Hulk Hogan hasn’t been seen in a WWE arena for six long years. On Monday night, that hiatus ended and the Hulkster was back in his full glory. Gone were any indications of the villain Hogan. He was a replica of the 80s version of the Hulk – complete with red bandana, red tee shirt with yellow “Hulkamania” lettering, yellow sunglasses, and a huge red and yellow boa. He sauntered toward the ring with “Real American” blaring in the background. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that you were transported back in time to 1986. Now, how long can Hulk and Vince McMahon co-exist without being at each others throats.
Hogan arrived at the arena in Green Bay Wisconsin accompanied by Jimmy Hart, his longtime friend and manager. When the Green Bay fans realized that the Hulkster was coming out, he got a loud pop from the crowd. From a physical standpoint, Hogan is now 60 years old, and his best days are clearly behind him. That being said, Hogan is in as good of shape as can be expected. He looks firm and toned, and the 26 inch “pythons” don’t look like they’ve shrunk much over all these years.
Well let me tell you something brother!
Those were the fitting first words uttered by Hogan after he grabbed a microphone. He went on to say that this was the turning point of his career, because he is “officially home.” Hogan’s return segment lasted for approximately 6 minutes, as he talked about how he was a part of history 30 years ago when he was a part of the first Wrestlemania, and now how he is again making history by being a part of the WWE as they launch the new WWE Network.
Hogan rambled on for a minute shilling for the WWE Network – How the fans will be able to pull up matches from all of the older generation of wrestlers like “The Living Legend” Bruno Samartino, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and the Rock. Winding up his monologue, the Hulkster informed the crowd that he was, indeed, going to be the host of Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Hogan wrapped up in fitting fashion,….
Whatcha going to do when Hulkamania, the WWE Network, and Wrestlemania XXX run wild on you!
It was a fitting wrap up to his “return” to the WWE. Hulk ripped off his trademark lines, pranced (slowly) around the ring posing for the fans, and whipped up the fan base just like in the old days. It appears that Hulk Hogan’s job this time around in the WWE is to become the bridge that guides the fans to look back at the older wrestlers that will be featured on the WWE Network. Vince McMahon knows that Hogan is the best salesman in the business, and he desperately wants this new venture to be a huge success. What better way to kick it off than with the wrestler that made the WWE the global powerhouse that it is today,…. Hulk Hogan.