Hulk Hogan's friend reported a loss of sensation in his lower body after back surgery, requiring the use of a cane for mobility.
Terry Gene Bollea (Hulk Hogan), 69, underwent an undisclosed procedure involving the removal of back nerves. No further information on the surgery has been released, and the impact on Hogan's legs is uncertain.
Hogan posted a photo from a Monday night event, appearing to stand without support, indicating improvement.
WWE legend Kurt Angle, 54, disclosed Hogan's condition on a podcast last Monday. He stated that Hogan has no sensation below the waist, but is now using a cane for walking, indicating partial leg functionality.
This news comes as the WWE community gears up for WrestleMania, its biggest event annually, featuring appearances by iconic wrestlers such as Hogan and Angle.
"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," Mr. Angle said.
The issue has not been publicly addressed by Mr. Hogan.
"So now he can't feel his legs. So he has to walk with a cane which is, you know, that's pretty serious, man," Mr. Angle continued.
Six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion appeared at WWE Raw's 30th-anniversary show in Philadelphia last week. According to Mr. Angle, they spoke for 30 minutes about their health issues.
Mr. Hogan, with a 35-year career in WWE, informed Angle he lost sensation in his lower body. Despite this, he performed on stage without a cane.
Last year, Angle underwent double knee surgery, making him "practically helpless" during a challenging recovery.
Injuries are common among WWE champions, causing some to retire due to severe damage to the back, head, neck, etc.
"He put his heart and soul into the business and ate him up," Mr. Angle said.
"He's the name and face of the company. He's the guy that revolutionized pro wrestling. I have so much respect for him."
Mr. Hogan has transparently discussed past treatments for injuries sustained during wrestling matches.
In 2021, Brooke reported that Hogan underwent a total of 25 surgeries.
"My knees are fake, hips are fake, back is full of metal and part of my face is full of metal," he said.
In 2006, Hogan sustained a minor tear in his right knee's meniscus but declined surgery. This led to him realizing his aging and approaching the end of his professional athletic career.
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."
Hogan hasn't wrestled since a 2013 TNA Wrestling match. Numerous injuries and surgeries ended his wrestling career, but he would have preferred a final farewell match.
He stated on the Two Man Power Trip podcast last year: "If I was healthy, shoot—yeah, man, all day long."