More of a force of nature than a tangible object. Hulkamania began in the early 1980's when relative newcomer to the World Wrestling Federation, Hulk Hogan, defeated the Iron Sheik for the WWF (now WWE; the "E" stands for "Entertainment") World Heavyweight Championship. Since the Iron Sheik was hated for being "Iranian" (the United States had their problems with Iran at this time, and making wrestlers into the nationalities that Americans hated was the style at the time; however some weren't even of the nationality they were labeled as), Hogan's defeat of the Iron Sheik begun a new era in the WWF, the era of Hulkamania.
Hulk Hogan's immense popularity and limitless fan base (called Hulkamaniacs) turned the heads of Mankind, opening their eyes to liking professional wrestling again.
Over 20 years old, Hulkamania is still running wild today, and may only die when The Hulkster himself does... But even then, who knows?
There was this guy who used to go to all of Hulk Hogans matches, no matter where he went. He even dressed like Hulk Hogan! This guy, whose name I don't know, HE'S the ultimate Hulkamaniac (not to be mistaken for Dave Sullivan).
October 26, 2004