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WWE Legend Hulk Hogan, Who Made Millions Through Pro Wrestling, Reveals the Dark Secret of His Music Career

Published 09/28/2022, 5:45 AM EDT

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If there is a Mount Rushmore of professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan is one of the five faces. He has made millions through it. The Hulkster changed the course of the business in the 80s and did the same by initiating a new change in the mid-90s.

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Surprisingly, years before lacing up those boots for the first time, Hogan wanted to pursue a career in music. The Hulkster’s love for music never went away, as he once detailed why he left that path.


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A few years ago, Hulk Hogan opened up about his music career in an interview with James Arthur Ray. He recalled the reason why he had to take this step to stop pursuing music and enter professional wrestling.

Hogan said, “It was an easy way to scale along for quite a while. That ran its course. I was a huge wrestling fan.” Ray here asked The Hulkster why a music career ran its course?

The WWE Hall of Famer replied, “It ran its course because I was on what they called circuit if you put it that way. After X amount of years, you go back to the same clubs and there will be a very small pay increase, so you wouldn’t (earn) like tons and tons of money.”

He added, “Basically, you are in it for the lifestyle and minimum money to pay your bills even though the band was really good. If you win a national act or if you even have a record break, you’re walking into a certain potential structure.”

In the interview with the motivational speaker, Hogan revealed he played guitar for a long time and avoided other jobs.

The Hulkster met several wrestlers in the clubs while he performed in his band called ‘Ruckus’. It surprised Hogan when he got to know wrestlers maintain a kayfabe. Subsequently, he acquired more knowledge about the business. This is when Hogan thought to pursue wrestling, and the rest is history.

Hulk Hogan was ready to leave wrestling to play for the Metallica band 

The Hulkster made a huge name in wrestling, but he always wanted to pursue a career in music. However, once he gave details about leaving wrestling to join Metallica.

He revealed he had got to know the band needed a bass player. As a result, he wrote them letters. He tried for two weeks but never heard from them.


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Hogan was serious about pursuing a career in music. A few people commented on The Hulkster’s wish to play for top bands. Hogan says, “All the haters were like “You never auditioned for Metallica!” Of course I didn’t—but I tried!”


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While it was an unsuccessful try, Hogan hosts karaoke nights twice a week at his beach restaurant, ‘Hogan’s Hangout’. He sings with his fans and many other wrestling stars who visit there.

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Written by:

Tushar Deogharkar


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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.
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Rohini Kottu