Hulk Hogan Discusses Return To The Ring For Potential WWE Retirement Match

Hulk Hogan is open to the idea of one final big match in WWE.

Despite being one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling, Hogan never had a final farewell during his illustrious Hall of Fame career. The multi-time WWE Champion’s final match for the company took place at SummerSlam 2006, where Hogan would defeat Randy Orton.

Hulk Hogan would eventually move to IMPACT Wrestling, taking part in select matches for the promotion. The Hulkster’s final ever match took place at a TNA house show in London in 2012, where Hogan competed in a 6 man tag team match.

With the 69 year old icon being out of the ring for more than a decade, it is likely that wrestling fans won’t see the former nWo member ever lace up the boots for a final time. But according to the man himself, never say never.

Speaking with Ariel Helwani, Hogan states that Shane McMahon recently got in contact with him and asked if one more match could be a possibility. The WWE Hall of Famer went on to say that he still want a retirement match, but it currently in no physical condition to do so:

“You know what’s so funny, Shane McMahon called me. He goes, ‘Hey, you got one more in you, old man?’ I said, ‘Take it easy with the old man stuff, brother.’ I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ He goes, ‘All you gotta do is stand in the middle of the ring, and I’ll come do it.’ I said, ‘Right now, my back needs a little more work, but that’s something we can talk about next year.’ I’ve always wanted to have a retirement match. I’m not moving around the way I should be, so I’m going to keep working and keep training and keep doing rehab and see where I’m at about six months from now. All I found out in the wrestling business, brother, is you never say never,” 

Hogan was then asked that if he had the choice, who would he want his opponent to be. Following the icon vs. icon match at WrestleMania 18 between The Rock and Hulk Hogan, the immortal one expressed his dream opponent to the be the biggest star of The Attitude Era.

“If he would get in the ring with me, that’s the reason I went back to wrestle The Rock was to get in the ring with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin because me as a bad guy; as Hollywood Hogan, I could have tore the place down with him because he was the ultimate good guy at the time, but I think he was having some physical problems with his legs and nerve damage, and he was about at the end of his run. So if I had one guy to get in there with, it’d be him. I just don’t know, with all this time passing and both of us getting older and wiser if it would even make sense. You have to be crazy to back in there at my age, anyway. I just haven’t talked to him about anything like that ever, so if he would get in the ring, he would be the guy,” 

H/t to Fightful for the use of transcriptions

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