Hulk Hogan Takes Shot At The Rock, Praises Ric Flair, & More
By Ryan Clark | March 01, 2010
Is He Able To Still Wrestle? "Oh, I can't, brother. I was in Australia recently and did four dates wrestling Ric Flair. The first day I ran into Ric with a shoulder tackle and knocked him down. He popped up and came right back at me. I didn't have my footing right. I was turned in when he hit me and my right hip popped out of its socket. The pain shot like a piece of electricity to my head and right behind my ear. I felt like my head exploded. I fell and dumbed it up against the rope until I could pop my hip back in. That was my first day back. I really didn't want to wrestle, but I got into a situation with TNA when the fans are chanting 'Hogan! Hogan!' It's hard to say no. I painted myself in a corner. Now I'm fighting a tag-team match March 8 with Abyss against Ric Flair and A.J. Styles. I did that to myself, but I really shouldn't be wrestling anymore."
On Ric Flair's greatness: "I think it's the fans. There's a real energy there. On a personal note I think he's the greatest wrestler ever. He's better than Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George -- you name it. But it's the fans. They are the ones that keep this going."
Some Advice For Mark McGwire: "I don't know his situation too well. But the only advice I have is don't play a game with the fans. You've got to come to come clean. Don't cling to half truths, either. I tried that during an interview on Arsenio Hall. I said I wasn't on steroids, which was half true. I wasn't when he asked me. But had I been? Yes. My advice is to lay it all out there."
His Financial Situation Pushing Him To Wrestle Again: "I was in a situation where I was kind of lost and I happened to walk by a ring in a gym. I reached out and touched it, and I got goosebumps. I knew I had a problem, kind of like being an addict. I said, 'Oh boy.' It's like driving a fast car or being on a date with a beautiful woman. So, that was part of it. The other was necessity. After the last couple years, financially, I needed to do something. I was devastated financially."
Hogan Takes a Shot at The Rock: "I thought about moving out to L.A. and doing the movie thing cause I have seventeen movies under my belt -- mostly low-budget kid movies, kind of like what The Rock is doing now. My agent said they could put me in supporting roles. I'd never be a Gene Hackman or anything, but there is work for me. But I just wasn't into it. I needed to to work and thought why not get back to what I love, wrestling?"