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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: World Wrestling Entertainment (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743457706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743457705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If the career of any single individual could serve as a microcosm of the changes in the "sport" of wrestling over the past 40 years, it would have to be that of Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea in real life). His autobiography is an honest, albeit incomplete, look at the many phases in Hogan's career that will be fascinating only to Hogan's many fans. Hogan covers all the key moments in his long career: his early incarnation in the late 1970s as "Super Destroyer"; the birth of the good-guy Hulk Hogan persona; joining forces with Vince McMahon Jr. in the hugely popular WrestleMania events of the 1980s; his admission in the early 1990s of his steroid use; and his current reincarnation as a good guy with McMahon's sleeker World Wrestling Entertainment. To their credit, Hogan and co-writer Friedman do provide some glimpses of the often seedy world of "professional" wrestling (fights are staged and scripted; wrestlers often cut themselves to produce bloody wounds), but it isn't anything that everyone doesn't already know. While Hogan has come out against what he calls "Jerry Springer tits-and-ass style wrestling," he never explains why he has spent the last few years reviving his career with the man who invented, and continues to actively promote, that very same style-Vince McMahon Jr.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the 1980s, Hulk Hogan, the performer, and Mr. McMahon, the promoter, revolutionized professional wrestling, taking it from dark, smoke-filled arenas to the mainstream. When Mr. McMahon created WrestleMania in 1985, the main attraction was Hogan. Two years later, Mr. McMahon wanted WrestleMania to be "bigger, badder and better" than ever. WrestleMania III, then, was held in front of 93,172 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. The main attraction? Hogan. By the time Hogan left the World Wrestling Entertainment in the early 1990s and jumped to WCW, he was such a big star that WCW became legitimate competition for World Wrestling Entertainment. In 1996, he joined two other former WWE Superstars -- Scott Hall and Kevin Nash -- to form the nWo, and WCW's ratings even surpassed WWE's!

But boosting ratings was merely an externality to Hogan and his nWo cohorts. They were only out for themselves. It didn't take long for WCW competitors to realize that, and eventually fans did as well. They were both driven away in droves as the weeks and months went by. In 2001, WCW went out of business.

Mr. McMahon brought Hogan back with the intention to destroy WWE. But once the Hulkster rekindled his relationship with the fans, he decided he wanted no part of McMahon or the nWo's evil ways. Shortly after his return, Hogan captured his sixth WWE Championship by pinning Triple H at Backlash.

Hogan secured more WWE gold on July 4, 2002, by pairing up with Edge and winning the Tag Team Championship.

Hogan has once again become one of the most popular athletes on the planet. And whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?


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It is sad that a guy earning millions for many years still acts like that.
"something_snappy"
This was an entertaining book, sure, but it really doesn't tell the reader all that much about Hulk Hogan or the Wrestling industry that you couldn't find elsewhere.
shawn
Hogan's book really wasn't too much of a surprise in that it is an effort in self-indulgence and major butt-kissing of a certain WWE owner.
Ranjit Samra

