Hulk Hogan has confirmed that he won’t be returning to action as a number of recent surgeries have taken their toll.
Ric Flair, Mick Foley and even Shawn Michaels have repeatedly demonstrated the allure of the elusive ‘one more match’ for a professional wrestler. No matter how long they’ve been away, their age, or miles on the clock, wrestlers throughout history, have all uttered the same myth, “I’ve got one more match left in me.”
Despite not wrestling since January 2012, and being 68 years-old, Hulk Hogan has never formally retired from in-ring competition. While with every passing year, and every passing surgery, a return became less likely, Hogan has always dangled the possibility of lacing up his boots one more time.
However, it seems that the shear wear and tear on his body, including more than 20 surgeries in the last decade have now taken their toll. Appearing on the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Hogan confirmed that he won’t be returning to the ring.
No,” said Hogan when asked if he could do another match. The last ten years, I’ve had 23 surgeries. Ten back surgeries. Both hips, both knees. Forget it. If I would have made the right decision on the first back surgery, I would have been healthy right now. Right now, I saw Lou Thesz do it, I saw Verne Gagne do it, I saw Bruno (Sammartino) do it. A lot of these guys do it.”
Although Hogan did admit that if he was healthy, he would love to face Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.
“If I was healthy, shoot yeah, all day long. The person I’m trying to pick off is Roman. I’d like to get to Brock, but good God, I’ll be in a wheelchair by the time I’m done with that. I don’t need no rematch with Brock. I’m good.”
Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan have shared the ring before. Back on the August 8th episode of SmackDown in 2002, Hogan met a young Lesnar in the show’s main event. The bout ended when Hogan passed out in a bear hug, after the match The Beast demolished Hogan to leave him laying.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.