Thumbs Up, or Thumbs Down: Hulk Hogan Appearing at WrestleMania XXX

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Thumbs Up, or Thumbs Down: Hulk Hogan Appearing at WrestleMania XXX

On the Pancakes and Powerslams show, we have a closing segment of the show called the "Flavor of the Week," which gives a discussion about a random wrestling topic outside of the current storylines. Subjects such as Mid-South Wrestling, greatest Intercontinental Champions, worst factions, among others, lead to great listener input and opinion.

For the past few months, we have debuted a series entitled "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" which gives an approval or disapproval on subjects such as whether certain wrestlers should be in the WWE Hall of Fame, which nWo members were good or bad for the group, which Nation of Domination members did and did not fit, and more. Join us every Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET to have fun and voice your opinion.

This "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" topic will address Hulk Hogan and his resurgence as a free agent. After a not-so-satisfying stint in WWE from 2005 to 2007 after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Hogan left the company, feeling as if it just was not the same. This led to talks with Dixie Carter and the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) promotion, which he officially became a member of in 2009.

Hogan's signing gave Carter hope that TNA would rise in popularity, even becoming a legitimate rival with WWE and revive the Monday Night Wars. To put this challenge to the test, TNA made a bold—but highly regrettable—decision to move their Thursday night "Impact" show to Monday nights, going head-to-head with Raw. The January 4, 2010 show was the first to confirm the move, and it featured the Impact TV debut of Hogan, along with appearances from Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Val Venis, Ric Flair and Jeff Hardy.

Although it was an exciting an promising show, the decision was incredibly premature and did not last long thereafter.

In the four years that Hulk Hogan was influential in TNA, unfortunately the gauge did not move much, oftentimes not at all. In fact, die-hard TNA fans criticized the direction the company was going and were not happy with the heavy on-air appearances of Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Angles such as "They," which was incorporated with "10-10-10" and the big reveal being simply a Jeff Hardy heel turn did not help matters whatsoever.

As the years progressed, we saw less of Hogan in a prominent role, which ended up helping revitalize the company and put the focus back on the stars that helped build it. However, Hogan was back in the spotlight when the rebellious group known as Aces and Eights debuted in the summer of 2012. Even more, his daughter Brooke was heavily involved in the storyline as well. In October of 2013, Hogan's run with TNA ended, and he has yet to re-sign despite rumors of him staying.

This leads to whether he should go back to his Hulkamania roots by appearing on WWE television. It is no surprise that Hogan would like to return to the WWE, and he has made several mentions as of late of his desire to do so.

In an autograph session with Philadelphia's ABC affiliate, Hogan commented about whether he would like to be at WrestleMania XXX, stating, "I'd love to be at WrestleMania, I'd love to be in the crowd, but it would really be cool to be in the ring."

As much as many would like to see the 60-year-old, 12-time world champion ride off into the sunset, many fans who grew up watching Hogan in the '80s would love to have one more moment of nostalgia. The "Real American" theme song is one of the most poignant and popular themes in pro wrestling history, and Hogan coming down a WWE ramp to it one more time would cement his legacy on a much better note than his tenure with TNA.

As far as wrestling at the PPV, that is not a very good idea. If he did, it would have to be against someone who could tell a story with him and would cause him to spend most of the match doing taunts and poses. The first person that comes to mind would be Triple H. The power struggle between him and Vince McMahon over control of the company goes on until WrestleMania XXX.

Shortly before the event, McMahon brings back Hogan to be his representative in a match that would leave the winner having sole control of the company. Other than that, there would not be very many other logical options for Hogan to put his boots back on for one last time.

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So what do you think? Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE: Thumbs Up, or Down? Sound off (civilly) below, and tune in to the Pancakes and Powerslams show this Tuesday night at 11 p.m. ET on Blog Talk Radio as we discuss this matter further.

 

Chris Featherstone is a writer for WrestlingInc.com Continue to show your support on Twitter @cravewrestling, and liking Crave Wrestling on Facebook.

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