WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair posted the following on Twitter earlier today commenting on the news that former AWA promoter and champion Verne Gagne had passed away on Monday at the age of 89:
Hogan: “RIP Verne Gagne,Verne said stay down and sell until u hear the crowd rumbling then Start shaking and Hulk up and don’t sell anymore thx HH”
Flair: “Verne, I wouldn’t be where I am without you. I owe my career to you. Thank you for making me. God bless you and your family #VerneGagne”
Hulkamania was first started in the AWA in the early 1980s which led to Hogan’s longtime success and Flair was trained by Gagne in 1971.