At his height, both physically and in the public eye, Hulk Hogan was a towering six foot nine and weighed almost three hundred pounds. However, age and the toll of such a physical job have trimmed a few inches off of this immense figure. He’s lost roughly three inches of height due to surgeries and procedures after injuries.
Just in the twenty-teens he’s had something like twenty surgeries, including ten on his back, work on both knees, and work on both hips. Such a huge person puts a lot of stress on his body, even if he doesn’t have a job that includes throwing himself around a ring with thousands of people watching.
He Almost Had to Chill Out
You might remember Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Victor Freeze in “Batman and Robin,” who was always ready with a groaning pun and his big, powerful suit. While Ahnold definitely made the role his own (much to the dismay of many moviegoers), director Joel Schumacher's first choice was the big and powerful Hulk Hogan.
The role required a physically-capable actor since the suit weighed seventy-five pounds. Hogan was able to dodge this role, which saved his sterling film career. (Ironically, “Batman and Robin,” while certainly a bad film, might have ended up as the best of Hogan's filmography.)
The Cartoon Version
While wrestling was becoming more and more popular, a short-lived television show came out in 1985. It ran for a mere six episodes and watching them will tell you exactly why. They're funny in their own crazy way, but they aren't great. “Rock 'n' Wrestling” had the big WWF names at the time team up with what appears to be a giant boulder, but instead of voicing themselves, voice actors stepped in.
Brad Garrett (whom you might remember as Ray Romano's huge brother Robert Barone) voiced Hogan, while Philip Banks who played Uncle Phil in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” played Junkyard Dog. If you have a half-hour to spare you might enjoy an episode.
Scared of the Air
Everybody has their hangups, even someone as big and physically imposing as Hulk Hogan. Despite being almost seven feet tall, Hogan is scared of flying and it's thanks to a pair of plane crashes. It's a reasonable response to have a fright of flying after something like that, but Hogan had to be prepared to move around the country, or even the world, at a moment's notice – he couldn't just say no to flying.
How did he deal with this? With a lucky pair of underwear that he'd been wearing during BOTH of his plane crashes. Are we sure they were lucky?
Life After Wrestling
In the mid-2000s, Hogan knew that he wouldn't be able to wrestle forever. He started preparing for life outside of the ring, which led to him endorsing products and starting a few television shows. These included a reboot of “American Gladiators,” as well as something called “Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.”
The first had Hogan co-hosting with Laila Ali (Muhammad Ali's daughter) as gladiators competed in contests of strength, agility, and endurance. The second saw celebrities training to become wrestlers. It only ran for a single season and the talent it attracted was C-list at best, but it still crowned Hogan's friend Dennis Rodman as the eventual winner.