Hogan (Terry Bollea) is born in Augsta, Georgia despite being billed from Hollywood, Calif. for most of his wrestling career. He develops and early interest in music and begins playing bass guitar as a young man. He is spotted by the Brisco Brothers while playing music at a bar and convinced to pursue professional wrestling.
Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to claim his first WWE championship, kick-starting the Hulkamania craze of the 1980’s.
He was good. Hogan was a big man, he had a bodybuilder body and charisma. I had so much hate, people want to hurt me wherever I go. He win and make all his All-American fans happy. Since then he become Hulkamania, but everybody remember, without Iron Sheik, no Hulkamania.
The first Wrestlemania is held at Madison Square Garden. The event boasts over 19,000 in attendance and over one million viewers on closed circuit television. The event features Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik vs The U.S. Express, Wendy Richter vs Leilani Kai and is headlined by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
Wrestlemania 3 is held at The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The event boasts 93,173 attendees. Almost one million fans watch the event at 160 closed circuit locations in North America. The event features Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant.
Hogan defeats Savage at Wrestlemania V to capture his second WWE championship.
When you work with Randy, it’s intense. The only other person that I could call at three or four o’clock in the morning to talk about wrestling and would even answer their phone is Vince McMahon. And that’s how Randy was. Except Randy called me! “Hey, brother. Got an idea.” So when you got in bed with Randy, you were in it for the long haul. Good or bad, brother.
Wrestlemania 5 is held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event features Rick Rude versus The Ultimate Warrior, Demolition (Ax and Smash) versus Powers of Pain and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Savage for the WWF Championship.
Hogan is interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about working with Sylvester Stallone on Rocky III, family-friendly entertainment, and his love scene.
I tell you know, you gonna see a brand new Hulk Hogan. I do a lot of screaming and yelling to get the message across to all those kids out there.
Hogan wins 1990 Royal Rumble battle royal match in Orlando, standing tall over thirty other superstars.
Hogan gives an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. They discuss the allegations of using steroids that are against him.
When there a lot of lies told in the courtroom the papers print a lot of these lies as fact. It hurt me it hurt my family.
Hogan defeats Sgt. Slaughter at Wrestlemania VII to capture his third WWE championship. Slaughter comments.
McMahon needed an opponent for Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania and wanted to keep Hogan as the hero. So he asked me if I would consider me being an Iraqi sympathizer. I had to think long and hard about it. It was hard because red, white and blue runs through my veins. There were a lot of situations where I had to forgive myself and I hoped everyone would forgive me.
Hogan defeats Undertaker at Tuesday in Texas to capture his fourth WWE championship.
Wrestlemania 8 is held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event begins The Undertaker’s 21 year undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. The event features Sid Justice vs Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage vs Ric Flair and Undertaker vs Jake Roberts.
Hogan defeats Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX to capture his 5th WWE championship.
Hogan defeats The Giant at Hog Wild to win his second WCW championship.
Sting wrestles in War Games to clear his name as Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and The Fake Sting take on Sting, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. This is Sting’s last match in over one year.
Sting defeats Hollywood Hulk Hogan to reclaim WCW title from the nWo faction. The match ends in controversy as Bret Hart accuses referee (Neil Patrick) of fast count and declares Sting the winner after restarting the match.
Hulk is the best ever in the business. He’s the biggest draw in wrestling history. Starrcade 1997 is still my all-time favorite match.
J.J. Dillon declares WCW title vacant due to the controversial ending to Sting vs Hogan at Starrcade. Sting is forced to relinquish the tile, urging him to speak for the first time since 1996 to Dillon then Hogan.
You got no guts… and you? You’re a deadman!
Goldberg defeats Hogan in singles competition on Monday Night Nitro in Atlanta, GA to capture the WCW championship.
