Hulk Hogan, whose birth name is Terry Eugene Bollea, was born on 11 August 1953 in Augusta, Georgia in the United States of America. He is 68 years old. He is a professional wrestler of American nationality but he has since retired. Along with being a wrestler, he is also a television personality, actor, and entrepreneur. He is regarded as the most recognized and famous wrestling star all over the world. He is also regarded as the most popular wrestling star of the 1980s.
Hulk Hogan Early Life
Terry Eugene Bollea also known as Hulk Hogan, was born on 11 August 1953 in Augusta, Georgia, US. His father’s name is Pietro “Peter” Bollea who was a construction foreman and was of Italian descent. Hogan’s mother’s name was Ruth V. Bollea who was a housewife and dance teacher and she was of Scottish and French descent. When he was 1 year old, his family moved from Georgia to Port Tampa in Florida.
As a young boy, he played baseball in the Little League Baseball but due to an injury, he couldn’t continue with his baseball career. At 16 years old, he started watching professional wrestling and was intrigued by it. Along with baseball and wrestling, Hulk Hogan also took an interest in music. For nearly a decade he played bass guitar for many rock bands in Florida. Hogan studied at the Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida but he dropped out before he could graduate.
Hulk Hogan Professional Wrestling Career
In 1976, Mike Graham introduced Hogan to Hiro Matsuda, who was the top wrestling trainer at the time. Within one year, Hiro Matsuda has prepared Hulk Hogan for his professional wrestling debut match which he played against Brian Blair in Fort Myers located in Florida on 10 August 1977.
In June 1979, Hogan won the first championship of his career, the NWA Southeast Heavyweight Championship in Alabama and Tennessee, after defeating Ox Baker.
Between 1979 and 1980, Hulk Hogan joined the World Wrestling Federation also known as the WWF where he wrestled Bob Backlund for the Championship.
From 1981 till 1983, Hogan joined the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and made Johnny Valiant his manager.
He joined the New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1980 till 1983 while he was still a part of the American Wrestling Association. He made his first appearance on 13 May 1980.
After 20 years, Hulk Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the year 2005.
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Hulk Hogan Other Ventures
Films and Reality Television
Apart from wrestling, Hogan also performed several acting roles in movies such as Rocky III, No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, Mr. Nanny, Santa with Muscles, Gnomeo and Juliet, Muppets from Space, Little Hercules, The Secret Agent Club, and Spy Hard. He also acted in his own TV series, Thunder in Paradise in the year 1994.
He was also a part of various reality TV shows such as Hogan Knows Best, American Gladiators, Celebrity Championship Wrestling, Finding Hulk Hogan, and the sixth season of Tough Enough.
Music and Radio
Hogan released Hulk Rules which was his music CD along with The Wrestling Boot Band. He also released a duet song with Green Jelly titled “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)”. He has also made cameos in plenty of music videos.
Hulk Hogan was a guest on the popular Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. Then on 12 March in 2010, Hogan hosted his own radio show which was called Hogan Uncensored.
Hulk Hogan has 171 action figures and collectibles from the year 1980 till the year 2010.
Hulk Hogan has been part of numerous video games such as Saints Row: The Third, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, and this is the Police along with innumerable WWF video games.
Hulk Hogan Net Worth
Along with acting in movies, TV shows and reality shows, making guests appearances in music videos and radio shows, Hulk Hogan also has his own restaurants called Pastamania, Hogan’s Beach, and Hogan’s Hangout. He also has his own energy drink called Hogan Energy. In 2011, he launched his own online website called Hogan Nutrition. The earnings from these numerous ventures have brought up his net worth to a whopping $25 million.
Is Hulk Hogan Related to Roman Reigns?
Recently, Roman Reigns posted a picture of him with Hulk Hogan wherein Hogan is holding a baby Roman in his arms which led their fans to believe that they are related. However, Roman Reigns cleared the air and said that Hulk Hogan was a friend of his and his family for decades and that they aren’t related by blood.
Hulk Hogan Personal Life
Hulk Hogan has been married twice. He married his first wife Linda Hogan in 1983 has two children with her, a daughter whose name is Brooke and was born on May 5, 1988, and a son born on 27 July 1990 whose name is Nick. Hulk and Linda got divorced in 2009.
Hulk Hogan was then in a relationship with Jennifer McDaniel in 2008. They were engaged in November 2009. They eventually got married on 14 December 2010 in Clearwater located in Florida.