Name: Terry Bollea
Year Inducted: 2003
Induction Category: Modern Era
Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, is probably the most recognized and popular wrestler pro wrestling has every seen. He began his wrestling training in Florida, under the guidance of Hiro Matsuda., and had his first pro match in 1977. Although he wrestled for several different promotions, including the AWA, NWA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, he remembered best for his career in the WWE.
Hogan first entered the WWE in 1979. However, after having a falling out with the Vince McMahon, Sr, he was fired in 1981. He wouldn’t return to the WWE until 1984, which was now owned and operated by Vince McMahon, Jr. With Hogan and McMahon combined together, they would bring pro wrestling and the WWE to new height of which the world had never seen. They would also create what several fans would call a “new religion”, Hulkamania.
Hogan left the WWE again in 1993, and in 1994 joined the WCW, a wrestling company owned by Ted Turner. While Hulk wrestled for WCW, the wrestling fans would see one of the most shocking moments in wrestling history: Hulk Hogan becoming a “bad guy”. Now joined with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in a group known as the New World Order, they would create havoc in WCW for several years.
In 2001, the WCW was purchased by Vince McMahon and the WWE. For several months, Hulk Hogan was not seen or heard in the wrestling world. However, in 2002, Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE after being away from the company for almost 10 years. Today, Hogan still makes appearances for the WWE on occasion.
He has made appearances on countless TV shows, and has starred in several different movies, but will always be remembered as “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. The PWHF would like to congratulate Hulk Hogan on his induction into the Class of 2003.