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Hollywood Hulk Hogan

Hollywood Hulk Hogan

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by Hulk Hogan

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You think you know Hollywood Hulk Hogan™? Brother, you don't know squat about me.
Yeah, I'm the towering red-and-yellow warrior who revolutionized the wrestling business, the larger-than-life superhero who transformed an entire country into a horde of Hulkamaniacs. I'm the guy who spit blood and breathed fire to help create an empire called World Wrestling


You think you know Hollywood Hulk Hogan™? Brother, you don't know squat about me.
Yeah, I'm the towering red-and-yellow warrior who revolutionized the wrestling business, the larger-than-life superhero who transformed an entire country into a horde of Hulkamaniacs. I'm the guy who spit blood and breathed fire to help create an empire called World Wrestling Entertainment™.
But it wasn't always like that. Once I was a fat kid named Terry Bollea watching legends like Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham, never dreaming I'd be a professional wrestler myself one day.
Run with me on the streets of Tampa, where a bass guitar became my salvation. Fight alongside me in the wrestling arenas of Japan, where opponents try to bite your fingers off to make a name for themselves. Slide into the ring with me against 700-pound Andre the Giant, who only became my best friend after he found out he couldn't beat me down.
Then cruise L.A. with me and Sylvester Stallone on the heels of Rocky III. Learn why Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura hates my guts. Go head-to-head with Dennis Rodman in a hard-liquor drinking contest, and share a dressing room with Liberace.
Find out what makes me cry like a baby, what makes my blood boil, what I think of Jesus Christ, and what scares the living hell out of me. Then tell me you know the man called Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
Join the Babe Ruth of wrestling on a gritty, no-holds-barred odyssey from his start in the barbaric wrestling arenas of the seventies through the heartbreak of potentially career-ending surgery to the achievement of his greatest triumph yet.
Along the way, lock up with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Andy Kaufman, Dolly Parton, Mr. T, Ted Turner, George Foreman, Jay Leno, Undertaker, Triple H, The Rock...and of course, Vince McMahon, head of World Wrestling Entertainment™. They're all in here, waiting to show you what they've got.
Hollywood Hulk Hogan™. It's the real deal, brother.

Editorial Reviews

In the rough-and-tumble world of wrestling, superstars come and go, but Hollywood Hulk Hogan has been a fan favorite ever since his 1978 World Wrestling Federation debut. Good guy or villain, the Hulkster has captured the imagination of audiences from Boise to Beirut for more than two decades. This biography/tribute to the big-muscled battler includes an eight-page color insert.
Publishers Weekly
If the career of any single individual could serve as a microcosm of the changes in the "sport" of wrestling over the past 40 years, it would have to be that of Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea in real life). His autobiography is an honest, albeit incomplete, look at the many phases in Hogan's career that will be fascinating only to Hogan's many fans. Hogan covers all the key moments in his long career: his early incarnation in the late 1970s as "Super Destroyer"; the birth of the good-guy Hulk Hogan persona; joining forces with Vince McMahon Jr. in the hugely popular WrestleMania events of the 1980s; his admission in the early 1990s of his steroid use; and his current reincarnation as a good guy with McMahon's sleeker World Wrestling Entertainment. To their credit, Hogan and co-writer Friedman do provide some glimpses of the often seedy world of "professional" wrestling (fights are staged and scripted; wrestlers often cut themselves to produce bloody wounds), but it isn't anything that everyone doesn't already know. While Hogan has come out against what he calls "Jerry Springer tits-and-ass style wrestling," he never explains why he has spent the last few years reviving his career with the man who invented, and continues to actively promote, that very same style-Vince McMahon Jr. (Nov.) Forecast: This will be an appealing read for Hogan's still-sizable fan base, and sales should be helped by promotion on the publisher's popular cable TV wrestling shows.

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A Rock and a Hard Place

You can be the Babe Ruth of wrestling and still have something to prove.

