WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has explained why a rematch between Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar being nixed might have “been a blessing in disguise.”
On the 8th of August 2002 edition of SmackDown Hulk Hogan found himself going one-on-one with a young man who at the time had yet to become WWE Champion, but soon would. That man was Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar and Hogan squared off with The Beast Incarnate leaving The Hulkster battered, bloodied, and beaten. It would be six months before Hogan returned to the ring in WWE when he faced The Rock at No Way Out in 2003.
Bruce Prichard recently explained how Huk Hogan turned down a rematch with Lesnar for Lesnar’s Undisputed WWE Championship because it would have meant losing twice in a row to the young star.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross was incredulous at Hogan’s attitude regarding that, but says it might have been a blessing:
“Really? You’re f*cking Hulk Hogan. You’re over, you’ll be over for eternity and beyond. And in three or four days a normal dude is going to forget, really it’s not gonna become a big issue whatsoever about who won and who lost, especially who lost. You embellish the winner and all that good stuff. I don’t know, I never had a good feeling about that pairing, and it might have been a blessing in disguise that the match didn’t happen.”
Brock Lesnar competed at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia where he picked up a win over Bobby Lashley in an uncharacteristic match for The Beast Incarnate as he was dominated by his All Mighty opponent before sneaking a pinfall victory.
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