One of the most important characters in the entire history of modern wrestling is undoubtedly Hulk Hogan, WWE Hall of Famer known throughout the world, both for his battles in the ring and for his films of the late 80s and early 80s 90.
For decades, Hulk Hogan was the McMahon family's true and only face of the WWF, a bit like John Cena a few decades later, with Hogan also contributing to the growth of the careers of several other athletes who worked with him and had feuds very important against the Hulkster.
Apparently, there would be a character who even owes Hogan his ring name, with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, who would have found his stage name thanks to Hogan and Vince McMahon's wife: Linda. In his latest interview released to the microphones of the famous Talk Is Jericho, an important podcast of the former WWE and AEW world champion, Beefcake actually wanted to reveal: "Vince's wife (Linda McMahon ed) had thought of a name 'Beefcake'
So we went with that. Then there was Hulk Hogan and Vince sitting in her office… and Hogan was like, 'What do you think of Brutus? What do you think of Brutus Beefcake?' So it was that one of the more peculiar names of the WWF Gimmick Era was born, with the debut of Brutus arriving in 1984 and which then also saw the addition of the nickname "The Barber", for his particular gimmick.
Hulk Hogan is a true legend
Speaking in the latest 'A&E Biography: Legends', Hulk Hogan recalled a conversation with Vince McMahon in which the WWF Chairman himself stated that his federation was one step away from closure: "WCW's goal was to become the number one out there.
But I don't think the point was ever to put Vince out of business, even though we came very close to that. One day I had a conversation with him where he said he was one step away from closing the WWF". However, thanks to the Attitude Era and stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin but also The Rock, the WWF and then WWE he managed to always get best results.
Effective March 23, 2001, WCW ceased to exist and all of the company's contents passed for $3 billion to rival competitor World Wrestling Federation, owned by Vince McMahon. Hulk Hogan recently disclosed details about a conversation he had with Andre the Giant ahead of their legendary encounter at WrestleMania 3.
"I said, 'Andre, what do you wanna do out there?'" Hogan stated. "'Don't worry.' 'Hey Andre, what do you think, man? I go up or go down?' 'Don't worry.' I said, 'How's your back?' He said, 'My back's good."