• Hulk Hogan Talks About Developing His “All-American Good Guy” Character
During a recent appearance on CBS Philly’s Howard Eskin Show, Hulk Hogan talked about who gave the ‘Hogan’ part and developing the character ‘Hulk Hogan’.
Below is what Hogan said:
“I had no idea [Hulkamania] was going to happen. When I got into the [pro] wrestling business, I loved the business. I was a fan, number one. But I just wanted to get into the business and be good enough, earn a good living, and be very supportive of the artform of [pro] wrestling. Now, I’d guess you’d call it sports entertainment.
But the thing that was really crazy was I’ve always had a good heart, I’ve always been a good person, and I just was trying to find a character that would be that ultimate American, positive character. And, actually, Vince McMahon, Sr. helped me with the name, ‘Hulk Hogan’. I already had the name ‘Hulk’, but he gave me the ‘Hogan’ part to represent the Irish community. Yeah, I was looking for this All-American character that would be supportive of the red, white, and blue, and the purple mountains majesty. And it just so happened, at the time, I had a full head of hair.
I was at the beach all the time. It was kind of like the perfect storm of the blonde-haired American guy from Venice Beach, California, and I hit on all eight cylinders. I had no idea the character was going to take off like it did. I had no idea that the character Hulk Hogan with the training, vitamins, saying your prayers, believe in yourself would become etched in stone as the words that would attract kids to the character and make the character a role model.
So all the stuff started happening all at once. And with the perfect timing, when I went back to WWE, I had been fired many years before for doing a Rocky movie because back then, the mindset was, ‘no movies, no commercials – if you’re a wrassler, you’re a wrassler,’ but things have changed. But when I came back, it was the perfect storm because I had already figured out how to be Hulk Hogan. I’d already figured out how to make Hulkamania run wild and rip the shirt off.
I started shaking the ring ropes before the comeback, so when I did come out at Madison Square Garden, I was ready to be the All-American good guy.”
• Possible Spoiler On WWE Title Match Finish At Money In The Bank 2018
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles will defend his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura once again, this time in a Last Man Standing match at Money In The Bank 2018.
As we already informed you here on WWFOldSchool.com in a spoiler update, Styles to expected to retain the WWE Title at this upcoming PPV.
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer recently discussed what the finish of this Last Man Standing match could be. Alvarez speculated that both Styles & Nakamura would hit low blows to each other in the end once again, but this time only Nakamura would fall down and fail to beat the referee’s count of 10 as Styles would reveal that he was wearing a cup to protect him from the low blow.
Various sources have previously noted that WWE officials have talked about this being a plan for their previous matches, so there’s a possibility that this actually ends up happening in their upcoming PPV match as their match at Money In The Bank is expected to end their current rivalry on SmackDown Live over the WWE Championship.