The following biography
Terry Gene Bollea (born August
11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American
professional wrestler, actor, television personality, and musician currently
signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity
in the mid 1980s through the early 1990s as the all-American character Hulk
Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF—now WWE), and was notable in the
mid-to-late 1990s as Hollywood Hogan, the villainous nWo leader, in World
Championship Wrestling (WCW). Following the closure of WCW, he made a brief
return to WWE in the early 2000s, revising his heroic character by combining
elements of his two most famous personas.
Hogan was later inducted into the
WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a 12-time world heavyweight champion being a
six-time WWF/WWE Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, as well as a
former WWE World Tag Team Champion with Edge. He won the Royal Rumble in 1990
and 1991, and was the first to win two Royal Rumbles in a row. He was also the
first WWE wrestler to win the WWE Championship, three times. In his first reign
as WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Hogan held the title for 469 days from July
17, 1994 to October 29, 1995—the longest reign of all time for this
Ring name(s) The Super Destroyer
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Billed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Billed weight 302 lb (137 kg)
Born August 11, 1953 (1953-08-11)
Resides Tampa, Florida
Billed from Venice Beach,
Washington, D.C. (as Mr.
Hollywood, California (as Hollywood
Trained by Hiro Matsuda
Debut August 10, 1977
Bollea, who is of Italian, French,
and Panamanian heritage, is the son of Peter Bollea, a construction foreman,
and Ruth, a homemaker and dance teacher. Hogan was raised in Tampa, Florida. As
a boy, he was a pitcher in Little League Baseball. 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. Hogan was also
a skilled musician, spending ten years playing bass guitar in several
Florida-based rock bands. After music gigs began to get in the way of his
time in college, Hogan decided to drop out of the University of South Florida
before receiving any degree. Eventually, Hogan and two local musicians formed
a band called Ruckus in 1976. The band soon became a local sensation in the
Tampa Bay region.
During his spare time, Hogan would
work out at Hector's Gym in the Tampa Bay area and eventually became strong
enough to do big lifting. Many of the wrestlers who were competing in the
Florida region visited the bars where Ruckus was performing. Among those
attending his performances were Jack and Gerald Brisco, two brothers who
wrestled together as a tag team in the Florida region. Impressed by Hogan's
physical stature, the Brisco brothers asked Hiro Matsuda—the man who trained
wrestlers working for Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF)—to make him a
potential trainee. In 1976, the two brothers asked Hogan to try wrestling.
Having been a wrestling fan since childhood, Hogan eventually agreed. At
first, however, Mike Graham, the son of CWF promoter Eddie Graham, refused to
put Hogan in the ring; according to Hogan, he met Graham while in high
school and the two didn't get along. However, after Hogan quit Ruckus and
started telling people in town that he was going to be a wrestler, Mike
Graham finally agreed to accept the Brisco Brothers' request.
Professional wrestling career
In the summer of 1977, after over a
year of training 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
Championship Wrestling from Florida. 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, however,
eventually could no longer work with Hiro Matsuda, whom he felt was an
overbearing trainer, and left Championship Wrestling From Florida. After
declining an offer to wrestle for the Kansas City circuit, Hogan took a
hiatus from wrestling and managed a private club in Cocoa Beach, Florida-known
as the Anchor Club-. for a man named Whitey Bridges. Eventually, Whitey
and Hogan became close friends, and decided to open a gym together; the gym
would be known as Whitey and Terry's Olympic gym. Soon after, Hogan's friend
Ed Leslie (later known as Brutus Beefcake) came down to Cocoa Beach to help
Hogan and Bridges manage both the Anchor Club and the Whitey and Terry's Olympic
Gym. On his spare time, he and Beefcake would work out in the gym
together, and eventually, Beefcake developed a muscular physique; Hogan
was impressed by Beefcake's physical stature and became convinced that the two
of them should wrestle together as tag team partners. Depressed and yearning
to return to wrestling, Hogan called Superstar Billy Graham in 1978 with
hopes that Graham could find him a job wrestling outside of Florida; Graham
agreed and Hogan soon joined Louie Tillet's Alabama territory. Hogan also
convinced Beefcake, who had yet to become a wrestler, to come with him and
promised to teach him everything he knew about the sport.
In Alabama, he and Beefcake
wrestled as Terry and Ed Boulder, known as the Boulder Brothers. These early
matches as a tag team with the surname Boulder being used by both men prompted a
rumor among wrestling fans unaware of the inner workings of the sport that Hogan
and Beefcake were brothers, as few people actually knew their real names
outside of immediate friends, family, and of course the various promoters the
two worked for. After wrestling a show for Continental Wrestling Association
(CWA) in Memphis, Jerry Jarrett, the promoter for the (CWA), approached
Hogan and Beefcake and offered them a job in his promotion for $800.00 a
week; this was far more than the $175.00 a week they would make working for
Tillet. Hogan and Beefcake accepted this offer and left Tillet's
During his time in Memphis, Hogan
appeared on a local talk show, where he sat beside Lou Ferrigno, star of the
television series The Incredible Hulk. The host commented on how Terry, who
stood 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) and weighed 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps, actually
dwarfed "The Hulk." Watching the show backstage, Jerry Jarrett noticed that
Hogan was actually bigger than Ferrigno, who was well known at the time for
having large muscles. As a result, Bollea began performing as Terry "The
Hulk" Boulder and sometimes wrestled as Sterling Golden.
In May 1979, Bollea had an early
shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which at the time was generally
recognized as the highest honor in wrestling. In June 1979, Bollea won his first
wrestling championship, the NWA Southeast Heavyweight Championship, recognized
in Alabama and Tennessee when he defeated Ox Baker.
Wrestling Federation (1979–1980)
Later that year, former NWA World
Champion Terry Funk introduced Bollea to the company head Vincent J. McMahon,
who was impressed with his charisma and physical stature. McMahon, who wanted to
use an Irish name, gave Bollea the last name Hogan, and also wanted him to dye
his hair red. Hogan who said his hair was already beginning to fall out, refused
to dye it and simply said "ill be a blond irish. At this time, Hogan
wrestled Bob Backlund for the World Championship, and he started his first
big feud with André the Giant, which culminated in a match with André at Shea
Stadium in August 1980. Hulk Hogan claims in his autobiography that he and
André the Giant were the reason for the Shea gate. However, Sammartino/Zbyszko
sold out everywhere they wrestled leading up the show. Hogan and Andre wrestled
in White Plains, New York, drawing 1,200 in a building that held 3,500 as the
main event before they wrestled at Shea. During his initial heel run in the WWF,
Hogan was paired with "Classy" Freddie Blassie, a wrestler-turned-manager.
Japan Pro Wrestling (1980–1985)
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 13, 1980,
while he was still with the WWF. He occasionally toured the country 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
repertoire of wrestling moves, relying on more technical, traditional wrestling
holds and maneuvers as opposed to the power-based, brawling style American fans
became accustomed to seeing from him. Another difference is that Hogan used a
running forearm lariat (called the "Axe Bomber") as his finisher in Japan
instead of the running leg drop that has been his traditional finisher in
America. On June 2, 1983, Hogan became the first International Wrestling Grand
Prix (IWGP) tournament winner (although he held the IWGP Heavyweight
Championship belt, this was not the beginning of the actual championship),
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. Hogan's popularity in Japan was
so great, he even recorded an album there—a forerunner to the World Wrestling
Federation's "Rock 'n' Wrestling" of the mid 1980s.
In 1984, Hogan returned to New
Japan, to wrestle Antonio Inoki in the finals of the IWGP League, in which he
lost the belt by countout, thanks to interference from Riki Choshu. Hogan would
also defend his WWF World title against various stars in New Japan including
Inoki, Seiji Sakaguchi, and Tatsumi Fujinami among others, until the WWF ended
their relationship with New Japan in October 1985.
