Hulk Hogan was the first true wrestling Superstar to help usher in the boom period of the 80s. WWE took over the industry with the star power of Hogan appealing to the mainstream audience. Hogan would become a fixture in wrestling for many decades and is still the first name many associate with the industry. His success made him try to have his family join him in the spotlight with various projects making them public figures as well. Hulk has two kids – Brooke Hogan and Nick Hogan, both of which are met with polarizing responses due to reasons we’ll discuss here.
Linda Hogan is Hulk’s ex-wife and their relationship went through ups and downs before an ugly divorce. Hulk is currently married to Jennifer McDaniel in hopes of a new life putting the heartbreak in the past. Many shameful things have happened to the Hogan’s through the years. We’ll look at the low moments and break down why the Hogan family wants you to forget about these fifteen moments.
15. Brooke’s Failed TNA Run
Hulk Hogan signing with TNA as both an on-screen character and backstage creative mind opened up the opportunity for him to hire his daughter, Brooke. For the first time, Brooke Hogan tried her hand in the wrestling world by signing on to play the authority figure of the Knockouts Division. TNA apparently paid her quite nicely for work as well.
Brooke entered a romantic storyline with Bully Ray of all people. It was a disaster with Brooke’s subpar acting skills on display. To make matters worse, the wrestlers were disgusted at the nepotism, as Brooke was well-paid despite TNA rarely offering good pay to their hardest working wrestlers. Brooke saw her time in TNA end with no chances of continuing elsewhere.
14. Nick’s Failed Wrestling Training
Hulk Hogan’s success in pro wrestling led to both of his children attempting to find an easy road into the industry. Nick Hogan hoped to land a job with his father’s help by entering wrestling school. His school of choice was run by WWE Hall of Fame Rikishi and he started back in 2009.
Nick apparently couldn’t handle the physical part of wrestling. Bumping and learning how to properly take moves can be difficult at first. It weeds out those that can’t handle it from those who really want to thrive in the business Nick ended up quitting on the wrestling dream and instead decided to focus on being a DJ. The fact that being a DJ doesn’t result in great pain is a positive.
13. Hulk’s Racist Tirade
An obvious regret for the Hogan family has to be the racist tirade that was leaked. Hogan’s public perception dropped from a beloved icon from yesteryear into a hated figure for his offensive comments. At first, Hulk’s sex tape was leaked. For most people, that would be embarrassing enough, but Hogan managed to say racist things about African-American culture in the sex tape, making it way worse.
The controversy saw Hogan not only become a hated man, but saw WWE release him from his legend’s contract as well. Hogan did win a lucrative lawsuit against Gawker for leaking the tape. However, the tarnishing that it did to his name is something that will last beyond the financial payoff for it. It may very well be the lowest moment of Hogan’s career and a shameful memory for the Hogan family.
12. Linda’s Racist Twitter Rants
Recent years have seen Linda Hogan use her social media pages to make controversial comments. Linda is very outspoken when it comes to right wing politics and it was amplified with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. During the election period, Linda said some disparaging things about African-Americans speaking out against Trump on social media. She eventually deleted the tweets, but it showed her outlook.
Hulk wasn’t the only Hogan with offensive and problematic beliefs. Linda’s social media has also seen her insult Muslims, along with immigrants from various countries. Basically, she would be a public relations nightmare if anyone still cared about her in the slightest. The rest of the Hogan’s likely wish she would quit social media as her feed is very regrettable.
11. Brooke Falsely Called Herself A Victim Of Racism
The stories regarding racism don’t end with Hulk and Linda. Brooke Hogan discussed how she has personally dealt with racism following the story of Hulk’s tirade becoming mainstream news. When asked about the story, Brooke said anyone can be a victim of racism. Brooke’s example was being told that “white people smell like bologna.” The honorable Brooke made it clear that she wasn’t offended and such a mentality should be practiced by those upset with her dad.
It’s obvious that the Hogan family has been very sheltered and their comments about serious issues usually come off as embarrassing. This was one of the bigger stories to make Brooke look like a fool on various social media platforms. The story always comes up whenever one searches Brooke Hogan online and it’ll always haunt her career.