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Casino on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Terry Bollea, known to most of the rest of the world as Hollywood Hulk Hogan, has had quite a 25 year career in the world of professional wrestling. Having finished his new book in one day, I know there are parts of his career he hasn't spoken of here, but most of it was not that important anyway.
In this, he tells of how he dreamed of becoming a rock star (one of the things people don't know about Hogan is he's quite a good bass guitarist) as a boy, but changed his mind gradually as he started meeting wrestlers in the 70's, from his humble beginnings in Memphis, home to the legendary Jerry "The King" Lawler--a particularly interesting story there was how he was in Chicago on a card where Lawler and comedian Andy Kaufman were wrestling, he passed Kaufman in the hallway and said a quick hello just to be friendly. One look at the young bohemeth next to him and the extremely shy Kaufman acted like he was ready to wet himself--to his Japanese exploits where he'd became friendly with his idol, the late great Andre the Giant (known for having a large heart he called everyone boss), to his rocky roads with promoters Vince McMahon, Sr., whom he'd upset by going to do Rocky III for Sylvester Stallone, and Verne Gagne, who seemingly did everything he could to try to control Terry's career, to his road to superstardom in the WWF in the mid-1980's.
He has some particularly interesting stories about Richard Beltzer, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Christopher Lloyd, Sylvester Stallone, and of course WWF head Vince McMahon, Jr., whom he's had a rocky relationship with over the years but has finally buried the hatchet.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Johnson on December 2, 2002
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The book starts out with a truly emotional story of a chubby Terry Bollea (Hogan), then it gets truly ridiculous. I do not mean to insult this book or the man Hulk Hogan himself, but this book has so many untrue stories and things that never happened - even a casual fan of wrestling can know that some of these things never happened. It is a definite must read for any fan of wrestling (love him or hate him), simply to chuckle at Hogan's tall tales, such as Hogan meeting a "Make a Wish" kid before he was to wrestle at Summer Slam 1992. Hogan wrestled his match, but was unable to find the kid sitting in the crowd. When he returned backstage he discovered the child had died before seeing Hogan's match; Hogan was so touched, he wrote a song about it and released it on the Hulk Rules album. Too bad the entire story is false (Hogan never even wrestled at SS92). In the book Hogan talks about steroid usage, his feud with Andre the Giant (10 years before WM3), how he got the role in Rocky 3, his match with the Rock at WMX8, beating up Ricky Choshu in Japan, the end of his WCW career, why he became a villain and much more. It is extremely enjoyable to read because of the tall tales and you can indeed finish the book in a matter of hours with the book's huge pictures and large text. The entire book should be filed under fiction or comedy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Darren Thomas on December 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I like to say that Hogan is the most charismatic wrestler who has ever laced up a pair of wrestling boots. Hogan could return to wresling at 100 years old and I would purchase the pay-per-view to cheer him on (although Hogan does have a tendency to tell "tall tales".)
Hogan's book is not bad, but it's not too good either. It talks about Hogan having an overweight problem as a child (I thought it was funny when Hogan mentioned how big his head was compared to the rest of his body), his early wrestling career, and the Hogan we all know today. I wanted to know more about Hogan's relationship with Eric Bischoff during his WCW years. Although he touched on his time with WCW, he did not give alot of details about that time in his career. I was under the impression that Hogan and Bischoff were pretty good friends. I realize the WWE & Vince McMahon are in support of this book, so it's certainly no secret why the details of Hogan's WCW years are 'watered down.' Hogan's WCW years were just as important to his career as his WWE years.
I wished to have read an autobiography by Hogan that had no backing by the WWE or Vince McMahon, which would have revealed the 'real story' behind Hogan's relationship with both Vince McMahon and Eric Bischof.
Maybe Terry Bollea instead of the Hogan character will write the 'true' autobiography of his career as Hulk Hogan. I hope so. Your fans deserve it!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Grotenhuis on March 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in the '80's, I loved to watch Hulk Hogan wrestle. So I was eager to read this autobiography. While it was an enjoyable read, it was not at all what I expected. The Terry Bollea who wrote this book is not at all like the "Hulk Hogan" image that became a role model for children years ago. Other amazon reviewers have already questioned how factual some of the content is, and also pointed out how Hogan presents himself in such an overly-positive light. I was disappointed with how many *negative* things he had to say about other media stars or their actions (e.g., Mr. T, Dennis Rodman, Sylvester Stallone), especially when Hogan himself was involved in some of the escapades he disapproves about with them. There are also several admissions throughout the book about how important the money of professional wrestling was to him -- and this was while he was already pulling in a six-figure annual income, and did not need to worry about finances.
Perhaps most disturbing was the profanity in the book. Hogan laces practically every page (not an exaggeration) with four-letter words and curses, almost none of which serve any literary purpose. I don't know if previous wrestling autobiographies have been written this way (e.g., by Bill Goldberg or Mick Foley), whether Hogan wrote this way in an attempt to sound "tough," or whether he really speaks this way in real life. But the effect was to disract and demean the quality of the book, and also my impression of Hulk Hogan as a person. The *real* Hulk Hogan (away from the cameras) comes off as a swearing, cursing, money-loving, beer-drinking strong-man who alternately takes credit for most of what makes wrestling popular today and dismissing critics by saying he only did what his bosses told him to do.
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