He has starred in several movies (including No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando and Mr.
Hogan enjoyed considerable mainstream popularity between 19 as a face in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), which continued for the remainder of the 1990s in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he turned heel in 1996 and performed as the New World Order (n Wo) leader "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.
A regular pay-per-view main eventer and box office draw in both organizations, Hogan headlined the premier annual events of the WWF and WCW, Wrestle Mania and Starrcade, multiple times; against Sting, he closed the most profitable WCW pay-per-view ever at the 1997 edition of Starrcade.
He occasionally toured the country over the next few years, facing a wide variety of opponents ranging from Tatsumi Fujinami to Abdullah the Butcher.
When competing in Japan, Hogan used a vastly different repertoire of wrestling moves, relying on more technical, traditional wrestling holds and maneuvers as opposed to the power-based, brawling style American fans became accustomed to seeing from him.
Watching the show backstage, Mary Jarrett noticed that Hogan was actually bigger than Ferrigno, who was well known at the time for having large muscles.
On December 1, 1979, Bollea won his first professional wrestling championship, the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division), recognized in Alabama and Tennessee, when he defeated Bob Roop in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career.
He began watching professional wrestling at 16 years old.
He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 19, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, by Sylvester Stallone.
During and after wrestling, Hogan had an extensive acting career, beginning with his 1982 antagonist role in Rocky III.
Hogan wrestled his first match in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on November 17 defeating Harry Valdez on Championship Wrestling.