Hulk Hogan Biography
The following biography
Terrence Gene Bollea, best known as Hulk Hogan and
Hollywood Hogan (born August 11, 1953 in Augusta, Georgia), is an American
professional wrestler and actor. He is currently the star of the VH1 reality
show Hogan Knows Best and is also performing for World Wrestling Entertainment
on the RAW brand.
During his 1980s heyday wrestling for the World
Wrestling Federation as the wholesome babyface character 'Hulk Hogan', Terry
Bollea became one of the highest-drawing, most popular wrestlers in the history
of the business. After flagging popularity, a steroid scandal, 'retirements' and
lawsuits damaged his momentum in the 1990s, he jumped ship to the WWF's
then-rival, World Championship Wrestling.
He later turned heel and became a sneering bad guy
in July 1996, re-energizing and redefining his career as the greedy and
manipulative villain Hollywood Hogan, eventually returning to face status and
the WWE. During his long career, he appeared and starred in several movies and
TV shows, and now busies himself with occasional World Wrestling Entertainment
appearances and the management of the music career of his daughter, Brooke
Hogan is now officially recognized as a
fourteen-time World Heavyweight Champion, since his two American Wrestling
Association title reigns were recently validated. His loyal fans are referred to
The Super Destroyer
Terry "The Hulk" Boulder
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 275-303 lbs (125-137 kg)
Born August 11, 1953
Hometown Augusta, Georgia
Billed from Venice Beach, California
Trained by Hiro Matsuda
Early in life, Terry Bollea was a standout in minor
league baseball, and also spent ten years as a rock musician, playing bass
guitar in several Florida-based rock bands, including "Ruckus" and "Infinity's
End." Many of the wrestlers who competed in the Florida "territory" (U.S. pro
wrestling had long been divided into unlinked, individually-controlled statewide
/ regional promotions, until the WWF's 1980s national-scale rise drove many out
of business) at that time would visit the bars in which Bollea was performing.
Terry's impressive physical stature soon caught the attention of former
top-drawing wrestler Jack Brisco and his brother Jerry, both of whom convinced
Bollea to give wrestling a try. Terry had been a wrestling fan since boyhood and
was eager to give it a chance, and trained for nearly two years under the
watchful eye of legendary wrestler Hiro Matsuda, a hard-nosed taskmaster who
casually (and to instill respect, purposefully) broke Bollea's leg during their
first training session.
Terry Bollea wrestled his first professional match
on August 25, 1977 as The Super Destroyer, defeating Don Serrano. In addition to
the former, Terry also used other ringnames early in his career, including Terry
'The Hulk' Boulder, and Sterling Golden. In those formative years, Terry would
go on to win his first wrestling championships, the National Wrestling Alliance
Southeastern Heavyweight Championships recognized in Alabama and Tennessee,
respectively. Terry even had an early shot at the NWA World Heavyweight
Championship -- its holder generally recognized as the industry's #1 draw -- in
March 1979, facing NWA kingpin Harley Race.
Federation: The First Run
On November 13, 1979 Bollea made his debut in the
World Wrestling Federation and was given the name "The Incredible" Hulk Hogan by
Vince McMahon Sr., then the majority owner of the WWF. In his debut, Hogan
wrestled three matches in Allentown, Pennsylvania during one of the WWF's
marathon television tapings. Hogan was scripted to win all three bouts,
squashing Harry Valdez in the first match, Paul Figueroa in the second, and Ben
Ortiz in the third. One month later on December 17, Hogan made his Madison
Square Garden wrestling debut, defeating Ted DiBiase in 11 minutes, 12 seconds.
The later, official explanation for the chosen name
was that many considered Bollea to be physically bigger than Lou Ferrigno, who
at the time was starring in the critically acclaimed TV series The Incredible
Hulk. McMahon also wanted him to be a tough, working-man brawler with a possible
Irish background at the same time, thus the name "Hogan." A deal was later
struck with Marvel Comics to use the 'Hulk' name. In February 2005, Bollea
himself purchased the rights to the "Hulk Hogan" stage name.
Hogan started out in the WWF as an arrogant heel,
clad in a golden cape and managed by the late "Classy" Freddie Blassie. During
his first run with the WWF, Hogan feuded intensely with WWWF (World Wide
Wrestling Federation) World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund, "Mr. U.S.A." Tony
Atlas, and a man he had met previously in the deep South, and would see much
more of down the road in his career: the late 7'4", 520-pound André the Giant.
Hogan and André would go on to clash in a historic match on August 9, 1980 in
front of 36,295 fans in Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. This was part of the WWF's
Showdown At Shea event. In 1981, Sylvester Stallone personally offered him a
part in the movie Rocky III. Hogan wanted to use this opportunity for a
potential movie career, but industry etiquette demanded that he first ask for
his boss' permission. Knowing that he could not refuse this opportunity (it
could dramatically increase his drawing power / earning potential, since
wrestling fans -- and promoters -- in each territory would want to see "the big
guy from Rocky III in person"), Bollea took the part anyway. When McMahon Sr.
found out (as Bollea knew he would), he fired Hogan from the WWF as a result.
