Hulk Hogan Talks His Current Health, His WWE Return, Why He Calls People “Brother”, Raw Appearances and More

Nick Paglino

hulk hogan​WrestleMania 30 host Hulk Hogan recently spoke to NOLA.com to promote WrestleMania in New Orleans this Sunday night. The following are some interview highlights:

Returning to WWE and appearing on Raw:

"When I came around the corner and the people saw me (the first night), it felt like I was standing behind a 747 and all the engines were firing. It was just so much energy, and the people were so loud, I went, 'Wow. It still works.' Second appearance was better. The crowd was electric. And then this last one in Brooklyn. I'm definitely cool now. There's nothing to worry about. I'm OK."

Where his use of "brother" came from:

"It kind of started after WrestleMania I. As soon as we became mainstream, I would fly into cities and do newspapers and go to radio stations and just meet kids in hospitals. Sometimes, I was meeting up to 100 to 200 people a day. If you meet 10 people a day, it's hard to remember everyone's name. So as I was meeting a couple hundred people a day, the word brother just stuck because I couldn't remember everybody's names."

His current health:

"Everything's good. My body kind of went through some drama with back surgery and stuff, but I'm pretty much patched up and ready to go. I feel like I got a shot in the arm when I came back to the WWE. So, I'm all charged up with gas and ready to rumble."

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

“Andre the Giant has been such a huge part of wrestling, huge part of the WWE," said Hogan, who doesn't think there's a favorite to win the match. "It was one of those things we kind of put our heads together and came up with. I think this is going to be one of the biggest events of WrestleMania each and every year."

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