Dream matches are few and far between in WWE. But, when they happen, as you would expect, they draw a lot of attention, and despite what some people may think, WWE does try to give its fans the matches they want to see, especially at an event like WrestleMania.
One of the biggest dream matches that hasn’t happened, and probably never will, is Hulk Hogan vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The two men were at the top of WWE during the company’s two biggest, and most successful eras. So, it’s no surprise that fans have wanted to see a match between the two.
Unfortunately, Steve Austin has been reluctant to come out of retirement since his last match against The Rock in 2003. Of course, Austin, like everybody else, knows how big a match with Hogan would have been if he had decided to do it. However, he doesn’t regret choosing to never wrestle Hogan.
Austin appeared on Jim Ross’s podcast this week, The Ross Report, and Ross asked Austin if he regrets never wrestling Hogan, and while Austin said that the match itself would be a huge deal, he said that he thought a match between himself and “The Hulkster” wouldn’t be all that good, which is why he chose to not get in the ring with him when he had the opportunity to.
“No I don’t have any regrets (about not wrestling Hulk Hogan). Obviously on paper it’s ‘Stone Cold’ vs. Hulk Hogan, so that would draw money. But as far as the execution of the match, I just don’t think it would have been what I would have wanted it to be, or what people would have wanted it to be. So I don’t have any regrets about it whatsoever.”
In 2005, on an episode of RAW, Hulk Hogan called out Steve Austin, and, at the time, many believed that the two of them would end up wrestling each other at some point, but the match never happened. Hogan’s call-out happened only two years after Austin’s final match, so, an Austin return, at that time, didn’t seem too far-fetched. But, obviously, at that point, Austin had decided that he was done wrestling for good.
Since then, fans have continued to want to see an Austin vs. Hogan match, but, as time went on, most assumed that a match between the two would never happen.
After Hogan returned to WWE in 2014, he called out Steve Austin in various interviews, as he named Austin as one of two guys he’d like to get in the ring with in the future, but no one ever took the call-outs seriously, as they knew that if Austin did return to the ring, it probably wouldn’t be to wrestle Hulk Hogan.
The most interaction Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan have had with each other in the ring was at WrestleMania 30, where Austin surprisingly confronted Hogan at the beginning of the show. It ended up being one of the most memorable segments in the history of the event, as it featured the three biggest stars of all-time — Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and The Rock — in the ring together at the same time.
After the event, Hogan was asked about the memorable segment, and said that he had no idea that Steve Austin was going to confront him that night. Of course, not a lot of people bought Hogan’s story, but, no one has come out and denied the story since Hogan told it, so, while unlikely, it’s possible that Hogan wasn’t informed beforehand that he would be confronted by both Steve Austin and The Rock in the opening segment.
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