Hulkamania is Born

Jan. 23, 1984

Out of all the contenders who could fill in for an injured Bob Backlund at the last minute, Hulk Hogan gets picked to face The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden for the WWE Championship. After becoming the first Superstar to ever escape The Sheik’s camel clutch, Hogan emerges victorious with his first championship as ringside commentator Gorilla Monsoon declares, “Hulkamania is here!”