Friday, January 23, 2009

Anniversary: Hulkamania

On this day in 1984, Hulk Hogan won his first WWF Championship. Hogan escaped the Iron Sheik's inescapable camel clutch hold and pinned the Sheik in Madison Square Garden, ushering in a golden age of professional wrestling that produced a billion dollar industry and unique American institution, millions of Hulkamaniacs, one Minnesota governor, John Stossel getting slapped across the face, an epidemic of young wrestler deaths and the Oscar-nominated resurrection of Mickey Rourke. The Hulkster versus Andre the Giant is below, with the call from Gorilla Monsoon and future Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Say your prayers, Eat your vitamins!