August 11 is an important day in professional wrestling history. No, it’s not Bret Hart’s birthday again. It is the birthday of another legend: Hulk Hogan. While he might not be the most technically proficient wrestler ever, he is most certainly one of the most recognizable wrestlers – if not the most recognizable wrestlers – of all time. Not only does he have a signature look (blonde handlebar mustache or blonde handlebar mustache with 5 o’clock shadow), but he also has a signature dance move, the cupping the hand to the ear thing. It was even utilized on the NBC comedy “Go On.” Sports Talk Show Radio Host Ryan King – played by Matthew Perry – “borrows” the radio station’s mascot and puts on an impromptu dance performance.
Not only is “the Hogan” a move that he brought to the mainstream, it’s also the highlight of the entire routine! You have to end with the Hogan; it leads right into the poses:
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The mustache, “The Hogan” and the pose-down are some of the essentials to any Hulk Hogan tribute. Drop a few “brothers” and “dudes” in your speech, toss on some red and yellow clothes that you will tear through with your bare hands and, when it comes crashing down, you’re a bonafide Hulkamaniac! Who knows, you might even get to meet Cyndi Lauper one day. As a cornerstone in the Rock n’ Wrestling connection, Lauper undoubtedly spent some time around Hogan, saying prayers and taking vitamins. VH1‘s Big Morning Buzz Live, no strangers to wrestling, staged a reunion between the two 80’s iconic characters.
Well, a reunion of sorts. Although Hogan has appeared on Big Morning Buzz Live before, he must have been unavailable. Luckily, Host Carrie Keagan has mini-Hulk ready to go at all times. He keeps a rip-able yellow tank top in his fanny pack just for the occasion. Mini or Mascot-ed, the power of Hulkamania shines through.