Hulk Hogan recently sat down with WWE to discuss a story from his career in a new edition of “The Story Of.” In this story, Hogan explains how his decision to use the Leg Drop in a match in Japan eventually turned into one of the most iconic finishers in wrestling history.
“When I dropped the leg, and nobody kicked out, it meant something,” Hogan said. “In the arena nowadays, in professional wrestling, if somebody used a leg drop for a finish, you’d probably have to come off the top of the building to get your opponent to stay down, because the wrestlers are so creative now.”
Hogan went on to say that while the leg drop may be a bit of an old move now, when he was using it, it worked very well. “But at the time, when I dropped the leg, I beat people, it meant something,” he said. “The place would explode on the one, two three. Now I see the leg drop as a false finisher, or they’ll use it as a high spot in the match, it’s to the point where everybody does it and everybody kicks out, it doesn’t mean anything. But at the time when I did it, when I first dropped it over in Japan, oh my god, the volume of the crowd and how they reacted, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I might be on to something here.’”
Hogan says that when he brought the leg drop back to the United States, he began to incorporate more of his famous antics into it. “So when I brought it back to the States and I started dropping the leg drop, I started entertaining the crowd with my look and all this stuff, so they were with what I was doing, so when I dropped the leg, and the referee started counting, it was like a cannon. But it was just my luck that I dropped the leg drop in Japan and got the reaction that I did, so I just stuck with it.”
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) October 23, 2019