Now that he's back in the WWE, some fans wonder if Hulk Hogan will wrestle again, but it sounds like Hulkamania has already ran wild its final time - at least in the ring.
The 65-year-old Hogan did an interview with Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, providing an update on his WWE future and explaining why he's probably wrestled his final match.
"I'm not really sure. I can't wrestle anymore because nine back surgeries, two fake knees, two fake hips. ... I've had 17 surgeries in the last 10 years," Hogan said. "I kinda missed the memo on the 'fake' part (of wrestling)...I still feel like I'm 20 in my head, but my body's telling me, 'Easy, brother.' I'm not sure what the title is, but hopefully really soon I'll be back and really, really active."
Hogan was reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame last summer, three years after he was fired when tapes of him using racial slurs was released. Hogan returned on company television during the Crown Jewel pay-per-view back on Nov. 2. The wrestling icon also made an appearance on the Jan. 7 episode of Monday Night Raw, where he paid tribute to the late 'Mean' Gene Okerlund.
Not only is Hogan unlikely to wrestle again because of his age and injury history, but now simply isn't the time for WWE to bring him back for another match. If Vince McMahon and company officials were keen on having Hogan wrestle again, they would have done so some years earlier.
It's very rare for superstars in their late 50s and 60s to still compete, and with Hogan undergoing a plethora of surgeries throughout the years, it doesn't make sense for WWE to have him wrestle again. Hogan was last an in-ring performer for the TNA (now Impact Wrestling) promotion back in Jan. 2012 - when he was 58 years of age and obviously in better health and shape.
Reports suggested that WWE would have Hogan work in an ambassador role, but if they have a real title assigned to him. No matter what Hogan is doing now, and what he'll do for WWE in the future, the bottom line is that Hogan has wrestled his last match. Even he doesn't sound keen on the chance to compete one last time.
What This Means
Nobody is really going to be surprised about Hogan essentially saying he can't and won't wrestle anymore. Again, if WWE wanted to have him compete in another match, they would have done it years ago. There is no reason to have Hogan wrestle, given his age, injuries and shape. He never got that perfect sendoff match in the WWE, but at the end of the day, not every career is going to and on a high note.