Report: WWE Rules out Using Hulk Hogan in a Physical Role at WrestleMania XXX

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Report: WWE Rules out Using Hulk Hogan in a Physical Role at WrestleMania XXX
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Hulk Hogan, will be back soon.

It looks like Hulk Hogan will be making an appearance at this year's WrestleMania XXX event in New Orleans, La.—but don't expect the legend to get involved in any physical capacity.

In this week's (subscribers only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that WWE will not be allowing the star do to anything physical at the event:

As things stand right now, while Hulk Hogan will be returning, and making an appearance in some form at WrestleMania, after being examined, the company made the call to not only not put him in a match, but not book anything physical involving him.

Meltzer also gives details of just when Hogan, who left TNA last year, will be back on WWE television:

Hogan said that he was filming a Super Bowl commercial on 1/16. As far as when he comes back, it could be any time now. Perhaps they could tease it at the Rumble, and there’s some talk of debuting him (as well as bringing back a lot of big names that weren’t on Old School Raw) on the 2/24 Raw, the day the network launches...

No doubt, many Hogan fans will be disappointed by the news that WWE is refusing to use him as a wrestler. The Hall of Famer may even be unhappy with this development himself.

It's also a bit sad to think that his last ever wrestling match was likely in a forgettable house show for TNA in January 2012 (via PWTorch).

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But, really, for the sake of Hogan's long-term health, this is probably the best move the company and its team of doctors could have made.

Hogan's long-term back problems have been well-documented (gossip site TMZ once famously reported that the man seriously hurt himself once picking up sea shells at the beach). Taking bumps—even one or two—is the last thing he needs to do right now. It's also questionable whether he should have done the (handful) of matches for TNA that he did.

No matter how big a deal WrestleMania XXX is, it's just not worth the risk.

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