There is never a dull moment with Hulk Hogan. Hogan was asked in an interview at E3 who he’d like to wrestle in his last match and the answer may surprise you.
“Well, if there is that one last huge match that really, really meant something to the fans, that would have to be against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.”
On the one hand, I kind of admire Hogan’s answer. Hogan has a reputation for well let’s just say not exactly being the most honest guy when it comes to media interviews. He has a way of recreating history and changing stories that would probably give Dr. Seuss a headache. So the honesty here is pretty refreshing and ironically, something that has gotten him into a bit of hot water.
[adinserter block=”2″]On the other hand, his critics are openly questioning why he would put over the competition and not TNA Wrestling. Yes, the Hulkster being the company man that he is ignored every wrestler in Impact Wrestling and instead gave fodder to a WWE opponent for a match that is never going to happen. Sting, Ric Flair, or even Kurt Angle would have probably been better answers if you were trying to create some interest in the promotion you are taking a check from. Nope, Hogan wants Austin!
Hogan’s desires to wrestle Steve Austin are nothing new. Hogan has been politicking for years to get a match with Austin at WrestleMania. Stone Cold Steve Austin doesn’t share the same sentiments. The original plans for WrestleMania 18 were to have a Hogan vs. Austin match when Hogan returned in 2002. Keep that in mind for a second when you think back on Hogan vs. The Rock and remember, that wasn’t even the original idea.
Austin turned down the WrestleMania 18 match and didn’t want to work with Hogan, although they did in a tag team match on RAW. I have read some blips here and there that said that Austin didn’t feel that he and Hogan would have a good match. Hogan even tried to publicly call Austin out at the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony but nothing came out of it.
I hate to break the news to Hogan but Austin isn’t coming back. If Steve Austin was going to come back, he would have come back by now. Even Austin’s best friend Jim Ross weighed in on the news and shed a little light from the inside on a possible Austin return.
@AndrewAKing Hulk likely isn’t physically able to have a big time match w/ Austin or anyone else. IMO. – @JRsBBQ
That’s the other thing. Hulk Hogan had a nine hour back surgery last December that saw numerous rods placed in his back. Hogan’s own doctors as recently as a month ago told the Hulkster that it would be a mistake doing another pro wrestling match. Yes Hogan could probably walk into the ring and throw a few punches, but is that how you want to go out if you are Hogan?
I feel for Hogan in this sense. Like him or not, he is the biggest pro wrestling icon of all time. The man helped break a lot of ground in the 1980s and captained one of the most successful ships in the history of the business. Unfortunately, he never made plans for that final match. As of today, his final match will be a forgotten tag team match on TNA Impact. For someone as successful as he was in pro wrestling, it has to hurt not to be able to go out on your own terms.
[adinserter block=”1″]The irony here is that this could have been different for Hulk. Hulk was back in the WWE family for several years and could have had that final match at any time. There were reportedly plans in place for a Hogan vs. John Cena WrestleMania in 2009 before he joined TNA Wrestling later that year. It was his own greed or inability to cope with reality that prevented him from getting the five-star sendoff he rightly deserves.
Stone Cold vs. Hulk Hogan would be a huge match. It would also be a terrible match in 2011 and beyond. At least one half of this party has the sense to realize that and had the sense to realize it from the beginning.
Hey, there is always Gunner and Murphy right?
Read the entire interview at ESPN.com.
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