Last Friday, I had the chance to fulfill a life’s dream and interview Hulk Hogan.
For those of you that know me, you know that I have been chasing an interview with Hulk Hogan for nearly half my life. In 1990 when I was 10 years old, I saw Hogan wrestle the late Ultimate Warrior at the SkyDome at Wrestlemania 6 with my dad. In 2002, I purchased a ringside seat for Wrestlemania 18, painted my body half red and half yellow and held a Hogan Is God sign for the entire four-hour PPV (which you can see if you rent the DVD). In journalism school, when I was asked to list the three people that I wanted to interview the most, I wrote down “Hulk Hogan, Hulk Hogan, Hulk Hogan” as my answer.
Last year, I talked to Hogan over the phone prior to the Expo but still missed the thrill of interviewing him on-camera.
This year, that changed.
After his autograph signing on Friday, I had the chance to catch up with Hogan and the interview is not only the highlight of this year’s Fan Expo for me, but definitely the single most important moment of my career.
We chatted about a variety of topics including how much conducting the interview meant to me and what it felt like for the Hulkster to be back in Toronto, the site of so many of his greatest moments. I also asked Hogan to talk about the state of the WWE currently and to specifically comment on John Cena (the former WWE champion who has raised the ire of so many wrestling fans around the world). In addition to teasing that he is training to come back for one more match, the wrestling icon also answered my question about whether he prefers playing a babyface to being a heel. Finally, the man with the 24 inch pythons showed me how to flex like him.
I can tell you with certainly that out of all of the interviews I have done over the past 17 years, this is the one that means the most.
Check out the video above!
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