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This week’s Top Five will be who were your top five greatest adversaries against Hulk Hogan? Wrestlers that made great heels/babyfaces and pushed Hogan to be one of the biggest stars of any generation.
The Big Bossman
This is a very underrated feud that should be talked about more, but often gets overlooked. Weird, considering it was a very profitable program for the WWF back then. The Big Bossman brutally beating Hogan with a night stick and culminating in a cage match. Fans turned out in droves for this feud.
King Kong Bundy
To me, when King Kong Bundy repeatedly squashed Hulk Hogan with splashes and avalanches stretchering him out on Saturday Night’s Main Event…it was the first opponent I considered a legitimate threat to Hogan’s invincibility. Their steel cage match at Wrestlemania 2 was a bit of a disappointment, but make no mistake…Bundy did make a credible heel opponent to Hogan and his world title.
Andre the Giant
Having Andre the Giant turn heel and challenge Hogan to a title match at Wrestlemania 3 was a great call. Here was Andre being built up for so many years as an unbeatable giant and then shockingly challenge his good friend Hogan to a match. The build up was excellent, which included a very intense contract signing that set the table for this huge showdown.
In WCW, when Hulk went “Hollywood” and turned heel joining the New World Order….he was a renaissance in his long career which looked like it was coming close to an end. Enter Sting with his Crow gimmick and you had one of the greatest build ups to a main event showdown between these two icons. Granted, the match they had at Starrcade was nothing to really write home about, but it doesn’t take away the heat that was generated between the two.
This was Hulk’s greatest foe in the WWF. The feud of the decade in the 1980’s as far as I am concerned. Orndorff turning heel aon his best friend and aligning with Bobby Heenan was fantastic and sold out arenas all over the country.
5) Earthquake 1990.
Hulk had just lost the strap to the Ultimate Warrior . A few weeks later he was ambushed by the Earthquake. A giant of a man, who injured the Hulkster on the brother love show. The video package that followed was so emotional people actually thought Hogan had retired, or worse…. Hogan would get revenge and eventually win the feud.. Years later a shark would circle WCW waters in an attempt to again destroy Hulkamania.
4) Mr Wonderful
Supercards in the 80s where usually relegated to Starcade, great American basha and of course Wrestlemania. But on the back of their second feud, this one stemming from the betrayal Mr Wonderful enacted on the Hulkster. On the back of this feud bearly 60,000 people packed Toronto’s exhibition stadium to watch them battle inThe Big Event.. a match where people thought Orndorff won the title until a reversal of the call.
3) Ric Flair
The dream match of the 80s. WWF VS NWA, finally materialized in WWF in 1991, as the real world’s champion, Ric Flair made his way up north. .what was supposed to be a meeting of the legends at Wrestlemania 8 was scrapped and changed. In 1994 the roles were reversed, with Hogan heading down and challenging Flair..WCW did not drop the ball..using the marquee match as the main event of bash at the beach…
2) Rowdy Roddy Piper
MTV , live pro wrestling and the ultimate bad guy in the Rowdy one.. this shattered records for cable television viewership..Hogan and Piper would never ever get a clear winner ,even many years later..As they both again battled in WCW and back in the WWE..But that original feud is the catalyst for what is now today considered wrestling’s super bowl…Wrestlemania
1) Andre the Giant
For the uneducated..Hogan and Andre feuded way back in 1980. With Hulk the villain and Andre the bonafide biggest good guy in wrestling. But in 1987..someone, mainly Bobby Heenan got in the Giants ear..causing him to turn on Hulk and get the wheels in motion for the biggest ,and to this day probably most famous wrestling match ever. The Wrestlemania 3 main event between Hulk and Andre. Despite the loss ,Andre haunted Hogan..and on Feb 5th 1988 with the help of several others would gain a measure of revenge by winning the world title in front of one of the largest television audiences for wrestling . The feud would finally end in a Milwaukee baseball stadium in the summer of 88..as the Hero again slammed and defeated the giant..this time in a steel cage….