As is the nature of professional wrestling, the prospect of Hulk Hogan returning to WWE has felt more like an issue of “when” rather than “if,” despite the disgusting content of his racist remarks. Although Hogan’s name gets the usual speculation workout whenever an event looms, it hasn’t translated into an appearance with the company after his racist rant was heard by the public.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Hogan is attempting to lobby for a WWE comeback and he has fellow wrestling legend Ric Flair lending his support and endorsement.
Hogan, who spoke with TMZ before participating in a Q&A alongside Flair at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, expressed his desire for redemption in the way he’d like to close out his time with WWE. He sounded optimistic about his chances and claimed that he’s on “good terms” with his former employers.
“For me, I’d love to change that last story that was told with the Hulk Hogan career. I’d love to get back in the fold, get back on the inside and correct a lot of stuff,” said Hogan. “It has to be the perfect timing for both sides. We’re all on good terms. We’re all working towards the same goal. So hopefully, I’ll be able to be back with my wrestling family someday soon.”
Flair sang Hogan’s praises as part of this interview. He lauded Hogan as the second person to see him after his serious health scare, and says he borrowed money from Hogan when his son was sick. Presumably, that son was Reid Flair, who battled substance abuse issues during his brief time on this earth.
Hogan may be confident that he would be accepted back, but the Mr. Nanny actor’s history is checkered with stories that do not reflect reality, so absorb his take with a grain or metric ton of salt.