Hulk Hogan is one of the most accomplished wrestlers of all-time. When you talk about professional wrestlers, he's often the first name that comes to mind. "The Hulkster" helped Vince McMahon turn the WWE into a major boom during the '80s. Over three decades later, Vince isn't looking back.
Sadly, Hogan is. Racial remarks by him were made public last year, and McMahon fired him as a result. Despite Hogan's on-again off-again relationship with the company, fans are always looking back on his career. Hogan turned heel, formed the nWo, put WCW on the map, headlined many WrestleMania events, took down the majority of wrestling icons at some point, and brought millions of "Hulkamaniacs" to their feet.
But you wouldn't know it. There are plenty of things Hogan has yet to accomplish in WWE. Even if he returns, chances are none of these ever happen. Here are 15 things Hogan never did in WWE.
15 Compete in a Ladder Match
The first-ever Ladder match took place in 1992, when Bret Hart faced off against Shawn Michaels. It was only a short time later where "The Hulkster" would join WCW, a company that only put on 11 total ladder matches.
With Ladder matches becoming more frequent in the '90s, Hogan was too busy with WCW, so the opportunity didn't present itself. He often feuded in usual on-on-one matches. No steel cages, no weapons, no nothing. Hogan was a man who often fought in the ring using nothing but his body, and the matches were clinics.
Given how he returned to WWE in 2002 (was 48 years of age by this time) it was probably smarter for Vince McMahon to not put Hogan's wearing down body through such extreme matches.
14 14. Win The Intercontinental Championship
157 Intercontinental Championship reigns. 78 winners. None of them have Hogan's name on it.
Mid-card guys like The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Ezekiel Jackson, Santino Marella, and Johnny Nitro are some of the "good but not great," Superstars that won the championship. Hogan never got his hands on it. In his defence, he was way too big of a deal and was always competing for the major championships (WWF, WWE, and World Heavyweight Championships). He was never a mid-card guy during his prime, so the opportunity for him to win the title was never there.
Hogan was a Tag Team Champion with Edge, but isn't it hard to believe he did not win this title? So many legends like Shawn Michaels, Edge, The Rock, and Chris Jericho held the title. But Hogan never did.
13 Win at WrestleMania in Toronto
Hogan had some epic WrestleMania matches against the likes of The Ultimate Warrior, The Rock, Andre The Giant and King Kong Buddy. However, when it came to hosting WrestleMania in Toronto, luck was not on Hogan's side.
At WrestleMania VI, Warrior pulled off the upset when he beat Hogan to win both the Intercontinental and WWE Championship. That took place in front of over 67,000 fans. It is remembered as one of the greatest matches ever. But one of Hogan's most epic matches would take place 12 years later.
As part of the nWo, Hogan returned to WWE and fought The Rock at WrestleMania X8 at The Skydome. Though Hogan was the heel and Rock was the company's top face, the crowd cheered for Hogan throughout the match. Rock would pick up the win, ensuring that "The Hulkster" never won a WrestleMania in Toronto.
12 Defeat Brock Lesnar
Whatcha gonna do when The Beast is too much for The Hulkster to handle, Brother? Welll you know something, Mean Gene, it's going to be a challenge...DUDE! But you Hulkamaniacs are gonna run wild when I beat him.
Or not. Thankfully, The Hulkster never got to say that because he never beat Brock Lesnar himself. The two fought on a 2002 edition of SmackDown, and Lesnar began to get over after he savagely beat Hogan down. What makes this remarkable is that Hogan refused to allow so many wrestlers go over on him, including Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett. For whatever reason, he let this 25-year-old, little-known Lesnar take him down.
Hogan would never get his rematch against Lesnar, meaning he'll never get the chance to beat the guy.
11 Face John Cena
Realistically, there was never really a time where this made sense. When Hogan returned to the WWE in 2002, John Cena was a no name, and Hogan was only going to fight the top Superstars.
When Hogan left WWE in 2003, Cena still wasn't a big deal around that time. Then Hogan returned in 2005 and feuded with Shawn Michaels. But this came at a time where Cena was the WWE's established top face, so fighting the legend of Hogan would have ruined his chance of getting over. Hogan has since made sporadic appearances, but was never in a position to fight Cena.
If there was ANY last hope for them to fight, the ship has sailed. Hogan was let go by WWE last year and is now 62 years of age. He probably won't wrestle in another match, let alone face WWE's most marketable star.
10 Compete in a Triple Threat Match
Many WWE stars needed to win a Triple Threat match to get over. Chris Benoit needed it to beat Shawn Michaels and Triple H at WrestleMania XX to win his first World Heavyweight Championship in WWE. Daniel Bryan beat Randy Orton and Batista two years ago to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
But "The Hulkster" has been a man full of singles competition...and sometimes tag teams. Like the lack of a Cena match, there was never exactly a good time to put Hogan in a ring with two other guys at once. He was always a huge money draw and only needed one opponent to put on a big show. Since 2002, all of his runs with WWE were sporadic and limited. Triple Threat matches weren't as common in the '80s and '90s. It sure as heck won't happen now.
9 Cut a Groundbreaking Promo
Hogan definitely had solid mic skills, and fans absolutely loved just about anything that began with "Well you know something, Mean Gene!" Hogan's promos were top-notch for children, but honestly, don't even compare his promos to the likes of The Rock, Chris Jericho, CM Punk or "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
His promos started with Mean Gene and had the word "brother," at least five times per. Yes, it's a cool word to use when you know how to use it like Hogan did, but how much is too much? Hogan's promos were never that great, especially during the final years of his WWE career. The fans loved anything to do with Hogan because of his name. He had to say nothing and the crowd went nuts.
