‘Terry Gene Bollea’ is known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan was born on August 11, 1953. He is the most popular American professional wrestler in worldwide wrestling. In 1980,s his mega-popularity could be seen. He is still the most recognized personality of wrestling industries.
Hulk Hogan always inspires the youth by his intense energy level in wrestling. His personality and physiques with height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm), weight 302 (137 kg), biceps 31 inches(still growing) and his Horseshoe mustache have always attracted the youngsters for making a career in wrestling.
Hogan is a God gifted personality. At the age of 12, he was 6 ft tall and weigh more than 80 Kg.
Fans appreciated his ‘Good Guy’ character from 1980 to 1993. He is very successful in his career with the performance in World Championship Wrestling(WCW), World Wrestling Federation(WWF), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Total Nonstop Action(TNA) and New Japan Pro-Wrestling(NJPW) and American Wrestling Association(AWA).
Along with being a popular Wrestler, he is also a good actor, musician, television artist and a successful businessman.
|1.Real name||Terry Gene Bollea|
|2. Birthday||August 11, 1953|
|3. Birthplace||Augusta, Georgia|
|4. Country||United States|
|5. Age||65 years|
|6. Birth Sign||Lio|
|7. Height||In centimeters- 201 cm|
|in meters- 2.01 m|
|in Feet-Inches- 6’ 7”|
|8. Weight||In Kilograms- 137 kg|
|In Pounds- 302 lbs|
|9. Body Measurement||Chest- 58 inch, Waist - 37 inch, Biceps- 24 inch|
|11. Hometown||Augusta, Georgia|
|12. Education||Hillsborough Community College - Plant City Campus, the University of South Florida and Robinson High School.|
|14. Father Name||Pietro Bollea|
|15. Mother Name||Ruth V. Bollea|
|16. His Favorite Desert||Chocolate|
|17. Marital status||Married|
|18. Wedding Date||December 14, 2010|
|19. Ring Names||"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hogan , Hulk Boulder, Hulk Hogan, Hulk Machine, Mr. America Sterling, Golden Terry Boulder, The Super Destroyer.|
|20. Nick Names||Hulkmania, Thunderlips, Hulkster|
|21. Finishing move||Leg Drop|
His Personal Life and Assets
Hulk was born and bought up in Augusta, Georgia. He is the son of Pietro Bollea, a supervisor in the construction work and Ruth V. Bollea, a housewife and dance teacher. One and a half years after his birth, his family moved to Port Tampa, Florida.
As a kid, he started taking interest in baseball and joined the Little League Baseball(a non-profit organization). There he learned to pitch. He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds.
He studied at Hillsborough Community College – Plant City Campus, the University of South Florida and Robinson High School.
His interest grew in Professional Wrestling at the time of school age. At the time of high school, he admired Dusty Rodhes and greatly inspired by Superstar Billy Graham. Billy Graham’s looks inspired him the most. As you can see hulk hogan’s current looks resembles with Billy Graham.
Hulk Hogan married Linda Claridge, an American television personality best recognized for her role in the American television show ‘Hogan Knows Best’. They tied their knot on December 18, 1983. The couple has two children, Brook Bollea (Daughter, Date of birth May 5, 1988) and Nick Bollea (Date of birth July 27, 1990).
The couple separated on November 20, 2007, as they took divorce. According to the facts, the cause for the divorce is reported, Linda filed the divorce on Hogan. She was suspecting Hogan of having an affair with her daughter’s best friend Christiane Plante.
Then Hulk married Jennifer McDaniel, makeup artist as a profession. They both tied a knot on December 14, 2010, in Clearwater, Florida.
Hulk Hogan enjoys a handsome Net worth of $25 Million which he earned with his wrestling, acting and music career.
Hogan is very fond of music. And in college days, his music became the passion. Hogan dropped out his studies at the University of South Florida to form a musical band with two local musicians called Ruckus in 1976.
In Tempa Bay, Band got popularity. In free time Hogan used to visit Hector’s Gym in the Tampa Bay area.
