Hulk Hogan: the name used to mean so much to so many people. Hulk Hogan is the biggest star in wrestling history. He sold out arenas all around the world during his peak and wrestled the top stars from every country, territory, and promotion. His image, however, has been a bit controversial, including the affair leading to his divorce, the release of his sex tape, and his son’s accidents.
During his illustrious career, Hogan was the eye candy that took the WWE to its heights. The mid-80s saw him fighting with some of the strongest men in wrestling. His famous match with Andre the Giant gave the public what they always wanted to see: the two freaks of nature battling it out in the ring. He ultimately wrestled with the Hulkamania in WrestleMania VI and The Rock in WrestleMania X8.
On a recent episode of Monday Night Raw, three hours were spent celebrating Hogan’s birthday. Hogan has just turned 61. It was an odd number to celebrate, but it was something the WWE likely did because it happened to fall on a Monday, and after getting involved in troubles, included marital woes and his back problems, Hogan is now back with the WWE family. Here we have compiled 10 incredible statistics about Hulk Hogan that will leave you speechless.
10. Hogan’s List of Achievements
Hogan has had a massive career wrestling and gaining stardom. He is unquestionably one of the biggest names in wresting. At the start of his career, Hogan became the first wrestler to win International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) tournament 1983 in the finals of a 10-man contest featuring talents from around the world. Hogan (with Antonio Inoki) went on to win the MSG Tag League Tournament (1982, 1983). Hogan also won the Southeastern Championship Wrestling (Northern Division) and Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Southern Division) two times. Folks, this is not even the tip of the iceberg. Hulk Hogan is a six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. With Edge he also added one more title belt to his cupboard, the WWE World Tag Team Championship.
9. His Royal Rumble Record
Hogan has won championships in every brand of wrestling. But did you know that he was the first wrestler ever to have won the Royal Rumble twice? Hogan claimed the victory in 1990 and 1991, making him the first wrestler to have won the Royal Rumble for consecutive years. Forget Austin and Shawn Michaels, he was the pioneer of setting records. Hogan also held the record for eliminating the most participants in the 1989 Royal Rumble. He eliminated nine wrestlers but his record was broken by Steve Austin who eliminated 10 wrestlers in 1997. Anyone want to rumble with The Hulkster? I see no point; the man truly is a legend.
8. Record for the Longest Reign in the WCW as Champion
Hogan was a true champion and his huge fan following pays testimony to that. As a part of the WCW, Hogan was the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time. His 469 day reign from 1994 to 1995 was unchallenged in the WCW. While in the WWE, Hogan had the third longest reign as the WWF Champion, having held the title for 1,474 days from 1984–1988 (the 4th longest reign of all time) and 364 days from 1989 to 1990 (the 9th longest reign of all time). He holds two of the top longest reigns as a wrestling champion.
7. Years Active as a TV Personality
Hulk Hogan just doesn’t seem to let his fans down. Hogan started his wresting career in 1977. Switching from brand to brand, Hogan has seen it all but still returned to the WWE in WrestleMania 30, this time as a host. Apart from wresting, Hogan has been a Hollywood sensation as well. He started his acting career in 1982 and is still in the acting business. But what is amazing about his legend is that he also played music. He was part of a band called Ruckus, in which he played a fretless bass. They actively played gigs and became a local sensation in the Tampa Bay area. During his musical career, the Brisco brothers discovered this legend.
6. Hogan Loves Muscle Cars
The Hulkster is reported to have said that he blew millions for his lavish lifestyle. Hogan loves to drive good cars too. Currently, Hogan owns a Dodge Viper, a 1957 Chevy, a Dodge Charger SRT, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, and a 1968 Dodge Challenger: the American muscle cars that he simply loves. However, Hogan owns a Rolls Royce and a yellow Toyota Supra too. In addition, he is also the proud owner of some American Choppers. That is not the end of his love for driving cars. His son, inspired by his father’s passion, even tried out racing professionally. Recently, he is reported to have been involved in an accident, leading to problems for his father, Hulk Hogan, as he was the one who got his son a driver’s license.
5. Hogan Knows How to Wed!
Hogan was married to Linda Claridge on December 18, 1983. The couple had two children, a daughter Brooke (born May 5, 1988) and a son Nick (born July 27, 1990). But their marriage went into turmoil when Linda found out that Hogan was having an affair with his daughter’s friend Christiana Plante in 2007. The 33-year-old Plante was working with Hogan on his television show Hogan Knows Best. Linda filed for divorce. She was 44 at the time and started dating 19-year-old Charlie Hill, Nick’s and Brooke’s high school friend. In 2008, the marriage was officially over. Hogan then began his relationship with Jennifer McDaniel in early 2008. The two were engaged in November 2009 and married on December 14, 2010.
4. His Crazy Divorce Settlement
After his divorce, Hogan even thought of committing suicide. The most probable reason might not have been the loss of his wife, but it might just have been paying her the alimony. The divorce caused Hogan to lose 70% of their liquid assets, plus a 40% ownership stake in his companies. And do you want to know what she did with that fortune? She bought a mansion in 2010 after their settlement. The mansion is a 6,300-square-foot Tuscan-style villa and is on top of a hill in Simi Valley, a Los Angeles suburb. With its own private lake, a guesthouse, a vineyard, and a working orchard of 2,500 avocado trees that produces 60,000 pounds of fruit per year with the help of dedicated colonies of honeybees, the place was a palace. She bought the estate for a whopping $3.5 million.
3. Hogan’s Net Worth is Only $8 million
Despite being one of the biggest names in wresting, Hogan’s net worth is only $8 million. This is because of the fact that he lost 70% of his assets, roughly $30 million, to his wife after divorce. Hogan has been on TV since the mid-70s. But divorce brought him to the brink of bankruptcy. His net worth before divorce was around $30–$40 million as he was receiving income from his merchandise sold, plus he had invested in real estate as well.
2. Pay During The ’80s vs The ’90s
During most of the ’80s, Hogan earned about $10 million a year. This included income from his film and TV appearances. He debuted in Rocky III as Thunderlips. From there, he never looked back. With his constant TV series appearances, his popularity increased exponentially. This is evident from his annual income in the following decade: $10-12 million during most of the ’90s. During the ’90s alone, he was seen in 15 films and series combined. Hogan does know how to make money, expanding his career both in wrestling and in films. During his time, his merchandise included hot selling items as well, and he still earns a huge amount from his merchandise alone.
1. He Was PWI’s # 1 Wrestler of All Time
PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991. This was during his championship reign. His charismatic personality made him a fan favorite. Then again in 2003, PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers, #44 of the top 100 tag teams of the “PWI Years” with Antonio Inoki, and #57 of the top 100 tag teams of the “PWI Years” with Randy Savage. This shows the impact that Hogan had on the world of wrestling. Not only was he training himself, but he was also paving the way for other wrestlers, like Edward Harrison “Ed” Leslie, by training them as well.