Hulk Hogan is among the biggest names in professional wrestling history, and probably the single biggest name when it comes to the WWF/WWE, because Hogan (with Vince McMahon behind him) turned a regional, local attraction into a national and international phenomenon during the 80s and brought pro wrestling to heights it had never seen before.
Therefore pretty much every WWF/WWE Superstar that came up during the 90s, 00s and after that, most likely wouldn’t have been in the position they were in and wouldn’t have made anywhere near as much money, if it wasn’t for The Hulkster. You could even refer to the so called butterfly effect (a chaos theory term).
‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan wrestled from 1977 until 2012 and worked for many major pro wrestling promotions on the planet, including the World Wrestling Federation / WWE (1979-1981, 1984-1993 & 2002-2006), Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1994-2000), Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (1981-1983), Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling (1980-1985, 1993-1994, 2003) and Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (2010-2013).
During a recent ‘Men’s Health’ interview, Hulk admitted that he probably should have retired after 20 years in the business, which would have been in 1997, at the peak of his Hollywood Hogan nWo run.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Wrestling has taken its toll. I wrestled almost 40 years, off and on, and I probably should have quit at the 20-year mark, but with Hulkamania running wild all those years and then when I turned into a bad guy and became Hollywood Hulk Hogan, it was like jumping on another lightning bolt and I had no idea that we were going to reinvent the wrestling business.
So, I got hooked, I got sucked in, and I rode that thing until it dropped. Wrestling has been really tough on my body with multiple surgeries and injuries. Nobody gave me the memo that this stuff was fake.”
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