There are huge comebacks, then there are ‘Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE in 2018’ level of comebacks. Fired from the WWE in July 2015, after he was caught using racial slurs towards African-Americans on tape, a new report suggests that pro wrestling’s biggest promotion is taking steps towards bringing Hulk Hogan back into the fold.
PW Insider released a story today (Mar. 22) suggesting that talks between the WWE and Hogan have gone on for the past several weeks.
“There is no word yet as to what role Hogan could play for the company should the two sides come to terms. The obvious guess would be an authority role for the Smackdown brand. It fits logically, given that Shane McMahon has taken a “leave of absence” from his role as Smackdown Live’s storyline Commissioner and Daniel Bryan is returning as a pro wrestler, but that’s just a guess.”
The report continues
“It could simply be Hogan is returning to resume his former duties as an ambassador for the company. Wrestlemania is coming and as nonsensical as it sounds, Braun Strowman needs a partner. WWE is also lining up tons of major names for the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. Hogan would certainly fit in as a major addition there. There will always be a need for star power to mine for future DVD and WWE Network projects. Hogan fits into all those scenarios and many more.”
In response to the story, WWE released a statement to PW Insider confirming both sides have talked but no contract is in place.
“We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes, however, he is not under any contract with WWE.”
Cats are chasing dogs. Rain is falling up. Hulk Hogan may get another chance to work with the WWE in 2018.
Since being fired by the WWE, Hogan has retained a relatively low profile in the pro wrestling world. Hogan recently made an appearance in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Ric Flair and will play a similar role in HBO’s upcoming film on the life of Andre the Giant.
If the WWE brings back Hulk Hogan, how big of a part will he play with the company? Also, what will the reaction from the pro wrestling community be if Hogan returns to the WWE in a prominent role?