Another day, another edition of “Making The Case”. In this piece, I’ll dig into why Hulk Hogan may be the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), of Professional Wrestling.
If you’ve missed the first-two episodes of the series and want to check them out, click below!
Let’s get into “The Hulkster’s” case for being the GOAT…
Real Name – Terry Bollea
Wrestling Name –Hulk Hogan
Birthday – August 3rd, 1953 (Age 66)
Years Active –35 years (1977-2012)
Championships and Accolades
WWF/WWE – World Championship (6x), Tag-Team Championship (1x), Royal Rumble Winner (2x), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2020, with The NWO)
WCW –World Championship (6x)
Other Promotions –NJPW (IWGP Heavyweight Championship, 1x), NWA (Heavyweight Champion, 3x)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated –Comeback Wrestler of The Year (2x), Feud of The Year (1x), Match of The Year (4x), Most Hated Wrestler of The Year (2x), Most Popular Wrestler of The Year (3x), Wrestler of The Year (3x), Ranked # 1 Singles Wrestler of The Year (1991)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Best Baby-face (10x), Best Box Office Draw (1x), Best Gimmick (1x), Feud of The Year (1x), Most Charismatic Wrestler of The Year (6x), Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
Making The Case
Hulk Hogan’s best case for being the GOAT, is simple…he was the biggest box office draw in Pro Wrestling history for over a decade and was the first-ever mainstream cross-over star in the sport’s history. He cleared the path for superstars like The Rock and John Cena to make the move from WWE mega-star to Hollywood Icon. Some love him and many hate him, but there’s no denying that he carried the entire sport on his back for all over a decade. He’s done some VERY questionable things in his elder-years, outside of the ring, but in his hay-day, he was undeniably the GOAT…whether that’s still the case, is up for debate…but this is his case.
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