We squashed the beef we had with the Hulkster a long time ago, but that doesn’t forgive the times he blatantly lied about the following things — all stories that could be easily disproved by anyone who bothered to look into them.
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Here are 9 times Hulk Hogan chatted complete and utter breeze:
9. Hulk Hogan Almost Fought In The UFC
In a recent interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, Hulk Hogan claimed he almost got involved as a fighter in the UFC when they were first starting up:
We looked at it and it was very violent and the referees weren’t stopping the matches and letting guys get beat up when they should have been stopped. So we just didn’t want to have any part of it, but it’s become quite a phenomena.
Keep in mind Hogan was already in his 40s when UFC got going. Someone decided to ask Campbell McLaren, co-founder of UFC, if there was any truth to it:
That’s settled then.
8. Hulk Hogan Was The Original Name For The Foreman Grill
During an episode of Hogan Knows Best, Hogan claimed that Spectrum Brands, the company behind the Foreman Grill, wanted his name on the brand but as he was out picking up his kids when his agent called, they gave it to George Forman instead.
No one has outright disproved this, but it just seems a bit silly, doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t his agent or Spectrum Brands just call him back again later in half an hour? Why would they immediately just phone George Foreman and offer it to him instead? Just doesn’t seem realistic at all. Maybe he was the original name for the grill but this definitely isn’t the real story as to why he didn’t get the deal in the end.
7. Hulk Hogan Could Have Been In Metallica
Here’s an actual quote from Hulk Hogan:
I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich, and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days, but it didn’t work out.
Pretty cool story, except Lars Ulrich was asked about it on The Howard Stern Show and said it wasn’t true at all.
He can play bass guitar though, so we’ll give him that:
6. Most Things About His Match With Andre The Giant
There are multiple lies/embellishments Hogan has said about his infamous match with Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III, so we’ll do this one in parts:
At the time, Andre was officially billed at 550 LBS which was probably an exaggeration (no biggie — it’s standard in wrestling to say you’re a little heavier/taller than you are). Only thing is that since then, Hogan has told interviewers that Andre was 650 LBS and that he tore his arms and every muscle in his back trying to bodyslam him. Except Hulk was never injured and didn’t take any time off shows/TV after the match. Does he think people won’t remember?
He Didn’t Know The Outcome Of The Match
Hogan says he didn’t know what the finish of the match was going to be until seconds before it happened (Andre supposedly told him he’d let him win). There’s no way this is true because there’s no way Vince McMahon would put on a main event at the biggest show of the year without having the ending decided.
Andre Died Days After Their Match
For some fucked up reason, Hogan insisted on his show ‘Hogan Knows Best’ that Andre “passed on” a couple of days after their big showdown. Erm… he died 6 years later. Why lie about this? Why?
5. Elvis Was A Massive Hulk Hogan Fan
In Hulk Hogan’s autobiography, he says Elvis was a fan of his and used to come to watch his matches in Memphis. One to tell the grandkids eh? Well I guess so except he’d be bullshitting them because Elvis died in 1977, and Hogan didn’t start wrestling in Memphis until 1979. Sigh…
4. He Had No Idea The Rock And Stone Cold Were Going To Show Up In The Middle Of His Segment At Wrestlemania 30
Again, not sure what the point of this lie is. Hogan claims that The Rock and Stone Cold joining him in the ring at Wrestlemania 30 was a total surprise, except there’s a documentary on the event that clearly shows them preparing for the segment together backstage. Whoops.
3. He Once Worked 400 Days In One Year
How is that possible? Well, Hogan did so much travelling with the WWF in his prime that he factored in all the time differences of all the countries he travelled to and decided his year was 400 days long.
I guess that kind of makes sense if you really want it to.
2. The Rock Broke His Ribs With A Rock Bottom At Wrestlemania X8
I’m quite sure The Rock Bottom has never injured anyone ever, but Huk Hogan claims the move left him with broken ribs after his showdown with The Rock at Wrestlemania.
No one had any reason to question him, until he later said that he actually broke his ribs in a match with another wrestler (Rikishi) weeks earlier. Come on Hulk, stick to your story for us one time.
1. He Squandered “Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars” During His Prime
In an interview with ‘Good Morning America’, Hogan claimed that his lifestyle during the height of his career (80s and 90s) left him “hundreds of millions of dollars” out of pocket, but despite this says he’s still able to live “in abundance”.
Hyperbole is one thing, but there’s no chance Hogan ever made anywhere near hundreds of millions of dollars. Millions sure, but nowhere near enough to be able to say he wasted in excess of $100 million and can still live it up to this day. I guess it just seemed like the cool thing to say at the time.
Despite his history of BS, there’s no denying the Hulkster is a legend who has done very well for himself – that’s why it makes it even more bizarre that he feels the need to embellish his stories. Here’s hoping he can cook something up on the spot to save himself when Scott Steiner eventually gets hold of him.