Hulk Hogan explains why he won’t wrestle again and receiving the call about Okerlund’s death

 
 

People.com has a new interview and story with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan that covers a variety of topics, including if he’s up to return to the ring for one more match and the death of his close friend Mean Gene Okerlund.

Hogan admitted that he’s too old to wrestle and he embarrasses himself enough out there by moving too slow. “So I don’t want to get back in there again,” he said. “I don’t think I could. I could probably wrestle somebody like John Cena or Vince McMahon, but as soon as I’d be done they’d be taking me straight to the hospital to fix something…the body’s too worn out for that.”

The popular former WWE champion returned to WWE last year after he was considered a persona non grata for over three years. Since then, Hogan has made two televised appearances for WWE, one at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia and one a few weeks ago on Raw to honor his friend Mean Gene Okerlund.

Speaking of Mean Gene, Hogan also described the moment when he received the phone call that Okerlund had passed away. “It felt like my Adam’s apple went backward or something, I couldn’t catch my breath,” Hogan said. “I guess my wife thought I was having a heart attack. It hit me so hard cause I just talked to him a couple weeks before about getting together the weekend when I came back from New Years.”

In the same interview with People, Hogan added that he’s not in the same place he was 12 or 13 years ago when he said “such stupid words” and that is certainly not who he is.