WWE: With Hulk Hogan confirmed to host Wrestlemania 30, here are his top five Wrestlemania moments

Hulkamania will be running wild in New Orleans at the flagship event

With Hulk Hogan announced as guest host for Wrestlemania 30, we take a look at The Hulkster’s five most famous moments from the event that propelled him to pop culture icon status and turned a generation of wrestling fans into ‘Hulkamaniacs’.

1 Hogan slams Andre the Giant: One of the most iconic moments in WWF/E history, the world’s most famous body slam has taken on almost mythical status. There are a few questions about the size of both the crowd (WWE claims 93,000) and the Giant (Andre seems to get taller and heavier every time Hogan tells the story), but what cannot be denied is its significance in wrestling history. Wrestlemania 3 was the WWF’s largest event ever at that point, and despite a star-studded supporting cast and an all-time classic match between ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, the third Wrestlemania will always be remembered for the main event. Following a stunning heel turn on ‘Piper’s Pit’ (Roddy Piper’s weekly interview segment), the ‘unbeaten’ Andre the Giant challenged Hogan for his WWF title. With the atmosphere at fever pitch, Hogan tried to slam Andre early but collapsed under his weight, almost costing himself the match. The rest of the contest was forgettable until Hogan managed to get the giant up and slam him, followed by a signature leg drop for the win. It was a moment that would spawn a million replays, and cemented Hulk Hogan’s status as a legend.

2 The Ultimate Challenge: After two years at Donald Trump’s Trump Plaza casino, Wrestlemania returned to a stadium show with 67,678 on hand to witness WWF Champion Hulk Hogan take on Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior in what was billed as ‘The Ultimate Challenge’. A rarity for its time, this match was for both titles and featured the company’s two biggest fan favourites squaring off. It was a contest with the big match feel, and it delivered in spades. After kicking out of Warrior’s Gorilla Press Slam/Big Splash finishing combo, Hogan would shockingly then miss his patented leg drop and be pinned following another Big Splash. In an era when Hulk Hogan rarely lost, it was a huge moment, and one that seemed to welcome in the era of The Ultimate Warrior. That was not to happen for a number of reasons, but on this night both men put in one of the best performances of either of their careers.

3 Hogan and Mr T team up:  It’s a well-known story within the wrestling industry that the McMahons had put all of their eggs in the Wrestlemania basket. With the future of the company at stake the inaugural Wrestlemania, held at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, had to be a home run. Featuring a plethora of celebrity guests (ranging from Liberace to Andy Warhol of all people), Wrestlemania was a pop culture extravaganza that was seen by over one million people on closed circuit television (not even pay-per-view!) making it a resounding success. In the main event, Hogan teamed with arguably the world’s most popular TV celebrity, Mr T, to take on ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Orndoff, with ‘The Greatest of All Time’ Muhammed Ali acting as special guest referee. Hogan would gain the pinfall and win the match for his team, but his role in the ‘Rock and Wrestling’ phenomenon was far more important.

4 The Mega Powers explode: Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage – two great friends torn apart by jealousy, namely Savage’s over Hogan’s friendship with Savage’s manager and wife, Miss Elizabeth. This tension, which started as soon as Hogan helped Savage to win the WWF title at Wrestlemania IV, would escalate to the point of no return, and a title match was declared. Breaking all wrestling PPV records of the time, the former tag team partners battled for nearly 20 minutes, before Hogan won his second WWF title with the leg drop. This feud would continue throughout the year, incorporating the actor Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister as the evil Zeus, who came to the WWF from the silver screen to finish off the feud started with Hogan on the WWF funded megaflop ‘No Holds Barred’.

5 Icon vs Icon: A lot of things had changed by the time Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF in 2002. Having been on the books with major rivals WCW since 1994, he shocked the world by turning his back on his ‘millions of Hulkamaniacs’ with his heel turn and subsequently forming the NWO with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, renaming himself ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan for good measure. Following WCW’s demise and acquisition by the WWF in 2001, Hogan simmered below the surface before returning with his NWO compatriots Hall and Nash in February 2002, setting up a Wrestlemania showdown with one of the WWF’s biggest stars, The Rock. A dream match that many thought they would never see, there was definitely a bizarre feel to the match, as heel Hogan was cheered heavily by the crowd, much to the chagrin of ‘The Brahma Bull’. The Rock would leave the match victorious, but Hogan’s popularity would see him soon rediscover his red and yellow roots and win the WWE Championship for a 6th time.

Read more: The latest Raw review
The Elimination Chamber: Seven things we learnt on the road to Wrestlemania
Hulk Hogan returns to the WWE to present Wrestlemania 30
WWE Network - all you need to know
Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing & Sales Manager

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...

Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

Recruitment Genius: Doctors - Dubai - High "Tax Free" Earnings

£96000 - £200000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Looking for a better earning p...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Developer

£32000 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A rapidly expanding company in ...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste