POLLOCK'S NEWS UPDATE: Hulk Hogan pushing for a retirement match

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/10/08/pollocks-news-update-hulk-hogan-pushing-for-a-retirement-match/

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**Hulk Hogan spoke to the L.A. Times following an appearance to promote the launch of Friday Night SmackDown on Fox. Hogan said he is scheduled for his eighth back surgery coming up and has hopes of having one more match before he is officially retired.

I talked to Vince, and I said I really don’t know if I could live with myself knowing my last match was with TNA. If I can get fixed, I pray I can have one more match. I told Vince, ‘When I get through this back surgery, I’m going to get in the best shape of my life and we’re going to talk about me having one last retirement match.

Hogan added that he would like to wrestle at WrestleMania next April in his hometown of Tampa, Florida and said his ideal opponent for a final match would be Vince McMahon. The idea that Hogan would have back surgery at the age of 66 and wrestle in April would sound nearly impossible for someone half his age and seems like a pipe dream rather than anything serious. Vince McMahon wrestling at the age of 74 seems just as unlikely. The company has been very strict when it comes to older performers being phased out of physicality and it would be stunning to see them provide a green light to Hogan at this stage. The two had a match at WrestleMania 19 in March 2003, which was promoted as the top match on the show, although that year’s pay-per-view number was the lowest WrestleMania number since 1997. Hogan’s last match that truly drew was the one with Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam in August 2005.

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Hogan vs Arthritis at Wrestlemania. I can’t wait.

Can I vote for Big E to retire him? I mean as long as he is putting someone over. Otherwise he needs to stay gone.

Or maybe better yet just stay gone.


Rodman vs. Hogan.
Dual retirement match

Take that back please

I am assuming 1 reason you all got into wrestling was because of Hogan.

When I was really young yes, but learning more about him has soured that youthful vision. Plus in general I don’t want to see nostalgia acts I want good stories, characters, and wrestling with current stars.

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That would be funny.
BIg E’s Big THING all up on Hogan.
I still like Hogan though, I am lame.

No thank you. I remember loving Hogan as a young kid and he was entertaining in the late 90’s, but he’s done nothing but squander his goodwill and welcome over the past 15+ years. I have no interest in seeing him and it disgusts me every time they trot him out.

Nope…We weren’t too fond of Brother Bollea’s antics south of the Mason-Dixon.

That being said, Hogan going out by putting over Big E is something I’ve been in favor of for a minute! :rofl::100:


What you mouth breathers “know” about Hulk Hogan is what some parasitic dirt sheet writers and jock sniffing podcasters told you to know. That man made professional wrestling a mainstream phenomenon that the aforementioned assholes above owe their “careers“ to. Wrestlemania would have NEVER lasted as long as it has if it wasn’t for Hogan carrying it on his back all of those early years. The NWO would have fizzled out after a few months if Sting or Mabel had been the 3rd man.

You nobodies can keep shitting on him to make yourselves feel superior, but 50 years from now ask 10 random people if they’ve heard of Hulk Hogan and then ask if they’ve ever heard of you. We all know what the answer will be.

Yeah, I’m good.
Hogan as a star on a platform like WWE shouldn’t be something that anybody should be supporting…

To quote the Immortal one…

“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son,” Hulk raved, the sources add.

“I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, fcking n**rs. But then when it comes to nice people and sht, and whatever.” …

According to sources, he said: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n **** r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n *** r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!

“I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n **** r.”

“But he wrestle good” is not something I’m giving anybody a pass for. His actions since returning to the spotlight over the last few years have shown somebody who is in no way remorseful or has changed their views. I seem to recall his “apology” to the locker room was “watch out what you say, cause somebody might be recording you”.

He can enjoy his Saudi money all he wants. And “wrestling fans” can turn a blind eye to it… But I’m good never financially supporting something that supports him.


Should not have even wasted your time on a response to that guy. His post should tell you all you need to know about him. Kinda reminds me of other noted Hogan fan, ol psykohurricane.


You don’t think he’s back again?

Ha ha, more than happy being unknown in 50 years, than being known as a horrible person today.


Yes because Notoriety makes someone a good person whom we should praise. I’m sure people will also know these names way more than mine (not equating what these people did with Hogan)

Mike Tyson
Adolph Hitler
Bill Cosby
Osama Bin Laden

So saying Hogan is way more famous than me so he is beyond reproach is nonsense. Is he a huge figure in wrestling history? Yes and that should be noted. Is he a good person? Not IMO and that should also be noted and we should not continue to feature him as a hero on television.

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Sure only the IWC cares that is why Mattel stopped producing his figures, and toys r us and Walmart pulled his mech front eh shelves following his statements…but sure no one cared.

I will never deny he is a major reason wrestling exists the way it does today. But again that doesn’t make him a good person, and noting that he isn’t a good person, or not wanting to see him on TV doesn’t mean I disrespect his accomplishments, just that I don’t want to see him.

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