That's the way I felt on March 17, 2002, at WrestleMania X8 in the Toronto SkyDome. I had something to prove to myself and a lot of other people, and there was only one place I could do it — in the ring. Against a guy called The Rock. In front of nearly 70,000 screaming fans.

It was already preordained that The Rock would win this clash of titans. We both knew he was going to come out on top that night.

But that didn't make my job easier. If anything, it made it harder. It would have been simple if all I had to do was put a boot in his face and lay a legdrop on him and strut around afterward like I owned the place.

Yeah, that would have been a piece of cake.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the way it was supposed to go down. I was supposed to lose the match, but I was supposed to do it in a way that made even bigger stars of both of us. And that was going to take some doing, brother. Losing this match the way I needed to lose it was going to be a lot harder for me, a lot more complicated, a lot more demanding of my skills as a wrestler and as an entertainer than anything I had done before.

Because this wasn't just a wrestling match. It wasn't just two guys tossing each other around in a ring for a piece of leather with a buckle on it. This was our shot at immortality. This was our chance to create something that people would talk about for a long time to come. Nobody had ever had an opportunity exactly like this one in the whole, long history of wrestling, and maybe no one ever would again.

It wasn't like all the movies I'd done where you could roll the cameras over and over again until you got it right. This was one time, one chance, don't screw it up or else.

And for me, there was something even bigger at stake in that arena. Immortality is great, but before you can even think about that you've got to get respect — and the person I've always found it hardest to get respect from is myself.

I'm always asking myself, "What've you done for me lately?" And before that WrestleMania, as I paced the long, curving corridor backstage like a lion in a cage, my answer had to be, "Not much."

Two years earlier, I'd left another wrestling organization under a black cloud. Basically, I was kicked out on my ass and told I'd never wrestle for them again — that I was a has-been who could never be the attraction I used to be.

They had got me doubting myself. I was forty-eight years old. I'd had three knee surgeries over the past year and a half and I would eventually need to replace the knee joint altogether. And what they had said about me in public was dragging me down like a boulder hanging from my damn neck.

But I hadn't gone under the knife three times just to accept the verdict they'd laid on me. I did it to have an opportunity to make things right again, to end my career on my own terms and not someone else's.

I didn't want people to remember me as the guy who wrestled until he was washed up. I wanted them to remember me as the guy who wrestled longer than anybody and went out on top. I wanted that to be the ending of the movie.

That whole time I was sitting at home and recuperating from my surgeries, all I ever wanted was one more chance. Just one shot at making things right again. And here I had gotten one.

Of course, it wasn't just my knee that was giving me trouble. I'd just gotten over a hundred-and-three-degree fever that damn near killed me and eventually landed me in a Florida emergency room, so I wasn't as strong as I wanted to be. Plus I had cracked a couple of ribs a few weeks earlier and I hadn't given them a chance to heal, so it hurt like hell just to breathe.

But I wasn't going to let that weak crap keep me from wrestling. I told myself, "Save the drama for your momma. There's seventy thousand people out there waiting to see you face The Rock. A fever doesn't mean a thing. Cracked ribs don't mean a thing. You've got a job to do, go out there and do it."

I was wearing black and white, the colors of the New World Order — a gang of street-cool, renegade wrestlers — with a matching feather boa and sunglasses. I had been wearing the same thing since I came back to the World Wrestling Federation as a bad guy in the beginning of the year.

But people had been cheering me anyway. It didn't seem to matter what I said or did, or how badly I treated them. They still cheered for me and booed my opponent. And that was the problem I had to face in the ring that night in Toronto.

Not just to lose. Not just to lose in a way that didn't diminish me. But to get people cheering for The Rock again too, so when the match was over we would both come out smelling like roses.

I knew a bunch of the other wrestlers thought I was going to fall flat on my face out there. I hadn't had to prove anything since I came back. This was my first chance to show them I could still hack it.

To show them...and to show myself.

