Hulk Hogan, arguably the most popular wrestler of all time, announced his retirement from the sports entertainment industry at a recent wrestling event. Pwtorch.com is reporting Hogan addressed the crowd at a television taping for the Spike TV show “Impact Wrestling”. Hulk Hogan has worked for the upstart company since October 2009.
The retirement announcement came as a surprise to the wrestling community. The sports entertainment icon, who has also starred in several feature films such as “Mr. Nanny” and “Suburban Commando,” stated his back injuries are keeping him from getting back in the ring. Hogan has been training hard, getting ready for an upcoming pay per view bout with his long time rival Sting. However, Hogan canceled the match after his doctors warned him against any more performances.
Hulk Hogan became a household name as part of Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation in the mid 1980s. Together, McMahon and Hogan took pro wrestling from dark and smoky armories to center stage at the Pontiac Silverdome. It was in 1987 that Hogan was his most popular, as he and Andre the Giant attracted over 93,000 fans to the “Wrestlemania three” wrestling event. Later that year, Hogan and Andre would set another record. The two competed in a match that aired live on NBC and attracted 33 million viewers. It is the largest television audience ever to watch a professional wrestling event.
In 2004, Hogan resurfaced on VH1 as the star of “Hogan Knows Best”. The show was a huge ratings success for the television channel, once again proving the Hulkster’s massive popularity. He also served as co-host for the revival of “American Gladiators” on NBC.
In recent years, the Babe Ruth of professional wrestling has made headlines across the globe, as he was embattled in a bitter divorce with his ex wife Linda. Additionally, son Nick Bollea was involved in a tragic car accident that left his friend John Graziano severely injured.
Despite these events, Hogan has tried to remain strong in the public eye. He is very outspoken about his faith and the positive role his wife Jennifer plays in his life.
At the television tapings in Florida, Hulk Hogan thanked all his fans for their lifelong support. Currently, Hogan’s future remains undetermined. But no matter what he does, the golden child of professional wrestling will always be loved by his millions of fans that he calls “Hulkamaniacs.”
James Caldwell, PWtorch.com