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.
14 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.
13 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.
12 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.
11 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.
10 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.
9 10. Hulk's Failed Acting Career
Hulk Hogan's success in the 80s and 90s allowed him the opportunity to make it in Hollywood. A role in Rocky III as Thunderlips started his acting career in a big way. Hogan however would see it peak there with most of his major roles being memorable for the wrong reasons. Suburban Commando, No Holds Barred and Mr. Nanny stand out among the flops on Hulk's IMDB page.
8 9. Reality Show Ruined Family
Hulk Hogan hoped the decision to put his family on television with VH1’s Hogan Knows Best reality show would lead to positive results for everyone involved. The show was centered on Hulk’s life after wrestling with his wife and kids, but it would be the start of everything going downhill for the family. Linda’s ego grew and it led to more problems between the couple. An eventual divorce would get ugly, completely tearing apart the family.
7 8. Linda Cleaned Out Hulk In Divorce Settlement
The divorce between Hulk and Linda Hogan was very public, with insults being exchanged. Linda eventually won the war in court with a settlement of 70% of the couple's liquid assets. The couple had over $10 million in the bank and various investments. Linda won $7.4 million, leading to Hulk only getting to keep less than $3 million.
6 7. Linda Dated Brooke's Teen Friend
Another embarrassing moment for the Hogan family came after the divorce of Hulk and Linda. Linda's first relationship after splitting from Hulk saw her date a 19-year-old that went to high school with Brooke. Charlie Hill started seeing Linda in the very public relationship that featured websites and newspapers making fun of the absurdity of the situation.
5 6. Hulk Married A Brooke Look-a-like
Hulk Hogan also managed to enter a relationship just as creepy as his ex-wife’s. The wrestling legend started dating a woman 21 years younger than him named Jennifer McDaniel. Hogan claimed she saved his life from the depression and misery that was drowning him following the divorce with Linda. The two eventually would get married in 2010 and are still together today.
4 5. Hulk's Weird Relationship With Brooke
The reason that Hulk Hogan marrying someone that looks very much like his daughter is especially weird has to do with his odd relationship with Brooke. There’s definitely a closer relationship with Brooke than Nick, but Hulk even expresses it in an odd demeanor. The media even caught pictures of Hulk rubbing oil on Brooke’s butt at a beach in a way parents just don’t do with their adult children.
3 4. Linda & Brooke Publicly Accused Each Other Of Drug Addiction
The Hogan family all went through ugly times following the divorce of Hulk and Linda. Brooke lashed out against her mother for publicly trashing Hulk and then dating her high school friend that was barely legal at the time. Linda’s ego continued to spiral out of control to the point that she also took on her daughter in a public war.
2 2. Brooke's Awful Singing Career
One of the major reasons for Hogan Knows Best was to try and jump-start Brooke Hogan’s singing career. Many people believed Brooke would become a huge pop star due to her good looks and name value. Brooke entered her early adult years by trying to make it in the music industry, but it completely flopped.
1 1. Hulk Ruined His Legacy
The overall worst lasting memory about the Hogan family is what has happened to Hulk Hogan. Hulk was a hero to children all over the world and a massive star in mainstream America. Everyone overlooked his flaws to appreciate his history as a wrestling star and presence in society during his era. That all changed due to the terrible stories attached to him and his family.
Wrestling fans feel shame for him representing the industry. The mainstream media views him as an absolute joke. Hulk has become a parody and a joke at best. Many wrestlers who dealt with him and hated him have been proven right after all these years later. Hogan’s legacy is tarnished forever and he's the one most responsible for it.
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