American Wrestling Association (1981–1983)
After filming his scene for Rocky
III against the elder McMahon's wishes, Hogan made his debut in
the American Wrestling Association, owned by Verne Gagne. Hogan started his AWA
run as a heel, taking on "Luscious" Johnny Valiant as his manager, before
handing the AWA title over to him. Hogan, unwilling to give up his life as a
bachelor for the world title of the AWA, continued to turn down the belt.
Shortly after these attempts to woo Hogan into giving Gagne more of a share of
his profits and booking in Japan and attempts to bring him into the Gagne
family, Hogan was lured back to the Northeast by Vincent K. McMahon, who had
just recently purchased the WWF from his ailing father.
Over twenty years later, just prior
to Hulk Hogan's WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2005, the revived American
Wrestling Association, under the authority of owner Dale Gagner, retroactively
acknowledged Hogan's two previously-overturned title wins over Nick Bockwinkel
making Hogan a two-time AWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. This
resolution, however, has been regarded as apocryphal to most as the resurrected
AWA is generally regarded as a different body than the Verne Gagne–owned AWA of
old. As recently as the release of the DVD The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA,
interviews between Hogan and the Gagnes show that there is still animosity
between both parties indicating the unlikelihood that Hogan's AWA title reign
would have been retroactively instated under the original ownership. The WWE won
a lawsuit against Dale Gagner, due to trademark infringement, which declared
Gagner's claims to ownership of the AWA false and as such rendered the
resolution moot as WWE only recognizes twelve American world championships being
attributed to Hulk Hogan, and, the AWA World Championship is not among that
to World Wrestling Federation (1983–1993)
Birth of Hulkamania
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 Hulk 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
On the January 7, 1984 edition of
Championship Wrestling, Hogan confirmed his face status for the WWF fans by
saving Bob Backlund from a three-way assault. Hogan's turn was explained
simply by Backlund: "He's changed his ways. He's a great man. He's told me he's
not gonna have Blassie around." The storyline shortcut was necessary because
less than three weeks later on January 23, Hogan won his first WWF Championship,
pinning The Iron Sheik (who had Blassie in his corner) in Madison Square
Garden. The storyline accompanying the victory was that Hogan was a "last
minute" replacement for the Sheik's original opponent Bob Backlund, and
became the champion by way of being the first man to escape the camel clutch
(the Iron Sheik's finishing move). The backstage story was that the WWF
Champion Bob Backlund had refused to let Hogan win the title from him, demanding
that any wrestler to whom he lost the belt have a legitimate wrestling
background. As a consequence, The Iron Sheik won the title from Backlund first
and then dropped it to Hogan.
Immediately after the title win,
commentator Gorilla Monsoon proclaimed "Hulkamania is here!" Hogan frequently
referred to his fans as "Hulkamaniacs" in his interviews and introduced his
three "demandments": training, saying prayers, and eating vitamins. Eventually,
a fourth demandment (believing in oneself) was added during his feud with
Earthquake in 1990. Hogan's ring gear developed a characteristic yellow-and-red
color scheme; his ring entrances involved him ritualistically ripping his shirt
off his body, flexing, and listening for audience cheers in an exaggerated
manner. The majority of Hogan's matches during this time involved him wrestling
heels who had been booked as unstoppable monsters, using a format which became
near-routine: Hogan would deliver steady offense, but eventually lose momentum,
seemingly nearing defeat. He would then experience a sudden second wind,
fighting back while "feeding" off the energy of the audience, becoming
impervious to attack—a process described as "hulking up". His signature
maneuvers—pointing at the opponent (which would later be accompanied by a loud
"YOU!" from the audience), shaking his finger to scold him, three punches, an
Irish Whip, the big boot and running leg drop—would follow and ensure him a
victory. That finishing sequence would occasionally change depending on the
storyline and opponent; for instance, with "Giant" wrestlers, the sequence might
involve a body slam.
Over the next year, Hulk Hogan
became the face of pro wrestling as McMahon pushed the WWF into a pop culture
enterprise with The Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection on MTV, drawing record houses,
pay-per-view buyrates, and television ratings in the process. The centerpiece
attraction for the first WrestleMania on March 31, 1985, Hogan teamed with legit
friend Mr. T to defeat his archrival "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Paul
Orndorff. On the first edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Hogan
successfully defended the WWF title against Cowboy Bob Orton in a match which
Hogan won by a disqualification.
Hogan was named the most requested
celebrity of the 1980s for the Make-a-Wish Foundation children's charity. He was
featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and People magazines,
while also appearing on The Tonight Show and having his own CBS Saturday morning
cartoon titled Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling. Hogan, as the premier WWF icon,
headlined eight of the first nine WrestleMania events. He also co-hosted
Saturday Night Live on March 30, 1985 during this lucrative run. AT&T reported
that his 900 number information line was the single biggest 900 number from 1991
to 1993. Hogan operated the 900 number through his stint in WWF and then
recreated it when he joined World Championship Wrestling.
On the October 5, 1985 edition of
Saturday Night's Main Event, he successfully defended the title against Nikolai
Volkoff in a flag match. He met long-time rival Roddy Piper in a WWF title
match at the Wrestling Classic pay-per-view (PPV) event. Hogan retained the
title by disqualification after Bob Orton interfered and hit Hogan with his
cast. Hogan had many challengers in the way as the new year began.
Throughout 1986, Hogan made successful title defenses against challengers such
as Terry Funk, "The Magnificent" Don Muraco, King Kong Bundy (in a steel
cage match at WrestleMania 2), Paul Orndorff, and Hercules
In the fall of 1986, Hogan
occasionally wrestled in tag matches with The Machines as Hulk Machine under a
mask copied from New Japan Pro Wrestling gimmick "Super Strong Machine."
At WrestleMania III in 1987, Hogan was booked to defend the title against André
the Giant, who had been the sport's premier star and was pushed as undefeated
for the previous two decades. A new storyline was introduced in early 1987;
Hogan was presented a trophy for being the WWF Champion for three consecutive
years. André the Giant, a good friend came out to congratulate him.
Shortly afterward, André was presented a slightly smaller trophy for being
"undefeated in the WWF for 15 years." Hogan came out to congratulate André,
who walked out in the midst of Hogan's speech. Then, on an edition of Piper's
Pit, Hogan was confronted by Bobby Heenan, who announced that André was his new
protégé, and Andre challenged Hogan to a title match at WrestleMania
III. At WrestleMania III, Hogan successfully defended the WWF
World Heavyweight Championship against André the Giant. During the match, Hogan
bodyslammed the 520-pound Frenchman (which was dubbed "the bodyslam heard around
the world") and won the match after a leg drop.
Hogan remained WWF Champion for
four years (1,474 days). In front of 33 million viewers, however, Hogan
finally lost the belt to André on the February 5 edition of The Main Event after
a convoluted scam involving "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Earl Hebner
(who assumed the place of his twin brother Dave Hebner, the match's appointed
referee). After André delivered a belly to belly suplex on Hogan, Hebner
counted the pin while Hogan's left shoulder was clearly off the mat. After
the match, André handed the title over to DiBiase to complete their business
deal. As a result, the WWF Championship was vacated for the first time in
its 25-year history. At WrestleMania IV, Hogan participated in a tournament
for the vacant WWF title to regain it and faced André in the tournament
quarter-finals but their match resulted in a double disqualification. Later
that night in the main event, Hogan interfered and helped "Macho Man" Randy
Savage defeat Ted DiBiase to win the title.
Mega Powers (1988–1989)
Together, Hogan, Savage, and
manager Miss Elizabeth formed a partnership known as The Mega Powers. After
Savage became WWF Champion at WrestleMania IV, they feuded with The Mega Bucks
(Ted DiBiase and André the Giant) and defeated them at the main event of the
first SummerSlam. The Mega Powers, however, soon imploded from within in
1989, due to Savage's burgeoning jealousy of Hogan and his paranoid suspicions
that Hogan and Elizabeth were "more than friends". Dissension was furthered at
the Royal Rumble, when Hogan accidentally eliminated Savage from the Royal
Rumble match. The duo broke up while wrestling The Twin Towers on the
February 3, 1989 edition of The Main Event. During the match, Savage
accidentally collided with Miss Elizabeth. Hogan took her backstage to receive
medical attention, while temporarily abandoning Savage. When he returned to the
ring, Savage slapped Hogan and left the ring, where Hogan eventually won the
match by himself. After the match, Savage attacked Hogan backstage, which
started a feud between the two. Their feud culminated in Hogan beating
Savage for his second WWF Championship at WrestleMania V.
