138 Facts About Hulk Hogan


Terry Eugene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American retired professional wrestler.

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Hulk Hogan is widely regarded as the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the 1980s.

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Hulk Hogan began his professional wrestling career in 1977, but gained worldwide recognition after signing for World Wrestling Federation in 1983.

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Hulk Hogan is the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumble matches, winning in 1990 and 1991.

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In 1993, Hulk Hogan departed the WWF to sign for rival promotion World Championship Wrestling .

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Hulk Hogan headlined WCW's annual flagship event Starrcade three times, including the most profitable WCW pay-per-view ever, Starrcade 1997.

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Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF in 2002 following its acquisition of WCW the prior year, winning the Undisputed WWF Championship for a record equaling sixth time before departing in 2003.

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Hulk Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, and inducted a second time in 2020 as a member of the nWo.

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Hulk Hogan performed for the American Wrestling Association, New Japan Pro-Wrestling – where he won the original IWGP Heavyweight Championship – and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling .

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Hulk Hogan has starred in several films and three television shows, as well as in Right Guard commercials and the video game, Hulk Hogan's Main Event.

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Hulk Hogan was the frontman for The Wrestling Boot Band, whose sole record, Hulk Rules, reached No 12 on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart in 1995.

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Hulk Hogan attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career.

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Hulk Hogan began watching professional wrestling at 16 years old.

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Hulk Hogan was a musician, spending a decade playing fretless bass guitar in several Florida-based rock bands.

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Hulk Hogan went on to study at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida.

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Hulk Hogan eventually could no longer work with Hiro Matsuda, whom he felt was an overbearing trainer, and left CWF.

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Depressed and yearning to return to wrestling, Hulk Hogan called Superstar Billy Graham in 1978 with hopes that Graham could find him a job wrestling outside of Florida; Graham agreed and Hulk Hogan soon joined Louie Tillet's Alabama territory.

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Hulk Hogan convinced Leslie, who had yet to become a wrestler, to come with him and promised to teach him everything he knew about the sport.

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Hulk Hogan briefly wrestled in the Georgia Championship Wrestling territory from September through December 1979 as Sterling Golden.

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Hulk Hogan made his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, defeating Ted DiBiase after a bearhug.

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In 1980, Hulk Hogan began appearing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling where Japanese wrestling fans nicknamed him "Ichiban".

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Hulk Hogan occasionally toured the country over the next few years, facing a wide variety of opponents ranging from Tatsumi Fujinami to Abdullah the Butcher.

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When competing in Japan, Hulk Hogan used a vastly different repertoire of wrestling moves, relying on more technical, traditional wrestling holds and maneuvers as opposed to the power-based, brawling style American fans became accustomed to seeing from him.

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Hulk Hogan lost the match and title belt by countout, thanks to interference from Riki Choshu.

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Hulk Hogan started his AWA run as a villain, taking on "Luscious" Johnny Valiant as his manager.

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Hulk Hogan's turn as a fan favorite came at the end of July 1981, when during a television taping that aired in August, Jerry Blackwell, after suffering a pinfall loss to Brad Rheingans, began beating down Rheingans and easily fighting off anyone who tried to run in for the save.

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Hulk Hogan ran in, got the upper hand and ran Blackwell from the ring.

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Hulk Hogan was eventually victorious in his feud with Blackwell and by the end of 1981, gained his first title matches against Bockwinkel.

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The storyline accompanying the victory was that Hulk Hogan was a "last minute" replacement for the Sheik's original opponent Bob Backlund, and became the champion by way of being the first man to escape the camel clutch .

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On Saturday Night's Main Event I, Hulk Hogan successfully defended the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Orton in a match that Hulk Hogan won by disqualification.

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Hulk Hogan was named the most requested celebrity of the 1980s for the Make-a-Wish Foundation children's charity.

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Hulk Hogan was featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and People magazines, while appearing on The Tonight Show and having his own CBS Saturday morning cartoon titled Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.

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Hulk Hogan continued to run a 900 number after joining World Championship Wrestling .

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Hulk Hogan met long-time rival Roddy Piper in a WWF title match at the Wrestling Classic pay-per-view event.

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Hulk Hogan retained the title by disqualification after Bob Orton interfered and hit Hulk Hogan with his cast.

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Hulk Hogan had many challengers in the way as the new year began.

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At WrestleMania III in 1987, Hulk Hogan was booked to defend the title against Andre the Giant, who had been the sport's premier star and was pushed as undefeated for the previous fifteen years.

