During an interview with WWE, Hulk Hogan discussed his leg drop finisher having its origins in Japan. Here’s what he had to say:
When I dropped the leg, and nobody kicked out, it meant something. 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.
But at the time, when I dropped the leg, I beat people, it meant something. 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.’
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.
You can listen to the interview below: