Although we may know him by his wrestling name “Hulk Hogan”, his real name is Terry Eugene Bollea. He is now a retired wrestler; however, he still has a successful career as a TV actor, musician and an overall entrepreneur in America. Some would say that he is the greatest wrestler of all time and he has a great following of fans that have always supported him in his career.
The Hulk was found in 1970; the legendary promoter for the WWF saw him and thought that he would be ideal for wrestling due to his large size. He is 6 ft 8, and weighs at 303 lbs. His large size is, of course, where the name “Hulk” comes from. And once he began his career, he was somewhat of an instant hit. He quickly had fans all around the country rooting for him!
Hogan became the WWF champion for his unforgettable defeat of the Iron Sheik in 1984. He swiftly attained super-stardom which resulted in the legendary “Hulkamania” fan frenzy. Hogan regularly headlined the main annual events of the WWF, WCW, WrestleMania, and Starrcade. He also performed for the AWA, NJPW, and TNA.
He was the first wrestler to win Royal Rumbles consecutively and was inducted by Sylvester Stallone into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2005. Hogan is a 6-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion/WWF Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and reigned as Undisputed WWF/WWE Champion.
Hogan participated extensively in acting, starting with his antagonist role as “Thunderlips the Ultimate Male” in Sylvester Stallone’s 1982 movie Rocky III. He proceeded to star in several movies, three television shows, Right Guard commercials and the Hulk Hogan’s Main Event video game. Hogan was the front man for “The Wrestling Boot Band”, whose only record, Hulk Rules, made Billboard’s No. 12 on the Top Kid Audio chart in 1995. Hogan’s 1980s success and fame soon waned in the early 90s. WWF’s drug troubles saw Hogan admitting drug abuse, forcing him to terminate both his wrestling and film careers.
When many believed that his career was perhaps over as a wrestler, he made a remarkable comeback in 1996. He came back to the wrestling world and won over fans both old and new. He joined Ted Turner’s WCW as part of the New World Order in an infamous triumvirate with wrestlers Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. It was after this comeback that he was able to find success in the entertainment world as a tv personality and as an entrepreneur in his several businesses. Despite a few setbacks, some with family and some with the law, he was still able to make his life a success.
While his career has had its ups and downs we can all clearly see that the hulk has had his successes in both the wrestling world as well as with fame, both from acting and his businesses. While we may not see that much from him any more these days, he has become somewhat of a household name all across America.