ICON vs ICON - The Story of Hulk Hogan vs The Rock

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At WrestleMania X8, wrestling's past met wrestling's future as Hollywood Hulk Hogan faced The Rock in a match billed as "Icon vs Icon".
After Hulk Hogan had left the WWF back in 1993, it was hard to imagine Hulkamania running wild ever again in a World Wrestling Federation ring. After the WCW purchase, Hulk Hogan decided to sit out his contract and collect a paycheck. Towards the end of 2002, the WWF locker room were asked how they felt about Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall making a WWE comeback... many people didn't want them around. Someone who did want the nWo back in the WWF however was The Rock, he immediately saw the potential in a Rock vs Hulk Hogan match at WrestleMania.
The Rock and Hulk Hogan would go on to have a memorable showdown at WrestleMania 18 that featured one of the loudest crowd reactions in WWF history. This video looks at the WrestleMania X8 Icon vs Icon match along with the WWF return of Hulk Hogan and the New World Order.
Topics covered include:
00:00 - Discussions take place regarding the return of Hall, Nash and Hogan
02:48 - The Rock shows interest in a Hogan WrestleMania match
05:12 - The nWo debut at No Way Out 2002
07:42 - The Rock challenges Hulk Hogan to a match at WrestleMania X8
11:15 - The buildup to WrestleMania X8
16:04 - The Toronto Skydome
21:00 - Icon vs Icon
- Much More!
#WWE #Documentary #nWo


  1. JimmyFoxhound
    2 ditë më parë

    I am a very old school wresting fan, being a little kid in the 80s I worshipped Hogan. I know wrestling purists hate him and I totally get and understand their complaints but I can't help but still love the guy for all of the pure fun and enjoyment he brought me as a kid. I stopped following wrestling in the late 90s and I only heard about this match after the fact from a friend and when I watched it it almost brought a tear to my eye to listen to the crowd react to Hogan & how amazing the whole thing was. I was also impressed with the Rock so it actually got me re-invested in watching some of the Attitude era stuff I'd missed.

  2. Heather Phillips
    Heather Phillips
    7 ditë më parë

    It was not the only time Austin and Hogan were in the ring. He stunned him in the ring, during his heel run, after Hogan brought back the yellow and red.

  3. Lakeside Boner
    Lakeside Boner
    7 ditë më parë

    I think Rock was a better choice than Austin from a wrestling standpoint. Rock could do way more athletically making both look good. Ticket selling I agree with you, Austin would be better. Xpac should have joined the nWo on return. A little pain in the ass could have added something.

  4. Sam Crubish
    Sam Crubish
    8 ditë më parë

    Hulk Hogan is one of the best ever and his haters need to SHUT UP!

  5. Sam Crubish
    Sam Crubish
    9 ditë më parë

    The dose of poison that killed Vince's creation was not the NWO. It was bitch lesnar.

  6. MrRuhrpott
    9 ditë më parë

    "He beat Andre The Giant with that move"

  7. Theprfesssor
    19 ditë më parë

    I have still never herd a pop equal to what Hogan got when he came out to the Skydome that night I've herd louder pops but never the combo of loud and long pop it didn't stop the whole match it was amazing definitely one of the best crowds in wrestling history and wrestling crowds are already the best crowds in all of sports Also the match is pretty good considering that Hogan is nearly 50

  8. Al's Variety
    Al's Variety
    20 ditë më parë

    One of the all-time greatest wrestling matches/WrestleMania matches/WWE matches ever made. So beautiful.

  9. Mr Stark
    Mr Stark
    21 ditë më parë

    This was like tyson vs ali. Nowadays we got Tyson kidd vs mustafa ali

  10. bee vee
    bee vee
    22 ditë më parë

    Hogan's best match. Brought the charisma and some solid in-ring moves. So happy they went with Rock instead of Stone Cold. That was the right decision.

  11. Austin
    24 ditë më parë

    Should have been The Rock vs Hulk Hogan vs Stone Cold at Wrestlemania 18

  12. Vortex
    26 ditë më parë

    Crowd was pro Hogan but broke hard for the rock once he got that people's elbow going

  13. deantwan773
    27 ditë më parë

    Imagine if this was in Madison square garden at the time

  14. Ray Pratt
    Ray Pratt
    29 ditë më parë

    Again of course something gets said for Hogan doing the flexing for himself,but its exactly what the crowd wanted as the response was proof and it was also 2 poses we as maniacs all remember fondly growing up,so once again he nailed it and WGAF that in the process he was doin some business for himself too,isnt that part of the game as well,to get as much for u and ur family while ur in it,its just uncredibly stupid that he would get criticized for doing GOOD BUSINESS for ALL!!

