Unfortunately, yes, Hulk still rules.
Or at least that's what you Cagesiders decided when you voted in our poll to decide the most popular pro wrestler of all time. Here's how the results broke down out of 780 total votes counted:
- Hulk Hogan -- 265
- Stone Cold Steve Austin -- 233
- The Rock -- 157
- Undertaker -- 28
- Macho Man Randy Savage -- 22
- Bret Hart -- 19
- Ric Flair -- 18
- Shawn Michaels -- 15
- Ultimate Warrior -- 7
- Bruno Sammartino -- 6
It should be obvious that this poll is nothing even remotely close to official. It was designed in fun and some of the discussion to arise from it has been fascinating to say the least. The shortcomings of the poll should also be obvious. There were a limited number of names to choose from (even though there was an "Other" option that got 10 votes) and the fact that many pro wrestling fans of today know very little of stars in the early years of pro wrestling tends to slant the results.
Ultimately, though, it came down to Hogan, Austin, and Rock, and "The Hulkster" pulled it off. As much as I personally dislike Hogan for all the ruthless political games he played throughout his career, it's hard to argue his reach. He also had incredible staying power. Stone Cold may have been more popular at his peak but his peak only lasted for about three years at best. Hogan was a megastar in the 80s for years and then managed to reinvent himself as a heel a decade later and once again become a megastar in the 90s. He was also a household name in his heyday. Let's face it, it doesn't matter whether you're a pro wrestling fan or not, you know the name Hulk Hogan.
As long as there's doubt that the same cannot be said for Austin and Rock, he's the rightful winner of the poll.
Still, it was designed to be a fun -- and to settle an argument between myself and my lady friend, which it did. She's officially won, by the way, so thanks for nothing, Cagesiders.