15 Patriotic moments we salute

Hulk Hogan returns at WrestleMania 21

WrestleMania is known as The Showcase of the Immortals. Therefore, it’s only fitting that at WrestleMania 21, Hulk Hogan made his return to WWE's squared circle. That night, the WWE Universe inside the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles absolutely erupted when the Hulkster made a surprise appearance to come to the aid of an injured Eugene, who was in the middle of addressing the capacity crowd about his excitement over being on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Eugene’s WrestleMania moment had seemed all but ruined by other Superstars who sought WrestleMania glory for themselves. As fate would have it, though, something legendary was about to happen.

Moments after the attack on Eugene, the classic strings of "Real American" entrance theme blared through the sound system, and Old Glory waved big and beautifully on the TitanTron behind Hogan as he made his entrance. Wearing his classic yellow and red and standing in front of the red, white and blue flag, Hogan's arrival prompted the WWE Universe to roar in what was an unforgettable moment of national pride.

Inside the ring, Hogan connected with a big boot and a leg drop to Eugene's antagonists, and the crowd reached a fever pitch. Not even a steel chair blast could stop the Hulkster’s momentum, as he delivered another size-15 boot to the face before sending Eugene's bullying adversaries over the ropes.

With the ring cleared and an icon standing tall just one night after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Hogan’s shocking appearance at WrestleMania 21 was a patriotic instant that was truly immortal.