After filming his scene for Rocky III, Hogan made
his debut in the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association, owned and
promoted by former nine-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and two-time NCAA
Champion Verne Gagne. Hogan's first AWA match took place on August 1, 1981 in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he defeated Tony Leone and Chuck Greenlee in a
handicap match. Hogan started his AWA run portraying his heel character from the
WWF, but AWA fans reacted much differently to Hogan. The audience couldn't get
enough of the muscular Hogan, and soon AWA bookers (the underlings of the
promoter, responsible for figuring out profitable match-ups and the matches'
details) were compelled to turn Hogan face. On May 28, 1982, Rocky III premiered
in theaters nationwide. Hogan's role in Rocky III was "Thunderlips: The Ultimate
Male", a buffed, egotistical pro wrestler who took on Stallone's Rocky Balboa in
a wrestler vs. boxer charity match. The role would garner international media
attention for Hogan, and soon he was riding the crest of a wave of popularity,
the likes of which had rarely been seen before for a professional wrestler. The
seeds for what would become the cultural movement known as Hulkamania were
New Japan Pro
During this period of Hogan's career, he was not
competing strictly under the AWA (or any) banner. A great deal of Hogan's early
success was achieved in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Japanese wrestling fans were in
awe of the gargantuan blond American, and nicknamed him "Ichiban" (which
translates to "Number One"). Hogan first appeared in Japan on May 23, 1980,
while he was still with the WWWF. He would tour the country from time to time
over the next few years, facing a wide variety of opponents ranging from Tatsumi
Fujinami to Abdullah the Butcher. When competing in Japan, Hogan used a vastly
different repotire of wrestling moves, relying on more "scientific" (i.e.,
technical, more amateur style-seeming) looking traditional wrestling holds and
maneuvers as opposed to the power-based (feats of strength), brawling style U.S.
fans were accustomed to seeing from him. On June 2, 1983, Hogan became the first
International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament winner, defeating Japanese
wrestling icon Antonio Inoki by knockout in the finals of a 10-man tournament
featuring top talent from throughout the world. Hogan and Inoki also worked as
partners in Japan, winning the prestigious MSG Tag League tournament two years
in a row, in 1982 and 1983.
Federation: Hulkamania Runs Wild
Hogan, now a face, was a great box-office success
in the AWA, and was lured back to the World Wrestling Federation in late 1983 by
Vince McMahon, Jr. after he bought the organization outright from his father.
Hogan had been growing increasingly frustrated with the AWA's backstage
politics, which kept the AWA World Heavyweight Championship out of his reach,
despite blatantly obvious fan demand for him to "win" it. On two different
occasions, Hogan had been scripted to win the AWA Championship from heel
champion Nick Bockwinkel and have it revert back to Bockwinkel by contrived
technicality. This was a common plot device in the business -- especially in
territories much smaller and less lucrative than the AWA at that time -- done
repeatedly to milk audience anticipation that the face would topple the heel
'next time'. In a spring 1983 show in Minneapolis (the AWA's home market), this
same plot played out, as it had profitably done before. But this time, Gagne had
greatly underestimated his fans' anticipation; after the 'badguy-retains-title-via-technicality'
routine had played out, fan displeasure was so strong, only Bollea's pleas (on
the PA system, in-character as Hogan) kept them from rioting (this outcome was
officially overturned by the AWA board in April 2005 -- over 10 years after
Gagne's company had stopped doing live shows -- thus making Hogan an officially
recognized "two-time former AWA World Champion"). Hogan was also upset with
promoter Verne Gagne's demands for a percentage of his Japanese earnings in
exchange for the AWA Championship. McMahon, Jr. wanted to turn the WWF into a
nationwide (and then worldwide) entity, leveraged on Hulk Hogan's charisma,
body, and name power. Hogan would become one of the most popular wrestlers ever,
with his loyal fans known as "Hulkamaniacs."
Hulk Hogan played the role of an honest and
courageous hero, encouraging children to "train, say their prayers and take
their vitamins". Hogan made a dramatic return to the WWF on January 3, 1984
during a marathon TV taping in Allentown, Pennsylvania, saving Bob Backlund from
a three-on-one assault at the hands of the Wild Samoans. Weeks later on January
23, Hogan won the WWF Championship for the first time, pinning The Iron Sheik in
New York's Madison Square Garden. McMahon's "Hulkamania" marketing strategy had
Hogan would remain WWF Champion for four years and
13 days, overcoming such challengers as André the Giant, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul
Orndorff, Rowdy Roddy Piper and King Kong Bundy, drawing record houses, PPV
buyrates and TV ratings in the process. He co-hosted Saturday Night Live on
March 30, 1985 and even had his own CBS Saturday morning cartoon during this
lucrative run, titled Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, in which he was voiced by
On March 31, 1985, the inaugural WrestleMania took
place at Madison Square Garden, featuring Hogan in a tag team main event, with
Mr. T his partner. Hogan would go on to headline the first nine WrestleManias,
from 1985 to 1993.
