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Hulk Hogan was one of the most beloved figures in the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, known for his flamboyance and the frenzy of his fans—Hulkamania.
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Hogan surprised everyone by making a remarkable comeback to the wrestling arena in 1996. Re-inventing himself as "Hollywood Hogan," the wrestler established himself as a villain and, once again, secured his popularity among wrestling fans. Hogan joined media tycoon Ted Turner's WCW (World Championship Wrestling) as part of the New World Order, a wrestling team that paired Hogan with two other wrestlers,
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. This infamous triumvirate gained immense support from wrestling fans and, ultimately, returned Hogan to the success of his past.
In 2002, he shared his experiences as a professional wrestler in his autobiography, Hollywood Hulk Hogan. He also gave television viewers an inside look into his family life with the reality series Hogan Knows Best, which first aired in the summer of 2005. The show followed the daily lives of Hogan and his wife Linda as they raised their teenage children, daughter Brooke and son Nick.
Early on, the show earned some comparisons to veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne's hit reality show, The Osbournes. In response, Hogan called his family "the anti-Osbournes." That same year, Hogan was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. His friend Sylvester Stallone presented him with the honor.
For four seasons, Hogan had a popular television show. Viewers tuned in to see this famous wrestler face a variety of personal and parental challenges, including getting marriage counseling with his wife and having his daughter go on dates. The greatest hardship, however, happened off-camera. During August of 2007, Hogan's son, Nick, was involved in a car crash which left his friend John Graziano critically injured. Law enforcement officials arrested Nick three months later for his role in the accident. In May of 2008, Nick pled no contest to a felony count of reckless driving, and received an eight-month prison sentence. That same month, Hogan's wife Linda filed for divorce, seeking to end their 24-year marriage. Hogan initially told the press he hoped to reconcile, but his wife later dismissed the notion.
Despite his personal difficulties, Hogan continued to thrive professionally. In January of 2008, he was tapped to co-host the reality competition American Gladiators with Laila Ali, a professional boxer. The show aired for two seasons.
In the fall of 2008, Hogan became the host and executive producer of Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling. The show, which currently airs on the Country Music Television cable network, pits celebrities against each other in competition to see who is the best celebrity wrestler. Competitors include Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges, and Dennis Rodman.
Hogan currently resides in Clearwater, Florida, with his daughter, Brooke, who now stars in her own reality series, Brooke Knows Best.
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