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The victorious Yokozuna proceeded to give Hogan a Banzai Drop. Hogan continued his feud on the international house show circuit with Yokozuna until August After that, Hogan sat out the rest of his contract which expired later that year.
Hogan wrestled against Muta again, this time under his real name Keiji Mutoh , on September 26, T as the special guest referee that Hogan won. Hogan then defeated Vader who was managed part-time by Flair in a non-title leather strap match at Uncensored. Because of the controversial ending caused once again by Flair at Uncensored, Hogan's feud with Vader culminated in a steel cage match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Bash at the Beach , where Hogan won by escpaing the cage.
At Bash at the Beach in , during a six-man tag team match pitting The Outsiders Kevin Nash and Scott Hall against WCW loyalists, Hogan interfered on behalf of Nash and Hall, attacking Randy Savage, thereby becoming a villainous character for the first time in nearly fifteen years.
On the August 4, , episode of Nitro , Hogan lost the title to Luger by submission. Hogan betrayed Nash by hitting him with the bat and then challenged Savage the following night on Nitro for the world title. Hogan spent the rest of wrestling celebrity matches: On the Thanksgiving episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , Hogan officially announced his retirement from professional wrestling, as well as his candidacy for President of the United States.
In the long run, however, both announcements were false and merely done as a publicity stunt attempting to draw some of the hype of Jesse Ventura 's Minnesota gubernatorial win back to him. On August 9, , Hogan started the night dressed in the typical black and white, but after a backstage scene with his son came out dressed in the traditional red and yellow for his main event six-man tag team match.
Injuries and frustrations were mounting up however, and he was absent from television from October to February In his book Hollywood Hulk Hogan , Bollea said that he was asked to take time off by newly hired head of creative booking Vince Russo and was not told when he would be brought back at the time.
Despite some reservations, he agreed to do so. Russo told Hogan that he was going to have Jarrett lie down for him, simulating a real conflict, although Jarrett was not told it was a work. When the bell rang, Jarrett lay down in the middle of the ring while Russo threw the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt in the ring and yelled at Hogan from ringside to pin Jarrett.
A visibly confused Hogan complied with a foot on Jarrett's chest after getting on the microphone and telling Russo, "Is this your idea, Russo? That's why this company is in the damn shape it's in, because of bullshit like this!
Moments later, Russo returned to the ring, angrily proclaiming, "I can guarantee you that this is the last time you will ever see that piece of shit in a WCW stadium!
In his Bash at the Beach shoot promo, Russo said that he was arguing with Hogan all day prior to the event in the back because he wanted to use the clause in the Jarrett match, saying, "That means that, in the middle of this ring, when [Hogan] knew it was bullshit, he beats Jeff Jarrett!
As a result, Hogan filed a defamation of character lawsuit against Russo soon after,  which was eventually dismissed in Russo claims the whole thing was a work, and Hogan claims that Russo made it a shoot.
It was the last time he was seen in WCW. In the months following the eventual demise of WCW in March , Hogan underwent surgery on his knees in order for him to wrestle again. Hogan defeated Curt Hennig in this match and felt healthy enough to accept an offer to return to the WWF in February Despite the fact that Hogan was supposed to be the villain in the match, the crowd cheered for him heavily.
The Rock cleanly won the contest,  and befriended Hogan at the end of the bout and helped him fight off Hall and Nash, who were upset by Hogan's conciliatory attitude. For a time, he was still known as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, notably keeping the Hollywood Hogan style blond mustache with black beard while wearing Hulkamania-like red and yellow tights and using the " Voodoo Child " entrance theme music he used in WCW.
On the July 4 episode of SmackDown! Lesnar became only the second WWE wrestler to defeat Hogan by submission after Kurt Angle , and the first to defeat Hogan by having the match called. Following the match, Lesnar continued to beat on Hogan, leaving him bloody and unconscious in the ring. As a result of Lesnar's assault, Hogan went on hiatus and was not able to return until early , shaving off his black beard and dropping "Hollywood" from his name in his return.
America, who was supposed to be Hogan in disguise , wearing a mask. He used Hogan's "Real American" as entrance theme and all of Hogan's signature gestures, moves, and phrases. He was the subject of a storyline that took place after Hogan was forced by Mr. McMahon to sit out the rest of his contract. America promos airing for weeks during SmackDown!