Hogan faces Nash for the WCW title on Monday Night Nitro. When the match beings, Hogan pokes Nash in the chest, Nash falls to the ground and Hogan pins him, winning the championship in what WCW officially titles “The finger poke of doom”. Nash:
The “Fingerpoke of Doom” was nothing. The “Fingerpoke of Doom” was just trying to realign The nWo to face off with Goldberg and Goldberg ended up getting injured. I love how the story of my life is how I beat Goldberg to turn around and take the “Fingerpoke of Doom” a week later. Boy, that did me a lot of good. When you look at how people perceive the whole thing, it’s ridiculous…The number one problem people have with the “Fingerpoke of Doom” is it “got” everybody. And nobody likes to be “got.” So, of course, [know-it-alls] are going to hate it the most because they never called it. They didn’t see anything coming.
Wrestlemania 18 is held at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario. The event features Rob Van Dam vs William Regal, Jazz vs Trish Stratus vs Lita, The Undertaker vs Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan vs The Rock, Edge vs Booker T and Triple H vs Chris Jericho.
Hogan wins his sixth WWE championship from Triple H at Backlash. This is Hogan’s first WWE championship in nine years.
Hogan marries McDaniel in a private ceremony at their home in Clearwater, Florida. The police are called when a fight breaks out during the ceremony when a photographer is asked to leave. The police are called and the ceremony continues after the man is removed from the property.
Sting defeats Hogan in singles competition at TNA Bound for Glory on pay-per-view to give control of the company back to Carter. Sting picks up the submission victory by applying a “Scorpion Death Lock” at nine minutes and forty-five seconds.
Hogan launches lawsuit against the Laser Spine institute for persuading him to undergo unnecessary and ineffective surgeries that he claims made his back problems worse. Hogan seeks 50 million dollars in the suit.
Hogan talks to Fighting Spirit magazine. Hogan discusses Bret Hart and his issues with the fellow performer.
The main-event guy made the most money when he had the belt. When I was the (WWF) champion, I made the most money. It was an old rule that Vince (McMahon) Sr. had that, thank god, was passed on for quite a while. That changed when Bret Hart became champion; he’d work for a lot less than anybody else, so it changed everybody’s pay.
Hogan talks to Wrestle Talk TV about TNA storylines and what the company needs to grow.
If you’re not a die hard wrestling fan, the story-lines have to be consistent. The plots have to be something that is very easy to understand.
Hogan talks to AP.org about Triple H, Wrestlemania and if he will work one more match
Let me put it to you this way, brother: With the right guy, the right situation, with a big enough event, big enough storyline, you’re damn right I have one more left in me.
Hogan talks to WWE.com about Ultimate Warrior and still getting nervous in WWE.
Oh yeah, there were nerves. Even the night before, I couldn’t sleep. I was tossing and turning. I’m thinking, “How are these fans going to welcome me back?” But when I came out right at the top of the show and they saw me, it was almost like I had walked behind a 747 jet. The only way I can explain it to you is it was this energy and it was so loud it was like, “Woah!” It made me take a step back for a minute.
Hogan talks to WWE.com about his career, the WWE, his life inside the wrestling industry and interacting with Vince McMahon upon his return to WWE.
He (McMahon) actually gave me that shot of confidence I needed that night. When I was really jitterbugging right before I had to go out, Vince kicked the door down and he gave me this hug that felt like it should have broken my ribs. He goes, “Go out there and have fun!” And I went, “Yes. That’s what I needed. I needed that from you.” He’s always been there and we’ve always been friends.
Hogan gives an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about whether he will wrestle again and his respect for WWE wrestler John Cena.
He’s (John Cena) done a lot of great stuff, I mean the training curves and vitamins, he raised the bar hustle, team respect. He made it cool again to be a good guy but someone needs to drag him around the ring for a half hour.
Wrestlemania 30 is held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is hosted by Hulk Hogan and features Danial Bryan vs Triple H, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (ending Undertaker’s 21 year undefeated streak), AJ Lee vs Naomi and Daniel Bryan vs Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE and 2K Sports announce Special Hulkamania edition of WWE 2K15. The release will feature a signed Hulk Hogan collectible card, a Hogan vinyl figure, a piece of the ring canvas from Hogan’s 2014 WWE return and two exclusive playable Hulk Hogan characters.
Hogan appears on The Matthew Aaron Show podcast. Hogan talks potential in-ring return and career regrets.
