Terry Gene Bollea or popularly known as Hulk Hogan was born on August 11, 1953 at Augusta, Georgia, United States (U.S). He is one of the most famous American professional wrestlers. Apart from that, he is also an actor, television personality, entrepreneur and a musician (rock bassist).
In year 1980s- 90s, Bollea had gained his popularity in World Wrestling Federation (WWF now it is known as WWE) and got tagged as “Hulk Hogan.” In World Championship Wrestling (WCW) he got another sobriquet “Hollywood Hulk Hogan”.
Hulk Hogan has consistently been on the top of pay-per-views for World Wrestling Federation as well as World Championship Wrestling . He would be often called as the final act for premier annual event for both championships. The IGN has called Hogan, the most famous and well known wrestling star worldwide.
Early life and background
Born on August 11, 1953 as Terry Eugene Bella in Augusta, Georgia, he was the son of construction foremen Pietro Peter Bollea and Ruth V, a home-maker and dance trainer.
As a young kid, Bella was a pitcher for Little League Baseball. He was attracted towards scout from New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds but due to a small accident, his baseball career ended. From the age of 16, he started watching professional wrestling. While studying in high school, he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium, where he first looked into Superstar Billy Graham and got inspired by him.
Hulk Hogan -World Wrestling Records
From year 2009 to 2011, he was assigned in a position of onscreen general manager and occasional wrestler for Total Non-Stop Wrestling Action. Hogan won the Royal Rumbles for two consecutive years (1990- 1991). Known as the most well knowing wrestling star of the 80s, he created many records. Hulk Hogan is a 12 time champion, six time WWE World heavyweight champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight champion. He is the first wrestler to win Royal Rumbles successively in 1990 and 1991.
Hulk Hogan – Height
He is one of the tallest wrestlers in the world, standing tall at 2.01 meters. Undertaker at 2.08 meters is one of the few wrestlers taller than him.
Hulk Hogan – wife, divorce and affair news
Bollea got married to Linda Claridge, on December 18, 1983, they have two children- daughter Brooke ( born May 5, 1988), and son Nick (born July 27, 1990). Hogan married life went through many controversial stages, where a model called Christiane Plante claimed that Bollea had an affair with her when Logan family was shooting for ‘Hogan Know Best’. This controversy put an end to their married life. In November 2008, Hogan and Linda get divorced.
Hulk Hogan disclosed in his 2009 autobiography that post his divorce, he contemplated suicide but was saved by Laila Ali, his co-star on American Gladiators who gave him the will to carry on. Bollea then entered into a relationship with Jennifer McDaniel in early 2008. The two got engagerd in 2009 and married on December 14, 2010 in Florida (Clearwater).
Hulk Hogan – Gawker Lawsuit
In April 2012, an explicit tape between Hogan and Heather Clem, the now ex-wife of ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’ surfaced online. Celebrity blog Gawker released a clip of the video. While Hogan arrived at a legal settlement with Heather and Bubba (Hogan was going to sue Bubba because he did not know there was a recording device in the room), he filed a legal case against Gawker for defamation, intrusion of privacy and emotional disturbance.
On March 18, 2016, the judge asked Gawker to pay $115 million to Hulk Hogan against his original plea of $100 million. On March 22, 2016, the court asked Gawker to pay another $25 million as damages to the wrestler.
Hulk Hogan – Net Worth
The net worth of Hulk Hogan is all set to rise to $170 million from his original $30 million net wort, thanks to the successful lawsuit.
Hulk Hogan – House
Hulk Hogan has two homes, Clearwater Beach Home and Bel Air Mansion. Bollea revealed that he had lived a lavish lifestyle but his divorced had paid him a high cost which resulted into loss of hundreds of millions of dollars which led him to bankrupt.