In a surprising twist, retired WWE legend Hulk Hogan has recently expressed interest in returning to the wrestling ring. Unlike other retired superstars who've made such comebacks, Hogan's situation presents more complex challenges.
Hogan, whose illustrious career spanned numerous promotions including NJPW, AWA, WWE, WCW, and IMPACT Wrestling, last wrestled in a non-televised match for IMPACT in 2012. His final appearance on the small screen was back in October 2011.
Since then, he has reappeared in WWE for various segments and hosting engagements but has yet to participate in another match. In a tantalizing prospect for wrestling fans, Hogan mentioned a dream retirement match against Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 40.
However, given his extensive history of surgeries, the feasibility of this seems doubtful. As Hogan disclosed in March 2022, "In the last 10 years I’ve had 23 surgeries… 10 back surgeries, both hips, both knees." At 69, the cumulative impact of these surgeries might prove a significant barrier to a return to active wrestling.
Hulk Hogan's Cameo Sparks Speculation
Most recently, Hogan made a cameo during WWE's 30th Anniversary Show of RAW in January 2023, further stoking speculation about a possible in-ring return. However, his wrestling career has not been without regret, particularly concerning his choice of signature move: The Leg Drop.
Hogan, one of the most instantly recognizable figures in wrestling history, confessed on MMA Hour that he deeply regretted employing the leg drop. This move, while a crowd favorite, caused him significant long-term back pain.
In hindsight, Hogan admitted he would've rather used his famous biceps to execute a different, less damaging move. "When you’ve got the largest arms in the world, why are you dropping the leg every night for years and destroying your back? Why wouldn’t you put people in the sleeper with the largest arms in the world? Why wouldn’t you use the sleeper?" Despite Hogan's expressed desire for a return match, his physical condition might render this impossible.
While many legends have successfully made comebacks, Hogan's case could be an unfortunate exception. Fans eagerly wait for any news on when they might see The Hulkster on their television screens once again.