WWE Announces That Hulk Hogan Will Host WrestleMania 30

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2014

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan gestures to the audience during his Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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It's official: wrestling legend Hulk Hogan will return to WWE.

The organization announced on Friday that Hogan will host WrestleMania 30 on April 6 in New Orleans, according to WWE.com.

Naturally, Hogan is thrilled to be back in the mix, per WWE.com:

Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family. I only have one question for the WWE Universe: Whatcha you gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?

Hogan later Tweeted about being the host:

WWE chairman Vince McMahon shared in Hogan's excitement in confirming the return of a beloved superstar, per WWE.com: "We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE. It's fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network."

It's also been confirmed that the 60-year-old Hogan will make his return to WWE on Monday's upcoming episode of Raw, making an appearance on WWE Network's Raw Backstage Pass as well. 

A six-time WWE champion, Hogan has seen and done it all inside the ring, defeating some of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen and taking part in some of the most iconic matches of all time. Keep in mind it has been more than six years since Hogan last participated in a WWE match.

Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Hogan's legendary career has certainly prepared him for his new role as WrestleMania host. 

Although it remains to be seen how he'll fare at wrestling's marquee event or what impact he'll have in New Orleans, it's clear that WWE is better off when Hogan is a factor. Hogan's unrivaled charisma and appeal both in and out of the ring set him apart from his contemporaries and many of WWE's top superstars today. 

Therefore, it's no wonder WWE was thrilled to announce Hogan's return this February. 

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