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.Hogan eventually could no longer work with Hiro Matsuda, whom he felt was an overbearing trainer, and left CWF.
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).Bollea would drop the title in January 1980 to Bob Armstrong.Bollea briefly wrestled in the Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) territory from September thru December 1979 as Sterling Golden.Watching the show backstage, Mary Jarrett noticed that Hogan was actually bigger than Ferrigno, who was well known at the time for having large muscles.On December 1, 1979, Bollea won his first professional wrestling championship, the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division), recognized in Alabama and Tennessee, when he defeated Bob Roop in Knoxville, Tennessee.He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career.
He began watching professional wrestling at 16 years old.
as few people actually knew their real names outside of immediate friends, family, and of course the various promoters the two worked for.
After wrestling a show for Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) in Memphis, The host commented on how Hogan, who stood 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) and weighed 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps, actually dwarfed "The Hulk".
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After the match, Hogan thanked Di Biase for putting him over and told him that he "owed him one", a favor that he would end up repaying during Di Biase's second run with the company in the late 1980s and early 1990s as "The Million Dollar Man".