5 Times stars took real-life shots at Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan divides opinion among past and present WWE Superstars. While some remain fans of The Hulkster due to his in-ring accomplishments, others have openly criticized the two-time Hall of Famer.

In 2015, WWE released Hogan after an audio clip from 2007 emerged of him using racist language. He was immediately removed from the Hall of Fame before being reinstated in 2018.

Before the leaked audio came to light, Hogan already had a polarizing reputation in the wrestling business. Granted, the WWE icon will forever be known as one of wrestling’s biggest attractions, but his on-screen popularity did not necessarily make him popular backstage.

In this listicle, let’s count down five times that people took shots at Hogan in real life.


#5 Bret Hart took several shots at Hulk Hogan

 

The inspiration for this article comes from Bret Hart’s repeated digs at Hulk Hogan over the last few years.

In 1993, Vince McMahon originally wanted Hart to recapture the WWE Championship shortly after Hogan’s impromptu title win over Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX. But, according to The Hitman, the match never happened due to Hogan’s flat-out refusal to lose against him.

Hart is widely regarded as one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time. Speaking to the Calgary Sun in December 2021, he gave a scathing assessment of Hogan’s in-ring ability:

“I think if you look back at wrestling when it was the Hulk Hogan show, he was six-foot-eight and a one-out-of-three wrestler. He didn’t know a headlock from a headlamp. He didn’t know very much. He knew how to do a clothesline and maybe a body slam. He was very limited,” said Bret Hart.

 

The five-time WWE Champion also criticized Hogan during an interview with Barstool Rasslin’s Brandon Walker in June 2021. He claimed his fellow two-time WWE Hall of Famer “never did anything for anybody” in wrestling except for himself.

#4 The Godfather took a shot at Hulk Hogan

 

Charles Wright (a.k.a. The Godfather) has made it clear that he did not enjoy working with Hulk Hogan during their WWE days.

Wright’s Papa Shango character was briefly involved in a WWE storyline with Hogan at WrestleMania VIII in 1992. The event ended with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior standing tall after Papa Shango and Sid Justice tried to double-team The Hulkster.

Nearly three decades later, Wright said on the Midnight Hustle Podcast that he did not care about his WrestleMania VIII main-event moment. He also found it difficult to say anything nice about Hogan:

“I was going through a bad divorce at that time, so Hogan, Warrior, Sid… that s*** didn’t mean anything to me. I mean, nothing. I didn’t care about Hogan, bro. He wasn’t no friend of mine. Still isn’t, you know. It doesn’t even matter, doesn’t even matter. He’s not the good guy people think he is, and I’ll let it go at that,” stated Charles Wright.

Charles Wright (a.k.a. The Godfather) has made it clear that he did not enjoy working with Hulk Hogan during their WWE days.

Wright’s Papa Shango character was briefly involved in a WWE storyline with Hogan at WrestleMania VIII in 1992. The event ended with Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior standing tall after Papa Shango and Sid Justice tried to double-team The Hulkster.

Nearly three decades later, Wright said on the Midnight Hustle Podcast that he did not care about his WrestleMania VIII main-event moment. He also found it difficult to say anything nice about Hogan:

“I was going through a bad divorce at that time, so Hogan, Warrior, Sid… that s*** didn’t mean anything to me. I mean, nothing. I didn’t care about Hogan, bro. He wasn’t no friend of mine. Still isn’t, you know. It doesn’t even matter, doesn’t even matter. He’s not the good guy people think he is, and I’ll let it go at that,” stated Charles Wright.

In May 2021, Wright also spoke about Hogan during an interview with WSI’s James Romero. He said the likes of The Rock and Steve Austin were “a lot nicer people” than the two-time Royal Rumble winner.

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