For the old-schoolers, this is one we recognize, but is it really the No. 1 entrance of all-time?
A part of the entrance, and what makes it memorable, is what was on the line. This match wasn't just for the World Championship, it was the ultimate possible clash of pro-wrestling with American culture.
You didn't need pyrotechnics or elaborate flips being performed for this one; just the simple anticipation from not just wrestling fans, but the boatload of "Hulkamaniacs" that Hogan had been able to collect over the years, were champing at the bit for this match like none other.
For those of you younger-gen fans who might be ready to write me a comment about how stupid this countdown is now, consider this...without this entrance, which set up the greatest match in history, that gained the most attention and outside money to establish the WWE before their financial crisis in 1997...without all of this, there is no John Cena, no CM Punk, no RVD and no Batista.
Yes, without the success Hulk Hogan had, more specifically without this match and entrance, the WWE as we know it, wouldn't be around, period. It's financially impossible.
What Hogan was able to do for wrestling has made it what it is today. This entrance, embodies everything that was successful during his time.
Over 90,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan watched as Hogan entered with unparalleled presence. Andre the Giant had not lost a match in 15 years, and the fans knew it.
What Hogan did on this day, wasn't just to provide the spectacle of show; he stunned the world by picking up Andre the Giant, and slamming him to the mat. You didn't need to be told wrestling was fake, or that it was just another match, not when Hogan had just achieved what the whole world didn't think was possible.
After the slam, Hogan finished The Giant off with his patented leg drop. Jesse "The Body" Ventura, who is calling the match ring-side, repeats "I don't believe it!"
With what was on the line, and with Hogan being at the height of the ultimate wrestling face gimmick in history, this entrance was a no-brainer for No. 1 all-time.