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My Life Outside the Ring

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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 s
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 11, 2013 Brandon rated it liked it
I've been a wrestling fan my entire life. Well, almost as far back as I can remember anyway. I was 6 years old when I saw my first match - it was Hulk Hogan defending the World Wrestling Federation Championship against The Ultimate Warrior in front of almost 70,000 screaming fans in Toronto's SkyDome. From that moment on, I was hooked. Fast forward 20 years and I recently finished an autobiography of sorts completed by one of the two competitors, the immortal Hulk Hogan.

In "My Life Outside The
Mar 07, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
When I picked up this book I had grand expectations of hearing a lot of dirt about wrestlers I was a fan of when I was a kid, but it didn't happen. Don't get me wrong, there were some stories about Hulk Hogan's wrestling counterparts, but not to the extent that I would have preferred. I guess it would be oxymoronic of myself to wish that Hulk's biography was less about his personal life. To be honest if I wanted to know about that b*tch Linda, I would have watched their "reality" show. I wanted ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Alokmahajan rated it it was amazing
While growing I was a big wrestling fan and played trump cards. I didn’t have a cable connection at that time in my home (around 1991-1999) . I was fan of this man in yellow shirt who had a cult following among the children and was ranked number 1 in the trump cards. So this means whenever the kiddo who will have his card will win over other card holders because of his credentials like height, weight, matches played etc. were better than his rivals.

Freeze the above paragraph brother!! Time flie
Mar 07, 2012 Prashant rated it liked it
Let me first say that wrestling is something that I hold dear. I have been a fan since I was 12 and I still watch it. When I came across this book I realized that it would be the first time that I'd be reading about the sport that I have followed since my childhood. Also I had no inclinations to read about every little glitch that happened in Hogan's life. I thought that if he can tell a lot about wrestling and throw little sprinkles of his personal life to give it a human touch I 'll be glad. ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Gavin rated it really liked it
Okay, I know, it's Hulk Hogan's autobiography...but I really enjoyed it, brother.

I got this as a christmas present from Jodie after she couldn't get me stop reading a Rolling Stone article about the Hulk. I think the article was, in fact, excerpts from this very book.

The guy starts from nothing, claws his way into wrestling, of all things, and somehow manages to become one of the most beloved and highest paid entertainers of all time. He tells the story of his insane rise to fame and then the c
Kevin Lake
Apr 17, 2012 Kevin Lake rated it it was amazing
I grew up watching this guy, taking his advice; eating my vitamins, doing my exercises and saying my prayers. I have always been a huge fan, and am so even more now after Terry bared his sole in his book, "My Life Outside the Ring."

Reading this now in my mid thirties, I was not surprised to read about how he was living in excess while I was idolizing him in the 1980's. He openly admits to behaviors and actions in this book, that had I known about at the time as a pre-teen and early teen, would h
Mar 30, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction
I have a confession to make....I'm a wrestling fan....There I said it. Honestly, when I picked this book up I didn't really know what to expect from it. I'm glad I picked it up though...I really liked it A LOT! It's written from Hulk's perspective not just as a wrestler but as a man, husband, and father...In short it's very real and very honest, from the highest high to the lowest low. There were times where I was going "why did he put up with it for so long?" and times when I was saying "WOW." ...more
May 10, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
My Life Outside The Ring was written by Hulk Hogan. This book is non-fiction and this is Hulk Hogan's second autobiography. It expresses the fascinating look at the private life of Hulk Hogan. The book answers many questions about the recent drama in his life. This book is about he car accidents of his son and the bright success at Wrestle mania. This book is about his whole journey of how he got into wrestling, getting married, and about his children. This book concludes with Hulk Hogan's ...more
C Baker
Oct 25, 2014 C Baker rated it really liked it
When I was growing up Hulk Hogan was THE star in professional wrestling. Being younger I was hooked on the soap opera like storylines and larger than life characters in professional wrestling, and Hulk Hogan was the man!

In this autobiography Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan lays it all on the line in an honest, sometimes searing account of his life, including the more recent tragedies that have befallen him and his family.

