For all those children of the '80s and '90s, like myself, one name is synonymous with the sport of wrestling: Hulk Hogan. That's because, during the heyday of WWE, when we all wanted to become a beefed-up, bodyslammer, acting out every finishing move in our backyards and basements, no one did it better than The Hulkster.
Named by IGN as "the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the 1980s," Hogan was such a big star that he crossed over into the mainstream, even starring alongside Sylvester Stallone in 1982's Rocky III, among other TVs and movies, so the guy has an abundance of memorable moments from his wrestling days.
But, in a new video, per 411 Mania, Hulk Hogan was asked to narrow down all those incredible memories down to just one, revealing the one that stands out more than any other — and it's a pretty cool story.
“When I won the WWF Heavyweight Title in Madison Square Garden, January 23, 1984 from the Iron Sheik. But there’s a backstory to it, we go back many years when I was going to the University of South Florida, majoring in finance and management with a minor in music. After a bunch of years of going to college and quitting to play music several times, I finally quit for good to be a professional wrestler. It just killed both my parents, it ruined their hopes and dreams for me. So there was a very strained relationship for quite a long time with me and my Mom and Dad. Then, at Madison Square Garden where I beat the Iron Sheik, I had both my parents in the audience, sitting next to Vince McMahon’s wife, Linda McMahon. When I came back with the belt – Andre was pouring champagne on my head – my Dad and Mom came to the dressing room. They both said how proud they were of me and they were very happy that I made that decision to be a wrestler.”
Talk about sticking it to all those people who doubted, you, huh? I mean, sure, Hogan tells the story with respect and not so much bitterness, but anytime a person can prove someone else wrong — even if it is his/her parents — that's got to be a good feeling.
Hulk Hogan was making his first appearance on a regular video series on his YouTube channel entitled, "Q&A with HH," so let's hope some of the other ones are as revealing and personal as this one was.
You can see the full video here:
While Hulk Hogan is 64 years old and doesn't appear to be heading back to the ring to actually wrestle again, we can all hope he continues to make occasional appearances that remind us of our childhood — even if they don't replace his all-time favorite moments from his career.
Lead image via Instagram/HulkHogan
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