It has been speculated for months, but it has finally been confirmed—Hulk Hogan is returning to the WWE.
Hogan hasn't been seen in the company since 2007, but his seven-year exile will be ended by the WWE when he returns to WWE programming on the Raw following on from the Elimination Chamber.
The WWE's official website revealed the news and went one step further, confirming that Hogan will be the host of WrestleMania XXX:
The red and yellow is back, brother.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE and will host WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE on Monday’s Raw.
Prior to WrestleMania talk, it does indeed suggest that the company is going to make a big deal out of the Raw appearance heading out of the Elimination Chamber. That is the launch night of the WWE Network, and it is sure to be a big night for the WWE.
The show is hosted in Chicago that night, and it could even provide a return for CM Punk—providing his "resignation" from the company is indeed a work. However, several other stars could be set for a return that night, as the WWE looks to launch their new network in serious style.
However, the draw of Hogan alone will be enough to ensure that edition of Raw is an absolutely colossal one. The company have arguably done the right thing in bringing him back as a host rather than an active roster member, as there is too much disruption amongst the current cast to have him seriously disturb the current flow.
In terms of Hogan, this is the perfect time to bring him back. His spell with TNA has come to an end, and WrestleMania is Hulk Hogan's ideal surrounding. He did, after all, main event the first edition of the show way back in 1985, and he is a true hero of WWE.
Despite a spell in the WCW and being a member of the New World Order, Hogan is very much most fondly remembered for his time with the WWE and his "Real American" guise.
He is a six-time WWE Champion and arguably the biggest WrestleMania icon of all time. Having Hogan return as host of the biggest event the company has put on in years is a smart decision—and great booking from the WWE.