My Life Outside the Ring: A Memoir (Paperback)

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In My Life Outside the Ring, Hulk Hogan, legendary wrestler come reality star, reflects on his life, family, and career, and shares how he has found inspiration during difficult times.

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 sheer will, grit, determination, and a drive to always go over the top and do more than what others thought possible.

From the outside, his story was one of a charmed life—he was at the top of his career, had a wonderful and loving family, and a lifelong fan base who worshiped him. Of course he had his up and downs—including hints of steroid abuse and his falling out with WWE and Vince McMahon—but two years tested Hogan more than any other in his lifetime.

In 2007, while riding the massive success of his VH1 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 went to jail. The tabloid media had a field day. When unflattering jailhouse conversations between him and his son were released to the press the tabloids were in a frenzy. The sudden turmoil and tragedy surrounding Hogan took its toll. He fell into a deep depression, seeing no way out, until one fateful phone call.

In My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan will unabashedly recount these events, revealing how his newfound clarity steadied him during the most difficult match of his life—and how he emerged from the battle feeling stronger than ever before.

I was right there leaning on the side of the car with my hands when I finally saw Nick—my only son—folded up like an accordion with his head down by the gas pedal. "Nick!" I yelled. I could see he was alive. He turned his head, he stuck his hand out, and gave me a thumbs-up. For a second I was relieved. Then the chaos set in. The noise of engines. Sirens. A saw. Paramedics pulling John from the passenger seat. So much blood. I can't even describe to you how panicked I was. The police and firefighters surrounding us seemed panicked, too. The firefighters started cutting the side of the car open to try to get Nick out, and I'm still standing right there when I hear my boy screaming, "No, no, no, stop! Stop! You're gonna cut my legs off. Dad! Just unbuckle the seatbelt. I can get out!" So I reach in and I push the button on his seat belt, and Nick just crawls right out. His wrist was broken. His ribs were cracked. None of that mattered. He was gonna be okay. But not John. John wasn't moving.
—from MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE RING

About the Author


Hulk Hogan is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. Hogan has appeared in several movies, was the co-host for NBC's American Gladiators, and was the executive producer, judge, and host of Hulk Hogan's Championship Wrestling. Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as Larry King Live, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and The View. In 2009, Hogan joined TNA Wrestling.

Mark Dagostino has been a journalist, a columnist, and a senior writer for People magazine, well-known for his celebrity interviews and appearances on CNN, The Today Show, and Entertainment Tonight. He coauthored the #1 New York Times bestseller The Magnolia Story with Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper, as well as My Life Outside the Ring with Hulk Hogan, Rudy: My Story with Rudy Ruettiger, and Unlocking Greatness with Charlie Harary.

Praise For…


“Hogan displays a charming ingenuousness throughout the journey ... a lively, breezy narrator.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Even through the written word, Hogan makes it easy to remember why Hulkamania ran wild for so many years.” —Associated Press



Product Details
ISBN: 9780312588908
ISBN-10: 0312588909
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English