Born In: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Terry Gene Bollea, popularly known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, musician, actor, television personality, and entrepreneur. The wrestler can be easily recognized by his large frame, long white hair, handlebar moustache, and trademark feather boas. Growing up, he was an aspiring musician and a baseball player, but later chose wrestling as his forte. He received his training from the famous trainer Hiro Matsuda; on the first day of training, Matsuda broke Hulk Hogan’s leg. Hogan returned as soon as his leg healed and in doing so, earned the respect and admiration of the coach. Upon joining WWF, Vince McMahon wanted his character to be a red-haired Irish wrestler and wanted him to dye his blonde hair, to which Hogan refused. Eventually, he became very popular and garnered huge fan following who he referred to as Hulkamaniacs. He also became famous for his four "demandments": training, saying prayers, eating vitamins, and believing in oneself. His career got a big boost early on when he appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III.
Nick Name: The Hulkster, Hulk
Also Known As: Terry Gene Bollea
father: Peter Bollea
mother: Ruth Bollea
siblings: Alan Bollea, Kenneth Wheeler
children: Brooke Hogan, Nick Hogan
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Panamanian American, French American
Notable Alumni: Stampede Wrestling, University Of South Florida
City: Augusta, Georgia
U.S. State: Georgia
education: University Of South Florida, Stampede Wrestling
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He was born on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, USA, to Pietro Bollea, a construction foreman, and Ruth V, a dance teacher. The family moved to Port Tampa, Florida, when he was quite young.
He attended the Hillsborough Community College�and the University of South Florida�from where he dropped out to focus on music. He formed the band Ruckus�in 1976 with a couple of other musicians.
A lot of wrestling competitions were organized around Florida; wrestlers would head to the bars in Florida where Ruckus�performed. Jack and Gerald Brisco, brothers and tag team partners, noticed Hogan and were impressed by his physique.
They quit ‘Tillet’s Territory’ for ‘Continental Wrestling Association’ (CWA) in Memphis when promoter Jerry Jarrett offered them $800 a week.
In 1979, Vincent McMahon gave him an opportunity to join WWF. In his first match at WWF, he defeated Harry Valdez. His first big match with Andre the Giant happened in 1980 in which Hogan was defeated.
He defeated Vince McMahon in ‘WrestleMania XIX’ in 2003, which left Vince furious. Subsequently, he made Hogan sit out the remainder of his contract. Hogan disguised himself as Mr. America and debuted on SmackDown, after which Vince McMahon made several unsuccessful attempts to reveal his true identity.
After the SmackDown show went off-air, Mr. America took off his mask to reveal his true identity and quit the WWE show in 2003.
�Hulk Hogan become a 12-time world champion:�six times with the WWE and another six with the WCW (World Championship Wrestling).
Hulk Hogan married Linda Claridge on December 18, 1983 and together they have two children, a daughter named Brooke and a son named Nick. After the couple separated in 2007, he went onto marry Jennifer McDaniel in 2010. Hulk and Jennifer divorced in late 2021. He shared this information in February 2022. In the same social media post, he revealed the name of his girlfriend, Sky.
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