  15. Ray Pratt
    Ray Pratt
    29 ditë më parë

    Say what ya want about HOGAN but was there ever another guy who knew EXACTLY what worked for himself,his RING IQ we'll call it was 2nd to none!!

  16. Ray Pratt
    Ray Pratt
    29 ditë më parë

    WOW,never realized just how much the Rocks so called PEOPLES EYE BROW??resembled the EYE OF HORUS and wouldnt ya know it he goes on to become the BIGGEST actor that EVER wrestled and for awhile was THE biggest actor period!!

  17. S P
    S P
    29 ditë më parë

    I was thinking for a quick second "Why didn't undertaker face any of them?". Then I took a minute and remembered that Undertaker already beat all 3 members of the NWO at different times.

  18. Vinnymanvinny1
    29 ditë më parë

    I don't think that Austin vs Hogan would have been as good. Considering how great Rock vs Hogan was, it's hard to imagine that Austin vs Hogan would have topped that. Especially with the personal issues that Steve was having in 2002. Austin and Hogan's egos would have clashed too much. In 2002 Rock was definitely more popular that Austin pre-walkout.

  19. Maniacal Gorilla
    Maniacal Gorilla
    Muaj më parë

    People forget that the Rock was feeding Hogan! He directed it all! Look close at him speaking but not moving his mouth.

  20. A L
    A L
    Muaj më parë

    *Hulk Hogan does anything* Smart Marks: How selfish! Typical Hogan being Hogan!

  21. azapro911
    Muaj më parë

    The names are obviously massive, but I've always felt this match gets more fondly remembered as time goes on. The Rock was only available on TV four times, the match itself is more about the crowd response to Hogan than anything going on in the ring.

  22. Big Beerus
    Big Beerus
    Muaj më parë

    Basically stone cold (rightly imo) refused to job to Hogan. Everyone knew Hogan wasn't gonna job

  23. Big Beerus
    Big Beerus
    Muaj më parë

    I kinda hate Hogan but cool match.

  24. Zurdo 821
    Zurdo 821
    Muaj më parë

    Hogan was a terrible Wrestler who only got by pure on charisma

  25. Thanos is Right
    Thanos is Right
    Muaj më parë

    the 2nd most electrifying match ever after hogan vs ultimate warrior.

  26. sonsolar
    Muaj më parë

    Couldn't see Hogan Vs Austin. Rock and Hogan was perfect

  27. Adam Davis
    Adam Davis
    Muaj më parë

    This may be my favorite wrestling match of all time

  28. oskaveli662
    Muaj më parë

    I can't even imagine the pop if during Hogan's rant to the WWF fans and claim of being the biggest act ever...Glass would have shattered

  29. Jay Jonze
    Jay Jonze
    Muaj më parë

    The opening intro music is hard!!!!

  30. clutch city fan
    clutch city fan
    Muaj më parë

    Still one of my all time favorite moments

  31. Nick Neurohr
    Nick Neurohr
    Muaj më parë

    How did I miss this bio when it came out? I'm slacking 🤣

  32. SugarKingObi
    Muaj më parë

    Hogan had the epic entrance here.

  33. LG3
    Muaj më parë

    I have the wrestlemania 18 📀.

  34. Kill People
    Kill People
    Muaj më parë

    This is the best rivalry of all time

  35. Piccolo 800
    Piccolo 800
    Muaj më parë

    Austin kicks himself for saying no. It all worked out better I believe the rock was way better on the mic than scsa him and Hogan had a great build up to the match. One of the great ones

  36. Piccolo 800
    Piccolo 800
    Muaj më parë

    Two great talents quite possibly the best hype for a wrestlemania

  37. SoSickRick
    Muaj më parë

    As someone who grew up on Stone Cold and The Rock, I never got the Hogan appeal, he seemed like an old man who was being catered to other than a genuine wrestler. I was like 10 at the time and thinking this I was always confused when he got pops and my dad said “it’s nostalgic”

  38. John O toole dog games
    John O toole dog games
    Muaj më parë

    🇮🇪. Wrestling Mach people will still be talking about in 2050

  39. Tony Stewart
    Tony Stewart
    Muaj më parë

    The 2 over hyped stars ever, hogan and flair I never brought into the hype.

