In what may be one of the biggest stories of 2014, the biggest icon in WWE history is coming home. Multiple reports indicate that Hulk Hogan has reached a deal with the WWE to return just in time for the 30th anniversary of Hulkamania.
[adinserter block=”1″]Both PWInsider.com and the Wrestling Observer have confirmed that a deal is in place to bring Hulk Hogan back to the WWE. The deal isn’t a surprise to me, yet the timing is a bit of a shocker. I expected Hogan to be back in the fold last October, in time to promote WWE 2K14. For whatever reason that didn’t happen. Hoagn will however be back in time for the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania.
Meltzer went into detail in his latest Observer newsletter as he reports that while a deal is done, nothing has been signed.
“Hogan also reached a verbal deal to return this past week although it’s been pretty clear for several weeks that this was happening. Hogan won’t be at a match at WrestleMania, at least as things stand now, no matter what Piper has been pushing for, because Hogan can’t pass the physical, although no doubt he will be around that weekend and be part of the show. I don’t know that an actual contract has been signed, but it’s openly talked about that he’s in.”
Meltzer points out that it was expected Hogan would have been a part of the WWE Network announcement. I have heard rumblings that some felt a surprise appearance by Hogan would have taken attention away from the actual network announcement. I am not so sure about that. You better believe that Hogan will be doing a ton of promotion over the next year for the new network.
Whether Hogan wrestles or not is all speculation at this point. He obviously wants to wrestle again. Multiple reports indicate that Roddy Piper has been pitching an idea which would feature him and CM Punk vs. John Cena and Hogan in the Mania headliner. It doesn’t appear that will be the direction the company goes. Cena’s status at this point is a mystery so maybe they do stick him in some kind of tag team match with Hogan.
[adinserter block=”2″]Hogan is coming off a four-year run in TNA Wrestling. Hogan wrestled a handful matches, none of which were very memorable. Hogan’s last match against Sting at Bound for Glory was probably one of his career lowlights with Hogan being so immobile. Hogan was also key force in creative for those three years. I think it is fair to say that his run in TNA probably won’t earn Hogan a spot on the WWE Creative Team.
As someone who grew up watching Hogan, I am excited to see him back. It’s where he belonged and it is where he should finish his career. Like him or not I don’t think there is a bigger icon in WWE history than the Hulkster. Welcome home.
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