A new storyline was introduced in early 1987: Hogan
was presented a trophy for being the WWF Champion for three years. André the
Giant, a good friend (who could also be seen pouring champagne over him in the
Madison Square Garden locker room in the interview scene following his title
win) came out to congratulate him. Shortly afterwards, André was presented a
slightly smaller trophy for being "undefeated in the WWF for 15 years." In
actuality, André had suffered a handful of countout and disqualification losses
in the WWF, but had never been pinned or forced to submit in a WWF ring. Hogan
came out to congratulate André, but André walked out in the midst of Hogan's
speech. Then, on an edition of Piper's Pit, Hogan was confronted by Bobby Heenan.
Heenan announced that his new protege was André. André then challenged Hogan to
a title match at WrestleMania III, ripping the t-shirt and crucifix off of
WrestleMania III, held on March 29, 1987 at the
Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, set a North American indoor attendance
record for any sporting event. A crowd of 93,173 fans witnessed Hogan
successfully defend the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against André the
Giant. The match would become the most famous of Hogan's career, one which saw
Hogan bodyslam the 520-pound Frenchman before pinning his shoulders to the mat.
The match was considered to being a "passing of the torch" between one of the
biggest stars in wrestling of the 1970s, André, and the biggest star in
wrestling of the 1980s, Hogan. Years later, Hogan stated that André was so
heavy, he felt more like 700 pounds.
Hogan lost the belt in extremely controversial
fashion to André on NBC's "The Main Event" on February 5, 1988, thanks to a
convoluted scam involving "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and "evil" twin
referee Earl Hebner (in place of the match's appointed arbiter, his twin brother
Dave Hebner). The WWF Championship was vacated for the third time in its 25-year
history, and all this in turn led to Hogan's on/off friend "Macho Man" Randy
Savage taking the vacant title in a tournament at WrestleMania IV a month later.
Together, Hogan, Savage, and manager Miss Elizabeth
formed a partnership known as The Mega Powers. As fate would have it, the
Mega-Powers would soon implode from within, due to Savage's burgeoning jealousy
of Hogan and his paranoid suspicions that Hogan and Elizabeth were "more than
friends." A feud between Hogan and Savage began, which culminated with Hogan
beating Savage for his second World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania V
on April 2, 1989. Hogan's second run lasted a year, during which time he starred
in his first movie, No Holds Barred, and won the 1990 Royal Rumble Match, last
eliminating Mr. Perfect. He dropped the title to Intercontinental Champion The
Ultimate Warrior, on April 1, 1990 at WrestleMania VI.
Hogan soon became embroiled in a heated feud with
the 468-pound Earthquake, a mountain of a man who gained infamy by crushing
Hogan's ribs in a sneak attack on "The Brother Love Show" in May 1990. The
injuries Hogan suffered in the attack, coupled with his loss to The Ultimate
Warrior, took a toll on Hogan's fighting spirit. Hogan started considering
retirement for the first time in his career. His "Hulkamaniacs" soon began a
massive letter-writing campaign, begging their hero to return from his injuries
and take down Earthquake once and for all. Fueled by the positive vibes of his "Hulkamaniacs",
Hogan returned to the ring again, and trounced Earthquake in a months-long
series of matches around the country.
On March 24, 1991, Hogan stood up for the USA
against Iraqi-sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter, outwitting him for his third WWF World
Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania VII. Hogan lost the title to Undertaker
at the Survivor Series on November 27, 1991, in an infamous bout marred by
interference from the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Just six days later,
Hogan regained the title in a match held on a special pay-per-view named Tuesday
In Texas. In the ensuing five months, Hulk Hogan announced he was contemplating
retirement from wrestling and 'bowed out' against Sid Justice at WrestleMania
VIII on April 5, 1992. He later reconsidered, and was back in the ring within a
A lot of fictitious rumors surround the Hulk Hogan
sensation, employed in part by the WWF and later WCW to sensationalize and hype
up their star name. Hogan dyed his hair platinum blonde and wore a bandana. His
usual colors were yellow and red; as a heel they were black and white. One
statistic about Hogan that did stand, at least at the time, was that he had the
largest arms in professional sports, a title he legitimately held only for a few
years. Hogan's "24-inch pythons" were the most commonly used phrase in reference
to his arms.
Hulk Hogan's incredible crossover popularity led to
several television and movie roles. Along with 1982's Rocky III, he starred, as
mentoned above, in No Holds Barred (1989), as well as Suburban Commando (1991),
Mr. Nanny (1993), Santa with Muscles (1996), and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega
Mountain (1998). He made two appearances on The A-Team (in 1985 and 1986), and
starred in his own TV series, Thunder in Paradise, in 1994.
