Wrestling star Hulk Hogan is absolutely infamous – and for good reason. Over the years, he’s racked up a number of controversies. There have been steroids, there have been sex tapes… and there was one incident so serious that he was fired from the WWE. So it probably goes without saying that he’s got a few enemies.
20. The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior, a.k.a. James Hellwig, wasn’t a fan of Hulk Hogan throughout his life. The two sniped on social media and in interviews, and in 2011 Warrior posted a series of rants about Hogan to his YouTube channel. Unfortunately, a few years later, in April 2014 Warrior unexpectedly passed away at the age of 54.
Even after that, though, there was bad blood. Hogan claimed that the feud had been put to rest before Warrior’s death, but his widow Dana thought differently. She released a statement claiming that Hogan had been the only person in the WWE not to offer her family condolences and telling him not to mention Warrior again.
19. Ole Anderson
Hulk Hogan may be pretty unpopular with his fellow wrestlers, but one-time member of the Four Horsemen Ole Anderson is too. Many people in the industry appear to thoroughly dislike him, and apparently the feeling is mutual. Anderson has slammed Hogan in interviews, insulting his wrestling skills, his popularity and even his fans.
In an interview he gave to WorldWrestlingInsanity.com’s Radio Free Insanity in 2007, Anderson remembered the first time he encountered a young Hulk Hogan. He said, “I got rid of him. He wasn’t worth a s**t! And today, he’s still not worth a s**t unless you call cupping your ear good wrestling.”
18. Bret Hart
Bret “The Hitman” Hart is definitely not a fan of Hogan. In a 2015 interview with the Sportsvisions TV show he said, “I wish guys like Hulk Hogan might’ve had the courage to get in the ring with me, because I maybe could’ve given him his best match that he ever had.” Hogan had actually fought him before, however.
That’s far from the worst thing Hart has said about Hogan, though. In March 2020 the 62-year-old wrestler did a question and answer session on Instagram Live, and one fan asked him what he thought of his fellow WWE star. Hart said, “Do I like Hulk Hogan? No I don’t, I think he’s a phony piece of s**t.” So that’s that.
17. Sid Vicious
When Sid got into the wrestling game he was advertised as the next Hulk Hogan, but it didn’t really work out. Now he and the real Hogan don’t seem to exactly have a great relationship. In 2018 Vicious said in an interview that he’d left the WWF partly because of the issues he had had with Hogan.
Speaking to Sean Mooney at WrestlingInc.com, Vicious remembered a time when the fans had booed Hogan and he had gotten angry. He said, “We get back to the dressing room and Hogan is screaming and acting like a woman! And he’s screaming at Vince [McMahon], ‘He set this up! He made this happen.’” So after that, Vicious left.
16. Shawn Michaels
In 2005 Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan fought each other at SummerSlam. It was the first time they’d ever done this, so it was much anticipated. But things spiraled out of control. Before the match, Michaels went on Larry’s King show and mocked Hogan while dressed as him, which led to outrage among fans.
The match itself ended with Hogan winning, and the two rivals shook hands. Years later, during a question and answer session in Manchester, Michaels admitted, “We were going to do a best of three, and in the last minute, [Hogan] backed out. So that day, and I will admit this… I poked the bear all day.”
15. Jim Cornette
In 2015, while in the midst of a libel case against the website Gawker, Hogan found himself outright fired from WWE after a tape emerged of him using the n-word. On the audio he was heard talking about his daughter Brooke dating a “black guy’s son,” said the slur and also said “I’m a racist to a point.” Needless to say, a lot of people were angry.
One of these was Jim Cornette, the famous wrestling booker and manager. On an August 2015 episode of his show The Jim Cornette Experience, he defended the man whom Hogan had been talking about on the tape and added, “At this point, I think [Hogan’s] f*****g nuts… Who made Hulk Hogan so mad?”
14. Bob Backlund
In 2015 Hall of Fame wrestling legend Bob Backlund spoke to the website Inquisitr about Hulk Hogan, and he pulled no punches when discussing him. He said, “Hulk Hogan told your children not to take drugs and cocaine and eat your vitamins and minerals. He talked the talk, but he didn’t walk the walk.”
