Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan has reflected on the legacy he will leave in the decades to come, although he insists that to him, his 35 years in the ring were just “a great time”.
Hulk Hogan had one of the most legendary careers in the history of pro wrestling. After debuting in 1977, ‘The Hulkster’ wrestled around the world. From the US to Japan and everywhere in-between, he took Hulkamania everywhere he went and became a household name over the course of his 35 years in the ring.
Now, speaking on the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Hulk Hogan has reflected on what his legacy might be when all is said and done. The WWE Hall of Famer believes he’ll be remembered much the same as other greats in the business like Gorgeous George and The Rock. However, for him, it was just a great time.
“When all the smoke clears, 10, 15, 20, 50 years from now, they’ll have to at least acknowledge and say, the only thing they can think of because they won’t remember what I did or what Jericho did or what the Rock did, ‘Oh, he was the greatest wrestler ever,’ Like they do Gorgeous George. They just throw it out there. It’s a one-liner to describe something. That’s probably what it’s going to end up at.
“That’s an ego thing, it’s just being on TV for so long and so many people know me. That will probably be the legacy for the general public. For me, it was just a great time. We changed the business, it helped a lot of people. I probably did it too long because I crippled myself, but it was a lot of fun.”
In the same interview, Hulk Hogan ruled out an in-ring return, citing the 23 surgeries he’s had in the last decade. He wrestled his final match on January 7th, 2012 during a TNA live show in Manchester, England. At the show, he, James Storm, and Sting defeated Robert Roode, Bully Ray and Kurt Angle.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.