Hogan returned to the WWF in January 1993, helping
out his longtime friend Brutus Beefcake in his feud with Money Inc.. Hogan
scooped his fifth WWF World Heavyweight Championship on April 4 of that year,
overcoming Yokozuna in an impromptu bout at WrestleMania IX. He lost the title
back to Yokozuna in June 1993 at King of the Ring after a camera exploded in his
face, temporarily blinding him, and departed the WWF two months later. An
impending steroid scandal led to Vince McMahon deciding to phase out large,
muscular wrestlers such as Hogan and give the top spots to smaller, more
technically sound wrestlers such as Bret Hart. After Hogan left the WWF, he
decided to concentrate on movies and TV, and take time off from professional
In June 1994 Hogan was expensively lured back to
the ring by Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling, which was the WWF's main
competitor at the time. When Hogan signed with WCW, officials (namely, Eric
Bischoff, who convinced Hogan to join WCW in the first place) hoped that they
could relive the glory days of Hulkamania, but everyone involved also knew it
would be tough to convince many loyal, old-school WCW fans of Hogan's worth,
particularly the southern fans that were traditionally anti-WWF. Hogan was also
at this time given virtually absolute creative control over his onscreen
character. Hulk Hogan's contract signing on June 11 was held at Disney World in
Orlando, following a garish, red-and-yellow ticker tape parade.
Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in
his debut match, overcoming Ric Flair in a genuine 'dream' match on July 17.
After tussling with Flair, Vader, and the Dungeon of Doom for the next eighteen
months, Hogan dropped the belt and began to only appear occasionally on WCW
shows. WCW fans were clamouring for younger, more exciting international stars
such as Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, and were growing tired of seeing
Hogan's "red-and-yellow good guy" persona they had seen for ten years in the
WWF. Hogan soon reinvented himself as a heel (his first time playing a heel role
since 1981) and returned full-time on July 7, 1996.
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash both left the WWF in
early 1996 and returned to their old employer, WCW. They were portrayed as
'Outsiders' and quickly announced their intent to "take over" WCW, with the help
of an unnamed third member of their team (initially rumored to be Bret Hart). At
the Bash At The Beach PPV, Hall, Nash and their partner were scheduled to face
the WCW trio of Sting, Randy Savage, and Lex Luger. The third partner did not
begin the match, and, after Luger left the match due to an injury, some assumed
that he would be the "third man." When Hogan came out, many expected him to
attack Hall and Nash. However, in one of the most shocking moments in wrestling
history, Hogan leg dropped Randy Savage and declared himself to be Hall and
Nash's partner, with the trio comprising what Hogan dubbed the New World Order.
Hogan soon dyed his beard black and renamed himself
Hollywood Hogan. Hogan managed to redefine the heel character: rather than the
traditional "bad guy" Hollywood Hogan gave birth to a more realistic,
street-smart villain, with none of the usual wrestling gimmicks and devices.
Some have placed Hollywood Hogan as one of the best and most effective heels in
pro wrestling history.
After defeating The Giant at Hog Wild on August 10,
1996, Hogan held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for most of 1997. During
this period he grappled with Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and many more. The
ever-expanding nWo gang concurrently became the hottest concept in wrestling
too, helping WCW to achieve 83 straight Monday night ratings victories over the
WWF. The black-and-white nWo t-shirt also became one of the highest-selling
pieces of wrestling merchandise ever during 1997.
Hogan then lost the belt to Sting in a
hugely-hyped, 18-months-in-the-making match at StarrCade in December 1997. The
event was also the highest-drawing PPV in WCW's history. After a lackluster 1998
spent wrestling celebrity matches with buddies such as Dennis Rodman and Jay
Leno while TV ratings began to decline, Hogan announced his retirement, and also
attempted to launch a run for the US Presidency in November (at the behest of
his boss Ted Turner, who felt Hogan was popular enough to capture the nation's
highest office). He was back in the ring alongside a reformed nWo within weeks
however, and eventually turned on what was left of them in July 1999 and swiftly
returned to his familiar, red-and-yellow wearing babyface persona. Injuries and
frustrations were mounting up however, and Hogan was soon absent from TV from
October 1999 to February 2000.
Soon after his return to WCW TV, Hogan began
feuding with Billy Kidman. Then, at Bash at the Beach 2000, Hogan was involved
in a very controversial, real-life incident with WCW booker Vince Russo. Hogan
was scheduled to wrestle Jeff Jarrett for the WCW World Heavyweight
Championship. Hogan felt that he should win so he used the clause in his
contract that gave him creative control over all the finishes of his matches.
Russo was furious at Hogan because he did not think that Hogan should be the
Unbeknowest to Hogan, Russo told Jarrett to lay
down in the middle of the ring and asked Hogan to pin him straight away. A
visibly confused Hogan complied, then got on the microphone and told Russo
"That's why the company is in the damn shape it's in, because of bullshit like
this!" Russo responsed by coming out and saying that he wanted to get rid of all
the "old guys" and that since Hogan refused to job to Jarrett a new WCW World
Heavyweight Championship would be created, setting the stage for a title match
between Booker T and Jeff Jarrett later that night. Hogan was never seen or
mentioned on WCW television after the event and he filed an unresolved
defamation of character lawsuit against WCW and Vince Russo soon after.
