Hogan was right in my neck of the woods this past weekend in King of Prussia, PA at the K.O.P. mall. In a strange coincidence I was at the mall when he was signing autographs with my family and had no idea he was there. I noticed a kid wearing an Impact Wrestling shirt which I thought was odd but even more strange was a guy walking around dressed like Hogan. I had no clue that Hogan was downstairs but it was certainly an odd scene to say the least.
My old intern and CCB contributor Brock Koeller works for the local ABC website here in Philadelphia and got a chance to talk to the Hulk. Brock is a big wrestling fan and had a lot of fun with the interview. Hogan couldn’t have appeared to be nicer and seemed very accommodating during the interview. Some of the highlights include Hogan talking about his current status with TNA, WrestleMania plans, and memories of wrestling at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (where I watched him many times as a kid).
Hogan tells Brock that he quit TNA. That is one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that his contract ran out, TNA wanted to keep him, he wanted to stay, but they couldn’t work out a number. So “quitting” TNA works with the storyline and I can see why he’d want to continue it in case he does return, but I don’t know if you can say he really “quit” TNA.
Brock asked him about WrestleMania 30 which sets up for a nice return for Hogan considering the nostalgia factor of this being the 30th Mania. Hogan said he wants to be there.
“I would love to be at WrestleMania XXX. I would love to have a ringside seat. But, the truth is I do need a job. I quit TNA. I’ve just been hanging out on the beach. Never say never.”
Hogan also talked about whether he actually could wrestle at Mania. There are conflicting reports on whether Hogan can physically wrestle one more match. According to Hogan and this was a bit of a surprise, he doesn’t see himself getting back in the ring.
“I don’t think I can wrestle too much anymore, but just being around the business and helping and being part of it is pretty cool.”
It is hard to read what “too much” means. Does that mean he can go one more match? How good of a match would it even be? I expected Hogan to be putting over the idea that he can wrestle (whether he can or not) just to get the buzz going. It was nice to see him giving an honest answer here.
Check out the entire interview which includes Hogan talking about wrestling at the Spectrum and coming to Philadelphia.
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