A car mixup between Wayne Gretzky and Hulk Hogan led to a funny story during Christmas time many years ago.
Wayne Gretzky and Hulk Hogan are two names that sports fans know from the same era. While Wayne Gretzky was dominating the National Hockey League in the 1980s into the 1990s, Hulk Hogan was the biggest name in pro wrestling leading WWE into the first WrestleMania during the company’s first major boom period.
The NHL is a professional sport featuring competitive athletes trying to win a game while pro wrestling is scripted entertainment where it’s all about putting on a show. Both sports are known for their having athletes who are known for their toughness and physicality as well.
During his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky’s move to LA led to the NHL growing in the western part of the United States due to the enormous impact he made.
Wayne Gretzky Accidentally Stole Hulk Hogan’s Car During Christmas Season
The NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky appeared on Theo Von’s This Past Weekend podcast where he revealed a story that involved The Great One (his nickname that he had many years before The Rock used it) actually stealing Hulk Hogan’s car by accident on Christmas Eve.
“I got a great Hulk Hogan story. People don’t know this, but Hulk used to live in Thousand Oaks, too. It was December 24 and we go to the Thousand Oaks Mall and I’m getting last-minute Christmas gifts for my kids who were at the time 10, 12, and 14.”
“So I put them all in the car and they had valet parking at the mall. So I come out and put all my bags in the car and I drive home.
“I get a call around seven o’clock. [Hulk Hogan] goes, ‘Wayne?’ and I go, ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘It’s Terry. We got a problem.’ I go, ‘What’s the problem?’ He goes, ‘We we got the same exact car. I’ve got your car and your presents. You got my car and my presents.’ So I go outside and I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, my kids are older. It’s probably not going to work. I’ll meet you halfway.’
So we drove back halfway together, we switched cars out, got the presents, and went home. True story.”