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Mc Mahon gave Bollea the last name Hogan, as he was obsessed with using Irish names.
At this time, Hogan wrestled Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship, and he started his first big feud with André the Giant, which culminated in a match with André at Shea Stadium.
Hogan was also a skilled musician, spending ten years playing bass guitar in several Florida-based rock bands.
Many of the wrestlers who competed in the Florida territory at that time visited the bars where Hogan was performing.
Hogan started his AWA run as a heel, taking on "Luscious" Johnny Valiant as his manager, but AWA audiences loved the muscular and more charismatic Hogan, and soon the AWA's bookers were compelled to turn Hogan face.
Using "Eye of the Tiger" as his theme music, Hogan soon became the promotion's top babyface, and throughout 1983, he engaged in a big feud against AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel and his manager Bobby Heenan.
In June 1979, Bollea won his first wrestling championship, the NWA Southeast Heavyweight Championship, recognized in Alabama and Tennessee when he defeated Ox Baker.
On several occasions, Hogan defeated Bockwinkel to win the title, only to have the decision later reversed.
This practice increasingly drew the ire of the fans, so much so that on one occasion, according to Hogan's autobiography and other books, one crowd nearly rioted until Hogan himself calmed the audience down.
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.
After filming his scene for Rocky III, against Mc Mahon's wishes, Hogan made his debut in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), owned by Verne Gagne.