October 16, 2011. TNA Bound for Glory. Hulk Hogan competes in the last singles match of his career against Sting. The year prior at Bound for Glory, Hogan was a part of a major collection of heel turns, as he and Eric Bischoff were the conspirators behind the “10/10/10” warnings sent out frequently during past episodes from Abyss.
At the conclusion of the main event, Hogan aligned with Bischoff, assisting Jeff Hardy to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan used his cunning tactics to storyline become the President of TNA, but his reign ended following his loss to Sting.
However, Hogan ended his TNA in-ring career on a positive note, as he turned babyface by saving Sting during a post-match attack from Immortal.
During an interview with Wrestling Academy to hype Crown Jewel, Hogan gave very surprising news on his quest to make a in-ring singles return after an eight-year hiatus.
“I’ve been talking with Vince McMahon,” said Hogan. “History is very important to me. I’ve had a very long career, and part of my career was with a very, very small company, and very gracious lady named Dixie Carter at TNA. I had [my last match] there. That’s hard for me to live with.
“I want my last match to be in the WWE. So, I’ve been pushing and negotiating very hard, and I’m getting very, very healthy again. I’m in good shape, I’m a little bit under 300 pounds, maybe 295 pounds, and I’m getting ready. I’m gonna have one little teeny surgery on my back, take me a couple months to recover, but I got my eyes focused on WrestleMania.”
Hogan was then asked who he wanted his potential WrestleMania 36 match to be against, and he revealed that he would like to renew an old rivalry.
“The one I’d love to get in the ring with, if I only had one person [to pick], it would be Vince McMahon. I’m very sick of his stuff, too.”
Following this interview, Hogan did indeed have successful back surgery on November 12. This would not be the first time that Hogan and Vince competed at WrestleMania, as they stood face to face at the “grandest stage of them all” at WrestleMania XIX in 2003.
Hogan put his career on the line at the pay-per-view, but was able to defeat The Chairman. This was also Hogan’s last WrestleMania match to date. Physically, this match would be difficult to pull of successfully now, seeing how Hogan is currently 66 years old, and Vince is 74.
While his aspirations to compete at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa, Florida could possibly happen, a match against someone who is physically able to balance Hogan’s physical limitations would give him a much more viable chance of returning back to the ring. Ideally, if Hogan is talking to Vince to win his return match, Cesaro would be a great opponent for The Immortal One.
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