Most beloved WWE wrestler: Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair?
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Most beloved WWE wrestler: Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair?

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Even as elder statesmen, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are still two of the most popular wrestlers of the WWE. Hulk Hogan was the company’s first mainstream star who embodied everything that was patriotic and heroic for generations of wrestling fans. Ric Flair didn’t let the role of being the bad guy stop him from being one of the best characters in the league, with his charismatic promos and dangerous levels of swag. Which wrestler was the most beloved? 🤼

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Ric Flair may have had charisma, but no one was more beloved than the king of the Golden Age of wrestling. Hulk Hogan was the All-American hero defending the WWE from foreign invaders during a less than PC time in the United States. Fans caught Hulkmania, and they've never been cured. No other wrestler starred in blockbuster movies, nor had the mainstream success before he did it. 

Here is Will J. Baker of Bleacher Report with more:

He was the ideal face for the newly branded "Rock 'N Wrestling" era that the WWF was broadcasting and he was also the ideal face for the fans to cheer. He was perfect at portraying the All-American hero that would do battle with the foreign villains such as the Iron Sheik or the anti-patriotic Sergeant Slaughter.

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Hulk Hogan drew more money than anyone in the history of the business and only Stone Cold Steve Austin has ever come close to the mainstream popularity that Hogan enjoyed.

Hulk Hogan was a hero for all, but his good-guy persona paled in comparison to the Rolex wearing, diamond ring wearing, kiss stealing, wheeling and dealing, limousine riding, jet flying son of a gun.

Flair's cocky and brash attitude made WWE fans fall in love with him. Every man wanted to be him, every woman wanted to be with him. Even today, wrestling fans quote his signature promos that made him and wrestling famous. 

Will J. Baker explains more on Bleacher Report:

Flair was undoubtedly the better worker and he was the "real" World Heavyweight Champion as he toured the territories defending the NWA title belt. Flair also had the swagger and he seriously lived his gimmick. He was the "Nature Boy" and he certainly loved a party...

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Flair also pioneered the stable concept with the original "Four Horsemen" and he can boast 17 world title reigns.

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Unlike Hogan, Flair can claim to have taken part in some of the greatest matches in wrestling history. His bouts with Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes in the NWA are legendary and his "I Quit" match with Terry Funk and his cage match with Harley Race are still cited today as works of genius.
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