Hulk Hogan is known for many things inside and outside the wrestling ring, but one thing that's always been consistent with the WWE Hall of Famer is he's always in character mode. His current target is Brock Lesnar.
The rift got started two weeks ago during an episode of Raw when WWE was holding a birthday celebration for Hogan. Lesnar interrupted the party and, in true heel fashion, simply said, "party's over, grandpa."
However, according to a report from TMZ (h/t WrestlingInc), Lesnar's line wasn't part of the script and rubbed Hogan the wrong way. The former WWE champion voiced his frustration by giving Lesnar a warning:
All I gotta say is Brock, I haven't done anything to get in your way but if you keep throwing my name around I'm gonna get in your way.
You can't say that stuff like you said Brock, in front of my wife and kids. It's not cool brother. I know this is all entertainment. You know we're supposed to have fun with it but when he starts throwing my name around, with my wife and my kids, it's crossing the line.
You can't help but laugh when Hogan goes into defensive mode. He wants to keep the image of that wholesome, powerful superstar from the 1980s who responds whenever anyone talks.
Nevermind the fact that Hogan is calling out Lesnar, who is a former UFC heavyweight champion, physical freak and is 24 years younger than "grandpa."
Justin LaBar of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review also noted that part of the amusement in this situation comes from the fact Hogan could be angling for one more match:
The comedy in this is tremendous. Hogan will never shy away from a potential payday. Let's hope that's what he's trying for and not a true fight.
If Hogan thought challenging The Pope could possibly be booked for a pay-per-view main event, you better believe he would be cutting promos in Italy.
Hogan's rants are either a shoot and he's delusional, or are a work and he's delusional.
Who do you want to see Brock Lesnar wrestle at WrestleMania 31?
Even though Lesnar's line may not have been in the script, on the list of egregious things that have been said by wrestlers off the cuff, this was hardly worth getting worked up about. It also doesn't help Hogan's case that he turned 61, plenty old enough to be a grandfather.
The idea of Hogan, who can barely walk to the ring when you watch him on television, working an angle to wrestle Lesnar is perfectly in keeping with the Hulkster's legend but laughable in every other respect.
Hopefully, though, this is just Hogan's way of working an angle and not an actual threat against Lesnar, because it's hard to see the legend coming out of an actual fight with the Beast Incarnate in good condition.
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