When most people think about pro wrestling, the numerous “federations” or “clans” and the crazy in-the-ring banter that commences before a fight gets
Ten Beefy Factoids You Never Knew About Hulk Hogan:
- He was overweight as a child. You would never think that Mr. Muscle Man himself had a weight problem. But during his adolescence, Hogan struggled to keep trim. In fact, many considered him to be slightly obese, something that motivated him to hit the gym daily.
- His cameo as “Thunderlips” in Rocky III consisted of this famous line: “To all my love slaves out there: Thunderlips is here. In the flesh, baby. The ultimate male versus… the ultimate meatball.” – He was paid $150,000 for that.
- Before he was the Hulk … he was? Any guesses? His first wrestling character name was actually “The Super Destroyer.”
- His first match took place on August 25th, 1977, where he fought one Don Serrano on the independent wrestling scene in Florida.
- His real name is actually Terry Gene Bollea.
- April 29th of 1985, Hogan would make history? Why? Because Terry Gene Bollea – ahem, Hulk Hogan – would be the first pro wrestler to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine.
- In 1995, he released a best-selling kid’s record called “Hulk Rules.” He actually played the guitar on that record himself.
- In 1985, he was a top pro athlete, raking in more than $10 million per year.
- Richard Belzer sued Hogan for $5 million in 1985 because the wrestler made him pass out when he demonstrated a choke hold on him on Belzer’s TV show “Hot Properties.” They settled the case out of court.
- He defended Vince McMahon in a famous steroid case in 1994, and many believe it is what kept McMahon out of prison.