Hulk Hogan On His Career – “I Probably Should Have Quit At The 20-Year Mark”

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Hulk Hogan is reflecting on his pro wrestling career and explained why perhaps he should have retired from wrestling sooner.

The professional wrestling career of Hulk Hogan started in 1977 when he was 24 years old. It was seven years after that when Hogan became the WWE World Champion for the first time, “Hulkamania” took off and he spent most of the next decade as the top guy in WWE.

After his WWE days ended in 1993, he jumped to WCW in 1994 and when the New World Order took off in 1996, Hogan showed he could be the best bad guy in the business just like his HulkaMania run as the top good guy.

The Hulkster will turn 70 years old this August and he has recently done interviews talking about his career. Hogan said recently that he had about 25 surgeries in a row and he has had at least ten back surgeries in his career.

While speaking to Men’s Health on YouTube, Hulk Hogan admitted that maybe he should have stopped wrestling at the 20-year mark.

“Wrestling has taken its toll. I wrestled almost 40 years, off and on, and I probably should have quit at the 20-year mark, but with Hulkamania running wild all those years and then when I turned into a bad guy and became Hollywood Hulk Hogan, it was like jumping on another lightning bolt and I had no idea that we were going to reinvent the wrestling business.”

“So, I got hooked, I got sucked in, and I rode that thing until it dropped. Wrestling has been really tough on my body with multiple surgeries and injuries. Nobody gave me the memo that this stuff was fake.”

If Hulk Hogan did quit after 20 years it would have been in 1997 when he was in the main event scene of WCW and arguably the biggest star in the company. Five years after that is when he had his epic WrestleMania 18 match with The Rock. Hogan’s last WWE match was in 2006 when he beat Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Hogan wrestled at some independent shows and with TNA Wrestling several years after that as well.

H/T Fightful

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