Entertainment: The Comeback
From July 2000 to November 2001, Hogan was
extremely quiet and out of the public eye. He had been dealing with self-doubt
and depression following the Vince Russo incident, wondering if what Russo had
said about him was true. The majority of the Internet wrestling community at the
time had largely agreed with Russo's sentiments, feeling Hogan was "washed-up"
and had been "holding down younger talents" for too long. Hogan wanted to prove
his detractors wrong, and show them that he still had another run or two left in
In the months following the eventual demise of WCW
in March 2001, Hogan underwent surgery on his knees, in order for him to wrestle
again. As a test, Hogan worked a match in Orlando, Florida for the XWF promotion
run by his longtime handler Jimmy Hart. Hogan defeated the late Curt Hennig in
this match, and felt healthy enough to accept an offer to return to the WWF in
February 2002. Inititally, Hogan returned as leader of the original nWo with
Hall and Nash. Soon after arriving, he fought a memorable match against The Rock
at WrestleMania X8 on March 17, 2002. This was Hogan's only WrestleMania match
fought as a heel, but the crowd cheered wildly for Hogan, effectively turning
him face during the match. The Rock cleanly won the contest, but befriended
Hogan at the end of the bout and helped him fight off Hall and Nash, who were
upset by Hogan's conciliatory attitude.
After the match, Hogan was a definite face again,
and had a month-long reign as Undisputed Champion in the spring of 2002 after
defeating Triple H at WWE Backlash. After an angle with Brock Lesnar in August
2002, Hogan went on hiatus. He returned in early 2003 to battle The Rock once
again and defeated Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XIX. He then had another run as
Hulk Hogan (with the old "Hulk Rules" logo being revived and altered as "Hulk
Still Rules") and later, the mask-wearing spoof superhero Mr. America.
Mr. America was another Hulk Hogan alter-ego. Mr.
America was actually Hulk Hogan in disguise, wearing a mask. He used Hulk
Hogan's Real American theme music. He was the subject of a story line after
Hollywood Hulk Hogan was forced by his boss Vince McMahon to sit out the rest of
his contract after he won at WrestleMania XIX because McMahon wanted Hulkamania
On May 1, 2003 Mr. America debuted on SmackDown! on
Piper's Pit, in which Vince appeared and claimed that Mr. America was Hulk Hogan
in disguise, Hogan shot back by saying "I am not Hulk Hogan, brother!"
The feud continued though the month of May, with a
singles match between America and Hogan's old rival Roddy Piper at Judgement
Day. Zach Gowen was also involved in the feud on the side of Mr. America.
Vince tried desperately to prove that Mr. America
was indeed Hulk Hogan, but failed on all accounts. Mr. America even passed a lie
Mr. America's last WWE appearance was on the June
26, 2003 edition of SmackDown!, where The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie
Haas defeated America, Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle in a six-man tag team match
when Show pinned Mr. America. After the show ended, Mr. America unmasked to show
the fans that he was indeed Hulk Hogan. The next week, Hogan quit the WWE due to
frustration with the creative team. On the July 3, 2003 edition of SmackDown!,
McMahon showed the footage of Mr. America unmasking as Hogan and 'fired' him.
For several months afterwards, WWE hyped up Big Show as the man who retired
Hogan at Madison Square Garden (where the six-man tag team match was held), in
order to give Big Show some more credibility. In a twist of irony, Big Show was
first discovered by Hogan himself, and in 1995 was pushed as a major threat to
Hogan's WCW Championship reign.
A few months after Mr. America ceased to exist,
Hulk Hogan worked a match for New Japan Pro Wrestling, beating Masahiro Chono at
the Ultimate Crush II event. Hogan had been looking to make his debut for Total
Nonstop Action Wrestling, but another knee surgery delayed negotiations, and the
deal was never finalized.
Hall of Famer
Hogan was inducted by Sylvester Stallone, into the
WWE Hall of Fame on April 2, 2005. The Hulkster was greeted with a loud standing
ovation which lasted several minutes prior to his acceptance speech. During his
speech, Hogan was interrupted more than once by fans chanting "One more match!"
The following night at WrestleMania 21, Hogan gave them a teaser of things to
come, saving Eugene from an attack at the hands of Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow
Daivari. On May 1, 2005, Hogan gave the fans what they had asked for, when he
teamed with Shawn Michaels to defeat Hassan and Daivari at Backlash.
On the June 27 edition of RAW Hogan was announced
as the mystery tag team partner of WWE Champion John Cena and Shawn Michaels in
a match against Chris Jericho, Christian and Tyson Tomko.