The Hulkster talks about his life growing up in a lower middle class neighborh
Nov 23, 2012 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have never been into wrestling or Hulk Hogan that much. Though there are happy childhood memories which include both. As a kid, when I couldn't sleep and I'd get up in the middle of the night, I found my father sitting in front of the TV on this absolutely comfy couch we had back then (which my parents eventually exchanged for some very nice and stylish but infinitely less comfortable furniture) watching those big guys in the ring beating the hell out of each other. When I asked very nicely ...more
Michael Kerr
Mar 16, 2010 Michael Kerr rated it it was ok
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Hulk Hogan burst onto the professional wrestling scene in the late seventies and went on to become a world wrestling champion many times over. From the outside, his story was one of a charmed life. But in 2007, while riding the success of his reality show, Hogan Knows Best, his son Nick was involved in a tragic car accident that left his best friend in critical condition. Then Linda, his wife, left him after 23 years of marriage, his beloved daughter Brooke blamed him for the breakup and his son ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Wysterria rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Let me start by saying, if I wasn't an ex wrestling fan, I probably would not have had any interest in this book. Yes, I went through a brief phase of 'wrestlemania' myself, even traveling to see it live. Coincidentally, it was at the point Hulk Hogan was making his final wrestling comeback. I really enjoyed this book. Even in text, he uses words such as 'brother', 'bro', and 'dude'. This man has had a hell of a life. He has a crazy ex-wife, many physical ailments from wrestling and a life ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
In this book Hulk Hogan gives us the in depth details of his life outside of the ring. I've read many WWE biographies and I swear every wrestler gets screwed over somehow. It even happened to Hulk Hogan and it's a sad thing to see. Not only that, but when Hulk Hogan became big he started a family and tore his muscles, but would still work, work, and work. He was the main event one of the greatest wrestlers in the company. He talks about the sorrowful details of his divorce and how he had to ...more
Tyrus Wong
Mar 20, 2012 Tyrus Wong rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow! Very touching and shocking...

I never would have thought that all the family issues Terry was going through would raise a gun from his own hand into his mouth!?!?!

Jesus! Linda is definitely not worth that brother...she has chosen a dark path for her life, full of obvious regret, remorse, and true greed...that's for her to deal with!

It's stories like this that make this book impossible to put down. Coming from the man who led a new revolution in pro-wrestling, it shows that not all's good on
Tim Dunn
Aug 07, 2011 Tim Dunn rated it liked it
A very honest book, presumably....and if it is totally honest old Linda was/is quite crazy. The first 3/4 of this book were very good, some interesting stories about Hulk doing steroids, amongst other drugs, some great stories about his early years, and his relationship with Linda....then it gets borderline preachy and we find out about Hogan's newest obsession, self help books. Snore loudly over that one. Do we honestly need the author and title of every freakin' self help book on the market, ...more
Blake Leitch
Dec 06, 2012 Blake Leitch rated it liked it
I'm reviewing this purely in terms of content and style. I have loved wrestling for as long as I can remember, but that plays no part on what I think about the book. The content was quite good, just what you'd expect from a wrestling bio, and then some.
However, the style for the first 2/3's of the book left something to be desired. It wasn't until the final 100 pages that Hogan seemed to know and care deeply about what he was writing about. These were where the life lessons came in.
Ray Daley
Jan 04, 2013 Ray Daley rated it did not like it
Pretty terrible, almost certainly ghost written for or dictated by Terry.

Don't expect to learn much about his wrestling career (certainly not his WWF career and definately not his TNA career) as it's glossed over in less than a chapter.

Terry talks about his life, his son (mostly) and his sons accident. That and how much of a bitch he thinks Linda is.

WWF is dealt with in a chapter.
AWA gets a few paragraphs as does WCW.

