Hulk Hogan is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in professional wrestling, whose influence runs deep even now. His character saw a lot of stories that fans still remember fondly to this day. Hogan also thought his Mr. America gimmick would get years in WWE.
Hulk Hogan has two WWE Hall of Fame rings, as a singles star and a member of the nWo. Hogan’s most well-known personas in history include his red-and-yellow Hulkamania character and the “Hollywood” persona he sported when affiliated with the nWo. Hogan did attempt an entirely new character, Mr. America, at one time in 2003, but that gimmick doesn’t have a ring.
Hulk Hogan recently appeared on Ringside Collectibles’ YouTube channel. He discussed his hopes for the Mr. America gimmick and the reasons he thinks they failed to materialize. Hogan thought it would be like the Midnight Rider angle that Dusty Rhodes did in Florida, where the gimmick had some legs to it.
I thought that Mr. America was going to kind of do like, the Midnight Rider thing that Dusty Rhodes did in Florida, be around for two, three years, mess up all the main events, When I got there, we had a six-man tag and of course, I thought Mr. America was going to rock on and be a huge angle, and they said, ‘Hey, brother, you’re doing the job tonight.’ And I went, ‘Hmm, I guess this isn’t going very far’ … I just figured they didn’t like the gimmick, so, at the end of the match, I kind of pulled the mask up if you guys remembered and showed everybody it was me.
Hulk Hogan competed as Mr. America in just three matches. He debuted that gimmick in 2003 at the Judgment Day pay-per-view, where he defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Hogan suffered defeats in the next two matches while wearing the mask. Obviously, this is an angle in WWE history that fans haven’t forgotten about.
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