Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes by Linda Hogan book review

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Wrestling superhero Hulk Hogan gave his side of the nasty divorce he and his wife Linda went through and now Linda strikes back in a shocking and revealing autobiography, Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes, details Linda’s first encounter with The Hulkster, how he wooed her by coming out of the bathroom completely naked, their wild sex each time Hogan came back from the road, and the paranoia Linda went through when Hogan became distant and always away on long workouts or trips.

Linda opens up on The Hulk cheating on her during his WCW run where Hulk was being accused of sexual battery of Kate Kennedy, who was involved in Hulk’s short-lived PastaMania business. Linda explains how Hulk kicked out her parents and sat her down on the couch and blew smoke in her face. Hulk turned the anger he was venting towards her as she believes in order to make him not look so terrible when he revealed that he cheated on their marriage. A belief that Linda suspected for quite some time, but never had any proof up until that point.

While Linda does talk a bit about her childhood upbringing and losing her virginity when she was a young teen, her most interesting stories are the ones she shared with Hulk. The book is primarily explaining how her relationship destroyed her in many ways and how she fought through Hulk’s controlling ways. Even with children and a reality show on VH1, the marriage could not be saved due to their differences.

Linda does give Hulk his dues when to came to being the best in the squared circle and being a dad at times, but for the most part she believes Hulk was out to destroy her by the end, forcing her to go to rehab and turning her own children against her. She believes Brutus The Barber Beefcake was a horrible influence because he had a new stripper with him almost all the time. Following a second relationship that Hulk started before they even got divorce, Linda decided that it was time to finally move on with her life and a new younger man.

Considering how terrible of a person and a mother Hulk made Linda look in his 2009 book, it is no wonder that Linda was going to fire back and tarnish the image of Hulk. Was the book a lot of revenge or was it a way to vent out all the frustrations Linda was putting up with for the majority of her adult life? Linda comes off as scared, but is also able to turn around and wipe her emotions clean when need be. Clearly Linda wanted to get back at a lot of Hulk’s damaging statements, but there is so much emotional anigush she went through that it is hard to belive Hulk was a saint to her.

Money starts to pay a big factor as they aged and stopped sleeping in the same bed as each other. Linda complained that even when they were together it was just sex no love-making. The inability to talk to her husband eventual pushed her into the arms of another man who was willing to listen and care for her.

Wrestling fans can piece together a fair idea of what went wrong in the Hogan family with both books from Hulk and Linda. The remains of a once powerful empire can find a home in the laps of those looking for juicy, shocking and dramatic couple splits.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes

By Linda Hogan

HarperCollins

Released on Jun. 20, 2011

256 pp.
Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes

 

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