5 Ways Hollywood Hogan Was Wrestlings Ultimate Villain

Posted by Editorial Staff in Sports On 18th December 2016

When wrestling fans look back and marvel at who was the most ruthless and popular villain of all time, there's only one name to know, brother.

#1 The WCW "Bash at the Beach" was where it all began in 1996.

In 1996, Hulk Hogan had been away from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the company he helped become a worldwide phenomenon, for almost three years. He was riding high as the star of WWF's rival organization in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Though he had been wrestling's No. 1 hero for almost a decade, the landscape of the sport was changing and fans were starting to grow tired of familiarity. It was time for Hogan to make a change.

#2

​When Kevin Nash and Scott Hall debuted in WCW and announced a "takeover" and "third partner," no one could've imagined that the third man of whom they spoke was the wrestling hero that fans grew up watching and idolizing.

Career moves like this signaled a change in the wrestling landscapeafter all, this was Hulk's first "heel" (bad guy) run since the early '80s.

When announcer Gene Okerlund asked Hogan what he was thinking by betraying WCW, Hogan made wrestling history with his response: "The first thing you gotta' realize, brother, is this right here is the future of wrestling. You can call this the New World Order of Wrestling."

#3

​Hogan couldn't even finish his speech until the ring was pelted with mountains of trash.

"For two years, brother, for two years, I held my head high. I did everything for the charities. I did everything for the kids. And the reception I got when I came out hereyou fans can stick it, brother."

This was the moment that "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan was born. With The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) by his side, Hogan's iconic yellow and red was replaced with black and whitesignaling a dark and highly entertaining saga in professional wrestling.

#4 The Hulk beats The Giant at Hog Wild in 1996.

At Hog Wild, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan took on The Giant for the heavyweight championship. Hogan's victory was a signal to the wrestling world that he was a villain no man should underestimate. The match came to an abrupt conclusion when The Outsiders stormed the ring to help Hogan overpower and clock The Giant. When Hogan was presented with the championship belt, he defaced it with spray paint. From that moment, the nWotagged belt was destined for the back of any wrestler who would dare take on wrestling's newest dominant villain.

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