Hulkamania is Back! Here's a Shirt-Ripping Playlist, Brother!
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It looks like all that training, saying your prayers and taking your vitamins has paid off as this week the immortal Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE. Kicking off this week's edition of "Raw," the Hulkster arrived to a thunderous ovation, celebrating not only his homecoming but the launch of the WWE Network, the company's 24 hour channel of both original content as well as an on-demand service of their entire library of pay-per-views. In honor of Hogan coming back to host the upcoming Wrestlemania 30, as well as the ability to now look back at three decades of Hulkamania at the drop of a hat rip of a t-shirt, we've assembled this musical look back at the Hulkster's musical endeavors, in case you need a playlist that answers the question "Watcha Gonna Do, Brother?!"
Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
The first time "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan appeared in tinseltown was in the 1983 classic Rocky III. Appearing as "Thunderlips" his scene where he spun Sly Stallone made enough of an impression to make him synonymous with film. In the early days of wrestling entrance music, this connection allowed Hogan to electrify the building just by walking to the ring to the film's theme "Eye of the Tiger," playing both when he toppled The Iron Sheik for his first world championship as well as when he and Mr. T teamed up to headline the first Wrestlemania.
Derringer - "Real American"
Perhaps the song most associated with Hulk Hogan, as well as America and freedom in general, "Real American" was penned by Rick Derringer (of "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" fame) and, while original intended for another team, happened to fit Hulk Hogan perfectly. Celebrated by everyone from President Barack Obama to Beavis and Butthead, it's an undeniable cornerstone of American pop culture. Accept no substitutions, except for maybe the Jimmy Hart-penned soundalike "American Made" which Hogan used after jumping from the then-WWF to rival WCW in 1994.