Thursday, February 22

10 Wrestlers Hulk Hogan Surprisingly Never Faced In A Major Match

Hulk Hogan is a legendary wrestler, and definitely among the most iconic. He is a controversial figure, but his influence on the wrestling world can’t be ignored. He is a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, and was among the biggest reasons for WWE’s popularity in the Golden Era.


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Hogan had memorable careers in both WWE & WCW. He faced a plethora of great opponents in both companies. Some of his best matches were against the likes of The Rock, Andre The Giant, The Ultimate Warrior, and Stan Hansen. However, there are some wrestlers who The Hulkster surprisingly never faced.


10 Bam Bam Bigelow Would’ve Benefitted A Lot From The Match

Even Losing To Hogan In A Major Match Would’ve Given Him Momentum

  • Both Men Were Part Of WWE In The Golden Era
  • Bam Bam & Hogan Teamed Up 16 Times
  • They Were Part Of The Same Team In The Main Event Of The First-Ever Survivor Series PPV

Bam Bam Bigelow was a very talented wrestler, especially for a man of his size, but he could never achieve his full potential. He was always impressive whenever he was in the ring, but he was never put in high-profile storylines.

A match with Hulk Hogan could have been career-changing for him. It is actually quite surprising that the two men never faced each other, as they were both part of WWE in the Golden Era. They teamed up quite often, even teaming up in the main event of the first-ever Survivor Series PPV in 1987. A match between the two would certainly have been memorable, and especially beneficial for Bam Bam Bigelow.

9 Rick Rude & Hulk Hogan Could’ve Had A Memorable Rivalry

Rick Rude Was A Top Heel In Both WWE & WCW

  • The Two Men Were Part Of WWE In The Golden Era
  • They Faced Off Once On A WWE TV Show
  • Hulk Hogan Didn’t Want To Face Rude

Rick Rude was a very talented wrestler, and among the top heel stars of his time. He had successful stints in both WWE and WCW. Rude had the ability to make his opponent look good inside the ring, and he would certainly have been a good opponent for Hogan.

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However, the two men never had a rivalry. Hogan and Rude did face each other once in WWE, but it was on a TV show, and not on a big stage. Rumor has it that Hogan didn’t want to work with Rude due to his reputation for being a legitimate tough guy.

8 Jake “The Snake” Roberts Would’ve Been A Great Challenger For Hogan’s WWE Title

It Would’ve Been A Treat To Watch Roberts’ Antics Against The Hulkster

  • These Two Were Part Of WWE During The Golden Era
  • Jake Roberts Challenged Hogan For The WWE Title A Few Times On House Shows
  • A Feud Between The Two Was Planned, But Scrapped Later

Jake Roberts is a WWE legend, and was a very popular name during WWE’s Golden Era. Hulk Hogan was the WWE Champion for most of the Era. Although Roberts never chased championships, him challenging Hogan would’ve been cool to see.

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In 1986, a feud between Hulk Hogan and Jake “The Snake” Roberts stopped as soon as it started due to the wrong wrestler being cheered.

He actually challenged Hogan for the belt a few times on house shows, and a major storyline was planned between the two. However, Roberts was getting cheered more than Hogan during house shows, despite him being the heel. Vince didn’t like this, and thus the feud was scrapped.

7 Booker T Was A Big Name In WCW

He Had A Controversial Promo Where He Name-Dropped Hulk Hogan

  • Booker T & Hulk Hogan Were Part Of WCW Together
  • They Were Part Of Two Battle Royals In WCW
  • Booker T Wasn’t Much Interested In A Match Against Hogan

Everyone remembers Booker T’s promo where he name-dropped Hulk Hogan, and used the n-word. However, what many people don’t realize is that the two wrestlers never actually faced each other, despite being in WCW together for many years.

Booker was a talented wrestler, and had made quite a name for himself in WCW. Him taking on Hogan would have been quite an encounter. However, the only times the two men found each other in the same ring was during battle royals. Booker T didn’t have a huge desire of facing Hogan anyway.

6 Rey Mysterio Taking On Hulk Hogan Would Have Been A Great David Vs. Goliath Match

Rey Mysterio Often Had Cool Matches Against Big Men

  • Mysterio Was Making A Mark In The Cruiserweight Division During Hogan’s Time In WCW
  • Hogan & Rey Were On Opposing Teams In A Four-On-Two St. Louis Street Fight
  • A Match Between Them Would’ve Been Fun

Rey Mysterio is an all-time great luchador, and among the best high-flyers ever. We often saw Mysterio facing wrestlers much bigger than his size, and Hulk Hogan would have made for an interesting opponent, and it is surprising this match never took place.

