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Terry Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953), is an American entertainer and inactive professional wrestler, better known as Hulk Hogan. He is one of the most successful and popular wrestlers in history, with a long standing fanbase called "Hulkamaniacs". He currently stars on the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Hogan was the third child of Italian-American
couple Pete and Ruth Bollea. He had an older brother, Allan Bolea and
an older half brother from Ruth's first marriage, Kenneth Wheeler. Hogan
attended the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College
in Tampa, dropping out of both. Hogan met his wife Linda Claridge in a
restaurant in Los Angeles, and they married in 1983. They have two children,
Brooke and Nick. In April, 2005, the family bought a new $12 million bayfront
estate in Miami Beach, Florida so their children could pursue singing
and acting careers. The Miami Beach home, in the trendy North Bay Road
neighborhood, is the site of filming of the VH1 reality series "Hogan
Hogan currently stars in an American reality television show, which is centered around his family life, in the spirit of such shows as The Osbournes. The show follows the lives of the Hogan family and Hogan's efforts to help his children establish show business careers of their own. Former professional wrestler "Nasty Boy" Brian Knobbs, a longtime friend of Hogan's, has appeared on several episodes. Terry is the workout buddy and frequent guest of Bubba The Love Sponge on his Howard 101 Sirius Radio Program and is going to be Bubba's best man.
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In 2005, weeks before WrestleMania 21, it was announced on all WWE programming that the Hulkster would be inducted on that year's Hall of Fame. This signalled Hogan's return to WWE. On April 2, 2005, Hogan was inducted by actor and friend Sylvester Stallone. Hogan was applauded for several minutes before he was able to make a speech.
At WrestleMania 21 on April 3, 2005, the "American Patriot" Hogan came out to rescue Eugene, who was being attacked by the two Arab-American performers, Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari. Some of the build-up to Hogan's induction into the Hall of Fame and preparation for this angle were shown on the first season of Hogan Knows Best.
The next night on RAW, Hassan and Daivari came out to confront and assault fan favorite Shawn Michaels. The following week, Michaels approached RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff demanding a handicap match with Hassan and Daivari. Bischoff refused but told Michaels if he found a partner he would be granted a tag-team match. Michaels then made a plea for Hulk Hogan to come back and team with him. On the April 18 episode of RAW, Hassan again led an attack on Michaels until Hogan appeared to make save Michaels and accept his offer.
At the WWE Backlash pay-per-view Hassan and Daivari lost to Hogan and Michaels, with Daivari being pinned. Hassan would blame and attack Daivari for the loss the next evening on RAW.
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Hogan then appeared on the July 4 2005 edition of RAW as the special guest of Carlito on his talk-show segment "Carlito's Cabana." After being asked questions by Carlito concerning his daughter Brooke Hogan, Hogan proceeded to attack Carlito. This was then followed up by an appearance of Kurt Angle, who made comments about Brooke, which further upset Hogan. Hogan was eventually double teamed by Carlito and Angle but was saved by Shawn Michaels. Later that night, Shawn Michaels and Hogan defeated Carlito and Kurt Angle in a tag match. During the post match celebration, Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to Hogan and walked off. The following week on RAW, Michaels appeared on "Piper's Pit" and challenged Hogan to face him one-on-one for the first time. Hogan appeared on RAW one week later and accepted the challenge. The match took place on Sunday, August 21 2005 at SummerSlam.
The match between Hogan and Michaels was the main event of the night, and the two collided in a battle billed as "Legend vs. Icon". The match went back and forth, with two referees getting "knocked out" and Michaels using a steel chair to try to gain an advantage. Even after Michaels hit his Sweet Chin Music, Hogan still kicked out and mounted some offense against Michaels, finally hitting him with the legdrop and scoring the victory. Michaels extended his hand to him, telling him that he "had to find out for himself," and Hogan and Michaels shook hands. Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with the crowd.
Hogan returned on the July 15, 2006 edition of WWE Saturday Night's Main Event with his daughter Brooke. During the show, Randy Orton flirted with Hogan's daughter, later on the show Randy Orton challenged Hulk to a match at SummerSlam 2006, which Hogan won by defeating Orton via pinfall.