Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has long been retired, although he has teased return matches ever since he returned to WWE in 2014.
Shane McMahon also challenged him to a match at WrestleMania 39, which was probably the right call, given how badly Shane’s match at WrestleMania this year went.
Many people thought that Hulk Hogan’s last match was against Randy Orton in 2006. The pair faced off at Summerslam 2006, during Hogan’s last run as a full-time wrestler.
Randy Orton was performing his “legend killer” gimmick at the time, so it was a shock when he was beaten by Hulk Hogan in the match.
Hulk Hogan was expected to return to WWE after that, however. Rumours of Hulk Hogan vs John Cena at Wrestlemania 23 were rife, and according to Hogan was close to being to finalised. He also teased a match with The Great Khali, attacking the Indian Giant on Raw’s 15th Anniversary.
Obviously, that match never happened, and and Hogan never wrestled an official match for WWE ever again. However, his career did not end their, as he made his TNA debut in January 2010 to continue his career.
Hogan did not wrestle full time in TNA, but did have his last few matches in the promotions, against old foes and brand new opponents, albeit to mixed reactions from TNA fans.
Hulk Hogan’s last match
Hulk Hogan’s last match took place on a TNA show in London, England on February 21, 2013. Hulk Hogan teamed with former rival Sting and TNA star Bully Ray to take on the team of Aces & Eights Members D.O.C, Devon, and Mr.Anderson.
Hulk Hogan took very little part in the match. Hogan was 58 at the time of the match, and in awful shape.
He had a number of back, neck and hip surgeries and his mobility was very poor. nearly 4 decades of hitting his atomic leg drop had taken its toll on his body, and he had no place wrestling inside the ring at his age.
He was kidnapped and beaten down before the match began, and played no part in the in ring action at all.
Hulk Hogan is currently 68 and is barely mobile, according to many sources. Hulk Hogan is retired and will never wrestle again, with this match being a sad end to such a legendary wrestling career for the Hulkster.
Is Hulk Hogan still wrestling?
While his last match was in TNA in 2011, there have been rumors about Hulk Hogan coming out of retirement in 2022. There were rumors that Hogan was to be the opponent for Ric Flair’s last match in July 2022, as part of the Starrcast event.
However, it doesn’t look like the 69-year-old will ever set foot in the wrestling ring again.
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 no 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.”
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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.