Hulk Hogan may be returning to WWE television one day and according to him, it may be pretty soon.
Hogan was interviewed by WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday during a “Legends of the Ring” event that Hogan participated in along with Ric Flair. The event was hosted by Eric Bischoff and Jimmy Hart.
Here’s Hogan on a potential return to WWE:
“Things are moving in that direction quite quickly. It’s all about execution and timing and the right place and the right time but things are good.”
Hogan’s WWE deal was terminated in July 2015 when a recording was released with Hogan uttering a racial slur without his knowledge. Since then, it was expected that Hogan would return to WWE in some capacity one day.
Hogan said that one of the questions he is always asked is why he didn’t wrestle Ric Flair at a WrestleMania, which was likely going to be WrestleMania 8 in 1992. Hogan was asked to explain why they didn’t get that WrestleMania match and he said this:
“We don’t know. We were on fire. We did some house shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, three or four shows in a row we set all kinds of records all over and we were pushing real hard towards that WrestleMania time and for me I have a personal opinion, the chemistry was so powerful between Ric and I, I hate to say anything bad about any of the other wrestlers, I hate to say anything bad about the company but with Ric and I heading into WrestleMania it kind of took over everything. If we would have wrestled at WrestleMania, we would have taken so much of the focus because there would have been the rematch and the cage match, the title would have dropped and hopefully I would have won it back and back and forth. I think that Vince knew that this was such a powerful turbulence between the two of us he could conquer and divide and make it work even better and pretty much that’s what he did. He sent me off in one direction and him in another and we drew money in both directions.”
You can watch the full video below.
TJR Thoughts: I’m not sure what role Hogan could have in WWE as a 63-year-old. In this interview, Hogan talked about how he could have an interview with somebody the caliber of Ric Flair, but I think that’s the usual Hogan bullshit. He’s too old and broken down at this point. If he was brought back to WWE in some capacity it could lead to a few appearances per year, but it’s not like they bring around the old timers that often anyway.
There are also a lot of people that are not going to forgive Hogan for what he said, so that’s something WWE will have to deal with because there will be a negative reaction to him if he is brought back into the WWE family in any capacity.
As for WrestleMania 8, I’ve read stories about how the attendance for some of those shows with Hogan and Flair were not as good as WWE liked. Who knows what is true? I think WWE should have done Hogan vs. Flair at WM8, but they probably figured that they could get two matches out of their big names, so Flair put over Randy Savage for the WWE Title in a great match while Hogan wrestled Sid Justice in a disqualification that led to a huge pop for a returning Ultimate Warrior.
Hogan and Flair wrestled several times in WCW in a huge feud in 1994 (when Hogan started in WCW) and several other times before WCW’s demise. They also did an international tour together a few years ago.