“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in“. These famous words come from legendary film character Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) in The Godfather part 3. These words have found its place in current relevancy in the topic of pro wrestling, but more in particularly The Immortal Hulk Hogan.
Hogan (who is coming off a very unique hand injury via a radiator) posted on Twitter today about a possible ring return. Yes, you read that last line right, an in ring return. Hogan’s twitter post read:
“Perfect timing to start serious training again,”
Hogan wrote, adding that this would be his “last time around the block”. With the combination of his tweet and with his current story role on Impact Wrestling opposite of his “son in law” TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray, the only direction where this can go is a one on one match against Ray for the title. TNA’s premier annual pay-per-view Bound For Glory is in October, and if Hogan is stating that now is the time for immediate serious training, all roads are leading up to this showdown.
Since Hogan arrived on the scene in TNA, fans have bounced back and forth wondering if he will lace up the boots once again and go after the world title. But now it looks as if he will be adding to his already existing collection of being a former WWE and WCW champion. Personally, I think this is a tremendous step backwards for TNA. Since the promotion had a serious makeover in 2012, the company has shown many signs of individuality and concentrating on setting itself apart from the rest of the top promotions.
In addition, this decision is just typical “Hogan Ego” taking its seat at the dinner table. In Hogan’s mind, his way of justifying this decision is “when I drop the belt, I’m putting someone over.” The only problem with that statement is that Hogan’s stock has lessened considerably and has not had significant value since Brock Lesnar literally wiped the blood of Hulkamania on his chest symbolizing the death of said sensation. I don’t mind Hogan still having a presence in professional wrestling because yes, his name is still pretty recognizable, but by Dixie Carter allowing this type of booking to take place, she is setting herself up for the biggest rib in the history of the business.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports