What Is Hulk Hogan Worth?
Hulk Hogan's Net Worth is $115 million
Later that year, former NWA World Champion Terry Funk introduced Bollea to World Wrestling Federation (WWF) chief Vincent J. McMahon, who was impressed with his charisma and physical stature. McMahon gave Bollea the last name Hogan, as he was obsessed with using Irish names. At this time, Hogan wrestled Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship, and he started his first big feud with André the Giant, which culminated in a match with André at Shea Stadium
After filming his scene for Rocky III, against McMahon’s wishes, Hogan made his debut in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), owned by Verne Gagne. Hogan started his AWA run as a heel, taking on “Luscious” Johnny Valiant as his manager, but AWA audiences loved the muscular and more charismatic Hogan, and soon the AWA’s bookers were compelled to turn Hogan face. Using “Eye of the Tiger” as his theme music, Hogan soon became the promotion’s top babyface, and throughout 1983, he engaged in a big feud against AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel and his manager Bobby Heenan. Gagne, however, continued to tease the AWA audience by booking numerous screwjobs meant to keep the championship with Bockwinkel, who was a veteran of the territory and had assumed the mantle of the organization’s centerpiece following Gagne’s retirement from active competition. Because Hogan was not an “old school” technical wrestler, Gagne would not let him be champion.
On June 2, 1983, Hogan became the first International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) 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. Hogan and Inoki also worked as partners in Japan, winning the prestigious MSG Tag League tournament two years in a row: in 1982 and 1983.
He returned at ‘No Way Out’ in 2002 at which a rivalry with the Rock was established but sorted out by the end of the bout. Hogan became the last-ever WWF champion before the company had to change its name. He beat Triple H in April 2002 to win the title, which he later lost to The Undertaker. Despite making a triumphant return, Hogan’s contract with WWE was terminated in 2003.
Since then he has wrestled for the likes of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) between 2003 and 2005 before returning once again to WWE until 2007. Hogan had a contract with Memphis Wrestling in 2007 before returning to TNA in 2009-10. In 2014, he returned to WWE to host ‘Wrestlemania XXX’.
During his career, he won seven World Titles. He has appeared in a number of comedy, action and martial arts movies, including 1996 films ‘Spy Hard’ and ‘Santa with Muscles’. Other movies that capitalised on his hard man persona include 1997’s ‘The Ultimate Weapon’ and ‘Assault on Devil’s Island’, as well as ‘3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain’ (1998) and 2001’s ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’.
Despite his macho image, he has also worked hard for charity, supporting the American Diabetes Association alongside the likes of Laila Ali, the daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali, and the Jonas Brothers. Hogan has also dabbled in marketing through endorsement of the Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer and once opened a restaurant, which did not succeed. In 2005, he was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame.
His marriage to Linda, whom he wedded in 1984 and with whom he has two children, Nick and Brooke, came to an end when she filed for divorce in Pinellas County, Florida, in November 2007. She revealed a year later that the decision to end the marriage was triggered by Hogan’s infidelity. The wrestler had had an affair with daughter Brooke’s best friend Christiane Plante during the shooting of ‘Hogan Knows Best’, a television show featuring the family.
Despite revealing that he considered suicide after his wife left him, Hogan has since moved on and married new flame Jennifer McDaniel in December 2010.
Hulk Hogan Biography
Born Terry Gene Bollea, on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, Bollea is the youngest son of Pete Bollea, a construction foreman, and Ruth Bollea, a homemaker and dance instructor.
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