Hulk Hogan is a professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur, and musician signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he is the on-screen General Manager. Hulk Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980s and 90s as the all-American character Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWE), and as Hollywood Hogan, the villainous nWo leader, in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hulk Hogan is a 12-time world champion being a six-time WWF/WWE Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and a former WWE World Tag Team Champion with Edge. He is the second longest combined reigning WWF Champion of all time (after Bruno Sammartino), the longest-reigning champion of the 1980s, and holds two of the ten longest title runs in WWE/WWF history, having held the title for 1,474 days from 1984-1988 (the fourth longest reign of all time) and 364 days from 1989 to 1990 (the 9th longest reign of all time). He is also the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time, with a 469 day reign from 1994-1995. Hogan won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, making him the first man to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles.
Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania was a restaurant in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, created and financed by Hogan. It opened on the Labor Day weekend of 1995 and was heavily promoted on World Championship Wrestling’s live show WCW Monday Nitro, which actually premiered that September at the mall. The restaurant, which remained in operation for less than a year, featured such dishes as “Hulk-U’s” and “Hulk-A-Roos”.
In an interview on the The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Hulk Hogan claimed that the George Foreman Grill was originally offered to him, but he failed to respond in time, and George Foreman endorsed the grill instead. Hulk Hogan endorsed a blender, known as the Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer. This claim was confirmed on an episode of Hogan Knows Best, in which his wife Linda and the family are worried about Hogan’s wrestling career and plead with him to take up a career in marketing. Hogan explains about turning down the Foreman grill, and his choice to invest in the shake-mixer instead, saying that whenever he thinks about investing in something “big,” he thinks about what happened with the grill and the shake-mixer. However, he has since endorsed an indoor grill known as “The Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill.”
In 2006, Hulk Hogan unveiled his own energy drink Hogan Energy, distributed by Socko Energy. It was featured in an episode of Hogan Knows Best. His name and likeness are also applied to a line of microwavable hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken sandwiches sold at Wal-Mart called “Hulkster Burgers”. On November 1, 2011 Hulk Hogan launched a new website called Hogan Nutrition, which features many nutritional and dietary products. In September 2008, Hulk Hogan’s net worth was revealed to be over $30 million. In September 2011, Hulk Hogan revealed that his lavish lifestyle, and divorce had cost him hundreds of millions of dollars and nearly bankrupted him.
On New Year’s Eve 2012, Hulk Hogan opened a beachfront restaurant called “Hogan’s Beach”, located in the Tampa area.
Hulk Hogan’s crossover popularity led to several television and movie roles. Early in his career Hulk Hogan played the part of Thunderlips in Rocky III (1982). He also appeared in No Holds Barred (1989), before starring in the family films Suburban Commando (1991), Mr. Nanny (1993), Santa with Muscles (1996), and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998). He starred in his own television series, Thunder in Paradise, in 1994. He is the star of The Ultimate Weapon (1997), in which Brutus Beefcake also appears in a cameo.
How Hulk Hogan Made His Money – Wrestling, Acting and Television Personality
Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million
Birthday: August 11, 1953
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