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Examining the Likelihood of a WWE Return for Hulk Hogan

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Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2013

There's always a way to build a new bridge, because the WWE money is on the other side.

Hulk Hogan's contract with TNA Impact wrestling is reported to be expiring sometime in the next few months.

Hogan has helped TNA's visibility to the world. His name is still recognizable. However, he hasn't, nor can he make them a viable competitor to WWE. No one person can, especially in the current structure of the company.

I think reuniting business relations with WWE has a high probability. The days of the Hogan name being printed on TMZ continues to get further away and that is a positive if he's ever looking to work with WWE again. At one time, the entire family was overtaking the tabloids as if they were Miley Cyrus at the VMA's.

TNA got some exposure with Hogan as an on-air character and doing media. Wherever they've gotten up to this point with him, is as far as it's going to go. Hogan can contribute far more to WWE than he ever could to TNA at the age of 60.

Working with the machine known as WWE would provide several opportunities that maximize Hogan's use. Imagine Hogan as a color commentator for WWE programming.

When the retired stars can't play anymore, they move to a role where they can narrate the show and put over the new stars. This is applicable in all major mainstream sports and professional wrestling. The best analysts are former players.

Hogan has a distinct voice and character that could be a significant boost for WWE's programming. He's always had the ability to talk and sell. That's why Hulkamania was so successful. Hogan helping sell the stories and characters of today would be a big asset for the company with the current state of their young roster.

The late Macho Man Randy Savage and Roddy Piper are good examples supporting why Hogan would work. Distinct voices and characters that can tell a story. They worked well when WWE put them in the roles of color commentators years ago.

In addition to commentary, the charitable work WWE does as well as the anti-bullying campaign, are also platforms that Hogan could be associated with.

You can have the biggest name in a sport, but if you don't have the right tools within, that name can only do so much for you. Michael Jordan couldn't turn the Washington Wizards of 2001 into the Chicago Bulls of the '90s. But in WWE, the system is in place. The brand is secure. All they have to do is insert Hogan where they see fit.


Hogan's a successful business man and backstage politician. You have to be to accomplish what he has done for so long, in the variety of arenas he has. He has to know WWE is the best place for him if he can make a deal with them work.

Just imagine Hogan and Warrior all back under the same roof with Vince McMahon. Total Divas wouldn't be able to touch that reality show.

 

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