Synopsis: 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 life—he 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 downs—including hints of steroid abuse and his falling out with WWE and Vince McMahon—but it’s been the last two years that have tested Hogan more than any other in his lifetime.
Review: I firstly need to clarify for you where I stand on wrestling. I grew up, like most kids in the 1980s, watching WWF wrestling. Guys like Hulk Hogan were our idols. They were like rock and roll stars. They were real-life superheroes to us. In my adult life I don't watch wrestling. Not because its fake, but because its boring. Thats just the honest truth. I still enjoy hearing about the storylines and the drama from time to time, but I'm not one of these big wrestling fans. I came to appreciate Hulk Hogan as an adult for a completely different reason. I watched his show "Hogan Knows Best". The reality show at first sounded like a funny novelty, so I tuned in. I quickly found a very personable guy and involved father that I could respect. Its due to this that I have a renewed interest in the Hulkster and his goings on.
I read Hulk Hogan's first book years ago and that detailed his beginnings in the WWF. This was all very interesting to me, and I really didn't see how he'd have enough material to constitute a second book, but I was quite wrong. Hulk goes into some great detail about how he started out as a musician in a rock band and was making some money down in Florida. He got into wrestling slowly and he dishes all about the hazing he went through and the struggles that he encountered trying to break into the business.
The Hulkster gets into his newly found religion pretty quickly into the book. He reminises about going to a Christian kids camp as a youth and what impact that had on him. Hulk also tells us about his renewed faith in God and a little about what he believes. I'm not a religious person myself, but I felt that he did a nice job of saying what he wanted to say about his beliefs without getting too preachy. Its more a public declaration about where he's at in his life.
What I love about reading Hulk's books is how down to earth and honest he is. This guy has made millions of dollars in his lifetime and become a world-renound figure, and I honestly feel that you could have a real conversation with the guy if you ever met him face to face. Reading about his life, his mistakes and hearing his reflections and honesty really endear me to him even further.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Not just serious wrestling fans, but anyone that is even remotely interested in Hulk Hogan for any reason. Even if you're not, and you're just familiar with who he is this book may prove interesting for you. Its a great read.
You can purchase this book on Amazon.com or The St. Martin's publishing website.