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In today’s column, we will be taking a look at the Top 10 Hulk Hogan Matches In ‘Mania History. In the early days of Wrestlemania, there was one superhero who dominated the show -- The Hulkster. We've weighted these by quality, importance and weight on the industry.
#10: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant ('Mania 4)
Although their first meeting is one of the most remembered matches in “Mania history, the rematch didn’t fare as well. The match kicked off the second round of the WWE Heavyweight Title Tournament and it would last a grand total of six minutes. The match ended by double DQ after a chair shot from Hogan to Andre, plus interference from Ted Dibiase and Virgil. Hogan and Andre would appear later in the event, as Hogan would help Randy Savage defeat Dibiase in the finals of the tournament to become the champion.
#9: Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs. Money Inc. (Ted Dibiase & IRS) (‘Mania 9)
Hogan would actually win the WWE Title in an impromptu match later in the show by defeating Yokozuna, but that match lasted all of a minute. Hulk competed for the WWE Tag Team Titles by teaming with Brutus Beefcake against Money Inc. This was another Hogan match to end via D,Q and it wasn’t much to write home about, but it was the only time Hogan challenged for the those titles at a ‘Mania. Incredibly enough, only one of the four men who competed in the match would be around a year later -- IRS.
#8: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy (‘Mania 2)
Not only was this the first WWE Title Match in ‘Mania history, but it was also the first Steel Cage Match in ‘Mania history. This was also the first and only ‘Mania is history to be held in three different states (New York, California & Illinois). The match was actually not too bad, which Hogan won after toppling the big man and escaping the cage. Bundy would wrestle against a team of little people a year later, while Hogan would fight in what may be the biggest ‘Mania main event of all time.
#7: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (‘Mania 7)
Sgt. Slaughter was an American hero turned Iraqi sympathizer and the culmination of his turn was a battle against Hogan at ‘Mania 7. The match was received so poorly that the show was moved from the Los Angeles Coliseum to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena due to low ticket sales. Hogan walked away the winner and the new WWE Champion after he nailed Slaughter with his patented leg drop to get the pin. Hogan had two more ‘Mania appearances ahead of him before taking an extended break, while Slaughter would return to his patriotic self
#6: Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon (“Mania 19)
Two of the world's most important wrestling figures would finally clash at ‘Mania 19 in a match that was far better than it had any right to be. The fact that it was a Street Fight and the plunder was aplenty, plus a surprise appearance by Roddy Piper made it all an amazing spectacle. Hogan would eventually defeat McMahon by using his patented leg drop, it would be the final time Hogan competed at ‘Mania. Hogan would return one more time to confront Muhammad Hassan at WWE Wrestlemania 21, but his final match at ‘Mania is one to remember.