Hulk Hogan retired from wrestling in 2013 after wrestling his last match in TNA, and is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but will WWE fans see Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 39?
Will Hulk Hogan Be At Wrestlemania 39?
It is likely that Hulk Hogan will be at Wrestlemania 39. The WWE like to have a number of legends appearing at the event, usually in backstage segments harkening back to the Wrestlemania’s of old. Given that it’s 30 years since Hogan defeated Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX, there’s a good chance of a backstage segment between him and Bret Hart taking place at Wrestlemania 39.
Hogan was persona non grata in the WWE following the years of his sex tape scandal. In the video, he was caught saying some extremely racist things toward black people and subsequently lost his WWE contract and was removed from the WWE Hall of Fame.
However, he returned years later and has made numerous special appearances. He was the host of Wrestlemania 37 alongside Titus O’Neil as WWE tried to mend relations between Hogan and the Black community. Hulk Hogan most recently appeared on Raw XXX, opening the show with his long-time manager Jimmy Hart.
Will Hulk Hogan Wrestle Again?
While many fans are angling to see Hulk Hogan wrestle again, the stark reality is that at his age and with his lifetime of injuries, Hogan simply has not got the mobility to Hulk Hogan one more time in the WWE ring.
He was suffered an incredible amount of injuries over the years. The bulk of them to his back, caused by the nightly leg drop compressing his spine. He has had 10 different back surgeries over the years and currently walks with a cane. Hulk Hogan has also shrunk, going from 6 foot 7 to 6 foot 4 over the past few years.
Hulk Hogan has confirmed that he can no longer wrestle in the WWE. The former WWE Champion spoke to the Two Man Power Trip Podcast to confirm that after numerous back surgeries, he has not chance of coming back to the ring for a final farewell in front of his screaming Hulkamaniacs.
When asked about wrestling, one more match, Hulk Hogan said;
No, no, no, no, no. In the last 10 years, I’ve had 23 surgeries, 10 back surgeries, both hips, both knees — forget it.”
However, he did reveal that if he were healthy, he’d love to step into the ring one more time Brock Lesnar, whom he last wrestled in 2002. Hogan lost that match due to referee stoppage, after Lesnar locked him in an unbreakable bear hug.
“If I was healthy, shoot — yeah, man, all day long.”
“The first one I’m trying to pick off would be Roman [Reigns], then I’d like to get to Brock [Lesnar], but good God, I’d be in a wheelchair by the time I get done with that.”
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.