Picks and Pans Review: Hulk Hogan Had the Country in His Grip

updated 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

TELL US THIS, HULK HOGAN! How was it that the image of pro wrestling was transformed from a bunch of flabby, sucker-punching men into a glittering, mass-media circus that numbered Andy Warhol and Gloria Steinem among its fans? "We quit insulting people's intelligence," says Hulk Hogan, 40, the 6'6", 260-lb. Wrestlemania hero whose most frequent nemesis was motormouth Rowdy Roddy Piper. "It went from being a sport to being sports entertainment." What was once fakery was now performance art. Five-time heavyweight champ Hogan, who has denied that his physique has anything to do with steroids, moved on to movies, but hasn't given up the ring. "HULK HOGAN IS ALIVE!" he bellows.

1986

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