While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, He went on to study at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida.
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.
He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career.
Impressed by Hogan's physical stature, the Brisco brothers asked Hiro Matsuda – the man who trained wrestlers working for Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) – to make him a potential trainee.(born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and rock bassist.Hogan is regarded by many as the greatest professional wrestler of all time; Hogan enjoyed considerable mainstream popularity between the mid 1980s and early 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), which continued for the remainder of the 1990s in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he often performed as villainous New World Order (n Wo) leader "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and held complete creative control over his storylines.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.
Aside from those promotions, he has notably performed for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
A short time later, Bollea donned a mask and assumed the persona of "The Super Destroyer", a hooded character first played by Don Jardine and subsequently used by other wrestlers.