Jim Ross Says He'll Be 'Shocked' If Hulk Hogan Doesn't Return To WWE In 2018

Many have wondered whether or not Hulk Hogan will ever return to the WWE. In a recent interview with Business Insider, legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross discussed his view on the situation.

"I don't have any insider knowledge that Hulk will be back in WWE, but if he isn't in 2018, I will be shocked," Ross said.

The WWE terminated its contract with Hogan in 2015 after a sex tape leaked that included him making anti-black remarks and expressing anger at the thought of his daughter dating a black man. He also used the n-word multiple times. The WWE removed nearly all references to Hogan from its website, including his entry from its WWE Hall Of Fame page. It also removed his merchandise from the WWE Shop and ceased his inclusion in its video games. Ross said he believed it's time to offer Hogan forgiveness.

"The world has an interesting way of forgiving others. The guy paid his price. He had a trial. He lost jobs. He had a court case. I don't know what more he needs to do," Ross said. "And why are we his judge and jury? It seems right for, arguably the greatest alumnus of WWE ever with the most global name identity, will make his presence felt in WWE in some way."

If Hogan ever does return to the WWE, it would be interesting to see what type of role the company would place him in. Ross said he thinks there are many possibilities because Hogan is in great shape even in his 60's.

"I don't know what Terry Hulk Hogan is able to do physically. I know he's still training. He's about my age 64, but he's in really good shape. He looks awesome," Ross said. "So, I would say that Hulk is there's a ticket for Hulk to punch somewhere to get back in WWE, at least on a reoccurring role-type basis, in my opinion."

Ross stuck to his opinion and said if he still worked for the WWE full-time he would advocate for Hogan's return to the company. As for the fans who still have an issue with Hogan, Ross said they can choose not to watch.

"If I were there, I would encourage that development," he said. "If you don't like him, don't watch the damn thing, but I believe he belongs on that television show or WWE in general, and that somewhere in 2018 that will happen."

Source: Business Insider

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