Madison Square Garden in New York is the perfect venue to have this iconic match up because MSG is where so many timeless WWE moments were made. Hogan was WWF's top dog during the 1980s while Sammartino was the face of the company in the 1960s and early 1970s.
To give you an idea how dominant Sammartino was, he had two WWWF title reigns lasting a combined total of eight years. Eight years! Eight months is considered an extremely long reign today.
The ever-reliable Wikipedia told me they have never wrestled against each other. Sammartino was supposed to wrestle Hogan in Wheeling, W.Va., in February 1980.
Unfortunately, Hogan pulled out due to injury. Sammartino's final match in the WWF was a tag team match with Hulk Hogan against King Kong Bundy and One Man Gang.
The fans would be cruelly divided between two fan favorites from different eras. Hogan's star power along with Vince McMahon's vision demolished the territorial wrestling system.
Sammartino appealed to a large group of Italian-Americans living in New York. This match would be a classic throwback to the days of yesteryear.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan call the action here. They witness the leg drop and a win for the man wearing red and yellow.
Winner: Hulk Hogan
Ideal time when this would happen: 1980