Orndorff, Studd, Bundy, Kamala, Earthquake, DiBiase, Haku, Kevin Sullivan, and Beefcake all reached their highest peak of their careers by wrestling Hogan. Not one of those guys would agree that they were "fed to Hogan" to the detriment of their careers. They would tell you that those matches with Hogan made their careers, and they got paid their highest amount of money to work with him. Beefcake was Hogan's best bro, and it was Hogan that got him paid by convincing McMahon to bring Ed Leslie into WWF.
Just want to put this out there but Kamala said if it wasn't for Bill Watts, he wouldn't have his home, as Bill allowed Kamala to make some big money.
Kamala has gone on record and said that he never really made any money in WWF and had to resort to driving trucks for a living. So while a match with Hogan might have been the biggest highlight of his career, financially, he was raped. He even said over a 2 year span in WWE, he only made $13,000.
And I'm more convinced that Big John Studd's peak was wrestling Andre at the first WM, who was still somewhat regarded as a bigger star than Hogan.
Yes Bundy worked main events in Texas, but he also worked main events in the NWA Georgia, and Memphis territory. The op was looking for guys whose careers were squashed by Hogan. I would argue Bundy's was made by Hogan.
I respectfully disagree.
Mainly because it seems like the thought of having a match with Hogan makes careers and in some ways, it does. But after repeatedly jobbing to Hogan, Bundy left the WWF and didn't return until 1994, where left again a year later. IMO, it was such a huge decline to go from main eventing WM with Hogan to feuding with midgets a year later. I'm just basing it on the thought that some people really dropped on the card after getting beat by Hogan and aside from his buddies that traveled with him to WCW, none had really spectacular careers afterwards. Kamala got completely fucked over, King Kong Bundy basically jobbed the rest of his career, WWE would always go back on their word with Jake and Piper has gone on record many times explaining why he never jobbed to Hogan. Out of all those guys he faced in the 80s, Piper was the only 1 that had a rather successful career after that highlight of a moment.
So depending on how you view it, many were "fed" to Hogan based on the success they had elsewhere and the decline on the card after they came out of the Hogan program.
I liked having these discussions with you because I know you can respectfully debate with me and can produce a good rebuttal. And unlike most people that throw out random names, I at least want to add insight into my choices to help further what I really mean.