  40. Romeo Monteverde
    Romeo Monteverde
    Muaj më parë

    Just as Steve said, Hulk is a piece of trash, others were better than him

  41. Gordon Ferrar
    Gordon Ferrar
    2 muaj më parë

    Tall blondes always get the gravy without having to break sweat.

  42. Dre Day
    Dre Day
    2 muaj më parë

    "Milk it, brother."

  43. Hasan
    2 muaj më parë

    Man your channel is top notch. Absolutely love your videos.

  44. mcool93
    2 muaj më parë

    I disagree, Austin vs Hogan would not have been a bigger match. Austin's dream opponent is Goldberg.

  45. Zelda Bomb Squad
    Zelda Bomb Squad
    2 muaj më parë

    Mate.......I am SO glad I found your channel, SUPERB work

  46. Annette Snyder
    Annette Snyder
    2 muaj më parë

    iPhone 12 Pro vs Note 20 Ultra Speed Test - alfirst.info/load/bZuhoa2ad813npc/video

  47. Big Trips Keepin it real
    Big Trips Keepin it real
    2 muaj më parë

    Cool nwo rock theme 👍

  48. John Arrington
    John Arrington
    2 muaj më parë

    I remember where I was when I first saw this match. I had grew tired of Hogan and WCW and more onboard with WWE and The Rock and Stone Cold. But this Wrestlemania moment did and still does send chills down my spine as one of my favorite wrestling moments of all time. Truly unforgettable. I haven't watched it in its entirety in a month or so, so I will watch it again for the 12th time... Something like that. And Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler commentating the match was priceless.

  49. Charles Vane
    Charles Vane
    2 muaj më parë

    It baffles me why Hulk Hogan is so popular. The man must have some serious skills in geeing up the crowd. The crowd psychology maybe keys in with his manipulation backstage that has been mentioned. A certain type of character is good at controlling other people’s emotions, crowd or individual.

  50. Dwaiko
    2 muaj më parë

    that intro alone made me sub like and comment ouuuffff

  51. Talia al Ghul
    Talia al Ghul
    2 muaj më parë

    The build up from the moment they returned from (n)o (W)ay (o)ut until WM18 main event was the high point of nWo in WWE. After that it went downhill quick.

  52. Joshua Christian
    Joshua Christian
    2 muaj më parë

    Wasn't even into wrestling anymore but I watched this at a friends house when it aired. I had never been so emotional while watching ANYTHING. I actually bought the did just for that match. Never watched anything else from that event. Only cared about that match. Still can't believe it wasn't the main event.

  53. Christopher Tobar
    Christopher Tobar
    2 muaj më parë

    I'm surprised Rocky when over WITHOUT any Hulk Hogan interruption/cheating shenanigans on EVERY match he lost. Props for the Dwayne for taking this great risk. PD: Austin was a smart guy by not playing with the Hulkster politics this time.

  54. steve holland
    steve holland
    2 muaj më parë

    From what i understand stone cold also wwnted to a better build to wrestle hogan. And longer

  55. The Cool Kids
    The Cool Kids
    3 muaj më parë

    Looking back, I completed understood why the WWE title needed to go on last at WM. But with all the stupid booking decisions today, Rock Hogan definitely should've gone on last.

  56. Luminious Beings NYC
    Luminious Beings NYC
    3 muaj më parë

    Possibly the most honorable moment of Hulk's career.

  57. alexander macdougall
    alexander macdougall
    3 muaj më parë

    This is,by far, my all time favorite match. It's almost the perfect pro wrestling match. Not much technical wrestling but it's got psychology,emotion,story telling,crowd investment....it's got it all. I never get tired of it.

  58. Steven Pyles
    Steven Pyles
    3 muaj më parë

    Great story telling

  59. Legends Never Die
    Legends Never Die
    3 muaj më parë

    When I watched it back I remember JR kept saying on commentary that it was a mixed reaction. Not even close. The crowd was 90% Hogan.