Vince McMahon, the guy who runs the company, came over to join me as I waited for my music to start. I was so nervous and pumped up at the same time, I looked at him and I told him, "Everybody screws with me, brother. My wife makes me work hard, my kids make me crazy, the government screws with me, the IRS screws with me...and sometimes even you screw with me, Vince. But out there, that's my damn house and nobody can mess with me. Now I'm going out there to collect my money. I'll see you when I'm done."

He looked at me like "Huh?"

As soon as I said it, I regretted it and I wanted to take it back. It sounded cocky and arrogant, and I hadn't meant it to sound that way. I was just trying to tell Vince that I was focused, that I was as ready as I could be.

And instead I sounded like an ass.

All of a sudden, my music started and I walked through the curtain and down the ramp, an ocean of people waving signs and cheering for me at the top of their lungs, and millions more watching on Pay-Per-View at home. And I was thinking, "Way to go, brother. If you had a ton of pressure on you before, you've got two tons now."

It was bad enough all these people in the wrestling business were waiting for me to slip on a banana peel so they could say, "We told you so. He's too old, he's too crippled, he's too bald-headed, he doesn't have it anymore."

Now I had Vince wondering about me.

So as I made my way down to the ring with the music thundering and all the lights on me, all I could think was, "God, I'm such an idiot. Now I'd really better not screw up."

Copyright © 2002 by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Meet the Author

In the 1980s, Hulk Hogan, the performer, and Mr. McMahon, the promoter, revolutionized professional wrestling, taking it from dark, smoke-filled arenas to the mainstream. When Mr. McMahon created WrestleMania in 1985, the main attraction was Hogan. Two years later, Mr. McMahon wanted WrestleMania to be "bigger, badder and better" than ever. WrestleMania III, then, was held in front of 93,172 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. The main attraction? Hogan. By the time Hogan left the World Wrestling Entertainment in the early 1990s and jumped to WCW, he was such a big star that WCW became legitimate competition for World Wrestling Entertainment. In 1996, he joined two other former WWE Superstars -- Scott Hall and Kevin Nash -- to form the nWo, and WCW's ratings even surpassed WWE's!

But boosting ratings was merely an externality to Hogan and his nWo cohorts. They were only out for themselves. It didn't take long for WCW competitors to realize that, and eventually fans did as well. They were both driven away in droves as the weeks and months went by. In 2001, WCW went out of business.

Mr. McMahon brought Hogan back with the intention to destroy WWE. But once the Hulkster rekindled his relationship with the fans, he decided he wanted no part of McMahon or the nWo's evil ways. Shortly after his return, Hogan captured his sixth WWE Championship by pinning Triple H at Backlash.

Hogan secured more WWE gold on July 4, 2002, by pairing up with Edge and winning the Tag Team Championship.

