Born on August 11, 1953, in Augusta Georgia, Hulk Hogan was discovered in 1979 by the World Wrestling Federation.
In 1979 Hogan’s talent caught the attention of Vincent McMahon Sr., the legendary promoter and owner of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF): the most prominent wrestling league in the Northeast.
McMahon gave Hogan an opportunity to join the WWF and create a new identity. Because of his massive physique (he stood 6 feet 8 inches and weight 303 pounds) and his uncanny resemblance to the comic book hero, the Incredible Hulk, McMahon suggested that Terry assume the stage name “Hulk Hogan”.
In 1980, Hogan had his debut bout against the fierce Andre the Giant.
Hogan won the match, along with the respect and support of wrestling fans throughout the country. Actor Sylvester Stallone was so impressed by Hogans performance that he cast him as “Thunderlips the Ultimate Male” in his 1982 movie, Rocky III.
In 1984, Hogan was awarded the WWF championship belt for his memorable defeat of the Iron Sheik. Hogan rose to Super-Stardom. The resulting fan frenzy became legendary and earned the nickname “Hulkamania”.