Before the days of the WWE Hardcore Championship, Buried Alive Matches, or the dreaded Hell in a Cell was the brutal blue barred match known as the steel cage. Used numerous times in the WWE, the steel cage has locked in WWE Superstars like Triple H, Mankind, Bret Hart, and of course Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan has wrestled in a steel cage match on numerous occasions, often putting his WWE title on the line and facing larger than life opponents.
His steel cage matches have provided fans a mix of triumph and violence, including some controversial victories.
Hulk Hogan vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
In 1987, “Mr. Wonderful” finally got his chance at WWE gold when he challenged Hulk Hogan to a steel cage match during an episode of WWE’s Saturday Night Main Event. This seemed like an easy win for Hogan, but the two battled back and forth and during several moments in the match Orndoff had the advantage over Hogan.
Orndorff finally decided that he had enough and started to climb the cage, but instead of chasing him, Hogan descended on the other side. Both men touched the ground at the same time and after referees argued, it was determined that the match would restart.
Hogan finally got the advantage over Orndorff, dropped the big leg drop, and won the match.
Hulk Hogan vs. Big Boss Man
Big Boss Man started out as an evil cop character managed by Slick and one of his main targets early on was Hulk Hogan. The feud lasted until their epic steel cage match at Saturday Night Main Event in 1989.
During this time Hogan was promoting his “No Holds Barred” movie and he impressed the crowd with a quick victory over Big Boss Man.
Hulk Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Zeus and “Macho King” Randy Savage
After the release of “No Holds Barred”, the main villain in the film, Zeus, actually joined the WWE and started a long feud with Hogan.
With the release of the movie on pay per view, the wrestlers competed in a special pre-movie steel cage match that also included “Macho King” Randy Savage and Hogan’s partner Beefcake.
During the first portion of the match Hogan was left locked out of the cage and Beefcake took a beating from both Savage and Zeus. When Hogan finally entered the cage, he evened things up and battled mostly with Zeus.
Savage and Beefcake escaped the cage and fought on the outside of the ring, leaving Hogan and Zeus alone. When Hogan was finally able to knock Zeus down, he delivered three leg drops in a row, pinned Zeus and won the steel cage match.
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
For their fourth encounter in the ring, Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant surrounded the ropes with the infamous steel cage at WrestleFest ’88. The match cannot compare to their encounter at Wrestlemania III, but the two wrestlers still put on an amazing show at the open-aired baseball stadium.
Hogan used the advantage of knocking Andre down, and quickly scaled the cage to victory. Seeing Andre’s massive size make the cage look small proved even more how epic the wrestler was.
Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
One of Hulk Hogan’s most famous cage matches was the bloody battle against King Kong Bundy at Wrestlemania II. This is the only steel cage match to ever be held at Wrestlemania and it lived up to the hype.
Hulk Hogan used the steel bars to bash Bundy’s head in, make him bleed, and wear him down. Bundy worked on Hogan’s injured ribs, but it was the Hogan leg drop that would become the difference maker.
Even as Bundy rose from the leg drop, he was too weak to cling to Hogan and the rest was history as Hogan walked out of Wrestlemania II with his championship still intact.