In a recent episode of "Sportskeeda WrestleBinge," former WWE referee and authority figure Teddy Long joined esteemed hosts Bill Apter and Mac Davis for an in-depth discussion about the world of professional wrestling. The conversation delved into various topics, including the prospects of former wrestling greats Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin emerging from retirement.
Addressing the rumors surrounding Hulk Hogan's potential return to the ring, Long expressed his doubts. He voiced, "I don't think so. It's not as if Hogan is in dire need of financial support. He's in a comfortable position financially.
I believe he's possibly playing around with the idea, just teasing the fans a little."
Hogan's Health: Long's Revealing Insights
Long, who served as the "WWE SmackDown" General Manager, revealed insights about Hogan's health from their mutual friend, Jimmy Hart.
Hogan has endured numerous surgeries on his back, seven or eight, to be precise, and long continued, recounting a recent encounter with Hogan at the "WWE Raw" 30th-anniversary show. "He was using a walker for assistance. I don't believe Hogan desires to return to the wrestling ring.
However, the speculation is intriguing." Hogan's representatives released a statement earlier this year, asserting the retired wrestler's well-being, which comforted his fans. The conversation subsequently shifted to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whose surprise brawl against Kevin Owens at WWE WrestleMania 38 sparked rumors of his return.
Long noted Austin's careful consideration of his health and advice from doctors. "Steve has always heeded his medical advisors. He's stepped away from the ring, wisely channeling his energies into other ventures. It's critical to have a contingency in a career as unpredictable as professional wrestling, and Austin has displayed his astuteness in this regard." Long observed that Hogan and Austin have other options, reducing their need to return to the ring.
"It's just a major tease from both ends. I don't envision either of them making a full comeback. However, the wrestling business is known for its surprises," Long mused. He then cited the examples of Edge and Kurt Angle, both former wrestling stars who defied expectations by returning from retirement. Their successful comebacks serve as a reminder of the unpredictability that characterizes professional wrestling.