As one of WWE's marquee names during the Golden Era, Hulk Hogan's athletic prowess and charisma made him a crowd favorite and an undeniable box office draw. His larger-than-life persona paved the way for the next generation of wrestling superstars.
However, the legacy of Hogan's reign isn't all glamorous, as he recently revealed during an interview with the Full Send podcast. During the transition to the New Generation Era, another star emerged, embodying the charisma and ability that Hogan had once demonstrated.
This 65-year-old WWE legend had won over the crowd with his varying character arcs, becoming a prominent figure in the wrestling world. This superstar shared not just the limelight with Hogan but also a contentious past marked by an iconic feud in the '90s.
This hatred can be traced back to WrestleMania IX in 1993. Bret Hart, a WWE Hall of Famer and future New Generation Era poster boy was battling Yokozuna for the coveted WWE Championship. Yokozuna triumphed, but Hogan swooped in immediately after, snatching the belt from the newly crowned champion in a shocking 22-second showdown.
Hogan's Betrayal Ignites Lifelong Feud
Despite the theatrics, the real controversy was off-stage. Hogan allegedly failed to fulfill a promised return of the title to Hart. Hogan's refusal ignited a feud that still reverberates today.
After the controversy, Hogan confessed, "Bret Hart thought I sabotaged his career because Bret thought he should have been the greatest wrestler that ever lived, and he said it was my fault." Hart's frustrations only heightened when Hogan declined to relinquish the title to him two months after the WrestleMania IX face-off.
The situation worsened when Hogan lost to Yokozuna at that year's King of the Ring. Despite his win against Bam Bam Bigelow that night, Hart was left bitter and resentful. This brewing resentment eventually exploded. In his book, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, Hart describes a heated confrontation with Hogan following his loss at King of the Ring.
He recalls telling Hogan, "Well, you're right; you're not in my league. On behalf of myself, my family, and most of the boys in the dressing room, you can go f**k yourself." This inside account offers a riveting glimpse into the backstage drama of professional wrestling, revealing the real-life struggles and triumphs of these larger-than-life personalities.