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Hulk Hogan came out to congratulate Andre, who walked out in the midst of Hulk Hogan's speech.

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Hulk Hogan remained WWF World Heavyweight Champion for four years .

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In front of 33 million viewers, Hulk Hogan finally lost the title to Andre on The Main Event I after a convoluted scam involving "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Earl Hebner .

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At WrestleMania IV, Hulk Hogan participated in a tournament for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship to regain it; he and Andre were given a bye into quarter-finals, but their match resulted in a double disqualification.

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Later that night in the main event, Hulk Hogan came to ringside to stop Andre interfering which helped "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeat Ted DiBiase to win the title.

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In mid-1988, Hulk Hogan wrestled at house shows in singles competition with his "War Bonnet", a red and yellow gladiator helmet with a fist-shaped crest.

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At the Royal Rumble in 1989, Hulk Hogan eliminated Savage from the Royal Rumble match while eliminating Bad News Brown, which caused tension, only to be eliminated by The Twin Towers himself.

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Hulk Hogan's second run in 1989 lasted a year, during which he defended the title in two matches against Savage in April that he lost both times by count-out, before defeating The Big Boss Man in a steel cage match on the Saturday Night's Main Event XXI, which was aired on May 27.

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Hulk Hogan easily beat Zeus in a series of matches across the country during late 1989, beginning with a tag team match at SummerSlam, in which Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake topped Zeus and Savage.

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Hogan and Zeus met at the Survivor Series, where the "Hulkamaniacs" faced the "Million Dollar Team"; in the early part of the match, Hogan put Zeus over by hitting him with everything to no effect before Zeus then dominated Hogan until Zeus was disqualified by referee Dave Hebner.

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Hulk Hogan soon became embroiled in a heated feud with the 468-pound Earthquake, who had crushed Hulk Hogan's ribs in a sneak attack on The Brother Love Show in May 1990.

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Hulk Hogan returned by SummerSlam, and he for several months dominated Earthquake in a series of matches across the country.

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Hulk Hogan became the first wrestler to win two Royal Rumble matches in a row, as he won the 1991 Royal Rumble match.

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The challenge went unmet, as Hulk Hogan lost the WWF Championship to The Undertaker at Survivor Series.

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The WWF Championship was decided at the 1992 Royal Rumble in the Royal Rumble match, but Hulk Hogan failed to regain the championship as he was eliminated by friend Sid Justice and in turn caused Sid to be eliminated, leaving Flair the winner and new champion.

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At WrestleMania VIII, Hulk Hogan defeated Sid via disqualification due to interference by Sid's manager Harvey Wippleman.

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Hulk Hogan was then attacked by Papa Shango and was saved by the returning Ultimate Warrior.

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Hulk Hogan appeared on an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show to deny the allegations.

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Hulk Hogan went into the match sporting a cut above a black eye.

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Later that night, Hulk Hogan won his fifth WWF Championship by pinning Yokozuna only moments after Yokozuna had defeated Bret Hart.

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Hulk Hogan continued his feud on the international house show circuit with Yokozuna until August 1993.

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Hulk Hogan wrestled The Hell Raisers with Muta and Masahiro Chono as his tag team partners.

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Hype then built over whether Hulk Hogan should remain with Thunder in Paradise or instead join WCW and have an opportunity to wrestle Ric Flair.

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The next month, with Jimmy Hart as his manager, Hulk Hogan won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in his debut match, defeating Ric Flair in a "dream match" at Bash at the Beach.

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Hulk Hogan continued his feud with Flair, which culminated in a steel cage match that Hulk Hogan won.

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Hulk Hogan then defeated Vader in a non-title leather strap match at Uncensored.

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Hulk Hogan feuded with The Dungeon of Doom, which led to a WarGames match at Fall Brawl where Hulk Hogan's team won.

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In early 1996, Hogan reformed The Mega Powers with Randy Savage to feud with The Alliance to End Hulkamania, which culminated at Uncensored in a Doomsday Cage match that Hogan and Savage won.

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At Bash at the Beach in 1996, during a six-man tag team match pitting The Outsiders against WCW loyalists, Hulk Hogan interfered on behalf of Nash and Hall, attacking Randy Savage, thereby turning heel for the first time in nearly fifteen years.

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Hulk Hogan won his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Hog Wild defeating The Giant for the title.

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Hulk Hogan spray painted "nWo" across the title belt, scribbled across the nameplate, and referred to the title as the "nWo title".