Hogan has once again become one of the most popular athletes on the planet. And whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You see that WWE logo in the upper left coner, well that means you are not getting the complete story. That means you will not read anything negative about Vince or the organization. If you want to read something honest and filtered free, get Hogan's other book, you'll thank me for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah..I liked him when he was the Hulkster and he came out and told us to take our vitamins and all that but after you read this you will find out he is greedy as heck. He explains it well pretty much that he would do anything as long as he is getting paid well like everybody owes him something. He is not like most of the WWE superstars who paid thier dues the hard way to get into the buisness. His daddy had a lot of money or something like that and thats how he got in. then there's his Stupid T.V show that came out Hogan KNows Best i bet he would'nt do it unless he got PAID a zillion dollars. People like him don't know how hard life really is when you dont have any money and trying to raise a family. I use to like him but now i think he is a greedy piece of garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It tells about Hulk getting beat up to train for wrstling and then he finds out pro wrestling is not about hurting the other guy but putting on a show for the fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that tells you everything you need or want to know about Hulk Hogan. This book covers everything. It explains Hulk Hogan's career before Hulkamania, when he was in the nWo, and his comeback to WWE. This book also explains his life outside the wrestling ring. His family and his amazing movie career is also explained throughout this amazing autobiography. One of the best books I've ever read. BRAVO!!! HULKAMANIA FOR EVER!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third time I've read this book. Hogan gives you a front row seat to his life. From inside the ring, to outside the ring, from his injuries, to how he met his wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lend that book. Im such a fan of Hulk Hogan, did u know that he's in legends house? Here's my email adress:cryhinton@gmail
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it shows a lot about a kid's dream come true. I gave this book 5 stars because of 2 reasons, one is because I like Hulk Hogan, and two because this is the only book I got that I was reading every chance I had. If you like Hulk Hogan you should read this because it talks about a chubby baseball player to a wresting legend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My classmates on base thought the book was strictly about wrestling; who, when, and where. Things like 'I picked him up and slammed him on the mat.' It's not and that's what i wanted to read. I wanted to know the man behind the muscles and belt(s). That is exactly what I got from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Mick Foley's books, but still a must read for any wrestlign fan, whether or not they're a Hulkamaniac. Not as detailed as I would have liked, and somehow I feel like there's still more to know about one of wrestlings most popular icons. However, it's an important addition to the growing lexicon of wrestling history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Hulk Hogan as a wrestler, but when I read this book, I became a fan of Terry Bollea the person. The way he uses his fame to bring hope to other people is uplifting and inspiring. I recomend this to anyone even interested in Hulk Hogan. You will definitely be surprised.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hulk Hogan is most than just a wrestler, he is a celebrity. He is much better than the Rock. I am a proud HULKAMANIAC and I'm proud to own this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hulk Hogan is an imortal icon in the wrestling buisness. He had his time, now is old and feeble. Yah Right! Hogan is back and better than ever. You can now experince his life and experinces through his fantastic auto-biography.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read of the Hulk's wrestling history. Being a big fan i enjoyed the book, especially the insights on the Hogan's early career and his family. However I think this book should of been one of the greatest books ever written on pro wrestling, but it seems that he has been held down from exposing what actually happen behind the scenes with his time with WWE and Vincent McMahon Jr. The book is backed by the WWE, so obviously they do not want to be held in a negative light. There is just not enough substance to the book. I just hope that Bollea's next book will be far more open and shed some light into the actual ongoing. However an enjoyable book from the greatest entertainer in pro wrestling and his on going quest to be the greatest and make a lot of money!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when Hulkamania runs wild on you?! My book is awesome, brother! You know something Mean Gene, you should read it too, brother!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hollywood Hulk Hogan is the best wrestler of all-time. He's a living legend. Everyone should read this book, even if you're not a wrestling fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I look up to Hollywood and have all my life. He is a great inspiration to me and this book is just the best book ever!
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My brother wants me to get the book.Should I get it.Post me back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book
Batman1245 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the least honest autobiographies I've ever read. After a while the comedy of his dishonesty turns to sadness, making you begin to think that maybe he really believes he never made a mistake, or failed at anything. He doesn't just distort things, he down right makes things up including stating that Mr. Nanny beat Ghostbusters II in direct competition at the box office. Eventually you will understand that me measures his accomplishments in dollar signs, and if something didn't make money then he determines it to be a failure. As Hulk Hogan that is unacceptable, and rather than admit things didn't become the success he wanted, he instead glorifies them and builds them up to be things they weren't. In terms of entertainment it is possible to enjoy this book, but not if you want a true story. I don't recommend this book if it is going to cost you more than $5. I would like to note that he was still involved with wrestling at the time he wrote this book, which forced him to not be entirely open about his life. I will be reading his second book, "My Life Outside the Ring" from 2009. I feel that once he wasn't so close to wrestling, and didn't have a character to protect, he could be more truthful. If you're on the fence between the two I would go in that direction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hollywood hulk hogan is the best book ever he was also the best wwf superstar
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