Hulkamania at Hogan’s Beach


Hogan's Beach Tampa Florida

Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea – 61 now!) the famed wrestler grew up in Tampa, Florida. He still lives in the region and also has a bar and restaurant on Tampa Bay called Hogan’s Beach (check out the commercial on the website). It’s a crazy party place on weekends but a little quieter on a weekday, so I decided to check it out and drop by for lunch before heading to the Tampa airport.

The Hulkster is best known from his wrestling days in the 1980’s with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now  WWE where he was a six-time World Champion). Back then he was the real American hero crushing his foes like the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff with his mighty 24″ pythons!

Hulk Hogan in the WWF in the 1980's
Hulk Hogan in the WWF in the 1980’s

In the 1990’s he changed sides so to speak and was part of World Championship Wrestling (WCW where he was also a six-time World Champion) and known as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan. This is where he became the villainous leader of the New World Order (nWo) group of wrestlers and appeared in black to highlight his bad side! The nWo and Hulk Hogan ended up back at the WWF when they purchased the WCW .

Hogans Beach Hulk Hogan's bar and restaurant in Tampa, Florida
Hulk Hogan’s bar and restaurant in Tampa, Florida
Hogan's Beach outdoors bar
Hogan’s Beach outdoors bar
Hogan's Beach Tampa Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball – there used to be a shark up on that pedestal, not sure what happened to it?

There is plenty of Hulk Hogan related memorabilia around the place including WWE championship belts, great photos and even his “Thunderlips – The Ultimate Male” cape from Rocky III. Now that’s a classic scene from the Rocky movie series!

Hulk Hogan championship belts Hogan's beach florida
Hulk Hogan championship belts
Hulk hogans WWF championship belt
Hulks WWF championship belt – the same belt he is wearing in the 1980’s photo above
Hulk Hogan memorabilia Hogans Beach
You name it and Hulk Hogan appeared on it!
Hulk Hogan memorabilia Hogans Beach
Hulk Hogan toys
Hulk Hogan Defeat of the Iron Sheik
Defeat of the Iron Sheik
Hulkamania!
Hulkamania!
Classic MAD Magazine cover Hulk Hogan
Classic MAD Magazine cover
The Hulkster!
The Hulkster!
Thunderlips Rocky III Hulk Hogan
Thunderlips – Rocky III
Hulk Hogan With The Greatest -
With The Greatest –
Muhammad Ali

One section is dedicated to his epic match against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III in 1987 where the Hulkster famously flipped the giant! This one really sticks in most people’s minds when they think of 1980’s WWF.

Hogans Beach Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant - WrestleMania III
Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant – WrestleMania III
Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant - WrestleMania III
The match up
Hollywood Hogan in his nWo period
Hollywood Hogan in his nWo period

His buddy and old school wrestling manager Jimmy Hart features prominently around the bar too. He must be a part owner? From time to time these guys along with other old school wrestlers appear at Hogan’s Beach but all quiet on my visit apart from restaurant patrons.

Jimmy Hart WWF
Jimmy Hart
Hogans Beach jimmy Heart  "The Mouth of the South"
jimmy Heart “The Mouth of the South”

As a Hulkamaniac from the 80’s who loved watching the WWF this was a good trip down memory lane. All good fun and the sandwich I had was good too!

Hogans Beach Tampa
Hulkamaniac!

p.s. Recent rumours of Hulk Hogan’s death were a total hoax. He is alive and well!

Terry Bollea a.k.a. Hulk Hogan at Hogan's Beach in 2014
Terry Bollea a.k.a. Hulk Hogan at Hogan’s Beach in 2014 (Photo Source: Tampa Bay Times)
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