Hulk Hogan carried the banner for WWE during the 80s and early 90s. However, during the early 90s, it was clear that some of the shine had worn off of Hulkamania.
Hogan himself recently opened up about why no one ran with the torch until the late 90s. In short, he thinks no one was ready. At least not at the level of people like John Cena, Steve Austin and The Rock. Here is the quote from Hogan’s interview with NXT UK, courtesy of Inside the Ropes:
“It took time to pass that torch, which should have been passed at the end of the ’80s. I mean we tried with a couple of guys, putting the belts on them and stuff, but they weren’t ready to run. They weren’t ready like John Cena, they weren’t ready like The Rock, they weren’t ready like Stone Cold. So it’s very, very important that the torch is passed in the correct way and the guys that have all this experience don’t just walk away. They stay there long enough to build the storylines, build the talent, and then pass the torch in the correct way. It’s very, very important.”
While it is true that people like The Ultimate Warrior and Lex Luger were ultimately not the right choices to carry the WWE torch, Hulk Hogan did have a hand in staying around as long as possible as well.
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