Written by Moose Duncan
Ah yes, the decade of excess that was the 80's. It brought us protected sex, designer drugs, rock and roll, and Teddy Ruxpin! There were allot of things that went down throughout the decade, but one of the constants that was always in the news in some form or fashion was professional wrestling. What started out as an arguably legitimate (albeit somewhat unpopular) happening at the beginning of the decade, with guys like Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko (zah-BIS-ko...your welcome) wrestling 60 minute "technical" snooze fests in smoky, dimly lit buildings became one of the largest pop culture spectacles of the time at the end of it. It all gets pegged on Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan made wrestling. Without Hulk Hogan, there is no Wrestlemania. There is no business boom. That's what they say. I'm here to tell you they are wrong.
Here's the truth about Hulk Hogan, from the perspective of a guy who has been in the ring, behind the microphone, and with hands on the typewriter. Hulk Hogan was horrible. He couldn't wrestle a lick. Had a decent, steroid aided look and the ability to act a little. Hulk Hogan isn't a guy. He's a character, a gimmick - a creation of the man who REALLY made wrestling hot, WWF owner Vince McMahon Jr.
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