Every Monday and Friday I have a wrestling column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Today, I spoke to Chris Sader who is the co-star of Sadermania. An independent wrestling film telling the story of how he went from Hulk Hogan's number one fan to close family friend. In the discussion, Sader spoke on Linda Hogan's mood swings, Hogan returning to WWE and more.
LaBar: What's a Hulk Hogan career highlight moment for you?
Sader: I'd have to say March 17, 2002, in Toronto, which was his return to WrestleMania against The Rock. It stands out for numerous reasons.
One, it was cool because I was there with his family as a guest. I got escorted to ringside by WWE security along with his son, Nick Hogan, to watch the match which was cool.
The real reason it stands out for me is the year before Hulk Hogan was written off of wrestling. He had this big thing with Vince Russo and his finish with Jeff Jarrett. After he left the building, Vince Russo cursed him out, everybody wrote Hulk Hogan off and said you wouldn't see him again in wrestling. Then, here he comes back, returns to WWE a year later as a heel. Starts getting cheered as they build to WrestleMania. Week by week, louder and louder. Being in the Skydome, the crowd just erupted for Hulk. All the wrestlers, all the fans still talk about that match to this day. The electricity that night in the arena for Hulk was unlike anything I've ever seen for anything in this business. I was in tears. It was just awesome to see my idol come back the way he did, steal the show and be the number one guy again. It was one of those stories you only see in movies.