When Hulk Hogan would come out to his NWO theme music in WCW, there was a voice-over added to the intro. It would blare out: "The biggest icon in professional wrestling."
It was true to the last syllable.
Hulk Hogan is a man who transcended championships and promotions. Hulk Hogan, with a mere drop of his leg, could set the entire world on fire and kick off an era that spawned the likes of the New World Order, Degeneration-X, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Goldberg.
Hogan could slam a giant, and start a global blaze of yellow and red fever that would define the "Golden Era" of professional wrestling.
Quite simply, Hogan was the Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan of professional wrestling, combined. (But with none of the athleticism.)
It's only natural that when your legacy holds that much clout and your name contains so much power, that you would develop an ego.
It's that ego that has kept Hogan holding on to the idea that he is still the same man from the days of Hulkamania and The New World Order.
Hulk now finds himself in the fold of TNA. Toiling away to try and build the company up with old friend Eric Bischoff and President, Dixie Carter. Hogan continues to make himself the key focal point of the show, when it's just a plain fact that he is no longer a draw in 2011. TNA only gets low 1.0's in the ratings.
Currently, TNA is working towards rekindling the in-ring rivalry between Hogan and Sting.
But Hogan can barely move, let alone wrestle, due to severe back problems from years of taking bumps and working out with heavy weights. ("Heavy weights" in the previous sentence is a synonym for "Steroids".)
Not only is Hulk's professional life in TNA a problem, but his personal life is no picnic, either.
Hogan created the show "Hogan Knows Best" where the world was allowed to see the private life of Hulk Hogan and his family. It was bizarre to say the least, but popular. Though, the show was cancelled because of personal problems in Hogan's family.
Hulk divorced from his long time wife Linda Hogan in 2007, after stories emerged that he had an affair with his daughter's close friend who was 21 years his junior. His wife left him for their son's 19-year-old friend. Hogan admitted at the time that he had considered committing suicide. However, Hulk himself moved on and eventually married his current wife, Jennifer McDaniel.
The relationship is still ugly with his ex-wife, as she recently suggested that Hogan was gay and had a sexual relationship with friend, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
There have also been some bizarre instances with his daughter, Brooke. Such as Hogan casually exposing his genitalia to a camera while she stood next to him and he, personally, unveiling her nude PETA photo spread. Events like that have led to some lurid gossip on the web, to say the least.
It's been a wild and rocky ride both professionally and personally for Hulk in recent years. And that ride has been on a downward trajectory for a while now.
TNA is suffering from his presence, his family was broken apart, his son was nearly killed in an auto-accident, his relationship with Vince McMahon and the WWE would be described as "ice cold" at best, "Hogan Knows Best" and "Brooke Knows Best" were both cancelled.
The man who once ruled the world of professional wrestling is now a diminished older talent, consuming the mild spotlight that shines at TNA to the detriment of the young, cutting edge wrestlers that TNA possesses. The man who could chop a mountain down with the edge of his hand, now struggles to execute a believable chair shot.
But, on the bright side, he's still got $30 million in the bank with more coming in.
So, he has a big pile of money to soften that fall from the meteoric heights he used to reside in not all that long ago.