In fact, Hogan admitted in 2009 to years if not decades of steroid use. Backlund continued in his interview, “We don’t hate Hulk Hogan; we didn’t like what he did, what he did to improve. He cheated in life and took drugs to get ahead, and it’s not that you hate a person; you just don’t like the things he did.”
13. Smith Hart
In 2015 Smith Hart wrote an article for PWMania.com titled “Top 10 Worst Authorities & Executives In Wrestling History.” And Hulk Hogan was one of the people whom he named. Hart said of him, “As a talent he is one of the greatest ambassadors of our business. But there is a darker, shadier side to the immortal one.”
Hart continued, “His greed and unwillingness to do business properly lead to a talent deficit in the early ’90s WWF. His politics and greed within WCW helped contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars lost on a company that was at one point considered unsinkable, and those losses no doubt contributed to the sale and unemployment of hundreds of WCW employees.” Ouch.
12. Jesse Ventura
The Ventura-Hogan feud stems from a time that Jesse Ventura tried to form a union before WrestleMania II took place. Vince McMahon found out about the plans and later on he claimed that Hogan had been the one to tell him. Ventura felt betrayed and furious, as he informed The Steve Austin Show in 2016.
Ventura said on the show, “It was like someone punched me in the face. This was my friend, and I thought, ‘Hogan betrayed me? Hogan called Vince and ratted me [out], was an office stooge?’ In my day, that’s what they were called. That was a lowlife, somebody who reports to the office in the old days.” However, Hogan himself has disputed that story.
11. Iron Sheik
Iron Sheik has spoken about Hulk Hogan a lot, usually using a lot of profanities. That should tell you what the relationship between them is like. When Hogan’s racism scandal hit the headlines, Iron Sheik posted a lot of very NSFW tweets about him. And when Hogan was reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, Sheik tweeted that he was a “f***ing dumb son of a b***h.”
Sheik’s massive dislike for Hogan even apparently extends to people who might play him on television. When Chris Hemsworth was cast as Hogan for a Netflix film, Sheik went back to Twitter and said to Hemsworth, among other things, “I swear to Jesus I suplex you when I see you.”
10. The Honky Tonk Man
In 2011 a message appeared on the official Honky Tonk Man website that absolutely slammed Hulk Hogan. It called him among other things “an old crippled dogs**t of a man.” It seemed that the beef between them stemmed partly from an incident where Hogan hired the Honky Tonk Man for the Hogan & Friends Tour and then fired him.
However, Honky Tonk Man may like Hogan’s ability to bring in money at least. In 2013 he told Ring Rust Radio, “You asked who did I like wrestling the most, well, that’s one answer: Hulk Hogan. Believe me, brother, when you’re getting that leg dropped on you, and you’re making $10,000 to take that leg drop every day for nine shows a week, that’s 90 grand. Believe me. I loved that leg drop.”
9. CM Punk
CM Punk never liked Hulk Hogan. In 2009 he appeared on the B.J. Shea Morning Experience radio program and said, “I have zero faith in Hulk Hogan… For a guy I’ve never met, I’ve formulated enough opinions about him just from being around him and like his business acumen and stuff like that… He’s in this for himself.”
Eventually though, CM Punk did meet Hogan… and that only lowered his opinion. In November 2019 the wrestler did an interview for Windy City Live and said his favorite wrestler was Rowdy Roddy Piper, not Hogan. He declared, “I wasn’t a Hogan guy. I’ve met him and like him even less now. F**k him!”
8. Steve Austin
Hulk Hogan was not polite about “Stone Cold” Steve Austin back in November 2014. When he talked to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area that year, he called Austin “that coward that’s hiding under the weeds,” and talked about how much fun he would have beating him up. Austin appeared to laugh this off, however.
In 2017 Austin told the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, “Me and Terry [Hogan’s real name] don’t trade phone calls. We’re not the best of friends. We’re not enemies. People say what they want to say or try to stir up animosity. I don’t hold anything against the guy… He does what he does and I think it is what it is. That’s all I can say.”
