Stranger Things Runs Wild With Hulk Hogan in Latest Episode

Published 07/02/2022, 11:00 AM EDT

Even after over a decade of retirement, Hulk Hogan is still running wild everywhere. Whenever Hogan returns to WWE, there is a sentiment of joy all around the arena among the fans. The Hulkster had a huge fan following back in the 80s.

Hogan was the ultimate baby face, not just in America, but all over the world. Furthermore, his popularity helped WWE gain more recognition internationally in the 80s. We saw Hogan’s popularity in the recent Netflix series Stranger Things.


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Yesterday, Netflix dropped the last two episodes of the series Stranger Things season 4. We saw a five seconds moment when The Hulkamania ran wild in the last episode. There was a scene where Joyce Byers played by actress Winona Ryder holds a t-shirt of Hulk Hogan.

The Netflix hit series is based in the 1980s in Hawkins, Indiana, a group of young friends witnessed supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.

Season three of the series ended with Jim Hopper played by actor David Harbour getting arrested by the Russian army. In the latest season, Joyce goes to save Hopper with Murray Bauman, where they meet a Russian Smuggler Yuri Izmailov, who smuggles American goods to Russia. The Hulk Hogan t-shirts are also a part of the smuggled goods which are later found by Hopper and Joyce.

However, this was not the only time we saw Hulk Hogan’s 80s t-shirt in the episode. We saw the t-shirt again when Joyce, Hopper, and Murray go to the Russian prison. While putting being chased by a Demogorgon, we can see a clear picture of ‘The Hulkster’s’ print on the t-shirt holding the WWE Championship.

The Netflix series Stranger Things is a fictional story, but the makers have kept the 80s elements as they are. Nevertheless, it is safe to say Hulk Hogan was popular beyond the American border, as the t-shirt is brought to Russia, where the characters find it.

The Iron Sheik takes a dig at Hulk Hogan again

Speaking of the 80s, The Iron Sheik is partly responsible for the start of the Hulkamania. Since losing his title to Hulk Hogan, Sheik has always been vocal with taking shots at The Hulkster. The Iranian wrestler has also come forward to talk about it since he joined Twitter.


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Recently, Sheik replied to a post of Bovada on Twitter. Bovada had tweeted, “What’s the best sports hype song?”. The former WWE Champion replied to the tweet saying, “WHEN 2 BECOME 1 BY SPICE GIRLS MAKE ME PUMP UP TO BEAT THE F**K OF HULK HOGAN.”


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The Iron Sheik lost his WWE title to Hulk Hogan on 23rd January 1984 at Madison Square Garden. Sheik was the heel at the time and had generated massive heat from the audience. Meanwhile, Hogan was the ultimate baby face. Vince McMahon had always visioned Hogan as the great baby face for the company.

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Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.

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