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Report: WWE Interested in Bringing Back Hulk Hogan for WrestleMania XXX?

Could we see Hogan at WrestleMania?
Could we see Hogan at WrestleMania?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 4, 2017

Does Hulk Hogan factor into WWE's WrestleMania XXX plans? Amazing as it sounds, he very well might.

Hogan's future in wrestling is very much up in the air right now. He was written off of TNA programming last week and, per reports (PWI via Wrestling Inc) both sides are still attempting to come to a deal.

This could go either way, but the company's well-reported financial struggles lead many to believe Hogan may be gone from America's No. 2 promotion for good.

Past reports have claimed the performer makes a whopping $35,000 per appearance.

Can Dixie Carter really justify re-signing Hogan for similar money (it's hard to see him taking a pay cut), especially in light of the flurry of recent budget-related cuts, reports of late payment of wages and Jesse Sorensen's shocking claims that the company refused to pay his medical bills when he broke his neck wrestling for them?

And it's not like he has made any significant difference to TNA's business in recent years anyway.

Why would anyone with even a modicum of business sense think he's worth re-signing? Even by TNA's low, low standards, trying to make a new deal and wasting even more cash on Hogan would be amazingly foolish.

If Hogan is indeed gone from TNA, the only real alternative he has is WWE. And, as Dave Meltzer notes in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company is so eager to have a major match for WrestleMania XXX next year, they'll likely welcome him back with open arms.

This year’s Mania numbers were disappointing, and there is the feeling Rock appearing for the fourth straight year isn’t going to pop numbers this time out. Unless there is a great outside attraction, the feeling right now is the only thing that can get Mania back to its previous years would be an announced Undertaker retirement and it being his final WrestleMania match, something big with Hogan or something big with Steve Austin. At the end of the day, Hogan is going to go with whichever company offers him the best deal.

WWE's thought process is understandable. Hogan having one last great match at WrestleMania—John Cena would seem the most likely choice for an opponent—would be a big selling point of the pay-per-view.

But would it really be smart of the company to place their main match in the hands of a 60-year-old who has been hampered by numerous back surgeries and seemingly can't take a bump anymore without risking serious damage?

Or do fans not expect Hogan to deliver anything close to a main event quality match at this point anyway?

 

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