Hulk Hogan has not had a wrestling match in almost five years, but still has that itch to compete.
Hogan discussed retirement and missing being in the ring in the third and final part of his interview with Eric Bischoff, on the Bischoff On Wrestling podcast.
As part of the interview, Hogan described being in the ring as "the only place that I ever felt free.
"What I was in the ring people call it, 'In the moment.' People call it, 'Being aware.' All of that spiritual stuff that people attach to being in the moment and being perfectly happy and perfectly content. For me that was in the ring. When I was in the ring I didn’t have to worry about the kids. I didn’t have to worry about the ex-wife. I didn’t have to worry about all the chatter. The politics of, 'Why is Hulk Hogan on top?' All the gaga as Pat Patterson would say."
The signature star for the WWF in the 1980s as the promotion rose to worldwide prominence, Hogan also has had lengthy tenures with WCW and TNA. He has not appeared for any wrestling company since the summer of 2015, when WWE severed ties with him over racist comments made by Hogan on his leaked sex tape.
Hogan sued the Gawker website for leaking the tape, and received a $100 million judgment in the civil case. The Gawker site, consequently, shut down for good earlier this summer.
Hogan has not wrestled since January of 2012 on TNA's tour of England.
The third part of the Hogan interview on Bischoff's podcast also touches on their memories from WCW, thoughts on the current independent scene in pro wrestling and much more.