WWF Championship reigns (1989–1992)
Hogan's second run lasted a year,
during which time he starred in the movie No Holds Barred. The film was the
inspiration of a feud with Hogan's co-star Tom Lister, Jr., who appeared at
wrestling events as his movie character, Zeus. Zeus was a monster heel who was
"jealous" over Hogan's higher billing and wanted revenge. Hogan, however, was
easily able to defeat Zeus in a series of matches across the country during late
1989, beginning with a tag team match at SummerSlam, in which Hogan and Brutus
Beefcake topped Zeus and Savage. Hogan and Beefcake defeated Zeus and Savage
in a rematch at the No Holds Barred pay-per-view to end the feud.
Hogan's second title run was
briefly interrupted in January 1989 when he was defeated via submission by Dino
Bravo after Hogan couldn't break Bravo's bearhug hold. Hogan attempted to "Hulk
Up" and turn the match around, but Bravo wouldn't release the hold, and Hogan
became unconscious, forcing the ref to call the match. A silenced crowd watched
Bravo grab the championship belt no sooner than an announcement was made that
Hogan was determined the winner, by way of disqualification, therefore retaining
his title and championship. An infuriated Bravo was quoted, "Last I checked, a
bearhug was a legal move. The better and stronger wrestler just got cheated."
The Wrestler magazine covered the story in their February 1989 issue with
Bravo's hold on Hogan on the front cover with the title, "The Man That Hulk
Hogan Cannot Beat." Also during his second run, Hogan won the 1990 Royal Rumble
match. He dropped the title to Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate
Warrior in a title versus title match at WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990.
Hogan soon became embroiled in a
heated feud with the 470-pound Earthquake, who had crushed Hogan's ribs in a
sneak attack on The Brother Love Show in May 1990. On television, announcers
explained that Hogan's injuries and his WrestleMania VI loss to Warrior both
took such a huge toll on his fighting spirit that he wanted to retire. Viewers
were asked to write letters to Hogan and send postcards asking for his return
(they got a postcard-sized picture in return, autographed by Hogan, as a
"thank-you"). Hogan returned by SummerSlam 1990 and for several months,
dominated Earthquake in a series of matches across the country. His defeat
of this overwhelmingly large foe caused Hogan to add a fourth demandment:
believing in yourself. He would also be known as "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan.
Hogan then became the first wrestler to win two Royal Rumble matches in a
row, as he won the 1991 Royal Rumble match.
At WrestleMania VII, Hogan stood up
for the USA against Sgt. Slaughter, defeating him for his third WWF
Championship. In the fall of 1991, Hogan was challenged by Ric Flair, the
former NWA champion who recently arrived in the WWF. The feud remained
unresolved, as Hogan lost the WWF title to The Undertaker at Survivor
Series, and he won it back at This Tuesday in Texas six days later.
Flair had interfered in both matches and due to the resulting controversy, the
title was again declared vacant.
The WWF Championship was decided at
the 1992 Royal Rumble in the Royal Rumble match. Hogan failed to regain the
championship as he was eliminated by friend Sid Justice and in turn caused Sid
to be eliminated, leaving Ric Flair the winner and new champion. Hogan and
Sid patched things up and teamed together on the February 8, 1992 edition of
Saturday Night's Main Event against Flair and Undertaker but during the match
Sid abandoned Hogan, starting their feud. At WrestleMania VIII, Hogan
defeated Sid via disqualification due to interference by Sid's manager Harvey
Wippleman. Hogan was then attacked by Papa Shango and was saved by the
returning Ultimate Warrior.
At this time, news sources began to
allege that Dr. George Zahorian, a doctor for the Pennsylvania State Athletic
Commission, had been selling steroids illegally to wrestlers in general and
Hogan in particular. Hogan appeared on an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show to
deny the allegations. Due to intense public scrutiny, Hogan took a leave of
absence from the company.
and departure (1993–1994)
Hogan returned to the WWF in
February 1993, helping out his friend Brutus Beefcake in his feud with Money
Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster), and officially renaming themselves The
Mega-Maniacs. At WrestleMania IX, Hogan and Beefcake took on Money Inc. for
the WWF Tag Team Championship. However, Hogan thought he was too big of a star
to be a tag champion and instead wanted the world title. So Hogan and Vince
McMahon came up with the plan that Hogan and Brutus would be disqualified in
their match. Later that night, Hogan won his fifth WWF Championship by
pinning Yokozuna only moments after Yokozuna had defeated Bret Hart.
McMahon then planned that Hogan and Bret Hart would eventually fight in a big
match at Summerslam 1993 in which Hogan would drop the title to Hart, Hogan
didn't want to drop the title in a clean victory to another face and wanted to
lose the title to the heel Yokozuna. At the first annual King of the Ring
pay-per-view on June 13, 1993, Hogan defended the championship against the
former champion, Yokozuna, in his first title defense since defeating Yokozuna
at WrestleMania IX. Yokozuna kicked out of Hogan's signature leg drop and scored
the pinfall after Hogan was blinded by a fireball shot by a "Japanese
photographer" (actually a disguised Harvey Wippleman), this was Hogan's idea as
he did not want Yokozuna to gain a clean victory over him. The victorious
Yokozuna proceeded to give Hogan a Banzai Drop. This would be Hogan's
last WWF pay-per-view appearance until 2002, as both he and Jimmy Hart were
preparing to leave the promotion. Hogan would continue his feud on the
international house show circuit with Yokozuna until August 1993. After that,
Hogan would sit out the rest of his contract which expired later that year.
In 1994, Hogan, having received
immunity from prosecution, testified in the trial of Vince McMahon relating to
shipments of steroids received from Dr. Zahorian by both parties. Under oath,
Hogan admitted that he had used anabolic steroids since 1976 to gain size and
weight, but that Vince McMahon had neither sold him the drugs, nor ordered him
to take them. The evidence given by Hogan proved extremely costly to the
government's case against McMahon. Due to this and jurisdictional issues,
McMahon was found not guilty.
to New Japan (1993–1994)
On May 3, 1993, Hulk Hogan returned
to NJPW as WWF Champion, defeating IWGP Heavyweight Champion The Great Muta in a
dream match at Wrestling Dontaku. Hogan would wrestle against Muta again, under
his real name, Keiji Mutoh on September 26, 1993. Hogan would also wrestle The
Hell Raisers with Muta and Masahiro Chono as his partners. His last match in
Japan was on January 4, 1994 at Battlefield, when he defeated Tatsumi Fujinami.
Championship Wrestling (1994–2000)
After Hogan left the WWF in the
summer of 1993, he split his time working on movies, television, wrestling in
Japan, and spending time with his family. In June 1994, Hogan signed with Ted
Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and began appearing on television
the next month. Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in his debut
match, defeating Ric Flair in a 'dream' match at Bash at the Beach. After
overcoming the likes of Flair, The Butcher (former partner Brutus
Beefcake), Vader, and the Dungeon of Doom for the next
fifteen months (the longest reign of all time for this championship), Hogan
dropped the belt to The Giant at Halloween Havoc 1995 via DQ. Following the
controversial loss (which was due to a "contract clause"), the WCW title became
In early 1996, Hogan continued his
feud with The Giant, before teaming with Randy Savage in a feud with the
Alliance to End Hulkamania. After coming out victorious from his feuds,
Hogan began to only appear occasionally on WCW programming.
