While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, He went on to study at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida.
After music gigs began to get in the way of his time in college, Hogan decided to drop out of the University of South Florida before receiving a degree.
He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 19, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, by Sylvester Stallone.During and after wrestling, Hogan had an extensive acting career, beginning with his 1982 antagonist role in Rocky III.He has starred in several movies (including No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando and Mr.Nanny) and three television shows (Thunder in Paradise, Hogan Knows Best and China, IL), as well as in commercials for Right Guard and the video game, Hulk Hogan's Main Event.After the match, Hogan thanked Di Biase for putting him over and told him that he "owed him one", a favor that he would end up repaying during Di Biase's second run with the company in the late 1980s and early 1990s as "The Million Dollar Man".
During his initial run as a villain in the WWF, Hogan was paired with "Classy" Freddie Blassie, a wrestler-turned-manager.
In addition, Hogan used the Axe Bomber, a crooked arm lariat, as his finisher in Japan instead of the running leg drop that has been his standard finisher in America.
Hogan still made appearances for the WWF, even unsuccessfully challenging Pedro Morales for the Intercontinental Championship on March 26, 1981.
He was also the frontman for The Wrestling Boot Band, whose sole record, Hulk Rules, reached #12 on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart in 1995.
As a boy, he was a pitcher in Little League Baseball.
In 1980, Hogan began appearing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) where Japanese wrestling fans nicknamed him "Ichiban" (which translates to "Number One").