Terry Eugene Bollea better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. He is an American retired professional wrestler, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, and musician. According to IGN, Hogan is “the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the 1980s”. Hogan began his professional wrestling career in 1977, but gained worldwide recognition after signing for World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1983.
There, his persona as a heroic all-American helped usher in the 1980s professional wrestling boom, where he headlined eight of the first nine editions of WWF’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania. During his initial run, Hogan also won the WWF Championship five times, with his first reign holding the record for the second-longest in company history. Additionally, he is the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumble matches, winning in 1990 and 1991.
Hulk Hogan Early life
Terry Eugene Bollea was born in Augusta, Georgia on August 11, 1953, the son of construction foreman Pietro “Peter” Bollea of Italian descent and homemaker and dance teacher Ruth V. Bollea of Scottish, French and Panamanian descent. When he was one and a half years old, his family moved to Port Tampa, Florida. As a boy, he was a pitcher in Little League Baseball. He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career. He began watching professional wrestling at 16 years old.
While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium. It was at one of those wrestling cards where he first turned his attention towards Superstar Billy Graham and looked to him for inspiration. Since he first saw Graham on TV, Hogan wanted to match his “inhuman” look.
Hulk Hogan Personal Life
On December 18, 1983, Hogan married his first wife Linda Claridge. They have a daughter named Brooke, and a son named Nick. Their family was the centerpiece of the television show Hogan Knows Best. The couple seperated in 2008. Bollea was in a relationship with Jennifer McDaniel since early 2008. And they finally got married on December 14, 2010, in Clearwater, Florida.
Brooke Ellen Bollea a.k.a Brooke Hogan, is a reality television star, actress, singer-songwriter, media personality. And former on-screen personality for Impact Wrestling. Brooke is Hulk Hogan’s daughter. She started alongside Hogan in the television series Hogan Knows Best (2005–07). The show was about a teenage Brooke struggling with her overprotective father. Brooke recorded and released her hit studio album, Undiscovered, in 2006.
A Short Description About Hulk Hogan
|Born||Terry Eugene Bollea
August 11, 1953 (age 67)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
|Years active||1976 (musician)
|Relatives||Horace Hogan (nephew)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Hollywood Hogan
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
The Super Destroyer
|Billed height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Billed weight||302 lb (137 kg)|
|Billed from||Hollywood, California
(as Hollywood Hogan)
Venice Beach, California
(as Hulk Hogan)
(as Mr. America)
|Trained by||Hiro Matsuda|
|Debut||August 9, 1977|
Hulk Hogan Early Career
In mid-1977, after training for more than a year with Matsuda, the Brisco brothers dropped by Matsuda’s gym to see Hogan. During this visit, Jack Brisco handed Hogan a pair of wrestling boots and informed him that he was scheduled to wrestle his first match the following week. In his professional wrestling debut, Eddie Graham booked him against Brian Blair in Fort Myers, Florida on August 10, 1977 in CWF. A short time later, Bollea donned a mask and assumed the persona of “The Super Destroyer”, a hooded character first played by Don Jardine and subsequently used by other wrestlers.
Hogan eventually could no longer work with Hiro Matsuda, whom he felt was an overbearing trainer, and left CWF. After declining an offer to wrestle for the Kansas City circuit, Hogan took a hiatus from wrestling and managed The Anchor club, a private club in Cocoa Beach, Florida, for a man named Whitey Bridges. Eventually, Whitey and Hogan became close friends, and decided to open a gym together; the gym became known as Whitey and Terry’s Olympic gym.
American Wrestling Association Career
After filming his scene for Rocky III against the elder McMahon’s wishes, Hogan made his debut in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), owned by Verne Gagne. Hogan started his AWA run as a villain, taking on “Luscious” Johnny Valiant as his manager. This did not last for long as the AWA fans fell in love with Hogan’s presence and Hogan became the top fan favorite of the AWA, battling the Heenan Family and Nick Bockwinkel.
Hogan’s turn as a fan favorite came at the end of July 1981, when during a television taping that aired in August, Jerry Blackwell, after suffering a pinfall loss to Brad Rheingans, began beating down Rheingans and easily fighting off anyone who tried to run in for the save; however, Hogan ran in, got the upper hand and ran Blackwell from the ring. Hogan was eventually victorious in his feud with Blackwell and by the end of 1981, gained his first title matches against Bockwinkel.
Hulk Hogan WWF Career
After purchasing the company from his father in 1982, Vincent K. McMahon had plans to expand the territory into a nationwide promotion, and he handpicked Hogan to be the company’s showpiece attraction due to his charisma and name recognition. Hogan made his return at a television taping in St. Louis, Missouri on December 27, 1983 defeating Bill Dixon. n 1984, similarities between Hogan’s character and that of The Incredible.
Hulk led to a quitclaim deal between Titan Sports, Marvel Comics and himself wherein Marvel obtained the trademarks “Hulk Hogan”, “Hulkster” and “Hulkamania” for 20 years, and Titan agreed to no longer refer to him as “incredible” nor simply “Hulk” or ever dress him in purple or green. Marvel also subsequently received .9% of reportable gross merchandise revenue associated with Hogan, $100 for each of his matches and 10% of Titan’s portion of his other earnings under this name.
Hulk Net Worth & Earnings
Hulk Hogan received $115 Million from Gawker in compensatory damages and an additional $25 Million as punitive damages. Hogan built and financed his very own restaurant and named it Pastamania. The restaurant is located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. However the restaurant was a major fail, as it was in business for less than a year. It featured dishes such as “Hulk-U’s” and “Hulk-A-Roos”.
Hulk Hogan introduced his own energy drink in 2006 and named it Hogan Energy. It was distributed by Socko Energy. He has also endorsed a line of microwavable hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken sandwiches sold at Wal-Mart called “Hulkster Burgers”. In 2011, Bollea launched a new website called Hogan Nutrition. On New Year’s Eve 2012, Hogan opened his second restaurant on a beach in the Tampa area Beach.
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