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Hulk Hogan then started a feud with Lex Luger after Luger and The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman in a tag team match at Bash at the Beach.

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Five days later at Road Wild, Hulk Hogan defeated Luger to regain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Hulk Hogan then lost the title to Sting in a match at Starrcade.

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Savage took the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Sting at Spring Stampede, while Hulk Hogan teamed with Kevin Nash to take on Roddy Piper and The Giant in the first-ever bat match.

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Hulk Hogan betrayed Nash by hitting him with the bat and then challenged Savage the following night on Nitro for the world title.

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Late in the match, Hulk Hogan was distracted by Karl Malone, and Goldberg pinned Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Hulk Hogan had a critically panned rematch with The Warrior at Halloween Havoc, where his nephew Horace aided his victory.

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Hulk Hogan lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Ric Flair at Uncensored in a steel cage First Blood match.

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Thanks to interference from Nash, Hulk Hogan defeated Savage to win his sixth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Hulk Hogan then defeated Nash in a retirement match at Road Wild to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Hulk Hogan came to the ring in street clothes, lay down for the pin, and left the ring.

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Hulk Hogan was scheduled to challenge Jeff Jarrett for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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Since Hulk Hogan refused to job to Jarrett, a new WCW World Heavyweight Championship was created, setting the stage for a title match between Booker T and Jarrett later that night.

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Hulk Hogan defeated Curt Hennig in this match and felt healthy enough to accept an offer to return to the WWF in February 2002.

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The nWo feuded with both Austin and The Rock, and Hulk Hogan accepted The Rock's challenge to a match at WrestleMania X8, where Hulk Hogan asked Hall and Nash not to interfere, wanting to defeat The Rock by himself.

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Hulk Hogan battled The Rock at No Way Out and lost and defeated Mr McMahon at WrestleMania XIX in a street fight billed as "twenty years in the making".

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Hulk Hogan used Hogan's "Real American" as an entrance theme and all of Hogan's signature gestures, moves, and phrases.

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Hulk Hogan was the subject of a storyline that took place after Hogan was forced by Mr McMahon to sit out the rest of his contract.

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The next week, Hulk Hogan quit WWE due to frustration with the creative team.

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Hulk Hogan returned to NJPW in October 2003, when he defeated Masahiro Chono at Ultimate Crush II in the Tokyo Dome.

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The attack was supposed to be a precursor to Hulk Hogan battling Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at TNA's first three-hour pay-per-view.

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Kurt Angle then appeared, making comments about Brooke, which further upset Hulk Hogan, who was eventually double teamed by Carlito and Angle, but was saved by Shawn Michaels.

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Later that night, Michaels and Hulk Hogan defeated Carlito and Angle in a tag team match; during the post-match celebration, Michaels performed the Sweet Chin Music on Hulk Hogan and walked off.

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Hulk Hogan appeared on Raw one week later and accepted the challenge.

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Hulk Hogan later challenged Hogan to a match at SummerSlam, which Hogan won.

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Hulk Hogan refused to join them for a full-fledged reunion of their group claiming, "it's a different time", and stuck to his business relations with Bischoff, who made his appearance to declare that, the two of them would "flip the company upside down" and everyone would have to earn their spot.

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Hulk Hogan encountered TNA founder Jeff Jarrett on the broadcast, appearing via video wall and interrupting Jarrett's company success speech, stating that Carter was instrumental to the company's survival, and that just like the rest, Jarrett would have to earn his spot in TNA.

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The next month, Hulk Hogan worked with Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe against Sting and Kevin Nash, who claimed that they knew that Hulk Hogan and Bischoff were up to something.

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Hulk Hogan was set to wrestle with Jarrett and Joe against Sting, Nash and D'Angelo Dinero at Bound for Glory, but was forced to miss the event due to a back surgery.

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Hulk Hogan was defeated by Sting at Bound For Glory, ending his storyline as the president of TNA.

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Hulk Hogan was later joined by Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, and they finished their promo by drinking beer together in the ring.

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Later in the show, Hulk Hogan shared a moment with Mr T, Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper, with whom he main-evented the first WrestleMania.

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On March 28, the night before WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan posthumously inducted longtime partner and rival "Macho Man" Randy Savage into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015.

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The next night at WrestleMania 31, Hulk Hogan reunited with Hall and Nash to reform the nWo, appearing in Sting's corner in his match against Triple H, who himself was joined by D-Generation X members Billy Gunn, X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Shawn Michaels.