That's a fact, brother.
8 Win His Series Against Andre The Giant
Perhaps the most iconic moment in WWE history that started the legend of Hulk Hogan was when he Bodyslammed Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III to retain the WWE Championship. Fans remember it to this day and it's called "The Slam Heard Around The World" for a reason. Because, everybody heard it and remembers it, obviously.
So in a way, he did conquer Andre, but not once and for all. He lost to Andre at The Main Event, and the two would show down one last time at WrestleMania IV. Of course, the two would both be disqualified, so there was no clear winner. The two would never wrestle against each other again.
You probably just didn't realize it, considering Hogan's most iconic moment of his career game with that bodyslam.
7 Lost at SummerSlam
Oh look, doesn't it ever pay off to be Hulk Hogan.
Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan were supposed to fight at SummerSlam, 1993. Hart was to win the title and begin an epic run, but "The Hulkster" refused to put him over and it forced McMahon to go to Plan B...which had Hogan win the title. How original.
Then came SummerSlam 2005. Hogan was to face Shawn Michaels. "The Heartbreak Kid" was supposed to win the match and cement his legacy even further, but Hogan refused to lose to him and had to win the match. Because it's Hogan. Michaels put up with Hogan's selfishness, but oversold every move by Hogan to embarrass both guys. With Hogan beating Michaels, and then Randy Orton the following year, he cemented that he never lost a match at SummerSlam.
6 Beat The Rock
Throughout his wrestling career, Hogan has defeated many legends. He took down Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Randy Savage, Andre The Giant, The Ultimate Warrior, and Kevin Nash (if you get my drift). However, there is a specific wrestling icon he never beat.
That would be The Rock. As we talked about earlier, Rock took him down at WrestleMania X8. The crowd was on Hogan's side, but Vince had the easy choice of having his number one star take down a guy who nearly put him out of business in the '90s. The two fought again in Montreal, with The Rock being the heel this time.
Because screwjobs always happen in Montreal, as my friend pointed out, Vince McMahon lent a hand in helping Rock win the match. As a result, Hogan went 0-2 against The Rock in his career.
5 Beat Undertaker as Champion at Pay-Per-Views
A little specific here, don't you think?
Obviously, Hogan has beaten some of the greatest competitors in Pay-Per-Views throughout his career. A large amount of his success is because of his iconic victories at WrestleMania. But there is one guy who Hogan never bested when it came to PPVs and defending the title. None other than the most loyal guy McMahon has ever had.
At Survivor Series, 1991, Hogan and The Undertaker faced off for the WWE Championship. "The Phenom" would take him down there. The two would fight again at Judgment Day, 2002. With the WWE Undisputed Championship on the line (Hogan as champion). The Undertaker would once again take down "The Hulkster," cementing a 2-0 record against a fellow icon when challenging for the title.
But hey, for all we know, Hogan and Undertaker could face off at WrestleMania 33. Taker only has a couple years left in the ring, and Hogan has one more match. Right?
4 Rematch With The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior was put over for good after he defeated Hogan at WrestleMania VI. That helped the former put his name on the wrestling map once and for all, though he wasn't quite at the level of Hogan, of course.
Though many thought a rematch would take place between the two, it wasn't meant to be. For reasons unknown, Vince McMahon did not want to double up on the fun these two put together in their iconic WrestleMania match. The two would fight again in WCW, but it disappointed and wasn't part of the WWE.
Many fans were hoping that they would get to see the two legends face off at least one more time during the '90s in WWE. Vince McMahon had other ideas, and both men would eventually leave the company for WCW. Sadly, we can only wonder how great a rematch could have been.
3 Face Bret Hart
Arguably the two biggest wrestlers McMahon had during the '90s. It made perfect sense for these two to fight. It was to happen, but of course Hogan's ego got in the way and it was never meant to be.
As we talked about earlier, Hogan refused to put Hart over. He asked Hart to let him win the title, and promised to help put him over. Hogan would proceed to tell Hart he would never actually do it and that "The Hitman" was simply not on his level. How nice of The Hulkster.
There was a dream match possibility of the two facing off at WrestleMania IX, but it never happened. Obviously, Hogan left for WCW in the early '90s, and the two would never have their moment in WWE.
2 Face Ric Flair at a Pay-Per-View
So you have the two most recognizable names in the history of professional wrestling. Two of the oldest names in the ring known to man. Perhaps the two most beloved wrestlers to ever live. So what could have gone wrong if they headlined a Pay-Per-View?
Flair and Hogan faced off numerous times in WCW and WWE, but during the '90s, fans were dreaming of "The Nature Boy" and "The Hulkster" fighting in the ring at the same time. Though plans were in place for them to actually face off at a WrestleMania, both egos got in the way. Neither was willing to lose to the other, so the match never happened.
The two would both be in WWE again together during IN 2002, but Vince McMahon never saw the chance to have them fight on a Pay-Per-View. A potentially huge money draw never took place. That's what happens when two egos clash.
1 Face "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
If Sting vs. The Undertaker isn't the dream match absolutely everyone has wanted to see, then this right here is clearly THE ONE.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan were two of the most beloved, powerful, and iconic names Vince McMahon ever has had. Both of them headlined Pay-Per-Views, made a lot of money, and put the company where it is today. But the dream match of having these two face off never happened.
Yes, Hogan's nWo alliance faced Austin and The Rock in a 3-on-2 Tag Team match in 2002, but that wasn't a singles match. Austin has talked about refusing to fight Hogan, because he wasn't convinced the match's quality would be great. Sadly, us fans will disagree. All we wanted was them two in the ring. There's no way it'll happen at this point.