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This Day in Georgia History

August 11, 1953

Terry Bollea Born

Terry Bollea was born in Augusta, Georgia, though he later moved to Tampa and then to Venice Beach, California. A big boy - he weighed 195 pounds by age 12 - Bollea got even bigger working out in the gym, where he began taking steroids (a fact he later testified to in court). At age 23 he had his first professional wrestling match. By the 1980s, the 6’6”, 295-pound Bollea was wrestling under the name of Hulk Hogan. As a “good guy” and biggest name for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, he always admonished his legions of young fans - known as “Hulksters” - to say their prayers. By the mid-’90s, however, Hogan had changed personas and now wrestled as bad guy “Hollywood Hulk Hogan” on Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling, shown nationwide on WTBS. From August 1996 to August 1997, Hogan was WCW world champion. He transformed back into a good guy when he appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment in the 2000s. In 2005 he was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. However long he stays active, and whether he wrestles as a good guy or a bad guy, the Augusta-born legend will be remembered as one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling.