Badseed's Bottomline Supplemental #17

Hollywood Hulk Hogan
By Hollywood Hulk Hogan with Michael Jan Friedman

By Badseed

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    Ask anyone, wrestling aficionado and non-wrestling Joe on the street alike, to name one wrestler and I bet most will immediately say Hulk Hogan. Some people probably believe that Hogan actually invented wrestling, while of course this is not true, his saga and persona have made him a god and in reading his book, Hogan reminds you just why he is so great.

     I was-and still am a Hulk-A-Maniac. I said my prayers and ate my vitamins. I became a wrestling fan because of Hogan. Yes, I fell off the wagon a couple of times, but you cannot deny this manís drawing power. The fans love him and cheer him on like they did in the 80s- maybe even more. For over 25 years, he has rocked the wrestling world and deserved every ounce of success he has got.

     This book begins on that fateful day in the year 2002 in the city of Toronto where Hulk-A-Mania was reborn against The Rock at Wrestlemania 18. From there you are thrusted back in time to meet the pudgy kid who no one could imagine would be a wrestling star. Hogan was initially a rock-n-roller and baseball player with no aspirations of becoming a wrestler. He had his idols like Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham, both whom he would emulate, but wrestling was the furthest thing from his mind until he was discovered and encouraged to make it in the biz. From wrestling independents in Florida and the hotbed of Memphis, Hogan eventually caught a break in the major leagues of the AWA and the WWWF. However, it was not until his cameo role in Rocky III that Hogan would become the star that he is and a young Vince McMahon, trying to turn the then-WWF into a national powerhouse, would give birth to Hulk-A-Mania.

     Hulk Hogan tells some great tales of what it was like to be held back in the AWA despite growing popularity. He speaks of how it felt to gain superstardom in Rocky III and how it would later translate into other not so notable movie roles. He also discussed what it was like to work with Mr. T and later Dennis Rodman and how it felt to beat the legendary Andre the Giant before a record crowd in the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan also tackles a steroid controversy, the lawsuit against him from comedian Richard Beltzer the move to WCW and the politics that hurt the company and his decision to return to the WWE.

     Despite all of the great tales told in these pages, I feel the book lacked a trait every great person who appreciates their fame should have -humility. Hogan takes credit for far too many things. He discusses being the one who helped bring the Undertaker into the WWE, how he was one of the main men behind the decision of forming the New World Order. There was not enough talk about his earlier days, the days that made him who he is today. Missing also were Paul Orndorff and their classic feuds, nor was there much about his tag teams with Junkyard Dog or his feelings about Bret Hart.

     Nothwithstanding, there is no denying how successful Hogan is and in the end this is a good book about that rise to the top.

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