America debuted on SmackDown! McMahon appeared and claimed that Mr. America was Hogan in disguise; Mr. America shot back by saying, "I am not Hulk Hogan, brother! America in a six-man tag team match. America unmasked to show the fans that he was indeed Hogan, putting his finger to his lips telling the fans to keep quiet about his secret.
The next week, Hogan quit WWE due to frustration with the creative team. America unmasking as Hogan and "fired" him, although Hogan had already quit in real life. However, due to recurring knee and hip problems, Hogan did not appear in TNA. The next night on Raw , Hassan and Daivari came out to confront and assault fan favorite Shawn Michaels.
Bischoff refused, but told Michaels if he found a partner he would be granted a tag team match. Michaels then made a plea for Hogan to team with him. On the April 18 episode of Raw , Hassan again led an attack on Michaels until Hogan appeared, saving Michaels and accepting his offer. Hogan then appeared on July 4 episode of Raw , as the special guest of Carlito on his talk-show segment Carlito's Cabana.
After being asked questions by Carlito concerning his daughter Brooke , Hogan attacked Carlito. Kurt Angle then also appeared, making comments about Brooke, which further upset Hogan, who was eventually double teamed by Carlito and Angle, but was saved by Shawn Michaels. Later that night, Michaels and Hogan defeated Carlito and Angle in a tag team match; during the post-match celebration, Michaels performed the Sweet Chin Music on Hogan and walked off.
After the match, Michaels extended his hand to him, telling him that he "had to find out for himself", and Hogan and Michaels shook hands as Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with the crowd. During the show, Randy Orton kayfabe flirted with Brooke and later attacked Hogan in the parking lot.
Let the Battle Begin. The main event of each show was a rematch between Hogan and Ric Flair — the wrestler who defeated Hogan more times than any other. Hogan defeated Flair in all four matches. On October 27, , it was announced that Hogan had signed a contract to join TNA on a full-time basis. On the January 4 episode of Impact! He, however, refused to join them for a full-fledged reunion of their group claiming, "it's a different time", and stuck to his business relations with Bischoff, who made his appearance to declare that, the two of them would "flip the company upside down" and everyone would have to earn their spot.
Hogan also encountered TNA founder Jeff Jarrett on the broadcast, appearing via video wall and interrupting Jarrett's company success speech, stating that Carter was instrumental to the company's survival, and that just like the rest, Jarrett would have to kayfabe earn his spot in TNA.
On the February 18 episode of Impact! Styles and Ric Flair when Abyss scored a pinfall over Styles. On the June 17 episode of Impact!
However, he would make an appearance at the end of the event, turning villain for the first time since , helping Jeff Hardy win the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship and aligning himself with Hardy, Bischoff, Abyss and Jarrett.
After the match, Immortal attacked Sting, but Hogan turned into a fan favorite once again by turning on Immortal and helping Sting. During his promo, he mistakenly referred to the Superdome , the venue the event was being held at, as the Silverdome , which became the subject of jokes throughout the night. Later in the show, Hogan shared a moment with Mr.
On February 27, , Hogan was honored at Madison Square Garden during a WWE live event dubbed "Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night" with a special commemorative banner hanging from the rafters, honoring his wrestling career and historic matches he had in the arena. On July 24, , WWE terminated their contract with Hogan, stating that they are "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds",  although Hogan's lawyer said Hogan chose to resign.
Once the recordings went public erupting in a media scandal, Hogan apologized for the remarks, which he said is "language that is offensive and inconsistent with [his] own beliefs". Virgil commented "Hogan has never given me a reason to believe he is a racist"  while Dennis Rodman said he "most certainly is not a racist"  and Kamala added "I do not think Hogan meant harm by saying that.
Hogan is my brother until he decides not to be". Mark Henry said he was pleased by WWE's "no tolerance approach to racism" response, and that he was hurt and offended by Hogan's manner and tone. In response to the controversy, Mattel stopped producing Hogan action figures, while Hogan's merchandise was taken down from online stores of Target , Toys "R" Us , and Walmart. Hogan gave an interview with ABC on August 31 in which he pleaded forgiveness for his racist comments, attributing these to a racial bias inherited from his neighborhood while growing up.
Hogan created and financed a restaurant called Pastamania located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The restaurant, which remained in operation for less than a year, featured such dishes as "Hulk-U's" and "Hulk-A-Roos". In October , Bollea transferred all trademarks referring to himself to his liability company named "Hogan Holdings Limited".
