Brooke Hogan and Phil Costa get engaged

Brooke Hogan and Phil Costa get engaged

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. reality television star Brooke Hogan announced on Instagram she is engaged to Dallas Cowboys football player Phil Costa.

Hackers got celeb info from free website

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- At least four public figures' private information was hacked from a website created to let U.S. consumers see their credit scores, credit agency officials said.

Linda Hogan charged with DUI

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles County's district attorney has charged Hulk Hogan's ex-wife, Linda Hogan, with two counts of drunken driving after an October arrest, officials say.
Hogan suit says surgery cost him top match

Hogan suit says surgery cost him top match

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Wrestler and entertainer Hulk Hogan has sued a Tampa spine center for "unnecessary and ineffective" surgeries that he says cost him $50 million in lost income.

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Linda Hogan arrested for DUI

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Police in California said they charged Hulk Hogan's ex-wife, Linda Hogan, for DUI and driving on a suspended license.

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Brother of injured Iraq vet hurt in crash

LARGO, Fla., April 3 (UPI) -- A man whose brother suffered brain damage in a 2007 crash was critically injured early Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident, Florida authorities said.

Hulk Hogan sues ex-wife over abuse charges

CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Former pro wrestling champ Hulk Hogan has sued his ex-wife in Florida court over allegedly false tales contained in her new book.
Hulk Hogan, Jennifer McDaniel wed in Fla.

Hulk Hogan, Jennifer McDaniel wed in Fla.

CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Florida wedding of former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and Jennifer McDaniel was interrupted when a family employee and paparazzo got into a scuffle.

Conn. voters can wear WWE gear

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Connecticut's secretary of state says voters can wear World Wrestling Entertainment gear to the polls even though the WWE's ex-chief executive is a candidate.
Hulk Hogan sues insurance company

Hulk Hogan sues insurance company

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- Professional wrestler and reality TV personality Hulk Hogan is suing Wells Fargo Insurance Services for alleged malpractice, Florida court records show.

Wrestler Hogan lauds would-be senator

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan said U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is a "gracious" woman devoted to helping her community.
Hulk Hogan to wed again

Hulk Hogan to wed again

MIAMI, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Former professional wrestler and U.S. television personality Hulk Hogan has gotten engaged to Jennifer McDaniel after dating her for about two years.
Hulk Hogan and wife settle divorce

Hulk Hogan and wife settle divorce

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and his estranged wife, Linda, say they have reached a settlement in their divorce case.
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Hulk Hogan
Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan and his son Nick are seen at the Polaroid display at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on January 10, 2007..(UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Terry Gene Bollea (August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality and musician currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

Beginning his career wrestling for various promotions in the National Wrestling Alliance and Japan, Bollea first gained mainstream popularity when he adopted the name of Hulk Hogan and worked for promoter Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the early 1980s. In 1983, he departed the AWA for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF—now WWE), where he immediately won the WWF Championship for the first time when he defeated The Iron Sheik. In the WWF, he expanded the Hulk Hogan persona as an all-American hero who invoked American patriotism and called upon his loyal fans, known as Hulkamaniacs to take their vitamins and say their prayers. Hogan was promoted by the WWF as the face of Rock 'n Wrestling, and led the expansion of the popularity of professional wrestling across North America and other parts of the world—a time now referred to as the Hulkamania Era. In his first run in the WWF, Hogan headlined almost all major WWF pay per view events, including the first nine of the WrestleMania franchise and won five WWF Championships. His popularity recognized in mainstream media, Hogan featured in several films and television programs, including Rocky III. At WrestleMania III, Hogan famously bodyslammed Andre The Giant before an audience of more than 90,000 fans. He also had famous feuds and matches with other major villianous "heel" wrestlers such as King Kong Bundy, Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase. At WrestleMania VI, Hogan was cleanly pinned for the first time by The Ultimate Warrior, who won the WWF title. Hogan regained the WWF title at WrestleMania VII from Sgt. Slaughter in a controversial storyline that ran concurrent with the 1990-91 Gulf War and where Slaughter openly wrestled as an anti-American, Iraqi sympathizer. However, the exposure of scandals in pro-wrestling about the rampant usage of steroids and growth hormones by famous wrestlers, including Hogan, reduced his popularity and led to a brief hiatus from the WWF. After returning briefly in 1993 to win the WWF Championship for the fifth time at WrestleMania IX, Hogan lost the title to Yokozuna at King Of The Ring 1993 before leaving the WWF to pursue acting full-time with the TV series, Thunder in Paradise.

In 1994, Hogan returned to professional wrestling when he signed with Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Returning to his character as the all-American hero, Hogan had famous feuds with WCW star Ric Flair and WWF alumnus Randy Savage. In 1996, Hogan stunned wrestling audiences by turning "heel", announcing he was fed up of being the good guy and formed the New World Order stable with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Now known as Hollywood Hogan, his heel turn and the NWO storyline propelled WCW's television ratings and it surpassed the WWF as the largest wrestling company in the United States. In his time in WCW, Hogan would go on to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times and have famous feuds with WCW stars Sting and Bill Goldberg. He would later head the nWo Hollywood faction and return to play a heroic character before departing WCW in July 2000 after differences with WCW writer and booker Vince Russo led to a controversial ending at the WCW Bash at the Beach event that saw the defending WCW World Champion Jeff Jarrett lie down for Hogan without a fight, and Russo denouncing and firing Hogan before the live audience.

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