Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) was born August 11, 1953.

Hogan began his career with Championship Wrestling from Florida in the late 1970s, but he broke out on the national stage in the 1980s.

Hogan competed in the WWF, then went to the AWA. After returning to the WWF (which became WWE in 2002), Hogan won his first world heavyweight title by defeating the Iron Shiek in January 1984. He kept the title for a 1,474 consecutive days, until 1988, which still stands as the third-longest streak of all time.

The most notable match of Hogan's streak came in a 1987 showdown against Andre the Giant as the main event of the Wrestlemania III extravaganza. Andre was hailed as an "undefeated" wrestler (he had been disqualified from matches, but never physically pinned), as the nationally anticipated showdown had a crowd of 93,173 in attendance, which stood as the largest indoor sport audience until the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.

Never backing down from the big stage, Hogan sealed a victory with his infamous "Leg Drop" move, and he was later named the 1987 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Wrestler of the Year for his efforts:

Hogan's move to rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1990s helped fuel the so-called Monday Night TV wars. He was part of the "New World Order" (NWO) group that helped WCW win the ratings battle for a while, he held the WCW heavyweight title for a record 1,177 total days and he won PWI Wrestler of the Year awards in 1991 and 1994.

Hogan made yet another comeback in 2002, gaining the WWE title belt for his sixth and final time and winning his second PWI Comeback Wrestler of the Year award. Hogan eventually finished his career with six stints as the WWF's heavyweight champion (fifth-most of all time) and a total of 2,185 days with the belt (second behind only Bruno Sammartino).

In addition to his wrestling prowess, Hogan has also been involved in acting, appearing in numerous commercials throughout his career and most notably acting in "Rocky III" in 1982. Although Hogan never officially retired from wrestling, he hasn't fought since 2012, and his contract with WWE was terminated in July 2015 after some of Hogan's racist comments from 2007 were discovered.

Despite the controversy, Hogan remains in the WWE Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2005.

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