His six combined reigns in WCW make him the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time as well, with a 469-day reign from 1994-1995.
He began watching professional events at 16 years old.
While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium.
However, Sammartino/Zbyszko sold out everywhere they wrestled leading up the show.
Hogan and Andre wrestled in White Plains, New York, drawing 1,200 in a building that held 3,500 as the main event before they wrestled at Shea.
These early matches as a tag team with the surname Boulder being used by both men prompted a rumor among wrestling fans unaware of the inner workings of the sport that Hogan and Beefcake were brothers, as few people actually knew their real names outside of immediate friends, family, and of course the various promoters the two worked for.