Hogan then appeared the following week on the July
4 edition of RAW as the special guest of Carlito on his talk-show segment,
Carlito's Cabana. After being asked disrespectful questions by Carlito
concerning his daughter Brooke Hogan, Hogan proceeded to attack Carlito. This
was then followed up by an appearance of Kurt Angle who made more dirty comments
about Brooke, which further upset Hogan. Hogan was eventually double teamed by
Carlito and Angle, but was saved by Shawn Michaels. Later that night, Shawn
Michaels and Hogan defeated Carlito and Kurt Angle in a tag match. During the
post match celebration, Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to Hogan and walked
off. The following week on RAW, Michaels appeared on Piper's Pit and challenged
the Hall of Famer to face him one-on-one for the first time. Hogan appeared on
RAW one week later and accepted the challenge. The match took place on Sunday,
August 21, at SummerSlam.
One thing that Hogan and Michaels had in common
prior to the event is that at SummerSlam, the two of them had never lost in a
one-on-one match scenario. That would change on August 21, 2005.
The match between Hogan and Michaels would turn out
to be the main event of the night, and the two collided in a battle of Legend
vs. Icon. The match went back and forth, with two referees getting knocked out
and HBK using a steel chair to try to gain an advantage. Even after hitting his
Sweet Chin Music, Hogan still kicked out and took it to Michaels, finally
hitting him with his legdrop and scoring the victory. HBK extended his hand to
him, telling him that he "had to know," and Hogan and Michaels shook hands.
Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with the crowd.
Today, Hulk Hogan is semi-retired from wrestling,
appearing for occasional matches with WWE and managing the singing career of his
teenage daughter Brooke Hogan. A reality series featuring Hogan, Brooke, wife
Linda, and son Nicholas, titled Hogan Knows Best, premiered on July 10, 2005, on
VH1. The pilot episode was the highest-rated reality show debut in VH1 history.
Hulk Hogan's career is filled with legendary
performances against a wide variety of opponents, ranging from newcomers to some
of the greatest champions ever. His impressive physical prowess, charismatic
personality, and ability to work an audience have helped him achieve true icon
status in the sport of professional wrestling. The late WWE Hall of Famer
Gorilla Monsoon summed it up best several years ago: "They broke the mold when
they made this man! There will never be another Hulkster in the history of our
Hulk Hogan became a part of the online fantasy
wrestling league, Legends Championship Wrestling. Founded by Christian Calaway
in the summer of 2005, the online fantasy league was based on the Acclaim video
game, "Showdown: Legends of Wrestling," which Hulk Hogan was a part of. Hulk
Hogan became the LCW Universal Champion on July 3, 2005, defeating Randy Savage
and Paul Orndorff in a triple threat match. Hulk Hogan continues to successfully
defend his championship in Legends Championship Wrestling against old foes like
Lex Luger and Ric Flair, amongst others.
Hulk Hogan has been the subject of controversy
throughout the latter part of his career. Many fans and wrestlers alike
considered him a "politician" who used his influence to secure a spot at the top
of the roster. Hogan is often regarded as an egomaniac with an inflated view of
his own importance and the extent of his contributions to professional
wrestling. When asked about his apparent refusal to job or sell moves in a 2005
interview, Hogan stated, "Verne Gagne, for three years, told me not to go down
to a knee. That put me into a spot where everybody wanted to say 'Well, he
doesn't want to do a job. He can't work. He can't take bumps.' Promoters said
'Man, if you go off your feet, we're not going to make any money. You're the
Hulk!' You need to know the whole picture of this business."
Despite his success, Hogan rarely wrestled
technically proficient matches in the United States, relying more on his
charisma than his pure wrestling ability. He is widely regarded as having acted
as a catalyst in the gradual movement of professional wrestling away from sport
and towards entertainment.
Hogan's personal conduct has rarely come under
intense scrutiny, with even his most fervent detractors focusing on his alleged
politicking. Nonetheless, several incidents have somewhat marred Hogan's
character, most prominently the aforementioned steroid scandal. In 1993, Hogan
was rumored to have sustained a black eye immediately before WrestleMania IX at
the hands of Randy Savage, who supposedly believed that Hogan had committed
adultery with his ex-wife, Miss Elizabeth. The official explanation provided by
the WWF was that Hogan had injured his eye in a jet ski accident. In January
1996, Hogan was sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman named Kate
Kennedy, but was acquitted of all charges.
Finally, Hogan's lengthy career and multiple faux
retirements have led to jibes about his inability to "leave the spotlight".
Hogan continues to wrestle despite having an artificial hip and various nagging
injuries. As early as 1994, the WWF parodied Hogan (then working for WCW) with a
character known as "The Huckster". In August 2005, Shawn Michaels humourously
impersonated Hogan in a parody of Larry King Live in which "Hogan" moved with
the assistance of a walker and suffered from back cramps.
"Classy" Freddie Blassie
"What'cha gonna do, What'cha gonna do brother
when Hulkamania runs wild on you?"
"Train, say your prayers, and eat your
vitamins." (The "Demandments")
There was a fourth demandment: believing in
"This is where the power lies, brother!"
