Do you ever just listen to the Real American and a hand involuntarily goes behind your ear? And you get the urge to scream “Hulkmania is running wild, Brother!”? Then congratulations my friend, you aged well. Terry Eugene Bollea, famous for his ring name Hulk Hogan, earned fame as a professional wrestler during the 70s and 80s.
Hulk Hogan was best known for his clean moves in the ring and his notorious Leg Drop, using which he brought down many opponents. Truly enough, IGN said that Hulk Hogan was the most recognized wrestler round the globe and star of the 1980s. Catch some nostalgia here:
Hulk Hogan’s impact in the wrestling world was undeniably massive. In Hulk’s 35 years long career, he wrestled a great number of prominent stars of his time and amassed popularity. Even after retirement, Hogan is still linked with the world of wrestling. He made guest appearances in many Wrestlemania serializations over the past years and even teasing a potential comeback to the ring. Well, this will only be possible if Hogan is certified good to go by the medical team. But we can still hope the legend’s re-entry into the brawl.
If you are a devote fan of the wrestling world, you have your good share of knowledge about the Hulkster. But if you don’t, then worry not. Let us discuss and look into the life and career of our favorite wrestling champ.
Life And Career: Rise Of The Hulkmania
Hulk Hogan, originally Terry Eugene Bollea, was born on August 11, 1953, his parents are Pietro Bollea and Ruth V. Bollea. Hulk was a pitcher in Little League Baseball, but his potential career was ruined after an injury. Hulk also played guitar in various bands around Florida. Hogan dropped out of college in 1976 to form a band called Ruckus with two other locals. They were quite popular around Tampa Bay Region and even played in some bars. During one of those performances, Hulk was noticed by the famous wrestler brothers Jack and Gerald Brisco. They were fascinated by Hulk’s stature, him scaling a total of 2.01m, and asked him to try wrestling. This was the dawn in the career of Hulk as a professional wrestler.
Hulk had been a fan of wrestling since he was 16, worshipping wrestlers like Dusty Rhodes and Billy Graham. The Brisco brothers requested the Japanese wrestler Hiro Matsuda to train Hogan. He debuted in professional wrestling in 1977 against Brian Blair. Although, his first official win in a match came in 1979 against Bob Roop. He signed for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979 and also participated in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). His fans in NJPW gave him the title Ichiban (Number One). Hulk’s popularity rose from 1983 after fighting against the champions of the ring-like André the Giant and Iron Shiek. He went on to win 6 consecutive titles in WWF, making him the wrestler with the second-longest holder of the title.
Hulk is also the first wrestler to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles in 1990 and 1990. Hulk later joined WCW in 1993 and won six consecutive Heavyweight title. This made Hulk the longest record holder for the WCW. This horde of achievement saw Hogan’s rise to glory and named his fan buzz Hulkmania.
Hulk’s Net Worth In 2021
Hulk Hogan’s net worth amounts to an estimate of $25 million. This places Hogan as one of the highest-paid wrestlers even today. Hulk made nearly $13 million between 1996-2000 from his wrestling matches. Hulk earned much more during his matches in the 80s too, amounting to around $650,000 in a single match. In his prime, Hulk was the highest-paid wrestler with a net worth of around $30 million. But the divorce from his wife took away half of his income. And accusations of racism resulted in Hulk’s firing from WWE.
Through a period of downs in his life, Hulk regained his stance by the endorsement of various products. This included Rent-a-Center and Honey Nut Cheerios. Hulk also hosted many shows like American Gladiators and made cameos in advertisements and movies. Everyone knows of Hulk’s acting career. He appeared in Rocky III and other films like Santa With Muscles and Mr. Nanny. But his greatest win was marked by the lawsuit against Gawker for privacy infringement. This lawsuit won Hulk $115 million. Hulk is planning for a return to professional wrestling this season, though he has made appearances in many shows. Hulk now ages 67, and the comeback seems a little unnecessary to many people. But we will all be more than happy to have Hulk Hogan’s charisma back in the ring once again.