WWE Legend Hulk Hogan Looks Back at His Troubled Relationship With Andre the Giant

Published 01/31/2021, 7:15 AM EST


Hulk Hogan helped launch WWE (then WWF) into global prominence. His rivalry with fellow WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant, is considered one of the best feuds of all time.

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They made history at WrestleMania 3 in 1987 where Hogan defeated Andre with ‘the body slam heard around the world,’ and retained his world title.

Ahead of Royal Rumble 2021, Hogan shared an emotional throwback. He revealed that Andre and him did not always see eye-to-eye. In fact, Hogan revealed his actions used to get him in trouble with the Boss. But in the end, the feud taught both of them some valuable lessons.

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We had our differences, and it really wasn’t fun when the Boss was pi**ed off at me, but it was a very serious learning curve and in the end, we were like brothers Love U, Boss R.I.P. You were the best! HH,” Hogan wrote.

A few days ago, Hogan shared another tribute on the death anniversary of Andre. This Wednesday marked the 28th year since ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ passed away because of heart failure.

Hogan revealed that Andre taught him to respect the craft of wrestling along with fan interaction. He wrote, “28yrs ago Andre passed, my big brother, he taught me respect for our business and also taught me how to work using my instincts and my connection with the crowd.”

Hulk Hogan got Tony Khan into the wrestling business

Currently, WWE’s biggest competitor is All Elite Wrestling (AEW). AEW’s president Tony Khan revealed in one interview how a match starring Hogan changed his perception of professional wrestling.

The first time I saw wrestling, I was watching A-Team and Hulk Hogan was on the A-Team. Then I was going through the toy stores and I learned he was a real person.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: Hulk Hogan attends WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center on October 04, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

I started watching more wrestling, and I liked, you know him [Hogan]. But I also liked the ‘Macho Man’ and started watching other wrestling companies about six months later, but really, I just couldn’t get enough of it,” Khan told Brandon Walker.

Being a huge pro wrestling fan himself, Khan always says that AEW is all about what the fans want. Rightfully, AEW has garnered a massive fan following within two years of its inception and has some big names like Sting, Chris Jericho, and young ones like MJF and Orange Cassidy on its roster.

Hogan has been a part of WWE’s rival Impact Wrestling in the past; so choosing AEW won’t be something new. Can we see Hulk Hogan in AEW? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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