Aug 30, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Terry Gene Bollea
Weight: 275 lbs.
Date of birth: August 11, 1953
Born: Augusta, GA
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Pro debut: 1978
Trained by: Hiro Matsuda
Finishing move: Leg Drop
- In 1978, Hogan made his wrestling debut in Florida using the Super Destroyer gimmick. He later wrestled as Terry Boulder and Sterling Golden before becoming Hulk Hogan.
- On December 1, 1979, Hogan (as Sterling Golden) defeated Dick Slater for the NWA Southern title in Knoxville, TN.
- Later in the month, Hogan arrived in Vince McMahon Sr.’s WWWF. Hogan was a full fledged heel managed by “Classie” Freddie Blassie.
- McMahon Sr. and Hogan parted ways when Bollea accepted a role in “Rocky III.”
- In 1981, Verne Gagne brought Hogan to the AWA.
- In late 1982, Hogan and Antonio Inoki won the 3rd Annual MSG Tag League.
- On April 24, 1983, it seemed Hogan had won the AWA title from Nick Bockwinkel in a No-DQ match; however, the AWA over turned the decision.
- On June 2, 1983, Hogan beat Inoki in the finals of a ten man tournament to become the IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) heavyweight champion in Tokyo, Japan.
- Still in Japan, Hogan alerted Gagne that he was leaving the AWA to join the WWF.
- Hogan captured the WWF title for the first time on January 23, 1984, when he pinned the Iron Sheik at Madison Square Gardens in New York.
- On February 7, 1984, Hogan and Mike Sharpe beat Riki Choshu and Yoshiaki Yatsu.
- At Wrestlemania I, Hogan and Mr. T beat Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
- Hogan successfully defended the WWF title at Wrestlemania II in Los Angeles, CA, downing King Kong Bundy in a steel cage match.
- At Wrestlemania III in Pontiac, MI, Hogan pinned Andre the Giant to retain the WWF title.
- Hogan regained the WWF title at Wrestlemania V in Atlantic City, NJ by defeating “The Macho Man” Randy Savage.
- At Wrestlefest ’88 on July 31st in Milwaukee, WI, Hogan defeated Andre the Giant in a steel cage match.
- On April 13, 1990, Hogan beat Hansen at the U.S./Japan Summit, staged at the Tokyo Dome by All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- Hogan won the WWF title for a third time defeating Sgt. Slaughter on March 24, 1991, at Wrestlemania VII in Los Angeles.
- Hogan lost the title to The Undertaker on November 27, 1991, but regained the championship on December 3, 1991, in San Antonio, TX.
- On December 12, 1991, Hogan pinned Genichiro Tenryu in Tokyo, Japan.
- Hogan defeated Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX for his fifth and final WWF championship.
- On May 3, 1993, Hogan successfully defeated the WWF title against Keiji Mutoh in Fukuoka, Japan.
- Hogan quit the WWF in August of 1993. He left the United States in favor of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
- On January 4, 1994, Hogan defeated Tatsumi Fujinami at the Egg Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
- Hogan signed with WCW on June 11, 1994 and defeated Ric Flair for the WCW title in his first match.
- Hogan defeated Flair in a retirement match at “Halloween Havoc” on October 24, 1994; Hogan and Savage would later lobby to reinstate Flair.
- At the first ever “Nitro” on September 4, 1995, Hogan defeated Big Bubba Rogers in Minneapolis, MN.
- At the 1996 “Bash at the Beach” PPV, Hogan returned during a match between Sting, Lex Luger and Savage versus Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and a mystery partner. While fans believed Hogan appeared to aid Sting and Savage since Luger had been injured earlier and carried out on a stretcher, Hogan leg dropped Savage, thus forming the New World Order (NWO).
- “Hollywood” Hogan defeated The Giant to capture the WCW title on August 10, 1996, in Sturgis, SD.
- Five days after dropping the WCW title to Luger, Hogan won it back at the 1997 “Road Wild” PPV.
- Hogan won back the WCW championship by pinning Savage on the April 20, 1998 edition of “Nitro.”
- “Hollywood” Hogan teamed with Dennis Rodman to defeat Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone at the 1998 “Bash at the Beach.”
- With outside interference from his nephew Horace, Hogan defeated The Warrior at the 1998 Halloween Havoc.
- Hogan announced his “retirement” on Thanksgiving Day 1998 on “The Late Show with Jay Leno.”
- After 39 days of retirement, Hogan returned to “Nitro.”
- On the Georgia Dome “Nitro” show on January 4, 1999, WCW champion Nash faced Hogan for the title. Hogan pushed Nash over by merely touching him, allowing “Hollywood” to regain the WCW title.
- On July 12, 1999 episode of “Nitro,” Hogan pinned Savage for his sixth WCW title reign.
- At the 1999 Road Wild, Hogan defeated Kevin Nash in a “retirement” match.
- At SuperBrawl 2000, Hogan beat Luger in San Francisco, CA.
- Hogan defeated Flair at Uncensored ’00 in an “Indian Strap” match.
- Bollea downed Kidman at Slamboree 2000 in Kansas City, MO.
- “Hollywood” Hogan defeated Kidman at the Great American Bash to earn a WCW title shot at the 2000 Bash at the Beach PPV.
- At Bash at the Beach in Daytona Beach, FL, Hogan defeated Jeff Jarrett when “The Chosen One” laid down to allow Hogan to beat him.
- In October 2001, Hogan signed a deal with Acclaim Entertainment to be the spokesman for their Playstation2 video game “Legends of Wrestling.”
- On November 14, 2001, Hogan returned to the squared circle at the first XWF television tapings in Orlando, FL, and defeated Curt Hennig.
- On January 25, 2002, Hogan signed a two year contract to return to the WWF.
- At Backlash ’02 in Kansas City, MO, Hogan pinned Triple H to win the WWF title.
- On May 13, 2002, Hogan successfully defended the WWE title against Flair at the Toronto “Raw.”
- At the July 2, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Boston, MA, Hogan and Edge defeated Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
- After months away from the ring, Hogan returned to television on the January 23, 2003 edition of “Smackdown,” turning out to be Stephanie McMahon’s surprise.
- At Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle, WA, Hogan defeated Vince McMahon in a blood bath.
- After being “suspended” by Mr. McMahon, Hogan returned to WWE television on May 1, 2003, under the mask of Mr. America.
- In late June 2003, Hogan and WWE parted ways.
- On October 13, 2003, Hogan defeated Masa Chono in Tokyo, Japan.
- On April 2, 2005, Hogan was inducted into the WWE hall of fame. The next night at Wrestlemania 21, Hogan saved Eugene from a beat down by Muhammad Hassan and Shawn Daivari.
- At Backlash ’05, Hogan and Shawn Michaels defeated Hassan and Daivari.
- A short time later, Hogan’s VH-1 reality show called “Hogan Knows Best” debuted.
- A bloodied Hogan defeated Shawn Michaels at the 2005 Summerslam, a match subtitled “Legend vs. Icon.”
- On April 1, 2006 in Chicago, IL, Hogan inducted Gene Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame.
- At Summerslam ’06, Hogan defeated “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton.
- Hogan was inducted into GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame on March 1, 2007.
- On April 27, 2007, Hogan defeated Paul Wight at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, TN.
- On December 6, 2008, David and Reid Flair (with Father Ric in their corner) defeated The Nasty Boys in Charlotte, NC. Hogan served as the special guest referee.
- Hogan and Eric Bischoff promoted a Hulkamania tour in Australia in November 2009. Hogan returned to the ring to face rival Ric Flair.
- Hogan arrived in TNA on Impact on January 4, 2010 in Orlando, FL.