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Terry Eugene Bollea (/bəˈleɪə/; born August 11, 1953), higher recognized by his ring identify Hulk Hogan, is an American retired skilled wrestler. He’s extensively considered essentially the most acknowledged wrestling star worldwide and the most well-liked wrestler of the Nineteen Eighties.
Hogan started his skilled wrestling profession in 1977, however gained worldwide recognition after signing for World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1983. There, his persona as a heroic all-American helped usher within the Nineteen Eighties skilled wrestling increase, the place he headlined eight of the primary 9 editions of WWF’s flagship annual occasion, WrestleMania. Throughout his preliminary run, he gained the WWF Championship 5 instances, together with his first reign being the second-longest within the championship’s historical past.
He’s the primary wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumble matches, successful in 1990 and 1991. His match with Andre the Large on WWF The Principal Occasion on February 5, 1988, nonetheless holds American tv viewership information for wrestling with a 15.2 Nielsen ranking and 33 million viewers.
In 1993, Hogan departed the WWF to signal for rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He gained the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six instances, and holds the report for the longest reign. In 1996, he underwent a profession renaissance upon adopting the villainous persona of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, main the favored New World Order (nWo) steady.
In consequence, he grew to become a significant determine in the course of the “Monday Night time Wars”, one other increase of mainstream skilled wrestling. He headlined WCW’s annual flagship occasion Starrcade 3 times, together with essentially the most worthwhile WCW pay-per-view ever, Starrcade 1997.
Hogan returned to the WWF in 2002 following its acquisition of WCW the prior yr, successful the Undisputed WWF Championship for a report equaling (for the yr) sixth time earlier than departing in 2003. He was inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2005, and inducted a second time in 2020 as a member of the nWo.
Hogan additionally carried out for the American Wrestling Affiliation (AWA), New Japan Professional-Wrestling (NJPW) – the place he gained the unique IWGP Heavyweight Championship – and Complete Nonstop Motion Wrestling (TNA – now often known as Influence Wrestling).