It’s an urban legend among some fans, especially younger fans, to falsely believe that Hulk Hogan ‘couldn’t wrestle’ and that rumor has since been confirmed to be wrong many times, especially by several pro wrestling historians, who explained how The Hulkster was not only trained by Hiro Matsuda, a technical specialist, but Hogan also used a lot of such moves during his 80s & 90s matches in Japan, which you can easily find videos of online.
However, there’s a huge difference between being a good ‘wrestler’, which means to have the experience to execute a lot of pro-wrestling moves & high spots, and being a good ‘worker’.
Being a good worker means the complete package, to entertain crowds in the arena and the people at home on TV, by building a match in such a way that it creates drama and gets everyone into it and behind the babyface, while at the same time wanting the heel to lose.
During a recent episode of ‘Talk Is Jericho’, Attitude Era Legend Chris Jericho did a ‘watch along’ of the November 27th 1987 episode of WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Here’s what Y2J said about Hogan while watching the show:
“I will say to this day and people will bag. Hogan is a better worker than Flair. For me.
I always had amazing matches with Hogan because he knew exactly who he was as a babyface, as a heel, whatever.
He was so great. He knew his audience. He didn’t do anything he didn’t have to. It was one of my favorite times in my career.
Here’s another great thing about Hogan. Like you don’t even think about it. But the dude had like a super receding hairline. But no one even really noticed it back then.
We all did, but you didn’t. It’s just Hogan, right? Like, it’s weird. He’s like America’s hero with no hair. Now that would never go, he’d put a toupee on or something.”