World Order (1996–1998)
At Bash at the Beach in 1996,
during a six man tag team match pitting The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott
Hall) against WCW loyalists, Hogan interfered on behalf of Nash and Hall,
attacking Randy Savage, thereby turning heel for the first time in over ten
years. After the match, Hogan delivered a promo, accosting the fans
and WCW for underappreciating his talent and drawing power, and announcing the
formation of the New World Order (nWo). The new stable gained prominence in
the following weeks and months. Hogan grew a beard alongside his
famous mustache and dyed it black, traded his red and yellow garb in for black
and white clothing, often detailed with lightning bolts, and renamed himself
Hollywood Hulk Hogan (often shortened to Hollywood Hogan). Hogan returned to WCW
programming eight days after his heel turn.
Hogan won his second WCW World
Heavyweight Championship at Hog Wild, defeating The Giant for the title.
He spray painted "nWo" across the title belt, scribbled across the nameplate,
and referred to the title as the "nWo title" during this and any other time he
held the title while in the nWo. Hogan then started a feud with Lex Luger
after Luger and The Giant defeated Hogan and Dennis Rodman in a tag team match
at Bash at the Beach.
On the August 4, 1997 edition of
Nitro, Hogan lost the WCW title to Luger by submission. Five days later, at
Road Wild, Hogan defeated Luger to regain the WCW title and begin his third WCW
World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan then lost the belt to Sting in a match
at Starrcade. In the match, WCW's newly-contracted Bret Hart accused referee
Nick Patrick of fast-counting a victory for Hogan and had the match
restarted—with himself as referee. Sting later won by submission. After
a rematch the following night, where Sting controversially retained the title,
the WCW Championship became vacant. Sting then went on to win the vacant
title against Hogan at SuperBrawl VIII.
Hogan then developed a rivalry with
former friend (and recent nWo recruit) Randy Savage, who had just cost Hogan the
title match at SuperBrawl by hitting him with a spray can. The heat
culminated in a steel cage match at Uncensored, which ended in a no contest.
Savage took the World Championship from Sting at Spring Stampede, while Hogan
teamed with Kevin Nash to take on Roddy Piper and The Giant in the first-ever
Bat match. Hogan betrayed Nash by hitting him with the bat and then
challenged Savage the following night for his championship. In the no
disqualification match for Savage's newly won title, Nash entered the ring and
powerbombed Hogan as retribution for the attack the previous night. Bret Hart
interfered moments later and turned heel by jumping in to attack Savage and
preserve the victory for Hogan, who won his fourth WCW World Heavyweight
Championship. However, Nash's attack on him signified a split of the nWo
into two separate factions- Hogan's became nWo Hollywood and Nash's became nWo
Wolfpac- that would feud with each other for the remainder of the year.
Hogan defended the title until July
of that year, when WCW booked him in a match against newcomer and then WCW
United States Champion Bill Goldberg, who had yet to lose a match in the
company. Late in the match, Hogan was distracted by Karl Malone, and Goldberg
pinned Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Hogan spent the rest of 1998
wrestling celebrity matches. His second tag team match with Dennis Rodman pitted
them against Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone at Bash at the Beach and at
Road Wild, he and Eric Bischoff lost to Page and Jay Leno thanks to interference
from Kevin Eubanks, who leveled Bischoff with a Diamond Cutter. Hogan also
had a rematch with the Ultimate Warrior at Halloween Havoc, where his nephew
Horace aided his victory.
to WCW (1998-1999)
On the Thanksgiving episode of The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hogan officially announced his retirement from
professional wrestling, as well as his candidacy for President of the United
States. Campaign footage aired on Nitro of Hogan and Bischoff holding a
press conference, making it appear legitimate. In the long run, however, both
announcements were false and merely done as a publicity stunt attempting to draw
some of the hype of Jesse Ventura's Minnesota gubernatorial win back to
After some time off from WCW, Hogan
returned on the January 4, 1999 edition of Nitro to challenge Kevin Nash for the
WCW title. Hogan won the match for his fifth WCW World Heavyweight Championship,
but many people found the change to be "scandalous". As a result, the
warring factions of the nWo reunited into one group, which began feuding with
Bill Goldberg and The Four Horsemen.
Conflicts with Vince Russo (1999–2000)
He then lost the title to Ric Flair
at Uncensored in a Steel Cage First Blood match. A heavily bleeding Flair won
via pinfall in a match refereed by Charles Robinson. During that match,
however, Hogan began to show some signs that a face turn was imminent, showing
off some old tactics like his "Hulking up" no-sell. The turn would have to
wait, however, as Hogan was severely injured in a Texas Tornado match for the
world championship featuring him, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, and Flair at
On the July 12 edition of Nitro,
Hogan made his grand return as a full-fledged face and accepted a challenge from
Savage, who had gained the world title at Bash at the Beach the night before in
a tag team match by pinning Kevin Nash. Thanks to interference from Nash, Hogan
defeated Savage to win his sixth and final WCW World Heavyweight
Championship. Nash turned on him the next week, however, and the two began
a feud that would last until the next pay-per-view.
On August 9, 1999, he started the
night dressed in the typical black and white, but after a backstage scene with
his son, Hogan came out dressed in the traditional red and yellow for his
main-event 6-man tag team match. He then defeated Nash in a retirement match at
Road Wild to retain his title. Injuries and frustrations were mounting up
however, and he was absent from television from October 1999 to February 2000.
In his book Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Bollea said that he was asked to take time off
by newly hired head of creative booking Vince Russo and was not told when he
would be brought back at the time. Despite some reservations, he agreed to do
so. On October 24 at Halloween Havoc, Hogan was to face Sting for the WCW World
Heavyweight Championship (which he had lost to Sting at Fall Brawl the previous
month, when Sting beat Hogan by cheating and had turned heel in the
process). Hogan, however, came to the ring in street clothes, laid down for
the pin, and left the ring.
Soon after his return in February
2000, at Bash at the Beach on July 9, Hogan was involved in a controversial,
legit incident with Vince Russo. Hogan was scheduled to wrestle Jeff Jarrett for
the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Before the match, there was a
dispute between Hogan and Russo. Unbeknownst to Hogan, Russo told Jarrett to lie
down in the middle of the ring and asked Hogan to pin him straight away. A
visibly confused Hogan complied with a foot on Jarrett's chest after getting on
the microphone and telling Russo, "Is this your idea, Russo...? That's why this
company is in the damn shape it's in, because of bullshit like this!" Russo
responded by coming out and angrily proclaiming "I can guarantee you that this
is the last time you will ever see that piece of shit in a WCW stadium!" This is
also when the public discovered, through Russo, the "creative control" clause
that Hogan had, which meant that Hogan was able to control what would happen
with his own character and be able to do so without anyone else being able to
tell him no. This has been a common complaint about Hogan, since he has been
known to request such clauses in his contracts (even in WWE) because it is
believed by many that he uses them to be able to "bury" others that would prove
to be a threat to his legacy (which also might lead to the belief that the
on-air criticisms that Bobby Heenan and then later Mark Madden made about him
were not kayfabe even though the two usually were heel commentators, with Madden
saying "Amen!" when Russo said that Hogan would not be back in WCW after that
night). In his Bash at the Beach shoot promo, Russo said that he was arguing
with Hogan all day prior to the event in the back because he wanted to use the
clause in the Jarrett match, saying, "That means that, in the middle of this
ring, when [Hogan] knew it was bullshit, he beats Jeff Jarrett!"
Since Hogan refused to job to
Jarrett, a new WCW World Heavyweight Championship was created, setting the stage
for a title match between Booker T and Jeff Jarrett later that night.
Whether or not the whole incident was a shoot or a work was hotly debated. As a
result, Hogan filed a defamation of character lawsuit against Russo soon
after, which was eventually dismissed in 2002. Russo claims the whole thing
was a work, and Hogan claims that Russo made it a shoot. Eric Bischoff
agreed with Hogan's side of the story when he wrote that Hogan winning and
leaving with the title was a work, and that he and Hogan celebrated after the
event over the success of the angle, but that Russo coming out to fire Hogan was
an unplanned shoot which led to the lawsuit filed by Hogan.
