Hulk Hogan says he’s ready to return to his WWE and hopes that Vince McMahon will give him another chance to prove he’s a good guy.
Hogan and Ric Flair spoke to TMZ Sports right before their Q&A event last night at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and opened up about their friendship and career.
“A lot of the wrestlers I stay in contact with, I have a lot of friends up there [in WWE],” Hogan said. “A lot of people in the office, they all know who I am. For me, I’d love to change that last story that was told with the Hulk Hogan career. I’d love to get back in the fold, get back on the inside and correct a lot of stuff.”
“It has to be the perfect timing for both sides,” Hogan continued. “We’re all on good terms, we’re all working towards the same goal. Hopefully, I’ll be able to be back with my wrestling family someday soon.”
“We look forward to that,” Flair added, before confirming that he himself will never return to the ring.
Despite being one of the most important wrestlers in WWE history, the company excommunicated Hogan in July 2015 after racist comments he made were posted online as part of his leaked sex tape.
Not only did WWE terminate Hogan’s legends contract, it also removed him from its website in both the “Alumni” and “Hall of Fame” categories. The company has largely refrained from using any archival footage or mentioning Hogan by name in any capacity on WWE programming since then as well.
Hogan’s last WWE appearance came at WrestleMania 31 in March 2015. He joined reunited the nWo with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and came to Sting’s aid in a match against Triple H.
During an interview in January with the Associated Press’ Dan Gelston, Hogan said he could “go out and tear WrestleMania down” if given another opportunity. WWE, however, told Gelston in a statement that they had no plans to change their stance on Hogan.
“At this time, WWE remains committed to its decision,” WWE said in the statement.