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A short time later, Bollea donned a mask and assumed the persona of "The Super Destroyer," a hooded character first played by Don Jardine and subsequently used by several other wrestlers.
A few months later, he joined Louie Tillet's Alabama territory, where he tag teamed with Ed Leslie (later known as Brutus Beefcake) as Terry and Ed Boulder.
If the name doesn't ring any bells, you were either born in the past decade or you've been living under a rock for the past three.
His six combined reigns make him the second longest-reigning WWF Champion of all time (after Bruno Sammartino) and the longest-reigning of the 1980s, having held the title for 1,474 days from 1984-1988.Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.He was signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2010 until 2013, where he was the on-screen General Manager, before leaving after Dixie Carter's infamous heel turn.The host commented how Terry, who stood 6 ft 7 in and weighed 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps, actually dwarfed "the Hulk." As a result, Bollea began performing as Terry "The Hulk" Boulder and sometimes wrestled as Sterling Golden.In May 1979, Bollea had an early shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, whose holder was at the time generally recognized as the industry's best.He began watching professional events at 16 years old.While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium.In 1993, WCW was still an old-fashioned rasslin' promotion, and introducing a superhero like Hogan (and even campier villains) never quite clicked.But Hogan still had one last card to play: He took the plunge and turned heel, betting the novelty of "Evil Hulk" would be enough to get by. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan was born at , and wrestling history jackknifed into an era known as "Attitude".Vince had the dream, but Hogan had the face, and the push for nationalization would not have worked without him.Moreover, Hogan was already a household name by 1983, with his memorable cameo in and numerous interviews on talk shows worldwide. While he demonstrated great technical ability in his Japanese tours, that's not what American audiences wanted from Hogan.