Hulkamania lives on NBC
This Saturday night, perhaps the most recognizable Superstar in WWE history returns to network television. Along with daughter Brooke, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will make a special appearance at Saturday Night’s Main Event in Dallas.
Hulk Hogan has quite a history on Saturday Night’s Main Event, as several key moments (both good and bad) in the Hulkster’s career have happened on NBC. In fact, Hogan has left such a legacy on Saturday night that one could easily compile a Top 5, Top 10 or even a Top 20 list of “Hulkamania Moments.”
Hogan’s history dates all the way back to the first Saturday Night’s Main Event, which aired on May 11, 1985. That night, the Hulkster defeated Cowboy Bob Orton to retain the WWE Championship in a battle of future Hall of Famers.
A little more than 18 months later, Hogan defeated bitter rival and fellow 2005 Hall of Fame inductee “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in a Steel Cage Match. Controversy abounded that night in January 1987, as both men escaped the cage at the same time; however, the match was re-started, and Hogan went on to win the match and once again retain the WWE Championship.
And of course, Hulkamaniacs would be hard-pressed to forget the January 27, 1990 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event. That night, Hogan teamed up with Ultimate Warrior to defeat Mr. Perfect & The Genius. It was one of the few times that Hogan & Warrior were on the same team, and this instance was merely two months before they battled at WrestleMania VI in one of the biggest matches in WWE history.
But not every Hogan moment on Saturday Night’s Main Event had a happy ending. For instance, on the March 1, 1986 edition of SNME, Hogan defended the WWE Championship against another Hall of Famer, “Magnificent” Don Muraco. The Hulkster won by disqualification, but the Hulkster was injured in the process. Just weeks before he met Hogan at WrestleMania 2, King Kong Bundy attacked Hogan during the match with Muraco. Bundy and Muraco brutally beat down the champion, severely injuring his ribs in an attempt to soften Hogan up for WrestleMania.
And then there was the February 8, 1992 broadcast. Hogan teamed with Sid to take on WWE Champion Ric Flair & Undertaker that night, winning by disqualification. However, still mad about the way Hogan eliminated him from the Royal Rumble Match weeks earlier, Sid abandoned Hogan and left him for dead. Luckily for Hogan his opponents were disqualified, but the abandonment was the catalyst that led to Hogan facing Sid at WrestleMania VIII.
More than 20 years later, Hogan is back; but this time, it is daughter Brooke who is in the spotlight. A talented up-and-coming musical artist, Brooke saw her new music video “About Us” air on RAW last month. And while it is unknown exactly what the Hogans’ special appearance will entail, there is someone who will be watching intently.
Randy Orton, the son of Hogan’s first Saturday Night’s Main Event opponent, has said on RAW that he will be there to personally introduce himself to Hulk…and to Brooke as well. Orton prides himself on being a Legend Killer, and at Saturday Night’s Main Event he will be face to face with possibly the biggest legend in WWE history.
No matter what happens, one thing is for sure: Hulkamania is alive and well, and it will be running wild once again Saturday night in Dallas.