Hulk Hogan Takes Over MSG
On February 27, 2015, WWE officially honored and retired pro wrestling icon Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden. It was one of the most epic and emotional evenings ever that was packed with excitement. Wrestling fans that have been following the WWE since the Golden Age Era (1980s wrestling boom) showed Hulk Hogan so much love. They all remember the legendary Hulk Hogan highlights from WrestleMania, Saturday Night’s Main Event, Royal Rumble, and world championship victories that made them proud to be WWE fans.
As lifelong wrestling fans know, some of Hulk Hogan’s epic wrestling matches took place at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”. The venue was the birthplace of Hulkamania when Hulk Hogan won his first WWF Championship from The Iron Sheik on January 23, 1984. In the inaugural WrestleMania, he and fellow 1980s pop culture icon Mr. T defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndoff that had boxing great Muhammad Ali as the special guest referee, and at SummerSlam 88, Hulk Hogan and then WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage (The Mega Powers) conquered their long-time rivals, The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant).
To celebrate “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night, the WWE put on a special house show for the legendary wrestler. A video tribute to him showed some of his greatest moments in the ring. Madison Square Garden officials unveiled a painting and championship banner dedicated to Hogan, who at 61, has wrestled to sellout crowds at Madison Square Garden numerous times in his professional career. The banner, which was presented by “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Jimmy Hart, Kevin Nash and Triple H read, “Immortal, Hulk Hogan, NYC, Over 30 Years, Hulkamania,” below. It will hang permanently alongside the retired jerseys and championship banners of the New York Rangers and New York Knicks.
Madison Square Garden posted this message on their official Facebook page, “History was made at #MSG tonight as The Immortal Hulk Hogan was honored at the World’s Most Famous Arena with the banner raising celebrating 30 years of Hulkamania and one of the greatest champions ever to walk into MSG.”
By Shamarie, 2nd Mar 2015