If you read the copyright page you can tell he was just doing this for some mon
Apr 17, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
I love reading about people's lives. Even though im about 87 pages in. I feel like Hogan is really speaking from the heart. He is telling us exactly what he went through to become a wrestler and how hard it was and what he did and how he lived while getting to where he needed to be. I think that everyone should read his book, you dont have to being to wrestling to like read this book, i think you should know a little about him if you are reading the book. If you watched wrestling or watched ...more

For a Hulk Hogan fan, it's a must-read: he discusses not only his professional struggle but is also quite candid about his personal struggle also. He discusses the depths his divorce with his wife and mother of two kids Linda led him too and is open about discussing his thoughts that led him to contemplate suicide. Terry comes across as a good family man so it's easy to feel optimistic at the end of the book which reaffirms the fact that bad times do pass and people become stronger because of th
Apr 12, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
I grew up watching wrestling with my mom and sister and around the Hulkamania era. Those were and still are the best years in wrestling ever. This Bio about Hulk Hogan was very interesting and really opens the door to who he was and is. I especially appreciate his discussion about positive energy and the mention of the books he has read to enlighten him and make him strong as a man, husband and human being. Worth reading for sure.
Nov 06, 2009 Tim rated it liked it
I grew up as a big Hulk Hogan fan. Having said that, this book was a huge let down. The Hulkster did reveal quite a bit about his career and his life, but it seemed to me that he complained about his ex-wife for nearly the entire book! I got so tired of hearing about what kind of a huge bitch she was, that I started skipping whole pages! However, it is a good book and I would recommend it to any Hogan fan.
David Goal
Jan 29, 2014 David Goal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hulkamaniacs, and other readers
Recommended to David by: I enjoy the spectacle and art that is pro wrestling (NOT "sports entertainment")
Wrestlemania season is here, and I thought I should post a review of one of the most famous of all time: The Hulkster. I was impressed by this man's honesty and his forthrightness. Elvis once said that it's tough to live up to the image of being "the King." And it must've been hard for this performer and athlete to live up to the image of being "The Hulkster." Still, he influenced many lives, and this book reveals how he is a human being after all.
Jul 30, 2011 Justin added it
As i have mentioned before in my previous book review is that it is so hard to tell when he is lying. What do i mean? Well did he torment his wife or did he not? Was his son honest about the car crash? We dont know, but one thing that i do know is that it is well written and a very easy read. I had a hard time putting it down. As he talks about his involvement with Gnosticism you can see he is just as confused as ever.
Robert Risher
Jan 10, 2011 Robert Risher rated it liked it
This book exceeded my expectations positively in every way. It was compelling and had a sound resolution that turned out to be deeper than any other wrestling biography I've read. While I would probably still count Brett Hart's Hitman as my favorite from the genre for it's historicity, Hulk Hogan has here crafted a story equally as compelling and definitely more surprising in outcome with a profound statement about the realities behind the public perception of our heroes' lives.
Sep 11, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing
This book was so good I was really disappointed when I finished it as I wanted to read more. It was a very honest revealing book about what was really going with his wife and him when the TV series was filming. I watched the TV series the one with his family and then the one with his daughter. I hope he writes another book. I'm so glad he found a wonderful woman and he is really happy. Quite the insight into how sneaky his ex-wife Linda really was and is.
Dec 27, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I love Hulk, I used to watch wrestling all the time. I grew up in the 80's so I was aware of all the Hulkamania stuff going on. This book covers some of his growing up, meeting his wife, his start in wrestling, up to his recent divorce and tv shows and son getting in the car accident. Lots of inside info and I really enjoyed it.
Aug 30, 2011 AshleyHollander rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-time
During a time in my life that was covered in shaky ground, I read this book. It made me stop pittying what was going on and drove me to buck up and fix things. I'm not into wrestling or am a fan of Hulk Hogan but he's a very motivating and positive person even after the darkness that was shed on his life. This book is what also pushed me to read The Secret.
Shane Grier
Aug 04, 2011 Shane Grier rated it really liked it
A childhood hero sets the record straight in a honest and provocative manner. Loved reading all about the Hulkster getting into the busy, as well growing up in the Tampa area. The power of his fans and how he has changed his life for the better. I recommend this book, not only to wrestling fans, but also people who believe their life is worthless. There is always a way out to a better life.
Thurman Harrod
Mar 21, 2014 Thurman Harrod rated it it was amazing
If you're a Hulk Hogan fan this is definitely worth the read. This book covers the Hulkster's life away from the ring. Hogan expresses his thoughts and shares stories from behind the scenes of a devastating car wreck involving his son, Nick. He also describes his life with his wife from beginning to end.
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