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 Xcitement Wrestling Federation promotion run by his longtime
handler Jimmy Hart. Hogan defeated Curt Hennig in this match and felt healthy
enough to accept an offer to return to the WWF in February 2002.
to World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2002–2003)
Hollywood Hogan and WWE Champion (2002)
At No Way Out in 2002, Hogan
returned to the company that had made him a pop culture icon. Returning as
leader of the original nWo with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, the three got into a
confrontation with The Rock and cost Stone Cold Steve Austin a chance at
becoming the Undisputed WWF Champion against Chris Jericho in the main
event. The nWo feuded with both Austin and The Rock, and Hogan accepted The
Rock's challenge to a match at WrestleMania X8. At the event, Hogan asked Hall
and Nash not to interfere, wanting to defeat The Rock by himself. Despite the
fact that Hogan was supposed to be the heel in the match, the crowd cheered for
him heavily. 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, siding with The Rock, though he continued wearing black and white tights
for a few weeks after WrestleMania X8 until he resumed wearing his signature red
and yellow tights. During this period, the "Hulk Rules" logo of the '80s was
redone with the text "Hulk Still Rules." Hulk wore the original "Hulk Rules"
attire 12 years earlier, when he headlined WrestleMania VI at the same arena, in
the SkyDome. For a time, he was still known as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, notably
keeping the Hollywood Hogan style blond mustache with black beard while wearing
Hulkamania-like red and yellow tights and using the Voodoo Child theme music he
used in WCW. On April 4, Hogan feuded with Triple H and defeated him for the
Undisputed WWF Championship & sixth and final WWF Championship at
Backlash, thus becoming the last ever WWF champion before the initials
dispute against the World Wildlife Fund For Nature. On May 19 at Judgment Day,
he lost the belt to The Undertaker. After losing a Number One Contenders
match for the Undisputed Championship to Triple H on June 6, Hogan began feuding
with Kurt Angle resulting in a match between the two at the King of the Ring,
which Angle won by submission. Hogan is 0-2 at the King of the Ring event. He
also lost his WWF Championship to Yokozuna at the 1993 King of the Ring.
On the July 4, 2002 edition of
SmackDown!, Hogan teamed with Edge to defeat Billy and Chuck and capture the WWE
World Tag Team Championship for the first time. They celebrated by waving
the American flag as the overjoyed audience sang along to Hogan's theme song
"Real American." They later dropped the titles to The Un-Americans (Lance Storm
and Christian), at Vengeance. In August 2002, Hogan was used in an angle
with Brock Lesnar, culminating in a main event singles match. Lesnar won by
submission (the match was called after Hogan became unconscious from a bear hug
hold). Lesnar became only the second WWE Superstar to defeat Hogan by submission
(after Kurt Angle), and the first to defeat Hogan by having the match called.
Following the match, Lesnar continued to beat on Hogan, leaving him bloody and
unconscious in the ring in what many fans recall as the worst beating Hogan ever
received of his career. As a result of Lesnar's assault, Hogan went on hiatus
and was not able to return until early 2003, shaving off his black beard and
dropping "Hollywood" from his name in his return. He battled The Rock (who had
turned heel) once again at No Way Out and defeated Vince McMahon at
WrestleMania XIX in a match billed as "20 years in the making."
America and departure (2003)
Later, he had a run as the masked
Mr. America. The persona was supposed to be Hulk Hogan in disguise, wearing a
mask. He used Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme music and used all of Hogan's
signature gestures, moves, and phrases. He was the subject of a storyline that
took place after Hulk Hogan was forced by Vince McMahon to sit out the rest of
his contract. After Hogan won at WrestleMania XIX, McMahon was frustrated
with him and wanted Hulkamania to die. A WWE pre-debut push took place with
mysterious Mr. America promos airing for weeks during SmackDown!. There was
also on-screen discussion on SmackDown! between then General Manager Stephanie
McMahon and other players concerning her hiring Mr. America "sight unseen."
On May 1, Mr. America debuted on SmackDown! on a Piper's Pit segment. McMahon
appeared and claimed that Mr. America was Hulk Hogan in disguise; Mr. America
shot back by saying, "I am not Hulk Hogan, brother!" (lampooning Hogan's use of
"brother" in his promos). The feud continued through the month of May, with a
singles match between Mr. America and Hogan's old rival Roddy Piper at Judgment
Day. McMahon tried desperately to prove that Mr. America was indeed Hulk
Hogan but failed at all attempts. Mr. America even passed a lie detector
Mr. America's last WWE appearance
was on the June 26 edition of SmackDown! when The Big Show and The World's
Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated the team of Brock
Lesnar, Kurt Angle, and Mr. America in a six-man tag team match when Show pinned
Mr. America. After the show went off the air, Mr. America unmasked to show
the fans that he was indeed Hulk Hogan, putting his finger to his lips telling
the fans to keep quiet about his secret. The next week, Hogan quit WWE due to
frustration with the creative team. On the July 3 edition of SmackDown!,
Vince McMahon showed the footage of Mr. America unmasking as Hogan and "fired"
him, although Hogan had already quit in real life. The Mr. America gimmick
came under fire briefly from Marvel Comics, who anointed it a rip-off of Captain
America, citing costume similarity; the single star on the mask was also a
trademark on Captain America's chest piece. This was also adding fuel to the
fire over the rights to use the Hulk Hogan name because of Marvel's ownership of
the Incredible Hulk character. Because of these problems, WWE was forced to edit
out all references to the "Hulk Hogan" name, including pictures which featured
Hogan wearing memorabilia that said "Hulk" (a majority of them) and started to
refer to Hogan under the "Hollywood Hogan" name he used in WCW. It was later
revealed that Hogan was unhappy with the payoffs for his matches after his
comeback under the Mr. America gimmick. Vince decided to terminate Hogan's
contract, and Hogan left WWE in 2003.
Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003)
Shortly after Hogan left WWE, TNA
Wrestling began making overtures to Hogan, culminating in Jeff Jarrett,
co-founder of TNA and then NWA World Heavyweight champion, launching an on-air
attack on Hogan in Japan in October 2003. The attack was supposed to be a
precursor to Hogan battling Jarrett for the NWA title at TNA's first three-hour
pay-per-view. However, due to recurring knee and hip problems, Hogan did not
appear in TNA. Still, the incident has been shown several times on TNA
broadcasts, and was included in the TNA DVD TNA's Fifty Greatest Moments.
to WWE (2005–2007)
In 2005, weeks before WrestleMania
21, it was announced on all WWE programming that Hogan would be inducted into
the Hall of Fame. On April 2, Hogan was inducted by actor and friend Sylvester
Stallone. Hogan was applauded for several minutes before he was able to
make a speech. When he paused during his speech, the crowd chanted "One More
Match! One More Match!" The fans also chanted "Austin, Hogan" (referring to a
Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan match); Hogan responded "that may be a good match
someday". At WrestleMania 21 on April 3, Hogan came out to rescue Eugene, who
was being attacked by Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari. Some of the build-up
to Hogan's induction into the Hall of Fame and preparation for this angle were
shown on the first season of Hogan Knows Best.
The next night on Raw, Hassan and
Daivari came out to confront and assault fan favorite Shawn Michaels. The
following week, Michaels approached Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff demanding
a handicap match with Hassan and Daivari. Bischoff refused but told Michaels if
he found a partner he would be granted a tag team match. Michaels then made a
plea for Hulk Hogan to come back and team with him. On the April 18 episode of
Raw, Hassan again led an attack on Michaels until Hogan appeared, and saved
Michaels and accepted his offer. At Backlash 2005, Hassan and Daivari lost to
Hogan and Michaels.
