The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#3 "Hollywood" Hogan

The sports-entertainment game changed when Hulk Hogan joined WCW in 1994. Getting a fresh start in Atlanta, The Hulkster hit pay dirt in his first WCW match, winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach. Expectedly, Hogan became one of the organization’s most popular competitors, aligning with WCW mainstays like Sting and engaging in a memorably bizarre rivalry with Kevin Sullivan’s Dungeon of Doom.

However, The Hulkster truly revolutionized sports-entertainment at the 1996 Bash at the Beach. As Scott Hall and Kevin Nash waged war on WCW, Hogan turned his back on the organization and millions of Hulkamaniacs by joining The Outsiders to form The New World Order. Their union put WCW on the map as Hogan basked in the jeers that his villainous “Hollywood” persona elicited on his way to becoming a six-time WCW Champion. — H.F .