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My Life Outside the Ring

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  658 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
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 sh ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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. S ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Alokmahajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2010 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 divor ...more
C Baker
Oct 25, 2014 C Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Kerr
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Nov 23, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Goal
Jan 29, 2014 David Goal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hulk Hogan finally owned up to what really happens behind the scenes of the wrestling world, but I think there was a lot more that he didn't go anywhere near explaining in depth. It was a great read and it was way better than the WWE/WWF published HOLLYWOOD HOGAN book that was a waste of time because Vince McMahon was directly involved.
Patrick Michael
This is one of those books that I enjoyed but not really sure what is truthful and what is not. Being a wrestling fan and a huge Hulk Hogan fan as a kid it was a good read. And many of the problems he had in the past several years really come across as a very painful experience in his life.
Dec 28, 2009 Wysterria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 that' ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 conv ...more
Tyrus Wong
Mar 20, 2012 Tyrus Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ray Daley
Jan 04, 2013 Ray Daley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim Dunn
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, e ...more
Blake Leitch
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.
Apr 17, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 hoga ...more
Dave Rice
Apr 01, 2014 Dave Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Great dude.
Gives you his side of his troubles that played out in media.
Tom Hallberg
Ok. Cheesy, yes. But I needed a light read. And Hulk was a huge part of my childhood!
Trent Zelazny
Nov 04, 2014 Trent Zelazny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both fascinating and inspiring.
Great read!
fascinating life story
David Lewis
Jan 28, 2014 David Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was phenomenal. I recommend it to anyone who isn't the least bit into wrestling.

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
Robert Risher
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.
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