Hogan then appeared on July 4
edition of Raw as the special guest of Carlito on his talk-show segment
Carlito's Cabana. After being asked 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 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, 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 Hogan 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 at SummerSlam. The "Legend vs. Icon"
storyline was the main event for the Raw brand going into SummerSlam. The match
went back and forth, with two referees getting knocked out and Michaels using a
steel chair to try to gain an advantage. Even after Michaels hit his Sweet Chin
Music, Hogan still kicked out and mounted some offense against Michaels, finally
hitting him with the legdrop and scoring the victory. Michaels extended his hand
to him, telling him that he "had to find out for himself," and Hogan and
Michaels shook hands. Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with
Prior to WrestleMania 22, Hogan
inducted friend and former announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund into the WWE Hall of
Fame. Hogan returned on the July 15, 2006 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event
with his daughter Brooke. During the show, Randy Orton flirted (kayfabe, as he
was engaged with his girlfriend, now wife Sam Speno) with Hogan's daughter, and
later attacked Hogan in the parking lot and hit the RKO onto the trunk of
Hogan's car. He later challenged Hulk to a match at SummerSlam, which Hogan
won. In regards to the public reaction to Summerslam, and his treatment as
an employee, he said:
“ Last year at SummerSlam, I fought
Randy Orton—and me and Vince had some problems with the money. Before
SummerSlam, I was a little worried because instead of being a main event match I
was on fourth against Randy Orton. When I heard about the first three matches at
the Fleet Center in Boston, it sounded like a funeral. And when I listened to
the crowd reactions to those matches, it did sound like a funeral. Then, when my
music came on it was like the old days, people were stood up. It was electric.
Randy is a great hard working wrestler and we fought an old school style match.
That was the most exciting match I've ever had in the Fleet Centre. I wrestled
Steve Borden in a cage, which was a great match in my opinion at least, but this
one was better; as after second-guessing I was like 'Oh my god, it still works'.
Then Vince went out with his son and wrestled Triple H and Shawn Michaels and it
was dead again. Cena went on for the main event, and people started
He also spoke extensively on his
payment, and his concerns of not being a top priority to Vince McMahon, despite
the fact that he felt he was the company's biggest draw:
“ I felt bad when the night ended,
as they should have put me on later, but it was the money that really got to me.
I swore I would never talk about the money again with Vince because that's what
we always argue about. But when I saw the amount I was like, 'That's like one of
my driver's paychecks', so I had to say something. He replied, 'Well you're not
the only big guy any more, there are now 12 big guys.' I said, 'Well if that's
the case let me explain something to you, I heard the first three matches and
(the crowd response was) nothing. I wrestled and I heard what happened. And then
I heard your match, Vince, and nothing. And I saw Cena, and people were leaving.
I had a hard time getting out the building because of all the people marching
through. 'So who are the other 11 big guys you're splitting my money with?'
Hogan's last WWE appearance to date
occurred on December 10, 2007 on the WWE Raw 15th anniversary. He saved
Hornswoggle from being attacked by The Great Khali.
Memphis Wrestling and PMG Clash of
After a brief fall out with McMahon
and WWE, Hogan was lured to Memphis Wrestling with the proposal of
wrestling Jerry "The King" Lawler. The match had been promoted on Memphis
Wrestling Prime Time for several months. On April 12, 2007, however, Lawler
announced in a news conference that WWE had barred him from wrestling Hogan on
the basis that NBC performers (including Lawler, on the basis of co-hosting the
NBC-owned USA Network's WWE Raw and his appearances on the biannual WWE Saturday
Night's Main Event) are contractually prohibited from appearing on VH1, the
channel on which Hogan Knows Best airs. The situation resulted in a lawsuit
being filed against WWE by event promoter Corey Maclin. Lawler was replaced
with Paul Wight. Hulk Hogan defeated Wight at PMG Clash of Legends on April
27, 2007 when he picked up and bodyslammed Wight and pinned him following his
signature Leg Drop.
to TNA Wrestling (2009–present)
Carter's business partner (2009–2010)
On October 27, 2009 it was
announced on TNAwrestling.com that Hulk Hogan had signed a contract to join TNA
on a full time basis where, partnered with Eric Bischoff, he would partner with
TNA President, Dixie Carter. The footage of his signing and the press
conference in the Madison Square Garden following it were featured on the
October 29 episode of TNA Impact!. His role remained uncertain.
On November 21, 24, 26, and 28,
Hogan performed with a group of wrestlers including Spartan-3000, Heidenreich,
Eugene, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Orlando Jordan across Australia in a
tour titled Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin. The main event of each show was a
rematch between Hogan and Ric Flair—the wrestler who defeated Hogan more times
than any other. Hogan defeated Flair in all four matches, bringing his career
record against Flair from 2–8 to 6–8. It was the first time Hogan had
performed in Australia.
On December 5, 2009, Hogan
announced on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter that he would be making his official TNA
debut on January 4, 2010, in a special live three hour Monday night edition of
TNA Impact! to compete with WWE's Monday Night Raw (which featured the return of
Bret Hart) Carter revealed Hogan's role in the company in an interview with
The UK Sun stating when his job came to question, "he is involved with
everything from looking at the talent to how we shoot the show".
On the January 4, 2010 Impact!,
Hogan debuted after a motorcade arrival reuniting briefly with former nWo
partners Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman, the latter two of whom made
their returns to the company. He, however, refused to join them for a
full-fledged reunion of their group claiming, "it's a different time", and stuck
to his business relations with Bischoff, who made his appearance to declare
that, the two of them would "flip the company upside down" and everyone would
have to earn their spot. Hogan also encountered TNA Founder, Jeff Jarrett on the
broadcast, appearing via video wall and interrupting Jarrett's company success
speech, stating that Carter was instrumental to the company's survival, and that
just like the rest, Jarrett would have to (kayfabe) earn his spot in TNA.
At TNA Genesis on January 17, Hogan
and Bischoff revealed a newly renovated TNA Impact! Zone, and reintroduced the
traditional four sided ring, opposing the six sided ring TNA had in use. On
the February 18 edition of Impact! Hogan took Abyss under his wing, and during
this sequence, gave him his Hall of Fame ring and claimed it would make him a
"god of wrestling". The following week Hogan announced that he would be
making his in-ring TNA debut on the March 8 live Monday night edition of Impact!
teaming with Abyss to face A.J. Styles and Ric Flair. That night, Hogan and
Abyss defeated Styles and Flair, when Abyss scored a pinfall over Styles.
Afterwards, the returning Jeff Hardy saved Hogan and Abyss from a beat down at
the hands of Styles, Flair and Desmond Wolfe. This proceeded in later weeks
to become a Team Flair versus Team Hogan situation, whereas Jarrett and the
debuting Rob Van Dam joined Team Hogan and Beer Money and Sting, who rekindled
his feud with Hogan with an attack, joined Team Flair. At Lockdown Team Hogan
(Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Flair (Sting,
Desmond Wolfe, Robert Roode and James Storm) in a Lethal Lockdown match.
On the June 17 edition of Impact!
Hogan's alliance with Abyss came to an abrupt end, when Abyss turned heel.
Abyss later claimed that he was controlled by some entity, that was coming to
TNA. The next months Hogan worked with Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe
against Sting and Kevin Nash, who claimed that they knew that Hogan and Bischoff
were up to something. During this time Abyss went on a rampage, attacking
Rob Van Dam to the point that he was forced to vacate the TNA World Heavyweight
Championship and eventually put his hands on TNA president Dixie Carter, which
led to her signing the paperwork, presented by Bischoff, that would have Abyss
fired from TNA following his match with Van Dam at Bound for
Glory. Hogan was set to wrestle with Jarrett and Joe against
Sting, Nash and D'Angelo Dinero at Bound for Glory, but was forced to miss the
event due to a back surgery. However, he would make a surprise appearance at the
end of the event, turning heel, helping Jeff Hardy win the vacant TNA World
Heavyweight Championship and aligning himself with Hardy, Bischoff, Abyss and
Jarrett. This is also Hogan's first working as a heel since he reunited with the
NWO in the WWE. On the following edition of Impact! it was revealed that
Bischoff had tricked Carter and the paperwork she had signed a week earlier,
were not to release Abyss, but to turn the company over to him and Hogan.
