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Chair Shots: Hulk Hogan Returning to Wrestle is Not a Good Idea
By TripleR
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:45:53 AM

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Welcome back everyone to the column that threw 8 touchdowns once in an NFL game-Chair Shots! By now, you’ve all seen the rumours swirling around that Hulk Hogan could possibly have a verbal agreement in place to return to the WWE. There’s even talk of him wrestling a match, and possibly being a surprise entrant in the 2014 Royal Rumble. I’m not at all surprised that Hogan would be looking for one more payday, and that Vince would once again try to milk whatever he can get out of the fading light of Hulkamania, but as far as I’m concerned the idea makes me cringe.

Let’s look at the facts as they are today. Hulk Hogan is now 60 years old. That makes him a solid dozen years older than the oldest active wrestler currently on the WWE roster (The Undertaker). Hogan has had upwards of 18 different surgeries on his back, hips, and knees that at this point in his life have made him less than mobile. After decades of leg drops, Hulk Hogan can’t even perform his finishing maneuver without fear of injuring himself once again. Hogan’s last actual televised match in the ring was in late 2011, so by the time he would come back to the WWE he would have over two years of ring rust to work off, IF he was even able to perform due to the condition of his body.

But as we draw closer to Wrestlemania XXX, all signs point to Hogan returning to the WWE in some capacity sooner than later. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t take for granted what Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon did for the world of professional wrestling. I watched as Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik to claim the WWF Championship. I watched as Hulkamania was born and blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. I watched as Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. entered the ring at Wrestlemania I and started a tradition that is still going today. But I don’t want to watch Hulk Hogan do that anymore. It makes me sad that a man that transcended the sport itself can’t step out of the spotlight and enjoy the rest of his life.

A couple of years ago in the first Davey Boy Cup tournament in the Columns Forum I wrote a piece called “Chasing the Setting Sun”, about wrestlers that just can’t seem to let go. But who’s to blame? Is it the wrestler themselves? How about the promoters that continue to push for just “one more match?” Are we as fans to blame as well for not letting the legends of the business go gracefully into retirement? The answer to that is Yes to all three questions.

Surely Hulk Hogan doesn’t want to be forgotten, as his ego just won’t allow it. What Hogan fails to realize is that he WON’T be forgotten. In the history of professional wrestling, it would be impossible for anyone to ever forget what Hulk Hogan did for the business. There’s also the notion of maybe he needs that one last payday. I’m sure in his divorce with Linda Hogan, he had to shell out quite a bit of money in a settlement. We don’t really know what kind of financial state Hogan is in at the moment. However there are certainly ways that Hogan can contribute to the WWE without stepping foot in the ring again.

But I would bet, without a shadow of a doubt, that Vince McMahon wants Hogan back in the ring just ONE MORE TIME, especially at Wrestlemania XXX. He can’t help himself. Vince remembers the pops that Hogan vs. The Rock received, but that was at Wrestlemania X8, and Hogan is much older, and in a much worse condition. Another example is the current situation with Shawn Michaels. Shawn is adamant that he is retired, that he will not step in the ring again to wrestle. Yet all signs point to Vince and Triple H trying to talk Shawn into another match, more than likely against his pupil Daniel Bryan. Why can’t they just let Shawn stay retired as an in-ring performer if that’s what he wants? Well, I think we as fans are somewhat to blame for that too.

Do you think for one minute that if at the Royal Rumble, the countdown hits 1, and “Real American” starts playing that the entire arena won’t be on their feet cheering for the return of Hulkamania? The entire Pittsburgh crowd, and probably a large portion of the crowd at home will mark out that Hogan has come home. Hogan will get his glory, Vince will make his money, and the fans will once again be able to bask in the glory that WAS Hulkamania. But is that necessarily a good thing? At the end of the day do we want to remember our heroes as the aging, limited in-ring performers who are too scared to hang up the boots for good?

I’ve been watching professional wrestling for a long time, over 35 years in fact, and it’s never been more apparent than now that the wrestlers I grew up with are having a hard time letting go. But there are plenty of ways that they can contribute to the business without having to tarnish their legacy by stepping back in the ring. Dusty Rhodes, now 68, has been a key member of the WWE staff working with the developmental wrestlers in NXT. Sure he pops up on TV every now and then to work an angle, but he knows that his time as a performer is long past him. Even some younger wrestlers knew that they couldn’t perform at the top of their game anymore, like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin hung up the boots in his early 40’s, knowing that his body just couldn’t give the fans what they deserved anymore. Yet that doesn’t stop the persistent rumours of the WWE trying to get Austin to come back and wrestle just ONE MORE MATCH.

But what happens after that one match? Would that be enough for the fans? Would it be enough for the promotion who just made money on their return? And ultimately, after feeling the spotlight once again, would it be enough for the wrestler himself? Those are the questions that we need to ask ourselves when we get excited over the prospect of Hulk Hogan returning to the ring again. Do I want Hulk Hogan to return? I think Hogan could be a remarkable asset to the younger WWE stars in how to work a match, or cut a promo, but I never want to see Hogan wrestle in match ever again. That might be harsh, but for once I’d like to see one of my childhood memories not be further tainted.

What do you think readers? Should Hogan return and if so in what capacity? Hit me you with your thoughts and comments below, and as usual thanks for reading.

Until next time,
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