The worst thing WWE could do right now is “surprise” all of us at WrestleMania with Hulk Hogan making his return to the company after he was essentially erased from memory on the company’s website.
Yes, I fully understand WWE is desperate for a successful WrestleMania 32 in Dallas with a depleted roster and the feeling of a lackluster performance so far by Roman Reigns as the company champion. Yes, there are veterans who could make up or that – The Rock, Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and maybe Goldberg. But the worst thing that could happen is Hogan’s return, with a lawsuit against Gawker still in the news and Hogan’s star severely diminished in the eyes of many wrestling fans.
The Road to WrestleMania 32 must be driven slowly and deliberately if WWE plans on making it a success. Hogan was part of the festivities in New Orleans, but he needs to remain out of sight in terms of name recognition come April 3.
Hogan is suing Gawker over a National Enquirer exposé that he had made highly offensive racist remarks during one of his secretly recorded sex tapes with Heather Cole. Gawker published the excerpts without permission. That isn’t the only reason Hogan shouldn’t be part of the festivities in Dallas. They go beyond that. Hogan, for a lack of a better term, isn’t the star he used to be. Ric Flair, while I believe he is hurting his daughter Charlotte’s position in WWE, is current because he is on television and part of the story angle.
Can we honestly say fans talk about a Hulk Hogan return to television or the ring like they do about Austin, The Rock, Roddy Piper when he was alive and Michaels? That’s an emphatic, “NO!”
You cannot bring back the past, especially at a WWE event like WrestleMania unless the past will get you a “pop” from the audience, hoping they want more. The Rock, Austin and Michaels all do that.
If Bryan were to return to action or appear in Dallas, it would add icing to the star power.
Hogan would just deflate that balloon.
KURT ANGLE’S FINAL OPPONENT
The Kurt Angle “Farewell Tour” will come to a screeching halt January 31 when he meets Bobby Lashley in his final match in TNA.
It was announced by Dixie Carter on Sunday through her Twitter account. TNA will be on tour in the UK and the match in Birmingham vs. Bobby Lashley will be his last as far as we know.
Angle, whose career has been up in the air following injuries and contract discussions, hasn’t ruled out the idea of wrestling again. But of now, there is no word if a final run in WWE is a possibility
(It should be) or a return to Impact Wrestling is possible.
The TNA Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist is not re-signing with Dixie Carter’s company when his contract expires at the end of January.
Bobby Lashley, a long-time rival, will be on the opposite end of the ring when Angle ends his career – for now.
GODSPEED, MIKE SHARPE
It is being reported by pwinsider.com that “Iron” Mike Sharpe passed away over the weekend. While he was not the mega star others in WWF were back in the day, he was brought in to challenge then champion Bob Backlund for the WWF World Title.
According to the story on the website, Sharpe, a second generation talent, was best known for his long run with the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, where he was billed as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete” and was a recurring performer for the company, losing TV and undercard matches on live events. Working heel, Sharpe consistently wore a leather band around his forearm, which he used to batter opponents and occasionally, load and use as a foreign object to secure victories.
He also spent time in CWF in Memphis as a regional heel as well as Florida under the management of JJ Dillion. Maybe his biggest claim to fame was a passage in Hulk Hogan’s biography “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, where the former WWF/WWE superstar talked about how often the man used deodorant and how OCD he was outside the ring.