  60. Legends Never Die
    Legends Never Die
    3 muaj më parë

    Thanks for doing this video. I was there and I forgot how insane it was. Rewatching it will never do it justice. When Hogan hulked up you could feel the floor shaking. Look at the reaction, Just amazing. The crowd really did make this a special moment. This should have been the main event for WM18.

  61. welshie1979
    3 muaj më parë

    Greatest match of all time.

  62. Zander Thomsen
    Zander Thomsen
    3 muaj më parë

    The Fans In Attendance were cheering for Hogan and booing The Rock even though Hogan tried to kill The Great One

  63. newfacepaula
    3 muaj më parë

    this is WWE should be doing building larger than life icons not some boring indie schmuck.

  64. Mark Micco
    Mark Micco
    3 muaj më parë

    Austin was great and began attitude, but to say that it would mean more for Austin/Hogan to lock up at Wrestlemania is flawed. I'll never understand why so many people think Austin was number one during that era. I agree in the beginning of the era he was the man, but The Rock rose up and in my opinion surpassed Austin and was a bigger draw. If not better, Rock is at least even with Stone -Cold.....Also, The Rock had master skills to carry a match with a stiff and not skilled opponent. He could make them look good both physically and giving an entertaining show without good wrestling......With that said, The Rock is my all-time favorite wrestler tied with Sting, but I was cheering against him with the rest of my friends going nuts and screaming waking up the parents lol

  65. Abbas Sober
    Abbas Sober
    3 muaj më parë

    I love this match the rock vs hulk hogan

  66. 24magiccarrot
    4 muaj më parë

    I disagree when you say Austin v Hogan would have been more icon vs icon. Among wrestling fans Stone Cold is bigger than the Rock but even back then The Rock was better known outwith the wrestling bubble. Even at the time if you were to ask non wrestling fans to name as many wrestlers as they could The Rock would be named by most before Austin.

  67. Andrew Atuahene
    Andrew Atuahene
    4 muaj më parë

    I rememb er I there live watching this match a lot of people were cheering Hogan I was cheering for The Rock it was awesome.

  68. Angel Reyes
    Angel Reyes
    4 muaj më parë

    One of the Greatest Wrestlemania matches ever,!!!! Thanks for uploading this Bio,!!!

  69. Gerald Cooper
    Gerald Cooper
    4 muaj më parë

    These are fantastic retellings. And your historical perspective is spot on.

  70. Wordlife John
    Wordlife John
    4 muaj më parë

    Rock>>>Hogan any day of the week.

  71. Nate Davis
    Nate Davis
    4 muaj më parë

    Normally, I just watch you're videos, hit the like button and move on. Not because I agree with you, but because I like how you take me back to when pro wrestling was great! There is something that I've noticed; your're always taking shots at Hogan! You know, the man who's 50% responsible for pro wrestling being as big as it is today. Yes Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Stone Cold, the Rock, Shawn Micheals, Brent Hart and others; are all true legends. However, there are only two Icons, and for very different reasons. And that's Hogan and Vince McMahon. And you keep saying that Hogan did a lot of backstage politics; are you saying that non of the other wrestler didn't do the same when they had their turn, please! It's easy to come into a thriving company and do well. It was not like that when Hogan got there, it surely was by the time he left. And it wasn't because scientific wrestlers like Bob Backlund. The fans remember that!

  72. The rapping Monster
    The rapping Monster
    4 muaj më parë

    Anyone got a full version of the nwo theme at 6:51

  73. undertakernumberone1
    4 muaj më parë

    heh... the Taker Shirt... or Poncho or whatever "Loved by Few, Hated by many, feared by all!" Great Slogan on it, but today it'd be: "Hated by few, loved by many, feared by all!" :P

  74. SCSA Entrance Pops
    SCSA Entrance Pops
    4 muaj më parë

    Austin did not like hogan back then but if you listen to him today he says he regrets not working with him and that must mean he regrets not doing this match. I think they would have made it work out just like the rock did. Biggest regret in wrestling is not seeing Austin v Hogan sad for the company

  75. The Whole Damn Show with Dbrad & Them
    The Whole Damn Show with Dbrad & Them
    4 muaj më parë

    SCSA would not have had the same energy.

  76. D
    4 muaj më parë

    cracked rib and all, Hulk came into Mania X8 in fantastic condition.

