It appears that wrestling fans aren’t the only ones who don’t want to see a Hulk Hogan vs. Sting match. According to reports, in the interest of Hogan’s health (and good taste), doctors are recommending that the Hulkster never wrestle again. Is it really over for Hulkamania?
Dave Meltzer reports in his latest issue of the Wrestling Observer that Hulk Hogan’s doctors have told the former WWE and WCW world champion to forget about a comeback. While many believed that Hogan’s career was over after Hogan’s nine hour back surgery which required numerous rods to be placed in his back, Hulk Hogan once again refuses to do the job.
[adinserter block=”2″]I wrote a story about this back in January entitled, Hulk Hogan Will Never Wrestle Again & Nobody Cares. I found it odd at the time that while all of the signs pointed to the end of the Hulkster’s 33-year pro wrestling career, nobody seemed to care. A big reason for this is Hogan who has continually intimated that he would indeed wrestle again. Watching TNA Impact over the last few weeks would lead you to believe that Hogan’s return to the ring will happen much sooner than later.
At this point no matter how you feel about Hulk, it is hard not to sympathize with him. For one, on the outside he looks great. He looks more lean and shredded than in recent years. Two, like him or not he was one of the greatest of all time and really is the Babe Ruth of pro wrestling. Three, he never got that big retirement match or sendoff that he rightly deserves. Even if he does get it in TNA, it won’t be the same unless it comes at WrestleMania. I can understand why he is hanging on but at some point he has to do the right thing for his health and his family.
I can’t imagine that money is a big factor in this. Hogan’s financial situation has practically bottomed out in recent years thanks to his divorce and a big settlement as a result of an accident involving his son. He is far from poor but I can’t imagine he’d be able to live the same lifestyle he had been accustomed to living for 25 years and I am sure that is tough. It isn’t as if the guy blew all of his money, unfortunately it would appear from his side of the story that his ex-wife and divorce had a great deal to with that.
Meltzer also reports that Hogan is planning to wrestle regardless of the physical advice. Hogan vs. Sting is still on the docket and the Hulkster expects to lace up the boots in the near future. If Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, Vince Russ, and Hogan’s best friend Eric Bischoff had any compassion whatsoever for their friend they would squash this in a second. Additionally, as a company TNA has to be very careful about allowing someone get into the ring against doctor’s orders. No matter what kind of waiver Hogan was to sign, I’d imagine that the company would still be put in a compromising situation.
[adinserter block=”1″]Beyond the money, it really isn’t worth it for anyone to see Hogan back in the ring. Is he really going to mean that much in pay per view buys in 2011? Would anyone other than a very select section of fans care or even pay to watch Hogan vs. Sting in 2011? I could understand the deliberation if he was offered a match against John Cena at WrestleMania, but to risk his health for a TNA pay per view just seems absurd at this point.
Unless I missed an impromptu match, it would appear that Hulk Hogan’s final wrestling match was March 8, 2010 on TNA Impact. Hogan teamed with Abyss and wrestled AJ Styles and Ric Flair. Is that the way a legend like Hogan should go out? No, but it is sure better than a permanent wheelchair.