Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan is one of the most recognizable and charismatic figures in professional wrestling history. He initially gained fame in the late 1970s and became a cultural icon in the 1980s as a key figure in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE).

Hogan’s persona as a heroic, larger-than-life character endeared him to a wide audience, particularly children, thanks to his message of saying prayers and taking vitamins. He is a household name and has had a major impact on the wrestling industry. His popularity helped to make wrestling a mainstream sport in the United States during the 1980s.

  • Real Name: Terry Gene Bollea
  • Ring Name: Hulk Hogan
  • Birth Date: August 11, 1953
  • Birth Place: Augusta, Georgia, USA
  • Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
  • Weight: 302 lbs (137 kg)
  • Debut: August 10, 1977
  • Trained By: Hiro Matsuda

Championships and Accomplishments

  • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (1 time)
  • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Southern Division) (2 times)
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Hogan won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship once, defeating The Great Muta in 1993.
  • MSG Tag League Tournament (1982, 1983) – with Antonio Inoki
  • WWF Championship (6 times) – Hogan won the WWF Championship a total of six times, holding the title for a combined 2,185 days.
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (6 times) – Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, holding the title for a combined 1,177 days.
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Hogan won the WWE Tag Team Championship once, teaming up with Edge to defeat Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo in 2002.
  • TNA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Hogan won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship defeating Jeff Jarrett at TNA’s Bound for Glory 2011.
  • King of the Ring – Hogan won the King of the Ring tournament in 1987, defeating Harley Race in the final.
  • Royal Rumble – Hogan won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, becoming the first wrestler to win the event in consecutive years.
  • WWE Hall of Fame (2015, 2020)

Notable Rivalries

  • Andre the Giant, culminating in a legendary encounter at WrestleMania III.
  • Randy Savage, with whom he had both partnerships and intense rivalries.
  • The Ultimate Warrior, particularly remembered for their match at WrestleMania VI.
  • Sting, notably in WCW during the late 1990s.

Legacy
Hulk Hogan’s influence extends beyond wrestling. He significantly helped popularize professional wrestling globally, contributing to it becoming a mainstream form of entertainment. His role in movies, television, and his own reality show further cemented his status as a pop culture icon. Despite controversies later in his career, Hogan’s impact on professional wrestling is undeniable, making him a seminal figure in its history.

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