The rumors have circulated ever since his departure from TNA, and now it’s official: Hulk Hogan is returning to WWE this Monday night on RAW and will be the host of WrestleMania 30.
It’s only fitting that one of the most iconic figures in WWE and WrestleMania history will be on hand for the 30th edition of wrestling’s Super Bowl, and now we know the role he will play. Being Hogan’s physical condition won’t allow him to see much in-ring action, there is no doubt that Hulk still brings a huge presence to “WrestleMania season” and will enhance things like only he can do. The nostalgia factor alone in having the guy that was carrying the company during WrestleMania 1 involved in this mega event will make it a must-see for many.
Having Hulk in a “host” role for the big event opens up a lot of possibilities as far as interaction with current stars to set up their matches for ‘Mania, which will undoubtedly see any current stories enhanced by Hulk’s involvement. It remains to be seen how Hulk will be involved on this Monday’s RAW, but the buzz created by his return is positioned perfectly to excite people even more for Monday’s launch of the WWE Network.
With Hulk Hogan now officially back in the WWE mix it also opens the door for him to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania, which in itself will be an interesting situation given their recent history of not exactly getting along. There has also been talk of WWE inducting the WrestleMania 1 main event (Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff) itself into the Hall of Fame, which would also be an awesome moment if it can be put together.
During his time in TNA, it always felt like Hulk Hogan should be on a bigger stage and he never really meshed with TNA and their misdirection at the time. Now Hulk is back with the company he helped build and will be presented at their grandest event just as he should: the Babe Ruth of pro wrestling.