Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix announced Monday the two Hall of Famers will take part in a Miz TV segment.
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WWE is billing next week's Raw as the "season premiere," likely because it comes the same week as SmackDown's debut on Fox on Oct. 4.
Hogan and Flair were part of the Raw Reunion in July, which somewhat dampens the excitement of Monday's announcement.
Including them in Miz TV is somewhat odd as well since that's generally a vehicle through which WWE furthers ongoing storylines. Although Shawn Michaels ultimately didn't get back in the squared circle, his Miz TV interactions with Dolph Ziggler led to Ziggler's SummerSlam bout with Bill Goldberg.
Hogan, 66, and Flair, 70, obviously aren't using Miz TV to tease another entry in their epic rivalry.
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt has laid out a number of legends, most recently taking down Kane last night. Taking down The Hulkster and The Nature Boy would only add to Wyatt's mystique. Attacking Flair backstage was how Batista signaled his WWE comeback in February.
If building more momentum behind "The Fiend" isn't the ultimate goal, perhaps WWE is looking only at the nostalgia.
Hogan and Flair are two of the biggest names in history and might help draw a few more eyeballs to Raw. Not only does the promotion want to make a big splash with SmackDown, but it will also have All Elite Wrestling's premiere of Dynamite on Oct. 2 in the back of its mind.