About the Megastars (Part 1) Submitted by Steve Perry on 09/10/2017 at 01:19 PM
These have only ever been a small handful of wrestlers that meet the criteria of Megastar. I coined the term to describe a pro wrestler who gained a lot of fame in-the-ring and outside-the-ring. The term is based off of WWE’s use of the term ‘Superstar’ to refer to any wrestler signed to the company. Regardless of that, these wrestlers first found fame in a WWE (or WWF) ring. In fact, there are only 4 men who I would call “Megastars”. If you disagree with any of my picks, or you think someone should also be on the list, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
First and foremost is Hulk Hogan. The man who helped usher in the modern day “sports-entertainment” band of modern-day WWE pro wrestling. While there are plenty alternatives, WWE has its own style of product that some people love and some people hate. Thanks to Vince McMahon and Hogan, we got WWE’s style of wrestling and our very first Megastar. Hogan got his first movie role while he was in the AWA, but it was during his 2nd run with WWE that Hogan would see the most success when he was a performer in WWF/WWE. If you asked the average person to name any wrestler, odds are that they’d name Hogan.
He was also the leader in one of the greatest storylines ever, the New World Order. When Hogan left for WCW in the early 90s, it was a big deal. When he went heel and aligned himself with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, it was earth-shattering. While Hall and Nash in WCW was plenty surprising (and lawsuit-worthy since WCW was originally presenting them at still part of WWF. But, Hogan as a heel was so mind-blowing that WCW Nitro actually beat Raw in the ratings… until WCW collapsed and was taken over by the WWF/WWE.
Hogan made his return to the Northeast alongside Nash and Hall as WWE’s version of the nWo in 2002. In a WrestleMania match with The Rock, the people actually instigated a double-turn and were rooting for the Heel, “Hollywood” Hogan, the leader of the nWo, over The Rock, who they were “supposed” to cheer. This was at WrestleMania X-8, too, the most recent WrestleMania held outside the U.S. Like WM6, this event was held at the SkyDome in Toronto (now the Rogers Centre.) The following night on Raw, Hogan officially became a face, soon separating from the nWo and returning to the red-and-yellow.
In part 2 of this article, we’ll take a look at the other Megastars and ponder who is next. If you’d like to give your thoughts, please post them in the comments section below