10 Must-See Hulk Hogan Matches

Hulk Hogan is arguably the most successful wrestler in history and is credited by many for the creation of two wrestling booms. The following ten matches, which are listed in chronological order, have been selected based on historical importance, memorable moments, and pure excitement.

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Thunderlips vs. Rocky Balboa - Rocky III

Thunderlips battles Rocky in 'Rocky III". Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hulkamania was not born in a wrestling ring; it was born on the silver screen. In the film, Hulk plays the role of Thunderlips a wrestler that takes part in a charity wrestling vs. boxing match against Rocky Balboa. The match ended with Rocky being tossed out of the ring and this scene was likely inspired by Chuck Wepner's battle against Andre the Giant at Shea Stadium in 1976. When Hulk Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Sylvester Stallone was the man who inducted him.  ​

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Hulk Hogan vs. The Iron Sheik - MSG 1/23/84

Hulk Hogan was a heel in his prior run with the WWE. He returned to the company a few weeks before this match and in one of his first acts, he saved Bob Backlund from a three-on-one attack at the hands of The Wild Samoans. Backlund, who had lost the WWE Championship to the Iron Sheik a month earlier was not medically cleared for this rematch. Hulk took his place in the match and the wrestling world was never the same again.

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Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper - MSG 2/18/85

Roddy Piper joined the company around the same time as Hulk Hogan. At first, he was a manager of several of Hulk's opponents but he finally got his shot at the title after kicking Cindy Lauper. After the referee was knocked out, Paul Orndorff attacked Hogan and then the two heels set their sights on Cyndi Lauper. Before they got to her, Mr. T got involved in the action and the stage was set for WrestleMania.

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Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff - WrestleMania

A year earlier, Vince McMahon broke away from the old territorial rasslin' tradition and started a national expansion featuring his vision of sports entertainment. Doing this was a huge gamble and everything for the company was riding on the success of this event. While Hulk Hogan and Mr. T won the match, Vince McMahon won the war as within a few years all of his competitors were out of business.

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Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant - WrestleMania III

This is the most important match in wrestling history. The match took place in front of the then-largest crowd to watch a wrestling event which set a North American indoor attendance record. Hulk Hogan's slam of Andre the Giant is perhaps the most iconic moment in the history of the sport. 

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Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant - The Main Event

On February 5, 1988, the rematch between these men was televised live on NBC during prime time and as a result, it is the most viewed match in wrestling history. A wrinkle was added to this feud as Andre the Giant promised that he would sell the title to Ted DiBiase after winning the match. With the aid of the referee's crooked twin brother, Andre won the title and gave the title to Ted DiBiase.

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Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage - WrestleMania V

The Mega Powers exploded on this night as these former best friends fought for the title. In the aftermath of the previous match, Randy Savage wound up winning the vacant title with a little bit of help from The Hulkster. However, Savage got jealous of Hogan and thought that not only was he eying his title but that Hogan had eyes of lust for his manager, Miss Elizabeth. When it was all over, Hulk Hogan had the title. It would take Randy several years to regain both the title and the love of Miss Elizabeth.

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Bash at the Beach '96

After Vince McMahon forced his competitors out of business, Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions and renamed it World Championship Wrestling. Hulk joined the company in 1994 and his success with them led to Turner acquiring more former WWE stars and even launching a live television program to compete with Vince on Monday nights. The battle was close until this match took place. On this night, WCW was represented by Sting, Lex Luger and Randy Savage as they battled recently acquired WWE stars Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and a mystery partner. Hulk Hogan wound up being the third man and following the match cut a scathing promo where he told the fans to stick it. As the leader of the new World order, Hulk led the company to an 84-week consecutive winning streak against RAW and in the process created the wrestling boom of the '90s.

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Hulk Hogan vs. Goldberg - 7/6/88

At this point of the Monday Night War, wrestling reached an all-time peak of popularity as fans not only flocked to Nitro but RAW also became hugely popular due to the birth of The Attitude Era. One of the new stars created during this time period was Goldberg, a former Atlanta Falcon who entered this match undefeated. Goldberg won the match in front of a record crowd for the company at The Georgia Dome.

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Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock - WrestleMania X-8

By the time this match took place, WWE had purchased WCW. Hulk entered this match as "Hollywood" Hogan and a member of the hated nWo. The Rock was the most popular star in WWE. However, someone forgot to tell the fans this as the WWE fans were so excited to see Hulk back in the company that they cheered for Hogan and booed The Rock. Due to popular demand, shortly after this match Hulk got rid of the black-and-white of the nWo and brought back the red and yellow which WWE fans associated him with.