"God created the Heavens, he created the earth!
He created all the Hulkamaniacs! Then, he created a set of 24-inch pythons,
"Hulkamania is runnin' wild like it's never ran
"Anything less would be too civilized."
A parody of an advertisement for Right Guard
deodorant where Hogan uttered the slogan "Anything less would be
"When you're nWo, you're nWo for life."
"When you're with the nWo, when you're with
Hollywood, you're just...too...sweet!"
"What'cha gonna do when the 24-inch pythons run
wild on you?"
"Well let me tell you something, brother!"
Hogan is one of the very few to be an inductee
of both the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (2003) and the WWE Hall of
Hogan has appeared on the cover of Pro
Wrestling Illustrated Magazine more times than any other wrestler (a total
of 81 times, including the 25th Anniversary issue.)
He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in
April 1985. Next to the swimsuit issue, the magazine was the year's best
seller. He is one of only two professional wrestlers to ever appear on the
cover of SI; the other is Danny Hodge.
Hulk Hogan earned $1.8-million for his match
against "Macho Man" Randy Savage at WrestleMania V, April 2, 1989.
Among the many wrestlers of the current era who
cite Hulk Hogan as a primary influence: John Cena, Trish Stratus, Edge,
Eugene, Rhyno, and Big Show.
Hollywood Hulk Hogan made a cameo appearances
in Muppets From Space as "Man in Black" and in Gremlins 2: The New Batch as
Hulk Hogan appeared in a 1986 video called
"Real American" performed by Rick Derringer. The video features him
"playing" a guitar across all of America (actually, he was only standing in
front of a blue screen while clips of American landmarks shot across the
screen, and also features him in certain wrestling scenes.
Hogan is rumored to have taken down talented
amateur wrestler Verne Gagne with a front facelock following a heated
dispute that became physical.
Hogan's earliest entrance music is Survivor's "Eye
of the Tiger", the chart-topping song from Rocky III. It was later replaced by
the theme song to Hogan's animated series "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling", and
later by his best-known entrance theme, a track called Real American performed
by Rick Derringer.
However, Hogan cannot use the song Real American
outside of WWE. Even though Jimmy Hart wrote the song, Vince McMahon had the
song copyrighted right before Hulk Hogan left for WCW, preventing him from using
it (the song was originally the theme music for Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham,
the USA Express). He used the song American Made which can be found on the Hulk
Rules CD, then the nWo theme for his Hollywood Hogan character while in WCW, and
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix for his Hollywood Hulk Hogan
character while in WWE after the WWE nWo was disbanded. He first used the
Hendrix track occasionally during his nWo days in WCW. Towards the end of his
last WWE run, he wore a mask and was known by the name Mr. America, once again
making his entrance to Real American. Upon his return in 2005 for the WWE Hall
of Fame induction and subsequent appearances he also used Real American.
February 1979 – NWA Southeastern Heavyweight
Title (Southern division)
Defeated Ox Baker (as Terry Boulder) – Alabama
Lost to Austin Idol on June 20, 1979 – Mobile,
December 1, 1979 – NWA Southeast Heavyweight
Title (Northern division)
Defeated Dick Slater (as Sterling Golden) –
Lost to Bob Armstrong on December 25, 1979 –
April 18, 1982 – AWA World Heavyweight
Defeated Nick Bockwinkel (as “Incredible” Hulk
Hogan) – Saint Paul, Minnesota
April 24, 1983 – AWA World Heavyweight
Defeated Nick Bockwinkel (as “Incredible” Hulk
Hogan) – Saint Paul, Minnesota
NOTE (1) :The first decision was reversed by
AWA President Stanley Blackburn for "hitting the champ with an illegal
NOTE (2) :The second decision was also reversed
by Stanley Blackburn, due to Hogan throwing Bockwinkel over the top rope
during the match, which was against AWA rules at the time.
Both of these rulings were overturned on April
4, 2005 by the AWA, who recognized Hogan as a two-time former champion.
June 2, 1983 – IWGP Heavyweight Title
Defeated Antonio Inoki by knockout in
tournament final – Tokyo
Lost to Antonio Inoki by countout on June 14,
January 23, 1984 – WWF World Heavyweight
Defeated The Iron Sheik – New York, New York
Lost to André the Giant on February 5, 1988 (@
The Main Event)
NOTE: This is Hogan's longest reign with the
World Wrestling Federaton Championship; the second longest title reign ever;
Bruno Sammartino has the longest title reign at seven years, eight months,
and one day.
