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Bollea, Terry Gene

Born: 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Professional Wrestler

1953 – Born on the 11th of August in Augusta, Georgia. He is better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler.


1965 – He was abused repeatedly and suffered from obesity, weighing 195 pounds at the age of 12.


1967 – At the age of 14, he was deemed a juvenile delinquent, and sent to the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, where he first tried wrestling.


1969 – He began watching professional events at 16 years old.

– While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium.


1976 – Mike Graham introduced Hogan to Hiro Matsuda, who was among the sport’s top trainers. 1977 – Within a year, Matsuda had prepared him for his professional debut, in which Eddie Graham booked him against Brian Blair in Fort Myers, Florida on August 10th.


1979 – In July, Bollea won his first wrestling championships, the National Wrestling Alliance Southeastern Heavyweight Championship recognized in Alabama and Tennessee, respectively, when he defeated Ox Baker.

– In May, Bollea had an early shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, whose holder was at the time generally recognized as the industry’s best.


1980 – The legendary wrestler and former NWA World Champion Terry Funk would introduce Bollea to World Wrestling Federation chief Vince McMahon Sr., who was impressed with his charisma and physical stature.


1982 – When the younger McMahon took over WWE, Hogan’s ring persona was quickly reworked into "the honest and courageous good guy", who would always remind kids to "Train, say your prayers, take vitamins, and believe in yourself".

– Hogan won his first championship, defeating Nick Bockwinkel for the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) World Heavyweight belt. 1983 – Hogan and Inoki also worked as partners in Japan, winning the prestigious MSG Tag League tournament two years in a row.

– Using “Eye of the Tiger” as his theme music, Hogan soon became the promotion’s top babyface; and throughout, he engaged in a big-time feud against AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel and his manager Bobby Heenan.

– In June, Hogan became the first International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament winner, defeating Japanese wrestling icon Antonio Inoki by knockout in the finals of a 10-man tournament featuring top talent from throughout the world.


1984 – Hogan appeared at a TV taping in Allentown, Pennsylvania, saving Bob Backlund from a three way assault.

– Hogan won the WWF Championship, pinning The Iron Sheik in Madison Square Garden.


1985 – The centerpiece attraction for the first WrestleMania on March 31st, Hogan teamed with real-life friend Mr. T to defeat his arch-rival “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff; and the WWF soon grew from a regional territory into a global promotion.


1986 – Hogan occasionally wrestled in tag matches with The Machines as Hulk Machine under a mask copied from New Japan Pro Wrestling character "Super Strong Machine".


1987 – At WrestleMania III in where Hogan cemented his status as the greatest drawing card in wrestling history, as he was booked to defend the title against Andre the Giant, who had been the sport’s premier star for the previous two decades.


1988 – The live primetime NBC broadcast of The Main Event on February 5th, from Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN was the highest rated television show in American professional wrestling history, with a 15.2 rating.


1989 – A feud between Hogan and Savage began, which culminated in Hogan beating Savage for his second WWF Championship at WrestleMania V on April 2nd.


1990 – Hogan won the Royal Rumble Match, last eliminating Mr. Perfect.


1991 – Hogan stood up for the USA against Iraqi-sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter, defeating him for his third WWF Championship at Wrestle Mania VII.


1992 – Hogan was eliminated by storyline friend Sid Justice and failed to regain the championship.


1993 – Hogan returned to the WWF in January, helping out his friend Brutus Beefcake in his feud with Money Inc.


1994 – A steroids scandal threatened the WWF, and Hogan testified in court that he had used steroids over a period of 12 years "to get big", and had also introduced WWF Chairman Vince McMahon to steroids during the filming of No Holds Barred.


1997 – After defeating The Giant at Hog Wild on August 10th, by hitting him with the WCW title belt, Hogan held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.


1998 – Hogan developed a rivalry with former friend (and recent nWo recruit) Randy Savage. The heat culminated into a steel cage match at Uncensored, which ended in a no contest.


1999 – Hogan made his grand return as a full-fledged face and accepted a challenge from Savage (who had gained the world title at Bash at the Beach the night before).

– He started the night dressed in the typical black and white, but after a backstage scene with his son, Hogan came out dressed in the traditional red and yellow for his main-event 6-man tag team match.

– Injuries and frustrations were mounting up however, and he was absent from TV.


2000 – Soon after his return to WCW TV in February, Hogan began feuding with Lex Luger, Ric Flair, and Billy Kidman.


2001 – Hogan was out of the public eye.


2002 – At No Way Out on February 17th, Hogan returned to the company that had made him a pop culture icon.


2003 – Mr. America debuted on Smack Down! on Piper’s Pit segment. Vince appeared and claimed that Mr. America was Hulk Hogan in disguise and Mr. America shot back by saying, "I am not Hulk Hogan, brother!".


2005 – Over twenty years later, just prior to Hulk Hogan’s WWE Hall of Fame induction, the revived AWA, under the authority of owner Dale Gagne, relented and acknowledged the legitimacy of Hogan’s two title wins over Nick Bockwinkel, making him a two-time AWA champion.


2007 – Hulk Hogan defeated Paul "The Great" Wight at PMG Clash of Legends on April 27th, when he picked up and body slammed Wight and pinned him following the leg drop.