  77. Strong Star
    Strong Star
    4 muaj më parë

    Best match ever. Might not be the greatest technically but hype wise no match comes close. Reason Austin hogan wouldn’t of been as good is because I don’t think hogan would’ve got that same pop against Austin and hulkamania wouldn’t of happened

  78. Rami Kazak
    Rami Kazak
    4 muaj më parë

    Did he say Vincent Kompany ?

  79. Alex G
    Alex G
    4 muaj më parë

    "there will never be a bigger star past or present" .....IF YA SMELLLL. goosebumps

  80. Mickey J
    Mickey J
    4 muaj më parë

    Knowing Austin he probably would have the constant idea floating in his head that hogan plays “backstage politics” so the chemistry and promo to mania wouldn’t had been right so Austin really did it for his sanity it seems like

  81. Fabio 03
    Fabio 03
    5 muaj më parë

    Austin vs Hogan would have been bigger if the match took place in 1998-99. In 2002 Rock was already on the same level of austin, maybe even higher. We'll never know how austin vs hogan would have been, but what we know is Rock vs Hogan was just perfect, the pinnacle of wrestling

  82. JLvatron
    5 muaj më parë

    Hollywood Hogan smashing the Rock in the ambulance was the excitingest thing I've seen in the WWF. And that Wrestlemania match was fantastic.

  83. Tyler Boliver
    Tyler Boliver
    5 muaj më parë

    Hogan Hulking up for those few seconds was like my childhood coming back all at once for just a few moments. I’ve never felt anything like that, and I doubt I will ever again.

  84. Kenneth Thomas
    Kenneth Thomas
    5 muaj më parë

    Your intros are my favorite part of the video, you blend the music perfect

  85. The Rebel
    The Rebel
    5 muaj më parë

    Sorry but for cross over appeal Hogan and in particular the Rock were clearly the biggest names in history. Ask 1000 random people to name a wrestling star and these two win and that's the bottom line whether Stone Cold says so or not!

  86. Nevermore77
    5 muaj më parë

    I used to think the No Way Out PPV using the initials "nWo" was so clever. Good times.

  87. Marlon Roberts
    Marlon Roberts
    5 muaj më parë

    Michael Cole told the truth when he said that Hogan was wrestling's past and that The Rock was wrestling's future . . .

  88. Kyree Pilgrim
    Kyree Pilgrim
    5 muaj më parë

    I don’t agree with the statement that Hogan vs Austin was a bigger match in 2002. The Rock was usurping Stone Cold by this time, so the Icon vs Icon tagline made perfect sense. And even if you disagree with me, it’s not like Austin was bigger by a lot. They were both about the same level. Keep in mind I started watching wwe literally the Thursday after Austin got “ran over by Rikishi”😂 so I missed Austin’s peak. I was a Rock guy anyway

  89. Coin Ninja
    Coin Ninja
    5 muaj më parë

    I’ve personally never heard a louder pop than hogan/rock when they were side by side

  90. Burn The Trolls
    Burn The Trolls
    5 muaj më parë

    This should've been the main event to WrestleMania X-8

  91. Rhett Cujo
    Rhett Cujo
    5 muaj më parë

    The Rock says...

  92. gypsyauh2o
    5 muaj më parë

    This is my favorite match of all time...no hyperbol.

  93. ShutYoMouth
    5 muaj më parë

    Could you imagine Austin vs Hogan, Triple H vs Kevin Nash, and Rock vs Razor as the lineup?

  94. Joseph Walker
    Joseph Walker
    5 muaj më parë

    The Rock is without doubt the biggest thing to ever come from WWF/WWE, no one has came close to his star power outside of wrestling.

  95. Greg Roe
    Greg Roe
    5 muaj më parë

    Wow man, as great as these videos are the music is that much better. Another top shelf production for sure, thank you for your continued greatness!

  96. tyler55563
    5 muaj më parë

    Do a video on Hollywood Hulk Hogan run in 2002 after he turned face

  97. David Shaw
    David Shaw
    5 muaj më parë

    Was there and it was an incredible night.

  98. David Shaw
    David Shaw
    5 muaj më parë

    Was there and it was an incredible night.

  99. JP Prophete
    JP Prophete
    5 muaj më parë

    I’m still mad that wasn’t the main event of wrestlemania that year.

  100. Santino Tupou
    Santino Tupou
    5 muaj më parë

    One my top 5 favorite match all time remember when watch that match on PPV I was only in 8th grade now 31 how time fly so fast but any ways great match that never be forgotten