Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, burst onto the professional wrestling scene in the late seventies and went on to become a world wrestling champion many times over. From humble beginnings, this giant of a man escaped a pre-ordained life of dock and construction work in Port Tampa, Florida, to become one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet. He did it through sheer will, grit, determination, and a drive to always go over the top and do more than what others thought possible. From the outside, his story was one of a charmed lifehe was at the top of his career, had a wonderful and loving family, and a lifelong fan base who worshipped him. Of course he had his up and downsincluding hints of steroid abuse and his falling out with WWE and Vince McMahonbut its been the last two years that have tested Hogan more than any other in his lifetime.
In 2007, while riding the massive success of his VH1 reality show, Hogan Knows Best,
his son Nick was involved in a tragic car accident that left his best friend in critical condition. Then Linda, his wife, left him after 23 years of marriage, his beloved daughter Brooke blamed him for the breakup and his son went to jail. The tabloid media had a field day. When unflattering jailhouse conversations between him and his son were released to the press the tabloids were in a frenzy. The sudden turmoil and tragedy surrounding Hogan took its toll. He fell into a deep depression, seeing no way out, until one fate ful phone call.
In My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan will unabash edly recount these events, revealing how his new found clarity steadied him during the most difficult match of his lifeand how he emerged from the battle feeling stronger than ever before.
I was right there grasping the side of the car with my hands when I finally saw Nickmy only sonfolded up like an accordion with his head down by the gas pedal. Nick! I yelled. I could see he was alive. He turned his head and he stuck his hand out and raised his thumb. He could hear me. He gave me a thumbs-up. For a second I was relieved. Then the chaos set in. The noise of engines and sirens. A saw. Para - medics pulling John from the passenger seat. So much blood. I cant even describe to you how panicked I was. The police and firefighters surrounding us seemed panicked, too. The firefighters started cutting the side of the car open to try to get Nick out, and Im still standing right there when I hear my boy screaming, No, no, no, stop! Stop! Youre gonna cut my legs off. Dad! Just unbuckle the seatbelt. I can get out! So I reach in and I push the button on his seat belt, and Nick just crawls right out. His wrist was broken. His ribs were cracked. None of that mattered. He was gonna be okay. But not John. John wasnt moving.
from MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE RING
About the Author
HULK HOGAN is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world. He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling championsix titles with WWE and six with WCWand the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including Rocky III, was the co-host for NBCs American Gladiators, and is the executive producer, judge, and host of Hulk Hogans Championship Wrestling on CMT. Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Larry King Live, Late Night with Conan OBrien, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View.