WWE Confirms Hogan’s Return and WM Role, Vince McMahon Comments

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– WWE announced the following:

The red and yellow is back, brother.

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE and will host WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE on Monday’s Raw. He will also appear on WWE Raw Backstage Pass, airing live on WWE Network immediately following Raw.

“We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE,” WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon said. “It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.”

A larger-than-life icon, Hogan was regarded as the “Face of WWE” when Randy Orton was still in snakeskin diapers. The Hulkster’s rise to sports-entertainment immortality began on Jan. 23, 1984, when he defeated The Iron Sheik in Madison Square Garden to become WWE Champion. That victory began a pop culture phenomenon known as “Hulkamania” with Hogan bringing WWE to international prominence with appearances on MTV, his own animated series and a definitive WrestleMania III main event against Andre the Giant in front of a record 93, 173 fans in the Pontiac Silverdome.

The Hulkster went on to become a six-time WWE Champion, and a WrestleMania icon, battling everyone from The Rock to 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductee The Ultimate Warrior on The Grandest Stage of Them All. In 2005, Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his “Rocky III” co-star Sylvester Stallone. His red and yellow boots have not touched a mat since December 2007, but that will change this Monday night.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” Hogan said. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: Whatcha you gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”

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  1. I want a dollar from all the people who claimed that WWE would never take back Hulk Hogan. I don’t care if it’s in pennies or monopoly money just as long as I can say I told you so lol.

  2. People make fun of Hogan and Flair hanging around because of their age. What people forget is if it wasn’t for Hogan and Flair, and MANY others, Pro Wrestling wouldn’t be the phenomenon it is today. They may be older, and their place may not be in the ring, but they have EARNED that right to be there in some capacity at this stage of their lives, and if nothing else, they have earned respect and should be shown that respect. WWE won’t put Hogan in a position to embarrass himself or the WWE. I have been watching wrestling since I was 5 years old, and I was 17 when Hogan won his first title and I fell into the Hulkamania thing. I even met him in 1984 at the Olympic Auditorium in L.A. (A time when the wrestlers were readily accessible to the fans) – and what was cool was he came up behind me, put his hand on my shoulder and shook my hand – I didn’t have to ask. I still get goose bumps and excited like a little kid when he comes out to Real American. I can’t say that when I hear glass shattering or “If you smell what The Rock is cooking”. It’s just not the same. Hulkamania WILL live forever and IS immortal, and if it’s not, the ideals ARE. That’s just my opinion. He is the John Cena of his generation and John Cena is the Hulk Hogan of his generation. The delivery is different, but the message is the same. Love him or hate him, you still have to respect him.

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