Hall of Famer: Hulk Hogan
Weight: 275 lbs
From: Venice Beach, California
Hulk Hogan is the most recognized face in professional wrestling. He is an Icon and a mainstream star. Hogan began his career in 1976 and was trained by Hiro Matsuda. After being trained, Hogan started wrestling in Florida, where he would team with Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake). They would form a lifetime friendship together.
In 1979, Hulk signed with WWE. Hogan started out a heel and was managed by "Classy" Freddie Blassie. For the next couple of years, he wrestled all over the world. Hogan's first mainstream exposure came when he landed a role in Rocky 3. The film would help Hogan gain popularity.
In 1984, Hogan would turn face and the Hulkmania era would begin. On January 23rd 1984, Hulk would defeated The Iron Sheik in Madison Square Garden to win his first WWE World title. The Hulkmania era brought in millions of fans and made pro wrestling very popular.
Hulk wrestled many big men such as King Kong Bundy, Ruddy Piper, Don Maraco. However, the Andre the Giant feud made Hulk Hogan into a superstar. The feud took the WWE and Hulk new heights. The feud hit its peak at Wrestlemania 3 in front of 93,107 fans. Hogan would bodyslam and pinned Andre to retain his World title. The match is highly regarded as the most recognized match of the late 1980's. After holding the WWE Championship for 4 years, Hogan would lose the title to Andre in 1988
In 1989, Hogan teamed up with Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth to form the Mega Powers. However, the team did not last long. Randy Savage turned on Hogan in February 1989. Hulk defeated Randy at Wrestlemania 5 to regain his World Title.
This time Hogan's title run would only last a year. He lost the title at the next year's Wrestlemania against The Ultimate Warrior. Hogan won the title five times and remained the company's top star.
In 1993, Hulk Hogan left the WWE and signed with WCW next year. Hogan won the WCW World title in his first match with company against Ric Flair. Hogan feuded with Ric Flair, Vader, The Butcher, and The Giant (Big Show) for the next two years.
In the summer of 1996, Hulk Hogan turned heel and formed the NWO. The faction originally consisted of Hulk, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall. Hogan would once again take the wrestling business to new height. Hogan became the companies top heel. He would feud with Lex Luger, Ric Flair, and Randy Savage. However, the biggest feud would be with Sting. The two would headline Starrcade 1997 with Sting winning the WCW title. Hogan remained the company's top star up until the Summer of 2000.
In 2002, Hogan returned to the WWE for a year. He wrestled The Rock at Wrestlemania 18. Although he lost the legendary matchup, Hulk would win his sixth and final WWE Championship against Triple H. Hogan remained with the company up until mid-2003. Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 21. Hogan wrestled off and on for the next couple of years. Hulk Hogan wrestled his final match in the WWE at Summerslam 2007 against Randy Orton
Hulk Hogan signed a deal with TNA in January 2010. Hogan served as the general manager for Impact Wrestling. Hulk's contract expired in August 2013. After month of speculation, WWE announced Hogan as the host of Wrestlemania 30. He is signed with WWE.
WWE Heavyweight Title
|Won By||Won From||Location||Date|
|Hulk Hogan||The Iron Sheik||New York, NY||01/23/1984|
|Andre The Giant||Hulk Hogan||Indianopolis, IN||02/05/1988|
|Hulk Hogan||Randy Savage||Atlantic City, NJ||04/02/1989|
|The Ultimate Warrior||Hulk Hogan||Toranto, Ontario||04/01/1990|
|Hulk Hogan||Sgt. Slaughter||Los Angeles, CA||03/24/1991|
|The Undertaker||Hulk Hogan||Detroit, MI||11/27/1991|
|Hulk Hogan||The Undertaker||San Antonio, TX||12/03/1991|
|Ric Flair||Hulk Hogan||Albany, NY||01/19/1992|
|Hulk Hogan||Yokozuna||Las Vegas, NV||04/04/1993|
|Yokozuna||Hulk Hogan||Dayton, OH||06/13/1993|
|Hulk Hogan||Triple H||Kansas City, MO||04/21/2002|
|The Undertaker||Hulk Hogan||Nashville, TN||05/19/2002|
WCW World Title
|Won By||Won From||Location||Date|
|Hulk Hogan||Ric Flair||Orlando, FL||07/17/1994|
|The Giant||Hulk Hogan||Detroit, MI||10/29/1995|
|Hulk Hogan||The Giant||Sturgis, SD||08/10/1996|
|Lex Luger||Hulk Hogan||Detroit, MI||08/04/1997|
|Hulk Hogan||Lex Luger||Sturgis, SD||08/09/1997|
|Sting||Hulk Hogan||Washington, DC||12/28/1997|
|Hulk Hogan||Randy Savage||Colorado Springs, CO||04/20/1998|
|Goldberg||Hulk Hogan||Atlanta, GA||07/06/1998|
|Hulk Hogan||Kevin Nash||Atlanta, GA||01/04/1999|
|Ric Flair||Hulk Hogan||Louisville, KY||03/14/1999|
|Hulk Hogan||Randy Savage||Jacksonville, Fla||07/12/1999|
|Sting||Hulk Hogan||Winston-Salem, NC||09/12/1999|