Hulk Hogan is well known for telling tall tales but this one, about his wanting Sting to come to the WWF in the late 1980s, just might take the cake.
Hulk Hogan has told many a tall tale throughout his long and storied professional wrestling career -- such as the fact that he broke his back in half when he bodyslammed Andre the Giant in front of 200,000 people at WrestleMania 3 or when he was asked to play bass for Metallica but said no -- but this latest yarn he's spinning might just take the cake.
In an interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine, Hogan speaks of trying to get Vince McMahon to bring Sting to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) back in the late 1980s. Get in on this:
"I have unbelievable respect for Sting - he doesn't realise how good he really is. Sting should have already had his New York (WWE) run. I'll tell you something; when I got red-hot after WrestleMania III, I was begging Vince to get Sting in the WWF so I could turn heel at some point. He had the blond hair, he was 10 times more athletic than me, and I believed this guy could have the same run as Hulkamania, but take it 10 times bigger. I was telling Vince (McMahon), ‘Let me get this guy over', because after beating Andre, if they'd brought Sting in and had him beat me, it would have made him this tall (gestures with his hand above his head). But Sting wouldn't come; we tried and tried, but he just would not jump. Vince even talked to him last year, but still Sting wouldn't go."
Now we're to believe Hogan wanted to turn heel when he was at his hottest as a babyface just so he could put Sting over, a man he wouldn't put over when he actually did turn heel 10 years later and was at his hottest with the New World Order (nWo) at WCW Starrcade in 1997?
Sure, Hulk. Sure.
For that matter, Sting didn't become a big star, relatively speaking, until 1988 during his series of matches with Ric Flair. What's to say Hogan could have done the same in a different company with an entirely different look and feel? Nothing, really, because Hogan was never the type to put a guy over the way Flair did, even in victory.
Just more smoke from "The Hulkster."