Hulk Hogan was terrified of facing WWE rival Andre The Giant.
The Hall of Famer’s battles with the late star – including their memorable WrestleMania III match with THAT bodyslam – are the stuff of legend, but it seems the Hulkster was feeling the heat stepping in the ring with the towering performer.
Speaking recently to WWE UK, he said: ‘I mean, I’ve had very exciting moments. I remember going into WrestleMania 1 with goosebumps not knowing what the heck was going on.
‘I remember being scared to death of Andre the Giant and being afraid of my own shadow not knowing if he was going to break me in half.
‘Then I remember wrestling the Rock and the fans were cheering. It’s kind of one of the crazy WrestleMania moments.’
Hogan – whose real name is Terry Bollea – has also weighed in on the impact of social media, and suggested it would have only helped the industry back in his prime.
He added: ‘Oh my gosh, I got a feeling we would have been selling tons and tons more merchandise I’m sure! Back in the day there were no cell phones, there was no internet, we didn’t even have camera phones to take the picture.
‘I know how my merchandise sold at the live venues and I know how the VHS tapes sold – The Best of Wrestling, Hulkamania, Hulkster – so if we would have had social media I think the numbers would have just blown through the roof as far as licensing and merchandising.
‘And, of course, the awareness. We would really have had a better handle on how big our fanbase was and how to service the international audience.’
Meanwhile, Hulk recently opened up about his ‘fear’ of staying ahead of this competition and remaining on top.
Asked whether this fear was ‘imposter syndrome’ where he didn’t feel worthy of his spot, or concern someone would do what he did better, he told ESPN: ‘Both, because I wasn’t the greatest wrestler.
‘I wasn’t a tough guy. I wasn’t one of these guys that, say, they’ve had 100 real fights and won every one of them.
‘That’s not me. I was worried that somebody was going to figure out what I did to stay ahead of the game, and there was also a part of me that was like, “I’m really not that good at what I’m doing.”
‘I only had so many moves. I didn’t want to have people see through my character and see through my gimmick and see that I’m not really good at what I do.’
Credit: Original article published here.