Hulk Hogan, who hasn’t wrestled since January 2012 (for TNA Wrestling), wants Hulkamania to run wild again in WWE.
“I’m 64 years old and right now I could go out and tear WrestleMania down,” Hogan said this week in an interview with The Associated Press (published by The Washington Post). “I might have that one more match where I really beat the hell out of Vince. I’ve still got one in me.”
But that would have to begin with reconciling with WWE, specifically Vince McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Through several stints with the company, Hogan and McMahon have best tight friends and bitter rivals. Hogan said he has occasional contact with McMahon but is closer to Levesque.
“I don’t know if they want me back,” Hogan said. “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.”
WWE terminated its contract with Hogan on July 24, 2015, stating that they are “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds.” The termination coincided with the publication by the National Enquirer and Radar Online of an anti-black rant made by Hogan on his controversial leaked sex tape in which he is heard expressing disgust with the notion of his daughter with any black man, referenced by repeated use of a racial slur. Hogan also admitted to being “a racist, to a point.”
“It devastated me. The bottom dropped out,” Hogan told The Associated Press. “It was just a situation that was unexpected; didn’t even know it was going on at the time. I was blindsided by it.”
If he were to return, WWE sponsors would also have to be on board.
“At this time, WWE remains committed to its decision,” WWE said in a statement to The Washington Post.
Hogan’s last appearance for WWE was in March 2015 at WrestleMania 31, where he reunited with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to reform the nWo, appearing in Sting’s corner in his match against Triple H, who himself was joined by D-Generation X members Billy Gunn, X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Shawn Michaels.