Brother, my goal is to perform in the ring again, it’s not if, it’s when, I’ve been training like crazy, my back doesn’t hurt at all, my back’s perfect, now I’ve finally got by back straightened out and I’m really trying to get myself into shape because if you step inside that WWE ring you better bring it, and last time I brought it they begged me to take it back.
WWE RAW hosts special 61st Birthday celebration for Hogan. Many of Hogan’s oldest friends appear including the nWo, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
Hogan sits down with Yahoo Sports to discuss Summerslam and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
I know he had a good run when he was in the Attitude Era. I don’t know how long the Attitude Era was — four years, eight years — I don’t know how long it was. That’s where we totally disagree. Maybe he and I should lock up and figure this thing out. That would be a nice match.
Triple H accepts the charity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Ben Roethlisberger. He nominates Steve Austin, Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan.
Hogan takes the charity ice bucket challenge and WWE uploads the video. Hogan was challenged by Triple H and challenges Johnny Manziel, Sylvester Stallone and Harvey Levin.
WWE announces Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan will all appear on Monday Night RAW in Anaheim, California.
The WWE Universe is still buzzing about the brutal beating John Cena suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. To kick off Raw, WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair will be in the house to weigh in on the upcoming Lesnar-Cena at Night of Champions.
Hogan enforces a dress code at his Hogan’s Beach restaurant in Tampa, Florida. The dress code restricts oversized t-shirts, oversized or excessive jewelry and high-top sneakers to name a few. Hogan’s Beach employee:
You can wear just about anything for lunch or dinner, but the dress code is strictly enforced during concert events.
Hogan’s dress code sign on his restaurant Hogan’s Beach causes racial controversy, he calls the restaurant’s managers and demands that the sign be taken down permanently.
I am not racist … and neither is the restaurant. The dress code was modeled after ones used at Las Vegas and Miami pool parties.
WWE announces Hogan will appear as a special guest on the October 20th edition of Monday Night RAW in Kansas City. The event’s ad reads:
Hulk Hogan returns to Kansas City for the first time in over a decade!
Hogan is a guest on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to discuss his regrets and Bray Wyatt.
He fits in that grey area, and I’m gonna put myself over, that I started when I turned bad guy, Hollywood Hogan and people cheered me. It just showed the fans, whether you’re good guy or bad guy, they’re gonna cheer who they love and like to watch perform and I think he kinda broke down that barrier again. At first I was like ‘Oh man what is this guy doing,’ and then I started watching him and with the mind games and the rap and basically how good he was in the ring. I remember one pay-per-view he wrestled Daniel Bryan in the opening match, was like a year or so ago, nobody could follow that match. It was the first match of the pay-per-view and they tore it down. Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt. And I said this guy’s gonna be red-hot.
WWE adds Hogan to advertising for Monday Night RAW on December 22nd, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hogan appears on WRBL 3 News to discuss this year’s WWE Tribute to the Troops event.
When I see these soldiers doing what they do, they’re the best at what they do. It really makes me proud because every one, so far, has come up to me and said, ‘Hey Hulk, I was a little, teeny Hulkster growing up,’ or ‘I’m still a Hulkamaniac!’ That’s really cool to hear that.
Hogan is interviewed by the Huffington Post. He discusses professional athletes coming out of the closet as openly homosexual.
I think everybody’s been reeducated, so it’s not that big a deal. At least for me — and I can only speak from my heart — I’ve got people all around me who are gay, so it’s not an issue with me. I think the whole world feels like that now. I knew Pat (Patterson) was gay back in 1976, when he helped me start wrestling. Whenever I see Pat, I give him a big hug and kiss. He’s my guy! There are several wrestlers in Japan who are gay. I’ve just never looked at it as anything weird. It was normal.
WWE announces a special Monday Night RAW titled “RAW Reunion” for the January 19th, 2015 edition of the program. The company is advertising Hogan, Michaels, Hall and Nash to make special appearances at the event.
Hogan apologizes for racial remarks made eight years ago in unauthorized sex tape. The apology comes after The National Enquirer releases a transcript that includes the n-word.
Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.
Hogan’s is fired from WWE.
WWE has terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstarted by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.