Hulk Hogan can undoubtedly be counted among the greatest wrestlers of any era, having personally contributed to spreading the popularity of wrestling in every corner of the world. Despite his undeniable technical and acting skills, the reputation of the two-time WWE Hall of Famer has been questioned multiple times in recent years due to a number of controversial incidents.
The reference is mainly to the audio clip that emerged in 2007, in which the voice of the Hulk was clearly heard as he used racist epithets. At WrestleMania 37, Hogan was even booed by the public in Florida, the state where he spent most of his youth.
The 68-year-old from Augusta holds the record for consecutive years spent as a world champion and - after Bruno Sammartino - is the second wrestler ever with the most overall days as a WWE Champion. Speaking on the Midnight Hustle podcast, WWE legend The Godfather recalled his experience working with Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Sid Justice way back in 1992.
Without going into details, Wright hinted that he never treated Hogan as a friend. The Godfather said: "I was having a hard time with my wife's divorce, so it's possible I wasn't 100% lucid while working. Hogan, Warrior and Sid meant nothing to me.
I never cared about Hulk Hogan, he wasn't my friend. He isn't even today, I have to be honest. He's not the good guy that WWE has tried to paint over the years, ”said The Godfather. Hogan defeated Sid Justice by disqualification in the WrestleMania 8 main event in 1992.
“There were not many credible heel characters at that time. That's why I was thrown among the dogs. However, that's how business works. I am a businessman myself. I can tell you that I intervened late because the WWE manager didn't warn me to run into the ring at the right time."
John Cena: "You can't imagine how much JBL helped me in WWE"
Unanimously recognized as one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, John Cena has contributed more than any other athlete to increasing the popularity of wrestling even outside the US.
Despite having played the role of babyface for most of his career, the leader of the 'Cenation' has divided both fans and public opinion. He is in fourth place all-time by overall number of days he has held a world title.
Only Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund managed to do better than him. John is also credited with the record for the most pay-per-view events won in a year, as well as consecutive victories in PPVs. Over the past few years, the 16-time world champion has gradually stepped away from the ring to successfully pursue his career in Hollywood.
The Boston phenomenon returned to WWE this year to wage a feud with Roman Reigns, which culminated in a brutal clash between the two at SummerSlam on August 21 (victory went to the Tribal Chief). Speaking at the Florida Supercon a few days ago, Cena recalled the first time he won the world title against John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania 21.
John Cenasaid: "JBL has always been fantastic at keeping you grounded, he has been instrumental in my career and I will be grateful to him for the rest of my days. I remember at WrestleMania 21 he advised me to go beyond my limits, to surpass myself and take all the glory I deserved.
I will never stop thanking him for that lesson, without forgetting that he has provided me with many other valuable advice during my career in WWE." JBL was one of the most successful heels at SmackDown and had turned up at that edition of WrestleMania with a very long champion reign (which lasted for 280 days). Few imagined that that night would be remembered for the final explosion of the young Cena.