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Hulk Hogan is undoubtedly one of the most famous pro wrestlers that have accumulated a massive following around the world. His real name is Terry Bollea and was known for his antics in the ring, handlebar moustache, and his considerable charisma. Spectators always wanted to see him win his matches, and he often did.
Hulk Hogan is one of the tallest wrestlers, standing at 6ft 3. He was once at 6ft 6, but back, neck and knee surgeries reduced his height slightly by a few inches. Hulk Hogan weighs about 295 pounds.
And even though he was among the tallest wrestlers of his time, Andre the Giant towered above him at 7 Foot. The Undertaker was also taller by a few inches, and maybe more terrifying.
Another charismatic wrestler was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold is a bit shorter than Hulk Hogan by a few inches. He was 6ft 1.
The wrestler that helped popularize entrance music in wrestling was born in 1953. He was from Augusta Georgia and his father, Pietro “Peter” Bollea, was a construction, Foreman. His mother, Ruth, was a dance teacher and homemaker.
It may be interesting to note that Terry Bollea was a big kid. He was six foot by the age of 12 and was destined to be an athlete. And despite his unusually significant stature, Hulk Hogan was an excellent baseball player and junior championship bowler.
He played in The Little League Baseball as a pitcher and even attracted scouts from Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. Unfortunately, an injury would scuttle his dream of becoming a professional baseball player.
At the age of 16, Hulk Hogan developed an interest in wrestling and would look up to Superstar Billy Graham for inspiration. He also loved his superhuman look, and would always try to copy it.
He was also a musician and played fretless bass guitar in a rock band. Hulk Hogan attended the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. He would drop out of the University of South Florida to form a rock band with two of his friends.
During his spare time, Hulk Hogan would hit the gym to build up muscles and develop an incredible physique to look like Superstar Billy Graham, his idol.
It happened that the bar that Hogan’s band performed was a favourite place for some wrestlers. The Incredible physique of Hogan impressed the Brisco Brothers, and they requested Hiro Matsuda to take him as a trainee. At first, the promoter of Championship Wrestling from Florida was reluctant to put Hogan in the ring but eventually agreed. That was after Hogan quit the rock band, and began telling people that he was now a wrestler.
Hulk Hogan is quite superstitious and does not leave for air travel without wearing red underwear. He has survived two plane crashes, and in each of them, he was wearing red underwear.
The wrestling star married Linda Claridge on December 1983, and they have a daughter Brooke Hogan and son, Nick Hogan. Hulk Hogan made his family the main characters in a reality television show, Hogan Knows Best.
Christiane Plante admitted to having an affair with Hulk Hogan in the course of shooting the reality television show. On November 20th 2007, his wife filed for divorce, citing infidelity.
After the divorce, Hogan considered suicide but thought against it through the help of Laila Ali.
In 2008, Hulk Hogan entered into a relationship with Jennifer McDaniel. They were engaged the following year and married in 2010.
Bollea is a Christian and has often spoken passionately about his faith. According to him, he would have sunk into oblivion if he had not leaned on his faith.
The WWE terminated their contract with the wrestler in 2015, stating that they are committed to promoting talent from all backgrounds. WWE also went ahead and removed all references to Hulk Hogan from their website.
The termination coincided with an anti-black rant following the leaking of a sex tape. Hogan was published expressing disgust with the notion of his daughter with any black man and frequently used a racial slur to indicate his dislike for the Blacks.
As a result, the Hogan merchandise was taken down from stores, and Mattel Stopped the production of his action figures. Hogan would later apologize, and other black stars like Dennis Rodman would come to his defense.
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