As you will have undoubtedly heard by now, WWE confirmed on its official website earlier Friday that Hulk Hogan will be returning to the company on this Monday's Raw. The company also revealed that the Hall of Famer will serve as the special guest host of WrestleMania XXX on April 6 in New Orleans.
But what will he do beyond that? Well, per one recent report, Hogan could potentially be the Raw general manager soon enough. As Bryan Alvarez notes in this week's (subscribers-only) F4W Newsletter: "There was talk this week of using Hulk Hogan as a GM with the company not rushing to bring in Sting."
It's easy to see why WWE is considering him for the role. Hogan as Raw GM has several advantages.
First of all, it keeps him relevant without him actually having to wrestle. (Hogan's numerous and well-documented back surgeries and injuries have likely ruled out any potential in-ring action for the 60-year-old.)
The fans would probably like it, too. And WWE television desperately needs a larger-than-life character who can stand up to Triple H and the rest of the The Authority, which Hogan could be.
Of course, you could argue the company already has all the authority figures it needs and doesn't require another.
It's also possible—maybe even likely—that Hogan is better used in small doses. The more fans see of him on a weekly basis, the more his appeal diminishes. We saw this in TNA.
While Hogan made a big splash in January 2010 when he debuted for the No. 2 promotion, he couldn't keep it up and soon seemed to be “just another guy” on television who didn't make any real difference to business or ratings.
In fairness, no one else has been able to turn things around for TNA, either, so it's unfair to pin all the blame on him. But really, it appears that Hogan, like most nostalgia acts, has a limited appeal.
What do you think? Would you like to see Hogan as the new GM? Or should WWE find something else for him to do?
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