Hulk Hogan's Top Priority at WrestleMania 30 Should Be Ultimate Warrior

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014


There should be one goal with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 30—Ultimate Warrior.

Hogan is the special guest host, just as The Rock was at WrestleMania 27. Just like when The Rock was guest host, it called for a segment where he crossed paths and locked eyes with someone who brought a roar from the Georgia Dome crowd.

The Rock crossed paths with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, a rival upon whom his career was built. It was the first time the two had been seen on-screen together in a very long time. It was a simple bit of nostalgia while the two showed their respect for each other.

The Rock and Austin never had legitimate problems with each other, and it had been about eight years since we had seen them together, but it still was a special moment in WWE history.

Hogan and Warrior have had legitimate problems with each other and haven't been seen together in over 15 years. The potential is grand, and it's fitting for the magnitude of WrestleMania 30.

In the same year, both Hogan is returning to WWE and Warrior is finally going into the Hall of Fame. There is no way the two can't appear together. Some feel Hogan is a likely choice to induct Warrior. Maybe, but honestly, I'd rather Hogan not induct Warrior and we get the showdown on the big stage.

Hogan is guaranteed to have at least one in-ring segment at WrestleMania. An interruption by the Warrior would set up one of those WrestleMania moments. It would set up the same feeling many got when Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were in the ring on Raw in 2010 after years of their storied history.

Hogan and Warrior meet for a staredown in the ring. It ends in a handshake of respect, with the veterans seeming to bury all the past comments and grievances.

Some of you might be saying this is a waste of valuable time to have two legends stroke their egos and settle their problems. To top the segment off and make it worthwhile for today's product, have someone from the current roster interrupt them.

An interruption of a feel-good moment: Cut a promo on the two legends, then take a few physical, simple spots from them. It tops off the segment of nostalgia and gets added to the list of flashback clips in the WrestleMania moments playlist. It gives a rub to a heel who still has a future with WWE.

Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett or Fandango come to mind as guys who, as soon as that music hits, the momentum and entertainment of the segment continues to rise.

There would be something comical about a guy like Ryback, but don't waste the spot on someone who has gone to the highest point in his career already. I still have hope for Sandow, Barrett or Fandango to make more of their careers.

Hogan as the guest host of the big event is the perfect role; it places him in the perfect media ambassador role. It aligns perfectly with the launch of the WWE Network. But priority No. 1 once the pay-per-view starts is to let him have a contribution to the night.

The Rock had a contribution by being involved in the title match main event at WrestleMania 27. Hogan doesn't need to go that far. Otherwise, WrestleMania 30 could end with him as champion, brother.


Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the creator of the Chair Shot Reality video talk show and Wrestling Reality radio show. He's been featured by various outlets, including several appearances on NBC Sports as a wrestling analyst.