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The two men faced each other once in a Four-On-Two St. Louis Street Fight in opposite teams, and were also part of a Battle Royal in WCW. Apart from these two encounters, the two men never really crossed paths, which is a shame, as the different styles of these two wrestlers against one another would’ve been very fun to watch.

5 Scott Hall Would Have Been A Tough Opponent

There Were Many Occasions Where Hogan & Hall Could Have Faced Each Other

  • Scott Hall & Hulk Hogan Were Part Of The Legendary Faction NWO
  • They Faced Each Other Once On Nitro
  • A Battle Between Two Former Stable Members Would Have Been A Great Storyline

By the time Scott Hall, made his WWE debut, then known as Razor Ramon, Hulk Hogan was already on his way out. Thus, a match between the two in WWE could never happen. However, the two men found each other together in WCW when Hall jumped ship in 1996.

Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, and Kevin Nash formed the memorable nWo faction and took control of WCW. Hogan and Hall did face each other in 1998, but it was just a random Nitro episode, and the match ended in a no contest. A match between the two might have been planned at a bigger stage, but perhaps Hall’s personal problems prevented the match from happening.

4 Chris Jericho’s Versatility Would’ve Been On Display Against Hogan

Jericho Liked Working With Hogan In The Few Times They Worked Together

  • Jericho Had Become A Star By The Time Hogan Returned To WWE
  • They Faced Off Three Times On SmackDown
  • Jericho Was A Huge Hulkamanic As A Child

Chris Jericho was a very versatile wrestler during his prime, and had great matches against many different opponents of different eras, as part of his long career. However, Hulk Hogan is a name Jericho never worked a major match with.

By the time Hulk Hogan returned to WWE in 2002, Jericho had become a top star, and even main evented WrestleMania that year over Hogan. The two men faced each other thrice on SmackDown, which included two WWE Undisputed Title matches. WWE could’ve booked them in an extensive program, and they could’ve faced each other for the Undisputed Title on PPVs.

3 John Cena Was The Top Star Of His Era, Just Like Hulk Hogan

The Two Wrestlers Had Many Similarities And Were Often Compared To Each Other

  • Cena & Hogan Were Both On SmackDown After Cena’s WWE Debut In 2002
  • The Two Were In The Same Team In A Six-Man Tag Team Match
  • They Were Apparently Supposed To Face Each Other At WrestleMania 25

Fans found many similarities between Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Just like Hogan, Cena became a huge babyface of his era, and was a great crowd controller. When Cena made his WWE debut in 2002, Hogan was still wrestling in WWE.

Although Hogan was too old by the time Cena rose to stardom, he did face Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton in 2005 and 2006, respectively. By then, Cena had become a huge star, and a match between the two would have been interesting. According to Hogan, they were supposed to face each other at WrestleMania 25, but an injury to Hogan prevented the match from happening.

2 Bret Hart Took Care Of WWE After Hulk Hogan Left

Bret Would Have Brought The Best Out Of Hulk Hogan

  • They Were Together In WWE, WCW & GCW
  • Bret & Hogan Faced Each Other In Some Minor Matches, With One Match Being In GCW
  • There Were Plans Of Hogan Putting Bret Over In 1993

Hulk Hogan facing Bret Hart has to be one of the biggest missed opportunities in wrestling. There were several opportunities in WWE and WCW, where the companies could have booked the two men to face each other in a major match.

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They are two of the biggest stars in WWE history, but Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart have never got along.

The two men did face each other on an episode of Nitro, and on some WCW house shows, but obviously, none of them were on a major stage. Bret defeating Hogan for the WWE Title at SummerSlam 1993 was pitched, but the plans never came to fruition. Apparently, Hogan refused to put Bret over, and instead dropped the belt to Yokozuna on his way out of the company.

1 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Became A Huge Star During The Attitude Era

These Two Men Facing Each Other Would Have Been A Battle Of Eras

  • Steve Austin Was Among The Biggest Reasons For WWE’s Win Over WCW During The Monday Night Wars
  • Austin & Hogan Faced Each Other In A Three-On-Two Handicap Match
  • Austin Refused To Face Hogan

WWE was struggling badly after Hulk Hogan’s departure from the company. That was until Steve Austin was pushed. Austin rose to stardom pretty quickly, and became the face of WWE during the Attitude Era, while Hogan was in WCW.

Hogan returned to WWE in 2002, after WCW was acquired by WWE. Hogan vs. Austin was a dream match, and it was pitched a few times, but Austin apparently refused it. Hogan was way past his prime, and Austin was struggling with injuries. The match would not have been impressive in the ring, but the two stars facing each other would definitely have been a spectacle.

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