April 2, 1989 - WWF World Heavyweight
Defeated Randy Savage – Atlantic City, New
Jersey (@ WrestleMania V)
Lost to The Ultimate Warrior on April 1, 1990
(@ WrestleMania VI)
March 24, 1991 - WWF World Heavyweight
Defeated Sgt. Slaughter – Los Angeles,
California (@ WrestleMania VII)
Lost to The Undertaker on November 27, 1991 (@
Survivor Series 1991)
December 3, 1991 - WWF World Heavyweight
Defeated The Undertaker – San Antonio, Texas (@
Tuesday in Texas)
Title is declared vacant due to disputed finish
April 4, 1993 - WWF World Heavyweight
Defeated Yokozuna – Las Vegas, Nevada (@
Lost to Yokozuna on June 13, 1993 (@ King of
the Ring 1993)
NOTE: After Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart for the
title by cheating, Hogan came down and was challenged by Yokozuna's manager
Mr. Fuji on behalf of the champion. After a failed attempt to cheat,
Yokozuna is defeated by Hogan in twenty-five seconds, the quickest World
Heavyweight Championship victory until Diesel's eight second victory over
Bob Backlund on November 26, 1994.
July 17, 1994 – WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Ric Flair – Orlando, Florida
Lost to The Giant on October 29, 1995 by
NOTE: The match with The Giant had a
stipulation that allowed the title to change hands despite disqualification.
August 10, 1996 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated The Giant (as “Hollywood Hogan”) –
Sturgis, South Dakota
Lost to Lex Luger on August 4, 1997
August 9, 1997 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Lex Luger (as “Hollywood Hogan”) -
Sturgis, South Dakota
Lost to Sting on December 28, 1997
April 20, 1998 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Randy Savage (as “Hollywood Hogan”) -
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Lost to Goldberg on July 6, 1998
January 4, 1999 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Kevin Nash (as “Hollywood Hogan”) -
Lost to Ric Flair on March 14, 1999
NOTE (1) : The “winning” match was a joke match
where Kevin Nash laid down and allowed Hogan to pin him. This match is often
called the "Fingerpoke of Doom" match, especially in the Internet wrestling
NOTE (2) : The match with Ric Flair was
supposed to be a First Blood Cage Match; however, the match ended with Hogan
being counted out in a figure four leglock.
July 12, 1999 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Randy Savage (as “Hollywood Hogan”) -
Lost to Sting on September 12, 1999
NOTE: The following “match” is not considered
an official title reign.
July 10, 2000 - WCW World Heavyweight
Defeated Jeff Jarrett (as “Hollywood Hogan”) -
Daytona Beach, Florida
NOTE: In this match, Vince Russo, upset that
Hogan had opted to use his creative control clause to win the title, ordered
Jarrett to lie down for Hogan. Hogan "won" the title and left the arena. A
few minutes later, Russo cut a promo deriding Hogan for being a selfish "son
of a bitch", and said that the title Hogan won was now known as the "Hulk
Hogan Memorial Title". A new WCW World Title was created and put up in a
match between Jarrett and Booker T, which was won by Booker. It should also
be noted that Vince Russo and the WCW were both sued by Hogan for defamation
of character as the result of this event, and may have included the
AOL/Time-Warner conglomerate as well. Vince Russo had been determined to
place Jeff Jarrett as the centerpiece of WCW storylines, and did not wish to
give fans the expected payoff of the feud that had been developed by the
concept of the older, established stars of WCW, the so-called Millionaire's
Club' who were the de facto good guys, against the 'younger' talent of the
'New Blood'. Hogan and Jarrett were the de facto representatives of the
Entertainment (WWF/WWE) era
April 21, 2002 - WWE Undisputed Championship
Defeated Triple H (as “Hollywood Hulk Hogan”) -
Kansas City, Missouri (Backlash 2002)
Lost to Undertaker on May 20, 2002 (@ Judgment
July 4, 2002 - World Tag Team Championship
Defeated Billy and Chuck with Edge (as
“Hollywood Hulk Hogan”) - Boston, Massachusetts
Lost to Lance Storm and Christian on July 21,
2002 (Vengeance 2002)
The Iron Sheik
André the Giant
The Ultimate Warrior
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) ranked him # 1 of
the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003. He was also ranked
twice in the best tag teams of the "PWI Years". He was # 44 with Antonio Inoki
and # 57 with Randy Savage.
Hogan also won numerous PWI Awards over the years.
He won Most Inspirational Wrestler in 1983 and 1999. He won Comeback of the Year
in 1994 and 2002. He won Most Popular Wrestler of the Year in 1985, 1989 and
1990. He won Wrestler of the Year in 1987, 1991 and 1994. He won Most Hated
Wrestler of the Year in 1996 and 1998 while he was with the nWo. He was involved
in the Match of the Year in 1985 (with Mr. T vs. Paul Orndorff & Roddy Piper at
WrestleMania), 1988 (vs. André the Giant on NBC), 1990 (vs. Ultimate Warrior at
WrestleMania VI) and 2002 (vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8). He was involved in
the Feud of the Year in 1986 (vs. Paul Orndorff).
Winner of 1982 MSG Tag League tournament with
Winner of 1983 MSG Tag League tournament with
Winner of 1990 Royal Rumble.
Winner of 1991 Royal Rumble.
Member of Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
(inducted in 2003).
Member of WWE Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005).
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