Meanwhile, Bischoff's and Hogan's new stable, now known as Immortal, formed an
alliance with Ric Flair's Fortune. Dixie Carter returned on the November 25
edition of Reaction, informing Hogan and Bischoff that a judge had filed an
injunction against the two on her behalf over not having signatory authority,
indefinitely suspending Hogan from TNA. During his absence, Hogan underwent
a potentially career–ending spinal fusion surgery on December 21,
Hogan returned to TNA on the March
3, 2011, edition of Impact!, declaring himself as the new owner of TNA, having
won the court battle against Dixie Carter. In April, he began hinting at a
possible return to the ring to face the TNA World Heavyweight Champion,
Sting. On the May 12 edition of the newly renamed Impact Wrestling, Hogan
lost control of the program to Mick Foley, who revealed himself as the Network
consultant, who had been causing problems for Immortal ever since Hogan and
Bischoff took over the company; however, this angle was aborted just three weeks
later, when Foley left the promotion. During the following months,
Hogan continued to interfere in Sting's matches, costing him the TNA World
Heavyweight Championship first at Hardcore Justice, recruiting Kurt Angle to
Immortal in the process, then on the September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling and
finally at No Surrender. On the September 15 edition of Impact
Wrestling, Sting defeated Immortal member Ric Flair to earn the right to face
Hogan at Bound for Glory. On October 4, it was reported that Hogan had
signed a contract extension with TNA. After feigning retirement from
professional wrestling, Hogan accepted the match at Bound for Glory on the
October 6 edition of Impact Wrestling, while also agreeing to hand TNA back to
Dixie Carter, should Sting manage to win the match.
Defection and feud with Immortal (2011–present)
On October 16 at Bound For Glory,
Hogan was defeated by Sting, ending his run as the storyline president of TNA.
After the match, Immortal attacked Sting. Hogan then "hulked up", tore his
shirt, and helped Sting chase the stable out of the ring, turning face once
again in the process. The following Impact Wrestling, Hogan, wearing his
trademark yellow and red again, admitted to his mistakes, and put over Sting for
winning, who ended up helping Hogan this time chase Immortal from the ring.
After that, Hogan took a hiatus from TNA. On January 26, 2012, Hogan returned to
the ring at a house show in Nottingham, England, where he, James Storm and Sting
defeated Bobby Roode, Bully Ray and Kurt Angle in a six man tag team main
event. Hogan returned to Impact Wrestling on February 2, when he was
revealed as Garett Bischoff's trainer.
Endorsements and business ventures
Hulk Hogan's Pastamania was a
restaurant in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was created
and financed by Hogan. It opened on the Labor Day weekend of 1995 and was later
heavily hyped on World Championship Wrestling's live flagship show WCW Monday
Nitro, which actually premiered that September from the mall. The restaurant,
which remained in operation for less than a year, featured such dishes as
"Hulk-U's" and "Hulk-A-Roos".
In an interview on both the The
Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Bollea claimed that the George
Foreman Grill was originally offered to him, but he failed to respond in time.
George Foreman was called and he chose to endorse the grill instead of a blender
which became the Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer. This claim was validated on an
episode of Hogan Knows Best, in which his wife Linda and the family are worried
about Hogan's wrestling career and plead with him to take up a career in
marketing. Hulk explains about turning down the Foreman grill, and his
choice to invest in the shake-mixer instead, saying that whenever he thinks
about investing in something "big," he thinks about what happened with the grill
and the shake-mixer. However, he has since endorsed a similar product known as
"The Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill."
In 2006, Bollea unveiled his own
energy drink, Hogan Energy, distributed by Socko Energy. It was featured in
an episode of Hogan Knows Best. His name and likeness are also applied to a line
of microwavable hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken sandwiches sold at
Wal-Mart called "Hulkster Burgers". On November 1, 2011 Bollea launched a
new website called Hogan Nutrition www.hogannutrition.com which features many
nutritional and dietary products.
In September 2008, Bollea's net
worth was revealed to be over $30 million. In September 2011,
Bollea revealed that his lavish lifestyle, and recent divorce had cost him
hundreds of millions of dollars and nearly bankrupted him.
During an interview with The Sun in
2007, Bollea claimed to be planning his own federation to compete against Vince
McMahon. Bollea says he has raised $40 million of the $80–$100 million goal
and his venture is something that will eventually revolutionize the sport of
In October 2007, Bollea transferred
all trademarks referring to himself to his liability company named "Hogan
Holdings Limited". The trademarks include Hulk Hogan, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan,
Hulkster, Hogan Knows Grillin, Hulkamania.com, and Hulkapedia.com.
In April 2008, Bollea announced
that he would be lending his license to video game developer Gameloft to create
"Hulkamania Wrestling" for mobile phones. Hogan stated in a press release that
the game would be "true to [his] experiences in wrestling" and use his classic
wrestling moves like the Doublehand Choke Lift and Strong Clothesline. As
of 2010, Hogan stars alongside Troy Aikman in commercials for
Rent-A-Center. On March 24, 2011, Hogan made a special appearance on
American Idol, giving a big surprise to wrestling fans Paul McDonald and James
On 15 October 2010, Endemol Games
UK (a subsidiary of media production group Endemol UK) announced a partnership
with Bischoff Hervey Entertainment to produce "Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania", an
online gambling game featuring video footage of Hogan.
Hulk Hogan's crossover popularity
led to several television and movie roles. Early in his career Bollea played the
part of Thunderlips in Rocky III (1982). He also appeared in No Holds Barred
(1989), before starring in the family films Suburban Commando (1991), Mr. Nanny
(1993), Santa with Muscles (1996), and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
(1998). He starred in his own television series, Thunder in Paradise, in
1994. He is the star of The Ultimate Weapon (1997), in which Brutus Beefcake
also appears in a cameo.
Bollea also starred in a pair of
television movies, originally intended as a pilot for an ongoing series for TNT,
produced by Eric Bischoff. The movies, Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's
Island and Shadow Warriors: Hunt for The Death Merchant, starred Hogan alongside
Carl Weathers and Shannon Tweed as a freelance mercenary team. In 1995, he
appeared on TBN's Kids Against Crime.
Bollea made cameo appearances in
Muppets from Space, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (the theatrical cut) and Spy Hard
as himself. Hogan was offered the role of Zeus in Little Hercules in 3D on an
episode of Hogan Knows Best and was shown during the filming of the movie. He
also had a cameo at the end of the movie Little Monsters. Hogan also made two
appearances on The A-Team (in 1985 and 1986), and along with Roddy Piper. Nick's
favorite animated show, Captain Planet, was another popular stop for Hogan's
recognizable voice. He was the voice of BP, Sly Sludge's evil sidekick. His
famous catchphrase was "You're gonna pay at the pump, brother!" He also had a
vital role in the two-part episode of Suddenly Susan in 1999. In 2001, Hogan
guest-starred on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, playing a reformed criminal
now operating a Christian Community Center and helping Walker steer teenagers
away from gangs. Hogan also appeared in 1992 commercials for Right Guard
deodorant dressed in fine clothing and painting and his line "anything less
would be uncivilized".
On July 10, 2005, VH1 premiered a
new reality show titled Hogan Knows Best which centered around Hulk Hogan, his
then-wife Linda, and their children Brooke and Nick. Set in their home in
Clearwater, Florida, the show followed the family in their efforts to fulfill
the dreams of their children while still maintaining their sense of closeness.
At the show's onset, 16-year-old Brooke was trying to break into the music
industry while younger brother Nick (age 14) went through a series of career
aspirations including his failure to become a professional race car driver and
following in his dad's footsteps as a pro wrestler.
As of July 2008, Hogan Knows Best
transferred its focus into a new show called Brooke Knows Best which focuses on
his daughter's move into a new apartment to continue her pursuit of a music
Bollea hosted the comeback series
of American Gladiators on NBC in 2008. He also hosted and judged the
short-lived reality show, Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
Hogan had a special titled Finding Hulk Hogan on A&E on November 17, 2010.
Bollea released a music CD, Hulk
Rules, as Hulk Hogan and The Wrestling Boot Band. Also, Green Jellÿ released a
single, a duet with Hogan, performing Gary Glitter's classic song "I'm the
Leader of the Gang (I Am)". He has also made cameos in several music videos.
