Current TNA star Hulk Hogan recently returned to the ring on TNA’s tour of the UK. It was his first match in nearly 4 months due to several injuries. Hogan’s appearance on the UK tour has generated a lot of buzz as Hogan has made many appearances with the British media. Among the promoting he’s done for the TNA shows, Hogan has also opened up about a lot of other wrestling topics including his position with the WWF (WWE) back in his heyday. According to a Friday January 27th report by SportsVibe.co.uk, Hogan made the following comments about the WWE and Vince McMahon:
“Basically for the first twelve years it was me and Vince McMahon running the WWF. I lived in Stamford, Connecticut, just a couple of blocks away from Vince’s house and we worked out every day together and we rode motorcycles everyday together and we were together every day and made all the decisions. I would call Vince up at 4 o’clock in the morning saying ‘I’ve got to drop the belt to Macho Man because that’s what I feel’ and Vince would go ‘okay.'”
Hogan’s comments accurate reflect the opinions of his biggest critics. Many old-school wrestling fans and pundits have long claimed that Hogan’s clout with the WWF kept him on top and held many superstars back. Wrestlers like Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Jimmy Snuka, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, and Junkyard Dog could have all been WWF champion if it weren’t for Hogan keeping the title and playing backstage politics.
To this day, some wrestlers like Jake Roberts still speak out about the abuse of power, for lack of better terms, that Hogan had while in the WWF. There are many other wrestlers like Iron Sheik, Honky Tonk Man and The Ultimate Warrior, who was the only wrestler to cleanly beat Hulk Hogan when Hulkamani was “Running wild, Brother”.
Hogan never dropped the title to Randy Savage. Hogan’s first title reign ended after a 4 year run when he lost to Andre The Giant during the Hebner evil twin storyline in early 1988. Andre would hand the belt over to Ted DiBiase, who paid Andre for his services. The title became vacated due to the cheating by DiBiase. Randy Savage would win the title at WrestleMania 4 during a tournament to corwn a new champion. Hogan interfered and helped Randy win.
The two would end up joining forces together to become the Mega Powers. This lasted about a year before Savage turned on Hogan. Hulk would go on to defeat Savage for the title at WrestleMania 5. Never once did Hogan drop the title to Savage during their WWF days. In their near 7 years together in WCW, Hogan never dropped the title to Savage during his 6 championship reigns.
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