Though it was known in pro wrestling circles for some time, Hulk Hogan returning to WWE on this past Monday night's (Feb. 24, 2014) still managed to surprise if only because, well, he didn't exactly maintain a strong relationship with many of the major players with the company.
To hear him tell it, he actually did.
In an interview with WWE.com, Hogan tells the tale of how his return came about:
And then I guess the word got out that I was jobless. I didn't know what I was going to do. I was thinking of going back to playing music or something. On a Tuesday, I was officially out of work. And Friday morning I was drinking my coffee and I hear my cell phone. And it was Triple H. "Hey brother, just checking on you." I'm like, "Hey, dude, I'm just contemplating my navel here. I'm officially out of work, I'm unemployed." And that started us talking.
Hogan's return coincides with Ultimate Warrior finally making nice with WWE after years of turmoil stemming from various bad business deals, among other issues. But what of the relationship between Hogan and Warrior, two of the biggest stars in the history of the promotion?
Triple H was giving me the broad strokes of The Ultimate Warrior and his concerns with Hulk Hogan. I said, "Triple H, I'm easy, brother. After everything I've been through, and everything I've learned, for me, it's about this moment forward." I said, "I understand that there might be a little situation, but you don't have to worry about me." I would love to shake his hand, look him in the eye and say, "Brother, nothing but love for you. Whatever I did, I apologize for it. I don't even need for you to apologize if there was anything on your end. Whatever it is, brother, nothing but love for you, let's do business." And if we could be friends? Even better, because he's a good guy.
Essentially, it's better for both to be in WWE getting paid and putting their differences aside instead of not being in WWE and getting paid and continuing their petty bickering back-and-forth.
Hogan also touches on wanting to get physical again but knowing his limitations. "Would I love to have a WrestleMania moment and walk down to the ring because one of the good guys were in trouble with somebody like Triple H and I 'hulk up' and throw a punch and help the good guys win? Would I love to do that? Yes sir." That said, he knows his body won't hold up to it, even if he feels like he's in great shape right now, all things considered.
There's a lot more in the full interview, so go read it by clicking here.
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