In April , Bollea announced that he would lend his license to video game developer Gameloft to create "Hulkamania Wrestling" for mobile phones. Hogan stated in a press release that the game would be "true to [his] experiences in wrestling" and use his classic wrestling moves like the Doublehand Choke Lift and Strong Clothesline.
Hulk Hogan became the celebrity spokesman for LoanMart in They renewed his contract despite the controversy surrounding him because they believed the renewal highlighted what LoanMart really does, which is "give people a second chance.
Hogan became a distributor for multi-level marketing company ViSalus Sciences after looking for business opportunities outside of wrestling. Hogan's crossover popularity led to several television and movie roles.
Nanny , Santa with Muscles , and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain He starred in his own television series, Thunder in Paradise , in Bollea also starred in a pair of television movies, originally intended as a pilot for an ongoing series for TNT, produced by Eric Bischoff. The movies, Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's Island and Shadow Warriors: Bollea made cameo appearances in Muppets from Space , Gremlins 2: The New Batch the theatrical cut and Spy Hard as himself.
Hogan also played the role of Zeus in Little Hercules in 3D. He also appeared on Suddenly Susan in Hogan has become a busy voice actor in recent years making guest voice spots on Robot Chicken and American Dad! In , Hogan was a judge on the sixth season of Tough Enough , alongside Paige and Daniel Bryan ,  but due to the scandal, he was replaced by The Miz after episode 5.
He has also made cameos in several music videos. From her self-named show, Dolly the music video for Dolly Parton 's wrestling-themed love song "Headlock on my Heart" features Hogan as "Starlight Starbright". In the music video "Pressure" by Belly ft. Ginuwine , Bollea and his daughter Brooke both made brief cameo appearances. Bollea was a regular guest on Bubba the Love Sponge 's radio show.
He also served as the best man at Bubba's January wedding. Bollea provided his voice for the game Saints Row: The Third as Angel de la Muerte, a member of the Saints. Hulk Hogan and Hollywood Hogan are featured in the following licensed wrestling video games:.
On March 27, , just days prior to the inaugural WrestleMania, Richard Belzer requested on his cable TV talk show Hot Properties that Hogan demonstrate one of his signature wrestling moves.
After consistently refusing but being egged on by Belzer, Hogan put Belzer in a modified Guillotine choke , which caused Belzer to pass out. When Hogan released him, Belzer hit his head on the floor, sustaining a laceration to the scalp that required a brief hospitalization.
In , Hogan, having received immunity from prosecution , testified in the trial of Vince McMahon relating to shipments of steroids received by both parties from WWF physician Dr. Under oath, Hogan admitted that he had used anabolic steroids since to gain size and weight, but that McMahon had neither sold him the drugs, nor ordered him to take them. The evidence given by Hogan proved extremely costly to the government's case against McMahon.
Due to this and jurisdictional issues, McMahon was found not guilty. In April , a sex tape between Hogan and Heather Clem, the estranged wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge , emerged online.
On October 4, , Gawker released a short clip of the video. At the end of the video, he can also be heard telling Heather, "If we ever need to retire, here is our ticket". It has devastated me, I have never been this hurt". On October 1, , the New York Post reported that a Florida Judge granted Hogan access to Gawker's computer system for a forensic expert to search Gawker's computers and office.
Daulerio , former Gawker editor-in-chief, who was involved in the posting of Hogan's sex tape. On December 18, , Bollea married Linda Claridge. They have a daughter Brooke born May 5, and a son Nick born July 27, Bollea made his personal life the centerpiece of the television show Hogan Knows Best , which included his wife and two children.
According to an interview in the National Enquirer , Christiane Plante claimed that Bollea had an affair with her in while the Hogan family was shooting Hogan Knows Best.
Bollea has been in a relationship with Jennifer McDaniel since early Bollea is a Christian. Bollea has spoken about his faith in his life saying, "[I've] leaned on my religion.
I was saved when I was I accepted Christ as my savior. He died on the cross and paid for my sins I could have went [ sic ] the wrong way. I could have self-destructed, but I took the high road". Bollea has suffered numerous health problems, particularly with his back since retiring as a wrestler following the years of heavyweight training and jolting as a wrestler. He claimed that the six procedures he underwent over a period of 19 months only gave him short-term relief.
After the procedures failed to cure his back problems, Bollea underwent a traditional spinal fusion surgery on December , which enabled him to return to his professional activities. In addition, the Laser Spine Institute used his name on their advertisements without his permission.
Hogan received the honor in part because meeting Hogan is one of the most requested "wishes" of the terminally ill children benefited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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