Like many of you here on Bleacher Report, I grew up in the '80s and our wrestling idol (whether you're man enough to admit it or not) was Hulk Hogan.
In our childlike eyes the man could do no wrong.
He told us to pray, and we did.
He told us to take our vitamins. I never missed a dose of Flintstone Chewables.
This, of course, was before the internet and only the most hardcore of the hardcore fans knew of the personal lives of those men in the squared circle (I didn't even know Hulk Hogan wasn't his real name until I was in high school).
Fast forward to the mid-'90s and those of us with a computer and AOL would soon learn all we wanted to about the men we cheered for.
The kid-friendly superhero Hogan made a heel turn on television, and it turned out he was sort of a heel all along.
His ego and influence held guys back so he could bask in the sunshine for a few more years (or decades).
For me, Hogan became the poster child for the reason I don't like to learn too much about the athletes and celebrities that entertain me. Usually the more and more you learn about them away from movies, sports or wrestling, the more you grow to dislike who they really are.
Since his stint in WCW I've kind of distanced myself from my former idol.
The man who once told all of us what it took to be a true stand-up guy did almost the exact opposite of what he preached.
I've grown to ignore the hypocrisy that Hogan preaches, but today Pro Wrestling Insider re-tweeted what the Hulkster had initially said about Edge's retirement last night on Monday Night Raw.
Here is what Hogan (via Twitter @HulkHogan4Real) had to say about Edge.
"if any of the guys like me,Flair,Hardy,Andre,AA,Blanchard,orndoff,Henning would have listened to doctors we would have quit15yrsago"
"but I don't know Edges working environment because they are a media company not a wrestling company. HH wrestlers work hurt!"
I find this very disrespectful towards a fellow wrestler who on many occasions had said it was watching Hogan at WrestleMania (and seeing him live at the Toronto Skydome) that made a young Adam Copeland decide what he wanted to do with his life.
Jessie Venture said it perfectly when he spoke to a young Chris Irvine (Jericho), "...prepare for a life of pain..."
Yes, wrestlers go out and perform almost nightly, and a lot of the time they do it in a great deal of pain.
However, if guys like Henning, Guerrero, Benoit, Davy Boy Smith, Pillman and a host of others would have quit while they were ahead, maybe they'd still be alive today.
Also, had Andre ended his career a few years before he put Hogan over at WrestleMania 3, he may have lived a bit longer and his last few years wouldn't have been so painful.
Hogan and his quick-to-be-heard attitude can't see the big picture and that there is life beyond the ring.
To me there is something pathetic about seeing a 50-plus-year-old who can barely move handing out leg drops as the bandanna he uses to hide his bald head falls off.
I'm going to miss Edge like crazy but I'm glad he's walking out on wrestling instead of being carted off.
Also Edge leaves at the top of his game instead of sticking around two decades too long and becoming a complete parody of what he once was.
This will be the biggest difference between the post wrestling career for Terry Bollea and Adam Copeland.
One day Adam will be able to chase his grandchildren around the yard and have a blast; Terry will be lucky if he's not confined to a wheel chair.
I respect the sacrifice every single wrestler (from the top promotions to the ones held in bowling alleys) make for our entertainment.
However, I find it to be a low blow to question a wrestler's toughness when the choices are retirement or paralysis.
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I can only assume Hogan has received some serious heat from followers in regards to his tweets last night about Edge.
Since writing this article he has tweeted the following:
"I'm not saying anything bad about Edge but he's a real wrestler,Stone Cold and Cena had neck surgery and u couldn't stop em,Or Edge it's in"
"Edges blood,he lives for this business he's a real wrestler,he a lifer,he's one of the real boys,he's hard to hold down,that's all. HH"
Regardless of what he's tweeting this morning, he said what he said about Edge last night and to me it was disrespectful and a slap in the face of Edge.
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