The famous American wrestlers in Florida used to visit bars to chill out. Among them were two famous wrestlers, Jack, and Gerald Brisco. They visited a bar in a night where Hulk Hogan’s Ruckus band was performing. There they saw our hunk hulk hogan.
Brisko brother got so impressed by hulk physique that they referred him to Hiro Matsuda (Japanese American Professional Wrestler and trainer). Hiro Matsuda trained Hulk Hogan. Hogan quit the band and took his first step towards his wrestling career.
Eddie Graham(a professional wrestler and booker in Championship Wrestling from Florida, CWF), helped hulk hogan to climb his first stair of success by putting him against Brain Blair as Hulk’s first match on the 10th of August, 1977 in CWF.
Hulk Hogan won the debut match of his career against Brain Blair. After winning some matches Hogan started to wear the mask and got the name ‘Super Destroyer’ by his fans.
In 1978, with help of superstar billy graham Hulk joined Louie Tillet’s Alabama territory.
Hulk and his friend Ed Leslie joined Alabama together registered under the name of Terry and Ed Boulder. They fought together as a tag team under the name of ‘Boulder brothers’.
Wrestling for a while in CWF, Hulk joined Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis. Jerry Jarrett(promoter of CWF) brought a proposal to join CWA with offering a reward to hulk hogan and Lesli an $ 800 per week as compared to their current earning $ 175 per week. They accepted the proposal.
Terry Boulder(Hulk) popularity increased in Memphis. There he attended the local talk show with American actor and fitness trainer, Mr. Lou Ferrigno. Mr. Lou Ferrigno is the lead actor of America’s famous television series ‘The Incredible Hulk’. While the host appreciating the physique of Hogan, Jarrett was watching Hogan’s show from the backstage.
The host of the show compared Hogan’s physique with ‘The Hulk’ character, which is played by Mr. Lou Ferrigno in the popular show ‘The Incredible Hulk’. He Described how Hogan’s physique, with his muscles, hight, and body, dominated the ‘The Hulk’.
So this is the reason why ‘The Hulk’ was added to the name of Terry Boulder to be called Terry ‘The Hulk’Boulder.
Bollea began to climb his stairs of success rapidly and clinched his first Professional Wrestling Championship, the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) in 1979.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and the evolution of ‘Hogan’
Vincent J. McMahon is the man, who brought Hulk in the WWF. Mr. Mc Hohan got impressed by Hogan’s Physiques and suggested him for a makeover. It was Mr. Mcmohan who added the Irish name’Hogan’ with the name Terry ‘The Hulk’ Boulder. After that Terry was called ‘Hulk Hogan.’
On 17th August 1979, the tall and handsome hunk, ‘The Hulk Hogan’ entered the arena with his white long hair for his debut match against Harry Valdez.
Hulk gave the dominating defeat to Harry Valdez. After joining WWF, Hogan sails on two boats. With giving the appearance in WWF, he also joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling from 1980 to 1985. There the fans named him “Ichiban” which means Number one in the Japanese language.
Parallelly he also wrestled in American Wrestling Association and gained a huge fan following as a villain.
Birth Of Hulkamania
In 1984, Hogan won his career’s first WWF World Heavyweight Championship against The Iron Sheik. In Medison Square Garden, Hogan registered another dominating win against The Iron Sheik after Harry Valdez. Hulk ended the match by applying his finishing move ‘The Leg Drop’ to The Iron Sheik and pinning him down.
After winning the match Andre The Gaint congrats Hogan by pouring champagne on Hogan’s Heads.
Hogan won the match in style. The fans were cheering for him. The commentators while admiring Hulk Hogan for his win, said ‘Hulkamania is here’ and this is how the birth of ‘Hulkamania’ took place. His first WWF World Heavyweight Championship changed his life completely. His fan following escalated.
Fans started appreciating his signature maneuvers. Especially that ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose of Usain Bolt after tearing of yellow and red color combination T-Shirt in the ring with Hulkamania printed on it. His fans always accompanied him in the match. Whenever Hulk’s opponent dominates him, he gets up. Then he points his finger to his opponent saying “You”, accompanied by his fans also shouting ‘you’ at the same time. That means now it’s your turn.
