back and prove his doubters wrong.
2015 was an ugly year for The Hulkster as it pertains to his career with the WWE, his reputation and even the legacy that he will be leaving behind. An ugly legal matter resulted in despicable comments that Hogan had made in the past becoming public knowledge, and the WWE thought it wise to part ways with Hogan. That is just one of the many things that fans would prefer to forget about both the wrestler and the man. Unfortunately, being able to forget is not the same as being able to forgive, and that reality may lead to Hogan never again appearing live on a WWE show.
14 The Lies
13 Hulk Hogan Beats Randy Orton
12 Wrong Place
11 Hulk Hogan Beats Shawn Michaels
10 Hogan Loses to Yokozuna
9 The War Bonnet
8 Hogan versus Warrior in WCW
7 Fingerpoke of Doom
6 Hogan versus The Undertaker at Judgment Day 2002
5 Bash at the Beach 2000
4 The Hulkamania Tour
3 Hogan's Wife
2 The Sex Tape
1 The Racist Comments
It is the controversy that resulted in the WWE terminating Hogan's contract in 2015. Numerous instances of Hogan using racist and also homophobic language in the past were made public, and thus the company had no choice but to cut ties with the man who was a cornerstone of the WWE and the business in the 1980s. In a perfect world, somebody's past transgressions that broke no laws and did no physical or emotional harm to any one individual would not cost that person so much. With that said, nobody can blame the WWE for distancing itself from Hogan. As of January 2016, Hogan is still essentially blacklisted by the WWE.
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