WWE News: Hulk Hogan Reveals Massive Regret About His Wrestling Career in WCW and WWE

The Hulkster reveals a massive regret!

BYJake Skudder
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Hulk Hogan, a name that echoes beyond the confines of the wrestling ring, represents an era of unabashed showmanship and physical prowess. His charismatic presence and indomitable strength solidified him as one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the annals of history. Yet, the glory and adulation that catapulted Hogan to unprecedented heights and into the biggest cases of WWE news came at a significant price – the sport he loved and thrived in took an enormous toll on his physical well-being​.

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Reflections on a Career Laden with Bodily Sacrifices

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04: Hulk Hogan attends WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

In a recent candid interview with Men's Health (via FightFans), Hogan looked back on his illustrious career. With an air of regret, he confessed that he should have possibly retired after two decades in the industry. Yet, the wave of the nWo WCW was too enticing a prospect to resist. His decision to ride this wave was a pivotal one, marking a major turning point in his wrestling career​.

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WWE News: The High Price of Hulkamania

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: (L-R) Wrestler Hulk Hogan, writer Trevon Free and wrestler Paul "Big Show" Wright II arrive at the premiere of HBO's "Andre The Giant" at the Cinerama Dome on March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"Hulkamania," Hogan's wrestling persona, was more than just a character; it was a phenomenon that took the world by storm. His transition to the Hollywood Hulk Hogan persona was akin to "jumping on another lightning bolt," a thrilling yet risky endeavor that eventually led to a reinvention of the wrestling business.

This transformation, while electrifying and game-changing, did not come without its share of consequences. Hogan admitted to becoming entangled in the thrill of the sport, competing for far longer than he originally intended. This decision has since had far-reaching repercussions, leaving him grappling with a body that is now in rough shape​.

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The Unforgiving Reality of Wrestling

Hogan's journey in the wrestling ring serves as a stark reminder of the unforgiving reality of professional wrestling. Despite the choreographed nature of the matches, the physical impact on the wrestlers' bodies is very real and often devastating. Hogan, like many others, rode the wave of his career until it plummeted. During his lengthy tenure, he endured numerous surgeries and injuries.

His career provides an important lesson to the upcoming generation of wrestlers – the glamour and glitz of wrestling come with physical costs that are all too real. As Hogan wryly noted, "Nobody gave me the memo that this stuff was fake." ​This statement underlines the harsh truth of professional wrestling – the pain, the injuries, and the surgeries are far from fake; they are the hard-hitting realities that every wrestler, no matter how "immortal," must face.

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Jake is the SEO Content Lead for HotNewHipHop. He has more than ten years of experience covering mixed martial arts, pro wrestling, gaming and music across a number of publications, starting at SEScoops in 2012 under the name Jake Jeremy. His work has also been featured on GiveMeSport, Sportskeeda, Pro Sports Extra, Wrestling Headlines, NoobFeed, Wrestlingnewsco and Keen Gamer, again under the name Jake Jeremy. Previously, he worked as the Editor in Chief of 24Wrestling, building the site’s profile with a view to selling the domain, which was accomplished in 2019. As well as his work for HNHH, Jake is also the Editor in Chief for Fight Fans, a combat sports and pro wrestling site that was launched in January 2021 and broke into the millions of pageviews within the first two years. Jake also previously worked for the biggest independent wrestling company in the UK, PROGRESS Wrestling, as PR Head and Head of Media across the company's social channels. Jake's favourite Hip Hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys and Body Count.