He occasionally toured the country over the next few years, facing a wide variety of opponents ranging from Tatsumi Fujinami to Abdullah the Butcher.
When competing in Japan, Hogan used a vastly different repertoire of wrestling moves, relying on more technical, traditional wrestling holds and maneuvers as opposed to the power-based, brawling style American fans became accustomed to seeing from him.
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.
Later that year, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk introduced Bollea to the company owner/promoter Vincent J.
Mc Mahon, who was impressed with his charisma and physical stature.
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".
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.Watching the show backstage, Mary Jarrett noticed that Hogan was actually bigger than Ferrigno, who was well known at the time for having large muscles.On December 1, 1979, Bollea won his first professional wrestling championship, the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division), recognized in Alabama and Tennessee, when he defeated Bob Roop in Knoxville, Tennessee.Hogan enjoyed considerable mainstream popularity between 19 as a face in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), which continued for the remainder of the 1990s in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he turned heel in 1996 and performed as the New World Order (n Wo) leader "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.A regular pay-per-view main eventer and box office draw in both organizations, Hogan headlined the premier annual events of the WWF and WCW, Wrestle Mania and Starrcade, multiple times; against Sting, he closed the most profitable WCW pay-per-view ever at the 1997 edition of Starrcade.