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ProWrestling.net is reporting that TNA plans to make a major announcement this Monday during a press conference at The Impact Zone at 2:30pm EST. Although it has not been confirmed what TNA will be announcing, it might be that the company plans to move Impact to Monday nights as early as March 1st. Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter will be making the announcement.



What's up wrestling fans? With news that have decided to pack their bags and head for Orlando, having Wrestling, I thought now might be a good time to compile a list of the top 10 highlights in the career of the legendary Hulk Hogan. While Hogan is arguably the biggest name to ever come out of the pro wrestling industry, and his career highlights have been numerous, I feel this list features the top 10 moments in his career that have defined him as a wrestler and have made him who he is (in the ring) today.

With that said, let's take a look at number 10....


10. Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant at Shea Stadium in 1980

In what was arguably his very first high profile pro wrestling feud, Hulk Hogan battled Andre The Giant at Shea Stadium in August of 1980. The match was sanctioned by WWF, which was owned at the time by Vince J. McMahon, the father of the now WWE Chairman Vince K. McMahon.
 

9. Hulkamania is Born: Hogan vs The Iron Sheik
On January 23rd, 1984, Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik to win his first WWF Championship. Following the match, commentator Gorilla Monsoon announced that "Hulkamania is here!" This lead to Hulk referring to his fans as "Hulkamaniacs" and Hulkamania was officially born.

8. Hulk Hogan Stars as "Thunderlips" in Rocky 3
In 1982, Hulk Hogan was featured in the third installment of the "Rocky" series when he played Thunderlips in Rocky III. The film not only was a success in itself, but it introduced Hogan to a more mainstream audience outside of the pro wrestling world and helped him become the household name that he is today.

7. Hulk Hogan Appears in the Main Event of The First Wrestlemania
Hulk Hogan made history when he main evented the first WWF Wrestlemania event. It was held on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The main event was a tag-team match between the WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, accompanied Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka against the team of Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff, who were accompanied by Cowboy Bob Orton. The financial and critical success of the event secured WWF as the most successful promotion in the US, rising above competitors such as the NWA and the AWA.

6. Hulk Hogan Forms The Mega Powers With Macho Man Randy Savage
In 1989, Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage joined forces to create a short lived, yet high profile tag team known as The Mega Powers. The two headlined the main event of the first ever WWF SummerSlam where they defeated Ted DiBiase and Andre The Giant who were known as The Mega Bucks.

5. Hulk Hogan Wins His First WCW Heavyweight Championship

After joining World Championship Wrestling in 1994, Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his debut match with the company, defeating Ric Flair in a 'dream' match at WCW's Bash at the Beach PPV.

4. Hulk Hogan vs The Rock at Wrestlemania 18
At WrestleMania 18, the world of old and the world of new officially went to battle when Hulk Hogan wrestled The Rock in one of the most legendary "dream matches" of the modern wrestling era. Hogan, wrestling as Hollywood Hogan, was defeated by The Rock, however the reaction of the crowd towards Hogan almost instantly turned Hogan face.

3. Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6
On April 1st, 1990, then WWF Champion Hulk Hogan wrestled then WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6, which was the first Wrestlemania event ever to be held outside of The United States. The match, which saw The Ultimate Warrior pin Hogan to become both Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion, is regarded as one of the best main events in the history of WrestleMania.

2. Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania 3: The Slam Heard 'Round The World
In what some might consider to be the number one moment in the career of Hulk Hogan, I have selected it as my number 2 choice, Hulk Hogan wrestled Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania 3 and delivered what is commonly referred to today as the most memorable body slam in the history of pro wrestling

. This match, along with the body slam, catapulted Hulk Hogan's career into super stardom.

Before I reveal my number one pick, let's take a look at some honorable mentions in the career of Hulk Hogan:

1. Hogan vs Sting at WCW's Starrcade.

2. Hogan becomes the first International wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) tournament winner in New Japan Pro Wrestling, defeating Japanese wrestling icon Antonio Inoki.

3. Hogan wins his first pro wrestling championship, the NWA Southeast Championship, when he defeats Ox Baker.

4. Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs Zeus and The Macho Man Randy Savage at SummerSlam in 1989.

And now, my pick as the number one moment in the career of Hulk Hogan is....


1. Hulk Hogan is Revealed as The Third Man
In what has to be considered the greatest heel turn of all time, Hulk Hogan was revealed as the third man at WCW's Bash at the Beach in 1996 and created the infamous faction known as The New World Order, which birthed his new name, Hollywood Hogan. I debated for a long time whether this or the Andre slam should be number one, but after a few days I decided this has to be the number one moment in Hogan's career. I know many of you will disagree, and I've made room in my email Inbox for the onslaught, but overall I put this as number one because of the sheer magnitude it had on the legacy known as "Hulkamania." The effects of Hogan's heel turn were so remarkable, that the energy of the turn is something wrestling promotions have been trying to recreate for years.



Breaking News:Former WWE Star Andrew "Test" Martin Found Dead! Details on the sudden, tragic death of former WWE and TNA star Andrew "Test" Martin. by Wz Bill Behrens Mar 14, 2009 I woke up this morning to discover that both Dave Meltzer and PWinsider. com's Mike Johnson, among others, are reporting that Andrew "Test" Martin was found dead in his apartment in Tampa. Martin was 33 years old and only 4 days away from his 34th birthday. This comes as quite a shock. I had spoken to Andrew within the last few weeks as he had called saying he really want to get out more on the Indies and was willing to work with promoters on his price. I regret I had not spoken with him since. The Tampa Police Department Issued the following: At approximately 8:00pm on Friday, March 13, 2009, Tampa Police Officers responded to the Post Harbour Apartments, located at 725 Harbour Place Drive to check on the welfare of Mr. Andrew J. Martin. A neighbor reported that she could see into his apartment through a window and that Mr. Martin appeared motionless for several hours. Officers entered the apartment and discovered Mr. Martin to be deceased. At this time there is no indication of foul play. The deceased was transported to the Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The date of the autopsy is undetermined at this time. The next of kin has been notified of the death. Andrew "Test" Martin is a former wrestling champion with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Lieutenant William Ferguson Tampa Police Departmnt
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