Hulk Hogan, 69, is one of the most iconic figures in the world of professional wrestling. For decades, he has thrilled fans around the world with his larger-than-life persona and amazing in-ring skills. Unfortunately, it appears that Hogan’s wrestling career has come to an end due to a serious medical issue.
Recently, fellow WWE legend Kurt Angle revealed on his podcast that Hogan has lost feeling in his lower body following back surgery and now has to use a cane to walk around.
“He had the nerves cut from his lower body, he can’t feel his lower body. So, he has to use his cane to walk around. I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back. He doesn’t have any pain, he has nothing at all. He can’t feel anything,” Angle said.
It seems that Hogan underwent an unknown procedure where nerves were removed from his back. This procedure likely led to the loss of feeling in his lower body and the need to use a cane for mobility.
While Hogan has not spoken publicly about the issue, he appeared at the WWE Raw 30th anniversary show in Philadelphia last week without the aid of a cane. This suggests that he is making progress in his recovery.
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Unfortunately, Hogan is not alone in his struggles with health issues as a result of wrestling. Injuries due to falls, blows to the head, and other in-ring mishaps are all too common in wrestling.
Hogan has had around 35 surgeries in his career, including double knee surgery last year, and he has admitted that his body is “full of metal” due to the extensive damage he has suffered.
“My knees are fake, hips are fake, back is full of metal and part of my face is full of metal,” he said.
He said, “I’m sort of freaking out. I’m beginning to learn I’m a lot older… And with age, it’s tough to be the same dependable guy I’ve been in the past. I realize that as I get up there in age, I can’t go on forever.”