Hollywood Hulk Hogan

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 6, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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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 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.
 

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Contents

1 A Rock and a Hard Place
1
2 Growing Up
5
3 The Ranch
16
4 Music Money and Matsuda
19
5 My Career as a Bouncer
30
6 My First Detour
32
7 Kayfabe
36
8 Pensacola Alabama Atlanta and Tennessee
39
37 Undertaker
201
38 Steroids
203
39 My Biggest Mistake
207
40 Flattening Out
209
41 Fall from Grace
211
42 The Jet Ski Incident
217
43 Last Days of the Giant
221
44 Turning Forty with the Fifties
223

9 The Docks
47
You Wont regret it
53
11 Life in World Wide Wrestling
61
12 The Deodorant King
67
13 The Giant
69
14 Stranger in a Strange Land
77
15 Minnesota Wants Me
87
16 Bullseye on My Back
93
17 The Girl in the Red Onion
96
18 Weird Wrestling Story
101
19 Call Vince McMahon
103
20 Wedlock
108
21 Garden Party
111
22 John Stossel
117
23 The Load
121
24 Its Not All Fake
131
25 Its a sport but its also entertainment
133
March 31 1985
137
27 Three Guys I Never Expected to See in the Same Place
143
28 Richard Belzer
149
29 Smashing Media Barriers
157
30 Big Matches Big Gates
161
31 Hulkamania Runs Wild on TV
171
22 Whatever It Takes
177
33 The Trump Plaza WrestleManias
185
34 Family
189
35 Terror in Aisle Two
192
36 More Big Matches
195
45 Thunder in Paradise
225
The Trial
233
47 Ted Turners Traveling World Championship Wrestling Show
235
48 Jesse Ventura
239
49 Two Good Years and Two Better Ones
243
50 Son of the Giant
249
51 Three Rounds with the Champ
252
52 Hulk Rules
255
53 The Hasselhoff Position
257
54 Showdown at Mega Mountain
261
55 Helicopters
263
56 Dennis Rodman
267
57 Jay Leno
273
58 Hogan for President
276
59 A Slippery Slope
279
60 Setting the Record Straight
291
61 Owen Hart
293
62 The knee
297
63 On the Block
304
64 The XWF
307
65 The Look
310
66 Return
313
67 Heat
319
68 Toronto
323
69 Kids Who Imitate Wrestlers
335
70 Whats Old Is New
337
Hollywood Hulk Hogan Color Photos
346
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Page 1 - 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.
Page 11 - From the time I was eight years old until I was twelve, I teamed up with a kid named Vic Pettit, who later became a professional bowler.
Page 9 - I would take it out and play construction in the dirt all day long, from the time I woke up until the time I had to go in for dinner.

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Terry Gene Bollea (born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is a professional wrestler currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Hogan had mainstream popularity in the mid 1980s through the early 1990s as the all-American, working-class hero character Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). Hogan was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a twelve-time world heavyweight champion: a six-time WWF/E Champion and a six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, as well as a former World Tag Team Champion. On December 18, 1983, he married Linda Claridge. They have a daughter Brooke (born May 5, 1988) and a son Nick (born July 27, 1990). Bollea made his personal life the centerpiece of the television show Hogan Knows Best, which includes his wife and two children. His 17 year old son Nick was indicted as an adult on November 7, 2007 on four criminal charges. The charges stemmed from an August car accident which seriously injured the passenger in Nick's car, John Graziano. Nick pleaded no contest and was sentenced to eight months in jail on May 9, 2008. Hogan's autobiography, My Life in the Ring, is scheduled to be released on on October 27, 2009, by St. Martin's Press.

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