As WWE nears is Raw 25th Anniversary show, the rumors about Hulk Hogan possibly returning continue to ramp up. Hogan has not returned to the company since being fired from his legends contract in July 2015 - when tapes of him using racial slurs were leaked.
Hogan has continually expressed a desire to return to the WWE, and Triple H himself has admitted that he can envision The Hulkster making a comeback. But where do things stand with Hogan and the WWE right now?
The wrestling icon recently did an interview with Dan Gelston from the Associated Press - and though he admitted he's not sure if the WWE would want to bring him back - Hogan is confident that the fans want to see Hulkamania return:
“I think the fans want me back. I think that I’m part of that company from the ground up. Triple H I know is a huge fan of the guys that gave their blood, sweat and tears and their personal life to make this happen. I know Triple H would love to see me back on the inside again.”
But in a recent statement regarding a Hogan return, the company said "“At this time, WWE remains committed to its decision."
When WWE terminated Hogan from his contract, they also erased all mentions of his name from their website - plus all Hulkster merchandise. Though the incident happened nearly three years ago, there haven't been any indications that the company is ready to make amends with the Hall of Famer.
What complicates matters is that Hogan and Vince McMahon have had a very rocky relationship since the WWF began to boom in the '80s. Hogan left the company four times - and nearly put WWF out of business when he joined the rival WCW promotion. The two have had a strong love-hate friendship over the years, but things have seemingly gotten more testy over the years.
Nonetheless, Hogan remains a major name to the WWE, and a large portion of the fans would happily welcome him back. But Vince and the company will ultimately make the final decision, though it's anybody's guess what that will be.