Terry Eugene Bollea, born August 11, 1953, is the world’s most recognized professional wrestler since the 1980s. Starting as a musician in a band, his career journey took a different path after being approached by two wrestlers. The wrestling star started his career in 1977 and has since, performed remarkably, making him a five-time W.W.F. Championship winner, and W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete after becoming the winner of 12 world titles. In addition to wrestling, Hogan has appeared in several movies, and television shows, and filmed his own reality television show in 2005. We share his career insights here from beginning to retirement, in celebration of his birthday!
Terry Eugene Bollea, professionally known as Hulk Hogan, is the world’s most recognized wrestling star since he started his career in the 1980s. Hogan was born on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, and is of Scottish and French descent. The wrestling star enjoyed watching wrestling as a young teenage boy and his favorite wrestling stars at the time were Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham. As a boy, he used to play baseball as a pitcher for the Little League baseball team, and after graduating from high school, studied at Hillsborough Community College and the University of Florida. Hogan had an interest in music and played the fretless bass guitar in several Florida rock bands. In 1976, during his early 20s, Hogan started a band with two fellow musicians, called Ruckus who were known for performing at several bars in Florida. Little did Hogan know that this very band would lead him to his superstardom in the world of wrestling!
During his time as a musician, Hogan started lifting weights at the gym and was spotted by two Florida wrestlers, Jack and Gerald Brisco, during one of Ruckus’s bar performances, as they were intrigued by his physique. The Brisco brothers asked Hogan if he’d be interested in training to wrestle, an opportunity which Hogan gladly accepted. Hogan started with Hiro Matsuda, who was a wrestler trainer for Championship Wrestling from Florida. After training for more than a year with Matsuda, Hogan made his professional wrestling debut against Brian Blair in 1977.
A year later, in 1978, Hogan started wrestling for the “Louie Tillet’s Alabama” territory which was outside of Florida, and in 1979, won his first professional championship, the N.W.A. Southeastern Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bob Roop in Tennessee. Within the same year of 1979, Hogan won his first match in the World Wrestling Federation after his match with Harry Valdez. After signing with the W.W.F. in 1983, Hogan’s performance earned him worldwide recognition. Within the same year of signing with the W.W.F, Hogan wrestled in the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament and became the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion. In 1982, Hogan made his acting debut in “Rocky III” as “Cameo.”
Professional wrestling became a popular sport and topic during the 1980s and Hogan became the face of the sport. He was the most requested celebrity for the “Make-a-Wish Foundation,” a children’s charity, appeared on the cover of various magazines, and made the headline of eight of the nine editions of “WrestleMania.” He is a five-time W.W.F. Championship winner and became the first wrestler to win the Royal Rumble matches two years in a row. In addition to wrestling, Hogan made several movie appearances between the late 1980s and early 1990s and also filmed his own reality television show in 2005 called “Hogan Knows Best,” which starred his wife and kids. In 2006, he released a food and beverage line called Hogan Energy, which consisted of energy drinks, microwavable hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches that were sold at Wal-Mart. Hogan retired from his wrestling career in 2012 and the same year, opened up a beachfront restaurant called Hogan’s Beach.
Hogan and two fellow musicians start a band called Ruckus.
Hogan plays his first wrestling match against Brian Blair.
Hogan wins his first professional championship, the N.W.A. Southeastern Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bob Roop in Tennessee.
Hogan wins his first match in the World Wrestling Federation against Harry Valdez.
Hogan wrestles in the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament and becomes the first I.W.G.P. Heavyweight Champion
Hogan films his first reality television show called “Hogan Knows Best.”
Hogan retires from his professional wrestling career.
Why We Love Hulk Hogan
His iconic mustache
Besides his legendary performance in the wrestling ring, Hogan was easily recognizable by his iconic mustache! Throughout his entire career and to this day, Hogan still rocks his stache!
He loves his fans as much as they love him
Hogan always interacts with his fans whether it’s through social media or by signing their personal items by request. Hogan has opened up a shop that allows fans to bring in their own personal items and have Hogan sign them himself, and sells his own items too.
He is a role model to many
Becoming a worldwide wrestling star, thousands of young boys looked up to Hogan as their wrestler role model. He was also well respected.
5 Surprising Facts
He had his own Saturday morning cartoon
Hogan launched his own cartoon show called “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling” which played every Saturday morning.
Fired from wrestling after “Rocky III”
Hogan shared that it was a rule not to do any television shows or movies while signed up as a wrestler, however, Hogan went for it anyway.
He was W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete
Hogan became W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete after winning 12 world titles.
His parents didn’t approve of wrestling
It wasn’t until Hogan won his first title that his parents finally approved of his wrestling career.
He had several ring names
Hogan started his wrestling career with the ring name “The Super Destroyer,” to “Sterling Golden,” to “Terry the Hulk Boulder” before finally deciding on ”Hulk Hogan.”
Hulk Hogan FAQs
Where does Hulk Hogan stay?
Hulk Hogan resides at 1040 Eldorado Avenue in Clearwater.
Who is Hulk Hogan’s son?
Nick Hogan, who is also an American television personality.
When was Hulk Hogan’s last match?
Hogan’s last match was on February 1, 2013, on a T.N.A. show in London, where he teamed with wrestlers Sting and Bully Ray.
Hulk Hogan’s birthday dates