We’ve seen a wrestling feud start over a spilled cup of coffee, but a new rivalry between two of the biggest stars ever in the business has kicked up over an old headband. Superstar actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was doing press schmoozing for the upcoming release of Jumanji when he told a heartwarming story about catching Hulk Hogan‘s headband in a WWE crowd as a child.
This is an amazing story!
When I interviewed @TheRock for JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, I brought him my original JUMANJI ticket from when I saw it in January of 1996.
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) November 30, 2017
“When Hulk Hogan came into the WWF in 1983 or 84, I can’t remember — this is when he was getting ready to blow up,” Johnson explained. “He’s wrestling in Madison Square Garden. He had a white headband that said Hulkster. Do you remember that dude? He came in the ring at Madison Square Garden. I was sitting in the front row with my mom watching the matches, and he came out, he was wrestling Paul Orndoff, Mr. Wonderful, and he takes the thing off and he throws it to the crowd and I caught it. It was a big nerdout moment.”
(From WWF at MSG Madison Square Garden (2-20-84)) pic.twitter.com/l9fCwg3s75
— Muscle & Fitness (@muscle_fitness) December 1, 2017
Wow this was the match back in ‘84 when I caught this @HulkHogan headband he throws. I was 12yrs old at Madison Square Garden. I went back to the locker room after the match to give it back to him. Two weeks later he gave me a brand new one. Crazy story. 🙏🏾🤙🏾 https://t.co/0UX0I68Wm4
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2017
It was a memorable moment, but the joy wouldn’t last for long. According to Johnson, after he went backstage — his dad, Rocky Johnson, was a famous wrestler at the time. Hogan saw Johnson with the bandanna, and explained that it was his last one and he didn’t really want to throw it out to the crowd, and took it back from the young Rock. No, really. Johnson was happy to give his hero the headband back. But two weeks later, after Hogan had begun building up his famed (and kinda gross) collection of bandannas, he remembered that night and gave Johnson’s dad a signed headband to give to his son.
Johnson shared the story on Twitter, tagging the Hulkster:
Amazing vid below on two fronts.
#1. My good bud Kev here brings me his ORIGINAL movie ticket stub from #JUMANJI.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 30, 2017
And Hogan took time out from his feud with Brutus the Barber Beefcake to respond, offering an additional headband to the megastar… but only in exchange for a rematch in the ring.
Yo @TheRock, if you need another head band this time you need to give me my rematch then see if you can take it brother!! Lol. Only love but I’m serious about the rematch brother HH https://t.co/IDpN7h6uIb
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) December 1, 2017
The pair famously faced each other in 2002 at WrestleMania 18. It’s been 15 years since then, and Hogan’s hips are constructed entirely of safety pins and chewed bubble gum… but we aren’t going to lie. We’d still pay to watch that match.