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Days later, it was reported that Hulk Hogan had used racist language in a 2008 call to his then-imprisoned son, Nick, and said that he hoped they would not be reincarnated as black males.

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Hulk Hogan claimed that the term "nigger" was used liberally among friends in Tampa; former neighbors disputed this claim.

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Hulk Hogan subsequently appeared on a WWE Network special where he spoke further of his relationship with Okerlund.

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Hulk Hogan was one of the speakers during the "Toast to Raw" segment along with Steve Austin.

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Hulk Hogan made it public knowledge that he hoped to have one more match in the WWE, including during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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Hulk Hogan was interrupted by Bray Wyatt, as Hogan warned him about his upcoming match with Goldberg.

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Hulk Hogan made his first appearance of 2021 on the January 4 episode of Raw, which was a special Legends Night episode.

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Hulk Hogan opened the show introducing the 'H-Phone, ' his spin on an iPhone.

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Hulk Hogan appeared in a backstage segment with Jimmy Hart, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus, where he gave his approval to McIntyre, the current WWE Champion.

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Hulk Hogan watched the championship main event match between McIntyre and Keith Lee on-stage with the rest of the guest legends.

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Hulk Hogan opened both nights of WrestleMania 37 with O'Neil, appeared in multiple segments with Bayley, which led to a return of the Bella Twins, who attacked Bayley, and was introduced during the Hall of Fame celebration with Nash, Hall and Waltman.

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Hulk Hogan has been described as one of the largest attractions in professional wrestling history and a major reason why Vince McMahon's expansion of his promotion worked.

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Fellow WWE Hall of Fame member Bret Hart has been repeatedly critical of Hulk Hogan's wrestling abilities, including in 2021 saying that he "didn't know a headlock from a headlamp", and that he was "very limited".

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Former writer Vince Russo, who Hulk Hogan had previously sued, said that more wrestlers in 2022 should wrestle like Hulk Hogan, as opposed to the modern-day style acrobats.

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Hulk Hogan himself has previously said he is "number two" behind Ric Flair, who he said is the greatest wrestler of all time.

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Hulk Hogan created and financed a restaurant called Pastamania located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Hulk Hogan has since endorsed a grill known as "The Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill".

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Hulk Hogan stated in a press release that the game would be "true to [his] experiences in wrestling" and use his classic wrestling moves like the Doublehand Choke Lift and Strong Clothesline.

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Hulk Hogan became a distributor for multi-level marketing company ViSalus Sciences after looking for business opportunities outside of wrestling.

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Hulk Hogan appeared in No Holds Barred, before starring in family films Suburban Commando, Mr Nanny, Santa with Muscles, and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain .

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Hulk Hogan starred in his own television series, Thunder in Paradise, in 1994.

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Hulk Hogan is the star of The Ultimate Weapon, in which Brutus Beefcake appears in a cameo.

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Hulk Hogan made two appearances on The A-Team, along with Roddy Piper.

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Hulk Hogan hosted and judged the short-lived reality show, Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

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In 2015, Hulk Hogan was a judge on the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Paige and Daniel Bryan, but due to the scandal, he was replaced by The Miz after episode 5.

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Green Jelly released a duet with Hulk Hogan, performing Gary Glitter's song "I'm the Leader of the Gang ".

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Hulk Hogan served as the best man at Bubba's January 2007 wedding.

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When Hulk Hogan released him, Belzer hit his head on the floor, sustaining a laceration to the scalp that required a brief hospitalization.

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Under oath, Hulk Hogan admitted that he had used anabolic steroids since 1976 to gain size and weight, but that McMahon had neither sold him the drugs nor ordered him to take them.

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The evidence given by Hulk Hogan proved extremely costly to the government's case against McMahon.

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Hulk Hogan then joined Gawker in the ongoing action against Heather Clem in state court in Florida, alleging invasion of privacy, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeking $100 million in damages.

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Bollea made his personal life the centerpiece of the television show Hulk Hogan Knows Best, which included his wife and two children.

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Hulk Hogan considered committing suicide after the divorce and credits Laila Ali, his co-star on American Gladiators, with preventing him from doing so.

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Hulk Hogan claimed that the six procedures he underwent over a period of 19 months only gave him short-term relief.

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Hulk Hogan visited the Children's Hospital of New Orleans and rode in the parade where he threw doubloons with his likeness.

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Hulk Hogan received the honor in part because meeting Hulk Hogan is one of the most requested "wishes" of the terminally ill children benefited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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