Hulk Hogan says younger wrestlers are cold to him when he appears at WWE events, comments on Chris Hemsworth playing him in a biopic

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE legend Hulk Hogan spoke with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski and was asked about the vibe when he is backstage at WWE events. “It’s a mixed bag,” Hogan said. “Some people I get a really warm reception from. Some of the younger guys are really cold to me, like I’m coming to steal the main event. And I’m like, ‘I can’t do this anymore, guys! I’m not a threat!’

“Going back with all the legends will be a lot of fun. When I’ve gone back before by myself, there have been certain wrestlers, like Edge and Seth Rollins, that have told me to my face that the only reason they got into this business was because of me. The newer kids … I don’t think they know who I am all the way?”

Hogan also spoke about actor Chris Hemsworth playing him in a biopic. “We did talk on the phone when he decided to do the movie, and he said he wanted to be around me as much as he can to study me and see what makes me tick,” said Hogan. “And I was like, ‘Brother, you’re going to be surprised.’ [Laughs] He’s a lot taller than I thought he was, around 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4. He’s in crazy shape. I keep on telling him that the only problem is that he’s not really good-looking enough to play me in a movie.” Read the full interview at

Powell’s POV: Call me crazy, but the younger wrestlers being cold to Hogan might have more to do with his past use of racial slurs than it is about fear of him stealing the main event. Hogan also spoke about Randy Savage, his own “imposter syndrome”, Steve Austin not realizing how successful he was during his prime, Undertaker’s “Last Ride” documentary, and more.

Readers Comments (29)

  1. There is not a person alive that has never uttered a racial slur of some sort. It’s called being human. Hogan is no worse than the rest of humanity just because his utterance was caught on camera.

    • Shut up you racist prick

    • Sorry, dude. People make mistakes, and how they handle it most matters. Rather than telling the lockerroom “Hey, don’t talk about human beings like this”, he basically said “don’t get caught on camera, brother”. When he was called on this, Hogan basically spouted “You know something, brother. Wrestling is a brotherhood, brother, and brother, you have to forgive a brother in the brotherhood, brother. Brother brother brother brother…”

      He wasn’t sorry for what he said. He’s sorry he got caught. He wasn’t sorry for his botched “apology”, he was sorry for himself, brother!

      • Who cares dude he shouldn’t have to apologize it was said in his bedroom and I’m sorry he isn’t racist he grew up with black people and called each other that he owes no one anything these young punks only have a chance at a career because of hogan

      • Well if thats what you think. Then I guess every black person that says that word. Is a racist prick as well. Case closed.
        Oh that’s right they changed the word and added an a at the end of it. Still means the same thing,dummies.

    • Jeffery D Proctor January 6, 2021 @ 12:41 pm

      Black white Hispanic all have said racial crap it’s just black people can call each other the n word an call white cracker honky an nothing is said fact check me

  2. Kenny,. You’re a moron

  3. Robert Gibilisco January 4, 2021 @ 7:55 pm

    Hulk Hogan was so amazing that there was a Saturday morning cartoon because of him, wrestlemania because of him and so much more…He is still the most recognized wrestler in the world….its ashame what he said but you know what its old news…..Hogan should be immortalized not that WCW 2nd rate organization chump flair…HULK HOGAN GOAT hands down

    • Yeah sure he’s the goat.

      God Awful

      • So, you must be a racist, calling ray mysterio names. Goat is tattooed on Ray. As for hulk, he’s worked with many black wrestlers like jyd, zeus, and even was ok letting the rock get over on him at wrestlemania. Isn’t it amazing the only people who can use certain words are of certain ethnicity? Now, THAT’S racist

      • Check history idiot wrestling only big because of hogan period so he therefore is the goat

    • Elias Rodriguez January 5, 2021 @ 3:02 pm

      Flair is wrestling not some glory hound like Hogan dumb ass do ur homework chump

    • Um hulk hogan didn’t invent Saturday morning cartoons

  4. You can’t deny his 24” thermos, brother!

  5. Let’s be honest. They’re all probably macho man fans. As he would say”Hogan is a chump!” Be a man Hogan!

  6. Shawn Michaels will always be the GOAT!

  7. Hulk Hogan comments really hurt me as a black male because I idolized him growing up but I also believe people can change if it’s in their heart so even though I don’t condone his racist remarks I do hope he fine some sense of peace regarding what he said and make every sincere attempt to make amends. And everyone who is trying to justify his comments by saying black people say this word regularly isn’t only ignorant but clearly have a racist State of Mind all groups and ethnicities make certain comments amongst themselves but it doesn’t excuse other people to say the same words or jokes

    • “No one gave a shit about Ric Flair until he hit WWE”

      You don’t know your butthole from a hole in the wall.

  8. I was there in the 80s: No one gave a shit about Ric Flair until he hit WWE. We all knew about him: He was the guy from on one of the cheap version of wrestling that you only watched because it was ‘wrastlin, and WWF wasnt on. its not like we had VHS tapes of it to watch over and over. Flair would of course surpass Dusty Rhodes in international stardom and become the greatest thing to join WWF from another promotion, but he never came close to the stardom that Hogan had.

  9. Facts. Wrestling & Hulk go almost hand & hand as Bruce Lee & Kung Foo

  10. Shawn Michaels will always be the GOAT, not Hulk Hogan.

  11. Every wrestler should treat Hulk Hogan like a virus. When Jesse Ventura was trying to unionize the WWF to help the younger wrestlers, Hogan was on the front line with Vince McMahon fighting against it. Hogan, as the top earner at the time, had the most to lose, so he looked out only for himself. He deserves worse treatment than he could ever get.

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