Journey To Wrestlemania
Hulk Hogan began to impress the WWE expert by his talent. His talent dragged him to Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania 1 held on March 31, 1985. The main event consisted of Tag Team Match between then WWE Heavy Weight Champion Hulk, Mr. T, Jimmy Snuka, and Rowdy Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Cowboy Bob Orton. Professional boxer Muhammad Ali was the special guest referee of the match.
Hulk, Mr. T, and Jimmy Snuka won the match with Hulk Hogan pinning down Orndorff.
Wrestlemania 2 held on the 7th of April, 1986. The main event comprises of a steel cage match between then WWF Heavy Weight Champion Hulk defending his title against King Kong Bundy. During the match, Hogan and Bundy struggled to climb the steel cage to win the match. But at last, Hogan successfully retained his title by climbing over the steel cage, drop down to the floor and winning the match.
Hulk Hogan Vs Andre The Gaint match was the biggest in WWE History of the 1980s. The match took place in Wrestlemania 3. The feud between them made the match most awaiting and interesting to watch for the audiences. Their feud began when Hulk received a trophy for being WWF World Heavyweight Champion for three years from WWF President Jack Tunney.
Andre The Gaint, his friend of that time came forward to congrats Hulk and passed the comment “Three years to be a champion, it’s a long time” Now it was Andre The Gaint turn. He was awarded the trophy for being “undefeated in the WWF for 15 years”
In an interview both Andre, The Gaint and Hogan appeared together. Hogan in the interview didn’t let Andre speak much. He gave importance to himself. Irritated by this when Hogan gave the congratulation speech, Andre walked out.
Hulk Hogan again proved himself Champion by winning the biggest match of his career by pinning down Andre The Gaint.
Hogan moved ahead in his career by joining WCW in 1994. There he feuded with Ric Flair and won his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship in his debut match against Ric Flair.
Returned to WWF now WWE
Hollywood Hulk Hogan made a splendid entry in WWE in 2002. Although Hogan has returned after a long time, his fan following didn’t get affected. He entered at that time as a villain, but the crowd always cheered for him only.
His fans called him ‘Hollywood Hogan’ as his looks possess his horseshoe mustache and dark beard with red and yellow T-Shirts after returning in WWE.
There he feuded with that time entertainer The Rock. The Rock and Hogan got face to face in Wrestlemania 28 which held on March 17, 2002. The Rock won the match.
Then Hogan defeated Triple H and won Undisputed WWF Championship at Backlash.
Hogan with Edge defeated Billy and Chuck to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship for the first time. After that Hulk Hogan quit the WWE as he was not happy with the creative direction of his character.
After a gap of two years, Hogan returned to WWE again in 2005 and inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame.
In 2014, Hogan returned in WWE after a gap of 7 years. With his appearance in Wrestlemania 30, he made the night more entertaining with two other superstars joining him, The Rock and Stone Cold.
That night he refreshed some memories related to his first Wrestlemania, where he shared the same ring with Mr. T, Paul Orndorff, and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. The three of them ended their night by drinking beer.
Hulk Hogan Achievements
If we talk about Hogan’s achievements in the wrestling world, the first thing that comes to mind is how many titles won by the Hogan? Hogan won six times the World Heavy Weight Championship titles in World Championship Wrestling(WCW) and in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He also won a single time WWE World Tag Team Championship with Edge.
Hulk Hogan Now
Terry Gene Bollea is now 66 years old and unable to wrestle. But he always remained in touch with WWE. In 2018, he again inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Hulk Hogan always loved his fans. Even though he is unable to wrestle, he never left his fans alone. He always kept on giving guest appearances in WWE.
In 2018, as a host in Crown Jewel pays per view event, he made his appearance. After that in 2019, he paid a tribute to his old friend Mean Gene Okerlund who passed away just five days ago.