From her self-named show, Dolly the music video for Dolly Parton's
wrestling-themed love song "Headlock on my Heart" features Hogan as "Starlight
Starbright". On the show, Parton mentioned that the tabloid Weekly World News
had "reported" that she had written a song about her love for a wrestler, and
said "if you read in the Weekly World News, it must be true!" In the music video
"Pressure" by Belly ft. Ginuwine, Bollea and his daughter Brooke both made brief
Bollea is a regular guest on Bubba
the Love Sponge's radio show. He also served as the best man at Bubba's January
2007 wedding. On March 12, 2010, Bollea hosted his own radio show, titled
Hogan Uncensored, on Sirius Satellite Radio's Howard 101.
Bollea did a video game voice
acting on Saints Row: The Third as Angel De la Muerte a member of the
Saints. In October 2011, Bollea released a video game called Hulk Hogan's
On December 18, 1983, Bollea
married Linda Claridge (born August 24, 1959). They have a daughter Brooke (born
May 5, 1988) and a son Nick (born July 27, 1990). Bollea made his personal life
the centerpiece of the television show Hogan Knows Best, which includes his wife
and two children.
Bollea's 17 year old son Nick was
indicted as an adult on November 7, 2007 on four criminal charges. The charges
stemmed from an August car accident that seriously injured the passenger in
Nick's car, John Graziano. Nick pleaded no contest and was sentenced to eight
months in prison on May 9, 2008.
According to an interview in The
National Enquirer, Christiane Plante revealed that she had an affair with Hogan
in 2007 while the Hogan family was shooting Hogan Knows Best. Plante was 33
years old at the time and had worked with Brooke Hogan on her 2006 album.
On November 20, 2007, Linda filed for divorce in Pinellas County, Florida.
Hulk told St. Petersburg Times that he was unaware of the filing when the paper
called for a comment. The Graziano family's lawyer believed the divorce might
have been an attempt to divide the family's assets from a planned civil suit
against the Bolleas regarding their son, Nick. After filing for divorce,
Linda (48 at the time) began dating Charlie Hill (19 at the time). Hill was a
student at Brooke and Nick's high school, one grade above Nick and one grade
below Brooke. In November 2008, Linda revealed to the public that she
made the decision to end her marriage after finding out about Hulk Hogan's
affair. Hogan admitted at the time that he had considered committing
suicide; however, he moved on and married his current wife Jennifer
Bollea lived with his daughter,
Brooke, who starred in the now-cancelled VH1 reality series, Brooke Knows
Best. Bollea has suffered numerous health problems, particularly with his
back since retiring as a wrestler following the years of heavyweight training
and jolting as a wrestler.
On October 27, 2009, St. Martin's
Press released Bollea's autobiography, My Life Outside the Ring. Bollea has
continued to stay in the news, due to his revelation that he considered suicide
in 2007, shortly after his wife filed for divorce. Hogan credits Laila Ali,
co-star on American Gladiators, with preventing him from committing
Bollea has been in a relationship
with Jennifer McDaniel since early 2008. The two were engaged in November
2009 and married on December 14, 2010, in Clearwater, Florida.
Hogan became a distributor for
multi-level marketing company ViSalus Sciences after looking for business
opportunities outside of wrestling.
Hogan was diagnosed with type II
diabetes in early 2008, and now supports the American Diabetes Association.
In March 2012, a sex tape of Hulk
Hogan and an unidentified blond had surfaced. Bollea/Hogan put out a press
release that he will sue anyone that tries to buy or sell the video.
Bollea was honored as the 2008 King
of the Krewe of Bacchus, a New Orleans carnival organization. Hogan
visited the Children's Hospital of New Orleans and rode in the parade where he
threw doubloons with his likeness. Hogan received the honor in part because
meeting Hogan is one of the most requested "wishes" of the terminally ill
children benefited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Year Film Role
1982 Rocky III Thunderlips
1989 No Holds Barred Rip
1990 Gremlins 2: The New
1991 Suburban Commando Shep
1993 Mr. Nanny Sean Armstrong
1993 Thunder in Paradise
Randolph J. Hurricane Spencer
1994 Thunder in Paradise II
1994 Thunder in Paradise (TV)
1995 Thunder in Paradise III
1996 The Secret Agent Club
1996 Spy Hard Steele's other
1996 Santa with Muscles Blake
1997 The Ultimate Weapon
1997 Assault on Devil's
Island Mike McBride
1998 McCinsey's Island Joe
1998 3 Ninjas: High Noon at
Mega Mountain Dave Dragon
1999 Assault on Death
Mountain Mike McBride
1999 Muppets from Space
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger
2009 Little Hercules Zeus
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet
2011 Black River Marcus
2011 China, IL The Dean
2011 Saints Row: The Third (video
Roddy Piper &
Tag team match
King Kong Bundy
Steel cage match for the WWF Championship
André the Giant
Singles match for the WWF Championship
Singles tournament match
Singles match for the WWF Championship
Singles match for the WWF Championship & Intercontinental Championship
Singles match for the WWF Championship
Ted DiBiase &
Irwin R. Schyster
Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Singles match for the WWF Championship
Axe Bomber (Crooked arm
Running leg drop
Multiple punches, sometimes with
Raking the opponent's eyes or
"Classy" Freddie Blassie
"The Mouth of the South" Jimmy
"The Immortal One"
"The Unstoppable Force"
American Wrestling Association
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
World Championship Wrestling
"American Made" by The Wrestling
Boot Band (1994–1996, 1999–2000)
"Rockhouse" by Frank Shelley (used
while a part of the New World Order; 1996–1999)
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1997–1999)
"Kevin Nash/Wolfpac Theme" (used
while a part of the nWo wolfpac elite; 1999)
Xcitement Wrestling Federation
"American Made" by The Wrestling
Boot Band (2001)
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
(January 7, 1984–November 22, 1986)
"Hulk Hogan's Theme" by Jim
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by John
Philip Sousa (1985)
"Real American" by Rick Derringer
(November 29, 1986–June 13, 1993, July 4, 2002, May 22, 2003–July 3, 2003, March
21, 2005–December 10, 2007)
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (March 18, 2002–February 23, 2003)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
"nWo Original Theme" (Rockhouse
Remix) by Frank Shelly (2010–present)
"Immortal Theme" by Dale Oliver
(used while a part of Immortal; 2010–2011)
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
(used at house shows)
Championships and accomplishments
New Japan Pro Wrestling
IWGP League Tournament
MSG Tag League Tournament (1982,
1983)—with Antonio Inoki
Professional Wrestling Hall of
Fame and Museum
Class of 2003
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI Comeback of the Year (1994,
PWI Feud of the Year (1986) vs.
PWI Match of the Year (1985) with
Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff at WrestleMania
PWI Match of the Year (1988) vs.
André the Giant at The Main Event
PWI Match of the Year (1990) vs.
The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI
PWI Match of the Year (2002) vs.
The Rock at WrestleMania X8
PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year
PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of
the Year (1983, 1999)
PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the
Year (1985, 1989, 1990)
PWI Wrestler of the Year (1987,
PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best
singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991
PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best
singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
PWI ranked him #57 of the Top 100
Tag Teams of the "PWI Years" with Randy Savage in 2003
NWA Southeastern Heavyweight
Championship (Northern Division) (1 time)
NWA Southeastern Heavyweight
Championship (Southern Division) (2 times)
Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
Match of the Year (1991) vs.
Genichiro Tenryu on December 12, 1991
Most Outstanding Foreigner
World Championship Wrestling
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
World Wrestling Federation / World
WWE World Tag Team Championship (1
WWF/E World Heavyweight
Championship (6 times)1
Royal Rumble (1990, 1991)
WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)
1 ^ Hogan's last reign was as
Undisputed WWF Champion. The title was renamed the WWE Undisputed Championship
on May 6, 2002 after World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. settled a
lawsuit with the World Wide Fund for Nature, and became simply World Wrestling
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