Hulk Hogan may have had numerous back surgeries and in his early sixties but that doesn’t mean he Is finished wrestling. The pro wrestling legend has big aspirations including another run with the WWE strap.
“A final match? “It could happen,” Hogan says proudly. “Vince (McMahon, the WWE founder) said, ‘Never say never.’ And that’s what I want – one last match, one last run, one last title win, one last title retirement.”
Hogan is gearing up for WrestleMania 31. He says he is training hard and if you look at some recent video of Hogan compared to Hogan a few months ago, he has definitely slimmed down. Hogan is hoping for a big match in San Jose and is working hard towards that goal.
“I weigh 295. I’m in really good shape and I’m training like I’m going to get in the ring. I’m like a convict given a life sentence.”
Let’s take a step back a second and look at the idea of another Hogan title reign. I don’t think it is a terrible idea. When I say idea I am talking about a one night only win, maybe even a five minute win ended by a MITB cash-in. If Hogan can go one more time in the ring I think it would be a great story and I think it would get a ton of media. I am not saying I want to see Hogan wrestle for months with the title. I think one win and done is not such a bad idea.
Hogan has his critics and I understand that. But if you look at it objectively, he is the biggest pro wrestling star that ever lived. He is more recognizable than anyone other than maybe The Rock and that isn’t for Rock’s wrestling. Hogan helped build the WWE and if Vince was convinced that Hogan truly was done in the ring with a title win I think he should consider it.
Of course there is the question as to whether he can do it. Hogan talked about the number of surgeries he had in the interview and let’s just say it isn’t pretty. I am not sure how anyone at 61 comes back from any if not all of these.
“I crashed and burned,” he says. “I had two knee replacements, two hip replacements and nine back surgeries. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
“Thanks to social media, I’m hotter than I was in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” he says. “When I go through airports now, young kids – 4 and 5 years old – will come up to me and say, ‘You’re my favorite wrestler’ and I don’t even wrestle anymore. But they see (the matches) on the Internet and they know what I can do.
Could Hogan really get in the ring, produce a decent match, and win the title? I am not so sure but it is certainly a fun story to follow as we enter 2015.