It’s been over a decade since Hulk Hogan was wrestling’s world champion. But even the most loyal Hogan fan knows that the red and yellow, the signature colors of Hulk Hogan, have faded away. In recent years, Hogan has endured eight back surgeries, a knee replacement and a hip replacement. Earlier this month, the mighty Hulkster, who turns 60 in August, even turned down a huge sum of money to wrestle one more match in Mexico. Hogan stated he would never wrestle again. And yet, last week in an interview he stated he wanted a championship run with the TNA title. Furthermore, sources close to Hogan are now admitting that the real-life Terry Bollea is serious about one more career run.
Hulk Hogan last held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2002, when he defeated Triple H for the belt. However, the championship reign was largely given to the 80s icon for nostalgia. Fans clamored to see their childhood hero with the championship belt one more time. The same case cannot be made today.
In the last decade, Hogan’s stock in wrestling has begun to wane and fall. It’s not due to anything Hogan has done himself. It’s a natural cycle in the business. When a top star is no longer in the top spot, he is replaced and forgotten. It happened to marquee stars before Hogan. Wrestlers like Superstar Billy Graham, Bruno Sammartino, and Bob Backlund were all once household names like Hogan. And they too, were pushed from the spotlight when their star faded. Hulk Hogan is a little different, as he has been able to secure some notoriety, due in part because of his television fame, but also because of the 24 hour celebrity news media. Nowadays, sites like TMZ will give press to anybody who once had 15 minutes of fame. Though Hogan is not completely out of the spotlight and his name still recognizable, nobody in the wrestling community wants to see Hulk Hogan win a championship at the age of 60.
Furthermore, besides a lack of fan interest in the performer, Hulk Hogan is a shell of his former self. Even now, Hogan can barely walk to the ring for an interview, never mind wrestle a complete bout. Hulk Hogan’s last match took place in October 2011, and was universally panned as being awful. Hogan limped around the ring like he should be using a walker, and threw punches like one would expect their grandfather too. It was a disappointing moment for fans of the once great superstar.
In closing, one more mile in the wrestling career of Hulk Hogan will only serve to hurt the legacy of the man. If the colossal 80s star really feels the need to wrestle again, he should take his desire to the WWE for one last Wrestlemania payday and call it a career. Anything else, a match with TNA or a total run, will continue the decay of a legendary brand.