Hulk Hogan is without a doubt the Most recognized name in the wrestling profession.
Hulk Hogan was discovered by Freddie Blassie in the late 70's when he was still a bass player in a rock band. He started in the AWA, as a heel, but wasn't exactly the greatest technical wrestler you ever met. After doing Rocky 3, and not getting the titles he felt he deserved in the AWA, Hogan went to Vince McMahon's WWFand started as a real heroic, charismatic, patriotic character. When Sgt. Slaughter failed to win the WWF back from the Iron Sheik, Hogan won the belt and held it for several years afterwards. He began feuding with Roddy Piper, in what many call the feud that started wrestling onto the huge success it would start to enjoy. Piper and Hogan only wrestled once, at the WWF;s Wrestling Classic, but the two enjoyed a lot of crowd heat, and it was by far the WWF's premier feud. Hogan, who teamed up with Mr.T, and had Jimmy Snuka in their corner, led his team to victory at the first Wrestlemania by beating Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Hogan would then go on to feud with Terry Funk, Andre the Giant, Paul Orndorff, and Randy Savage after the two began teaming up. Around this time, 1989,the Ultimate Warrior came into the WWF, and quickly rose to success by winning the Intercontinental title. Hogan and the Warrior met up at Wrestlemania in 1990, and Hogan suffered his first clean defeat in almost a decade. Hogan left wrestling, and then returned to take on Sgt. Slaughter for the belt. When Ric Flair left WCW in a dispute over putting over Barry Windham, Flair and Hogan had their first ever confrontation. Sid Eudy, and the Undertaker also had parts in this feud. Hogan would stay in the WWF until he lost to Yokozuna in a World Title Match at the King of the Ring in 1993. Hogan signed a lucrative contract with WCW, and began appearing there in 1994. He won the WCW title for the first time by beating Ric Flair in a cage match. Hogan went on to feud with Kevin Sullivan and the Dungeon of Doom, and many of his own backstage buddies. Hogan, who was criticized for not wrestling enough, usually 1 title defense every 3 or 4 months, began picking up the pace as Turner's WCW began hitting monday nights in late 1995 with Nitro. Hogan's feuds with the Horsemen, and the D.O.D. highlighted each show, but Hogan was definitely over like he was in the 80's, despite the show attracting a big audience and winning the ratings. As the ratings began to fall, and the WWF began to catch up,Hogan left wrestling for a few months in 1996, and came back as the mystery partner for Hall and Nash when they fought Sting, Savage and Lex Luger. His heel turn catapulted WCW's ratings, as the outlaw NWO took form with Nash and Hall at the forefront. When the NWO fought the WCW team of Sting, Luger, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. When a fake Sting began showing up in the NWO, WCW "rejected" Sting, and when the truth was revealed, Sting shunned WCW, even letting his tag partner Lex Luger get beat down by the Horsemen. He started the crow gimmick and would haunt Hogan for the next whole year until Starcade 1997. While Sting was roaming the rafters, Hogan continued to feud with the Giant, Lex Luger, who he lost, and a week later, regained the WCW title from, until he lost the belt to Sting. After Sting was beat by Randy Savage in the spring of 1998, Savage lost the next night to Hogan. Hogan held the belt until he lost it to Bill Goldberg at the big July Georgia Dome Nitro in front of Goldberg's hometown fans. Hogan kept feuding with Goldberg until The Ultimate Warrior showed up in WCW in the fall. After a huge first confrontation, the feud began falling flat with the Warrior's outdated interview style, and Hogan's bad acting. When the rematch occured between the two at Havoc, it wasn't even considered the main event, and was considered an awful match. With only a .8 buyrate, Hogan began losing stroke backstage to Kevin Nash. After losing power behind the scenes, and wanting to concentrate on his run for president, Hogan decided to retire on Jay Leno's Tonight Show Thanksgiving Day 1998. After a month out of action, Hogan came back and reformed the NWO when Kevin Nash laid down for him at the Georgia Dome Nitro. Hogan then faced Ric Flair at Superbrawl, but beat him due to interference from David Flair, who turned on his father. Hogan began a face turn through the month, and lost the WCW title at Uncensored to Flair, and also lost the presidency for Eric Bischoff. Hogan started going back to his old ways, hulking up, and no selling moves, and the fans seem to be buying this for the mean time. After a knee injury, at the hands of Diamond Dallas Page, Hogan left wrestling, then came back in July and beat Randy Savage for the WCW title. During the match, Savage was powerbombed by Kevin Nash, before getting pinned by Hogan. Afterwards, Nash challenged Hogan to a match at Road Wild for the WCW World title. Things got serious, as Nash started teaming with Sid and Rick Steiner, and went after Hogan, who teamed with Goldberg and Sting. During a Nitro, Hogan went back to the Red and yellow, and came out to a huge ovation. He beat Nash in a retirement match at Road Wild.
In the year 2000, At Bash at the Beach, Hogan was against Jarrett for the WCW World title and Jarrett lies down and Hogan covered Jarrett and Russo threw the world title in the ring. Hogan took the microphone and said that's the reason WCW is in a bad shape. Russo came out later that night and said there is going to be a new WCW title and Jarrett will be against Booker T. He bascially shoots at Hogan. That was the last time we saw Hogan in WCW.
In the year 2002, Hogan made his return to the WWF to reform the nWo. At WrestleMania 18 he lost to the Rock in Toronto where the nWo turned on him for possibly 1 last face run. Hogan's losses by pinfall: