Terry Gene Bollea better known as “Hollywood Hulk Hogan” is one of the most famous and charismatic professional wrestler in the history of sports entertainment. Currently, the wrestling superstar is under contract with the small-market wrestling company Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA.)
The young Terry Gene was an avid wrestling fan since his teenage years. According to himself, he drew inspiration from his idol, wrestling legend “Superstar” Billy Graham. One time while working out in a local gym in Hogan was spotted by Jack and Gerald Brisco.
The two were convinced that Hogan has the potential to be a decent wrestler mainly because of his wondrous physical stature, little did they know that their new-found talent would ultimately became one of wrestling’s biggest attractions.
Immediately, Hogan was introduced to various trainers and local wrestling personalities. He trained under Hiro Matsuda, one of the sport’s top coaches. Hogan prepared a year for his professional debut where he assumed the persona of “Super Destroyer.”
Later, Hogan would adopt the name Terry Boulder and would team up with a young Brutus Beefcake.
In an interview session at a local sports channel, the host commented that Hogan resembles the “Incredible Hulk.” From then on Hogan carried the ring name Terry “the Hulk” Boulder.
Moreover, in 1979 Hogan finally got his biggest break as he ws introduced to Vince McMahon. Hence, Hulk Hogan was born. Thus, immediately starting the craze as his famous feud against Andre the Giant culminated.
Consequently, much of Hogan’s early success in big-time wrestling he owes to the Japanese fans. Hre toured Japan in 1980 and graced the wrestling ring under the ring name “Ichiban” which in English means number one. Hogan became an instant celebrity in Japan. Evidence of that is his own record album that went on to sold quite a significant number of copies.
Upon his return to the mainstream boxing limelight in America, the “Hulkmania” was born. He even starred in movies and commercials while establishing his stature as an icon not just in boxing but as well as a role model for kids. From the mid-part of the 1980’s up to the latter part of the 1990’s, Hulk Hogan was the face of professional wrestling.
In 2005, Hulk Hogan, the twelve-time world heavyweight champion was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.