‘Steroids were legal’: Hulk Hogan explains how becoming wrestling’s most beloved superstar nearly derailed his career


Six-time world champion Hulk Hogan is a larger-than-life character. During the 80s and 90s, wrestling fans hailed the name of Terry Bolea aka Hulk Hogan. His impressive physique made “The Hulkster” a unique professional wrestler in his prime.

The WWE Hall of Famer shredded a blond-haired physique that would intimidate his opponents. There was a case where Hogan was called the man with 24 inch biceps.

So imagine the vein-pumping strength and shape of “The Hulkster” that could put anyone to shame. But Hulk Hogan’s iron physique was the result of an alleged drug addiction during his senior career.

What made Hulk Hogan take steroids early in his professional life?

Somewhere in the ’80s and ’90s, “The Hulkster” was reportedly at the center of steroid use allegations. Substance abuse had a price, but he never gave up. During a Questions and Sessions interview at the New York Hotel in 1993, the WWE Hall of Famer spoke about the drug allegations.

Hulk Hogan said: “It was a blow to my career. You have to understand the situation: before 1966, steroids were legal. Growing up in the 60s, 70s and 80s, there was a lot of peer pressure. Everyone was doing it. » [h/t – ]

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According to Hogan, growing up, a lot of social pressure around him prompted him to take steroids. Ever since the WWE Hall of Famer was at the height of his career in the 80s, the drug allegation has completely affected his professional career. “The Hulkster” mentioned that before 1966 performance steroids were legal; however, the allegations took his career on a wild ride.

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Hulk Hogan rose to immense fame after defeating former WWE Champion The Iron Sheik in 1984 at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, Hogan’s popularity was short-lived as he was cornered for taking steroids. According to the six-time world champion, many people in sports entertainment have drug addiction.

“Me being at the top of my profession, they picked Hulk and said, ‘You represent the whole world; you are a role model.’ But I got away with it. A lot of people thought it was just the Hulk doing it; now they realize that everyone in sports in the 80s was doing it. So I survived, and I’m going to be here for a while,” The Hulkster added.

However, WWE Hall of Famer didn’t let the dirt on his name ruin him; he remained steadfast in his fight against drug addiction. Even after such a difficult time, “The Hulkster” fought to become the greatest of all time.

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