Clown-themed WWE wrestler Doink, who passed away in June 2013, had a few choice things to say about Hogan in a 2012 episode of Inside the Ropes. He minced no words as he said, “Hulk Hogan has never been a man. Hulk Hogan’s a big a** p**y. I don’t care if you call and tell him I said that.”
Doink the Clown – real name Matt Borne – wasn’t remotely finished there. He went on, “[Hogan] was an arrogant f**k. I still think he is. I look at him and laugh because I know him for who he truly is. I don’t like him. I really find it hard to even like him as a person. He’s a phony inside and out.”
6. Ric Flair
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, despite (or perhaps because of) being rather similar characters by all accounts, couldn’t agree on the terms for a Wrestlemania match back in the early ’90s, and they lost out on a ton of money. This also happened to be around the time the steroid scandal broke. For a while, they reportedly didn’t like each other much.
Flair openly insulted Hogan for a while, but both of them seemed to mellow out in later years. In 2019 Flair talked to the celebrity gossip website TMZ after undergoing surgery to insert a pacemaker, and he said, “Tell Hulkamania that I’m in town, and we’re not drinking, we’re fighting!” That’s just what wrestling is like…
5. Vince Russo
Vince Russo and Hulk Hogan had a terrible relationship when both were in WCW. Russo convinced Hogan to do a fight without informing him that he’d be torn to pieces by the promo afterwards. In the promo, Russo called Hogan a “piece of s**t” and a “bald son of a b***h” so Hogan sued both Russo and the WCW.
At the Court of Appeals in 2005, Hogan said, “The difference in that negative speech as compared in any other negative speech that’s been said about me is it’s the first time anyone has ever given a negative speech without running it by me and consulting with me and all of us agreeing on it that were involved.” According to Russo, though, their relationship is okay now.
4. Scott Steiner
Things between Scott Steiner and Hulk Hogan were once so bad that the police got involved. TMZ broke the news about it in 2015. The gossip website alleged that when Hogan’s wife Jennifer McDaniel was at a San Jose airport, Steiner grabbed her and told her he was going to kill her husband. When McDaniel told Hogan, he called the police.
Steiner denies most of this, though. While promoting Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV in 2017, he said that although he had talked to McDaniel, he hadn’t grabbed her or threatened Hogan. According to him, “Hogan shows what a coward he really is. Lucky it happened at an airport where it had all the cameras, so, you know, it was easy to prove my innocence.”
3. Vince McMahon
The story of Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon is legendary. Although both of them contributed hugely to the other’s success, they’ve had their ups and downs to say the least. It all started when Hogan left the WWE to join World Championship Wrestling instead. McMahon released a few videos insulting him at the time.
Apparently though, McMahon actually took Hogan’s departure very personally. In 2019 WWE producer Bruce Prichard said on his Something to Wrestle podcast that, “He was hurt, and he was hurt not just from a business standpoint, he was hurt from a personal standpoint because through those building years, there were no two closer people in the business than Vince and Hulk.”
2. Mark Henry
In 2018 the WWE reinstated Hulk Hogan after previously firing him for using the n-word. Black wrestler Mark Henry spoke to the website TMZ Sports about it, saying “It’s 50-50. I’ve talked to guys that were like, ‘Man, the hell with him.’” He added, “I do feel like he genuinely wants to clear his name.”
Henry was harsher in a November 2018 interview with Heavy.com. He said, “To start, [Hogan] needs to go to some of these black universities, to these law students and let them grill him and own it and apologize. Not because you got caught, but apologize because you honestly feel remorse… It’s up to him. It’s not up to me.”
1. Randy Savage
The dislike between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage went down in wrestling history as the backstage drama spilled over. Savage apparently blamed Hogan for the breakdown of his marriage and claimed he was having an affair with his wife. He even wrote a rap album, Be A Man, on which he slammed Hogan.
Savage died of a heart attack in 2011. Hogan has said since that he and Savage had finally buried the hatchet before that happened, but not according to Matt Borne a.k.a. Doink the Clown. Borne said on Inside the Ropes in 2012, “When [Hogan] said that him and Randy had made up, after Randy had died, well that’s bulls**t. Randy hated Hogan.”