Oh Brother. Like him or not, there are almost no wrestlers in history on Hulk Hogan’s level (and there is a serious case to be made that there is no one on that level). He modernized the wrestling world and turned the WWF into a global phenomenon, only to go to WCW and become one of the greatest heels of all time. That gives him the kind of legendary status that almost no one has approached and it gives him certain respect in wrestling. We almost saw that again this year.
While you may not realize it, we are coming up on forty years since Hulk Hogan first won the WWF World Title. That was quite a long time ago and while it might seem like yesterday that Hulkamania was the strongest force in the universe just a few days ago, Hogan is now in his late 60s and has not wrestled a match in nearly ten years. However, that streak was nearly broken on the big stage.
According to Wrestlingnews.co, Vince McMahon had signed off on the idea of Hogan entering and winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 36. The show took place in Tampa, Florida, where Hogan currently lives. The idea would have seen Hogan take no bumps but eliminate a wrestler or two near the end to win the match. However, the deal fell through as the two sides could not agree on financial terms. The match wound up not taking place anyway due to the Coronavirus changing WrestleMania altogether.
The man knows his battle royals. Check out Hogan in a few of them:
Opinion: I could see this taking place as a battle royal is far from a traditional competitive match. Hogan wouldn’t be hurting anyone whatsoever by throwing them over the top and getting to pose a lot. It’s not like the battle royal has meant all that much for years now so going with Hogan in a feel good moment would have worked out just fine. It’s a shame this couldn’t happen, because it would have been quite the moment.
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