Days ago, it was revealed that Jimmy Hart told the folks at Busted Open Radio that Hulk Hogan, the immortal one himself, would be making an appearance at WrestleMania 30, even if he has to buy a ticket to get into the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Now, in a separate interview with Arda Ocal and the Baltimore Sun, Hart is claiming "The Hulkster" has "a couple good matches left in him".
"I think he can step into the ring one more time. We have a school in Florida, and he stepped into the ring there and did some stuff, and he looked great. As his friend, I'd be the first one to say, 'Listen Hulk, do us a favor, just go out to the ring to Real American, say OK Brother, rip the shirt, do the pose, sign a bunch of autographs and people will still be just as happy,' ... but he does have a couple of good matches left in him, he really does. I've got my fingers crossed we see something at WrestleMania."
He could definitely work another match or two but the quality of said match would be in question, especially considering the fact that Hogan can't actually take a flat back bump. His ability to fall down has been greatly compromised by his many back surgeries and advanced age.
Immortal or not, he can't work like anyone else on the WWE roster at present time.
Still, he's a valuable commodity for a number of reasons, the least of which is his wrestling ability. Even on his best day in his prime he wasn't exactly coming off the top rope for high risk maneuvers. His strength has always been his charisma, salesmanship, and name value, something WWE is in need of with no special attraction currently lined up for WrestleMania 30.
If The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin won't work the show, Hogan might be the next best thing, believe it or not. Perhaps that planned match against John Cena at WrestleMania 25 can finally come to fruition.
According to a report at PW Insider, negotiations between Hogan and WWE are ongoing and apparently "looking good", so we can rightly expect that he'll make his long awaited return to the promotion that made him a star sometime next year.