Despite his racially insensitive language, few performers have remained as synonymous with pro wrestling as Hulk Hogan. The man with forty-eight-inch pythons became famous in the 80s for telling children that they needed to eat their vitamins and say their prayers if they wanted to be a real American like him. Those same children had their spirits crushed when he turned heel and joined The NWO in WCW, but following that dark period of his career, he has largely tried to remain a babyface. Due to a variety of surgeries that he’s had over the years, one more match would appear out of the question, but that has not stopped rumors from circulating that he could return for another big payday.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Hogan revealed one particular WWE star that he would love to square off against in the ring.
“If I wasn’t all beat to hell, I’d love to get in the ring with Randy,” Hogan said. “We could still tear it down in the main event. Randy could call it in the ring, and he could adjust to my style to make sure it worked perfectly. He’s just so good. He can work with veterans and the newer guys, too. He knows how to pivot both ways in the ring. He understands wrestling in a way very few do. That’s why he is making masterpieces in the ring.”
Hogan’s last pro wrestling match took place on January 27, 2012, as part of the TNA Maximum Impact Tour in Manchester, England. The match saw Hogan tag with James Storm and Sting to defeat Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, and Kurt Angle. He has teased returning to the ring several times since, but his contributions to pro wrestling have largely been reserved for hosting roles at events like WrestleMania.