While he was one of the biggest heroes in wrestling history, Hulk Hogan certainly made his enemies outside the ring.
The WWE Hall of Famer played the American hero inside the ring, but his backstage politics and “that doesn’t work for me, brother” soured him to many who came up against him in the WWE and WCW.
From his first WWE Championship win against The Iron Sheik in 1984, to his match against The Undertaker in 2003, Hulk Hogan spent decades on top of the wrestling business.
To be the top star for that long, you need to make a few enemies along the way.
The first name he named was “Macho Man” Randy Savage his long-time friend-turned-rival, who he did battle for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania V.
Despite working together every day, a paranoid Savage though that Hogan sabotaged his marriage, causing his divorce from wife Miss Elizabeth.
Outside the ring? It was two guys, it was Macho Man. He lived on the beach. We worked together every single day. Then he went through a divorce. He thought I had something to do with it. So that turned out to be like an eight-year – don’t talk to each other thing. Which we finally got on the same page about six months before he passed away, thank God.”
The next man was Bret Hart, who has not had kind words to say about Hogan over the years.
Hart has said over the years about how Hogan held him back, refused to wrestle him and spoiled his WrestleMania IX main event against Yokozuna.
Hogan spoke abput how Hart “thought he sabotaged his career”, mocking The Hitman by claiming that Bret thought he was the “greatest wrestler that ever lived”.
“The only other person was Bret Hart who thought I sabotaged his career because Bret thought he should have been the greatest wrestler that ever lived. He said it was my fault. ‘Okay.’
The third and final man was Scott Steiner, who refused to do the job for anyone in WCW, and disliked Hogan for trying to talk to him about the issue.
“Then the only other third guy is Scott Steiner who I tried to help. No one would talk to him, everybody was scared to death of him. So I was the one who always had to go talk to him and say ‘Scott, I need you to do the job.’ [He would go] ‘Oh fuck Hogan I don’t do the job’ so well. ‘
We want to keep figuring the end but nobody wants to talk to you so I’m here to try to talk to you about business. But if you don’t want to do it that’s okay, we’ll get somebody else to do it.’ And those three guys! I got nothing but love for those guys but for some reason they thought I kind of sabotaged their career.”
However, always take everything Hulk Hogan says with a grain of salt.
He is known for his wide array of easily-disproved lies, which include him killing Antonio Inoki, being the bassist for Metallica and being the last man to see Kerry Von Erich alive.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.