Hulk Hogan is a retired American professional wrestler and actor. He is famous for his time with World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. He also appeared for a short time with Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling. Hulk Hogan is a 12-times World Heavyweight Champion. He headlined both WrestleMania and Starrcade on multiple different occasions. He is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling.
Hulk Hogan Biography
Hulk Hogan was born as Terry Gene Bollea in Augusta, Goergia in August 11, 1953. His parents Ruth V and Pietro “Peter” Bollea moved to Tampa, Florida when he was an infant. Hulk Hogan was promising Little League Baseball pitcher and attracted attention from the Yankees. But injuries forced Hulk Hogan to something else. He was a wrestling fan by the time he was 16. He admired “Superstar” Billy Graham and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Hulk Hogan also is a musician. He played bass for a local Tampa sensation rock band Ruckus. Jack and Gerald Brisco visited the bar where Hogan used to play gigs and got impressed by his physical stature. They asked Mike Graham to put Hogan in the ring. Hogan left music to become a pro wrestler, in 1977. Hulk Hogan claims that he and Lars from Metallica are friends. Hulk Hogan said that he almost joined Metallica as a Bass Guitarist. He found a little success after teaming up with Brutus Beefcake in 1978. During his stature he was nicknamed Terry “The Hulk” Boulder in his early days.
In 1997, Terry Funk asked Vince McMahon senior to sign Him. Vince J. McMahon soon signed him into WWE. He was given the name Hogan by Vince. He started his feud with Andre the Giant during his early career. That feud would then turn on to be a monumental feud in both of their careers. He was handpicked by Vince Kennedy McMahon of as he is known as Mr. McMahon to be the face of WWF. It was because his popularity and Rocky III.
Hulk Hogan won his first WWE Championship in 1983 by defeating The Iron Sheik. That was the starting moment of the Hulkamania. At the inaugural WrestleMania Hulk Hogan teamed up with TV star Mr. T to beat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Worderful” Paul Orndorff. This began WWE’s rise to the top. Hulk Hogan was nWo a household name in America. At WrestleMania III hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant. This was the first time anyone pinned The Giant. Andre eventually defeated Hulk Hogan for the Title in 1988.
Hulk Hogan then formed The Mega Powers with “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Hulk Hogan lost in a classic WrestleMania match to The Ultimate Warrior in 1990. This match was for the WWE and WWE Intercontinental Championships. He joined WCW in 1996, after losing the WWE Championship to Yokozuna. He debuted in WCWby defeating Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was soon defeated by the debuting The Giant (Big Show). With WCW he formed the heel stable New World Order with Kevin Nash (formerly knpwn as Diesel) and Scott Hall (formerly known as Razor Ramon). He feuded with Sting and others and won numerous world titles while with NWO. He got kicked out from NWO and turned face. Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WCW Title in 1998. He again reformed NWO and feuded with Goldberg and the Four Horseman. WCW was bought by WWE and he returned as NWO leader.
In 2002, He defeated Triple H for the Undisputed WWF Championship. He was again defeated by The Undertaker for the second time. He then battled Brock Lesnar who would beat him unconscious that year. He later returned and faced The Rock in 2003. He used the gimmick Mr. America in 2003 before retiring and feuded with Mr. McMahon.
In 2005 he was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame by Sylvester Stallone. Hogan then appeared once in a while in WWE. He teamed up with Shawn Michaels a couple of times during 2005. He had a stint with TNA from 2009 to 2013. He was an occasional wrestler and authority figure there. He acted both as a fan favorite and heel during his time with TNA. He feuded with longtime rivals Ric Flair and Sting. He returned to WWE in 2014 along with Ric Flair and Sting.
Hulk Hogan has appeared in various other media during his career. He is regarded as a pop icon of America. He has acted in movies like Rocky III, Suburban Commando and Three NinJas High Noon at the Mega Mountain. In 1983, Hogan married Linda Claridge. The couple has two children together Brooke and Nick Hogan. The couple separated in 2007 on basis of Linda stating Hogan had an affair. Hogan denied this but the divorce left him only 30% of his assets. After that Hogan lived with his daughter Brooke. He started dating Jennifer McDaniel in 2008 and married her in 2010. A sex tape was leaked in 2012, showing Hulk Hogan engaging in sexual intercourse with Heather Clem.