In a move timed to generate excitement for WrestleMania 37 on the morning tickets for the April 10 & 11 shows go on sale to the general public, WWE’s announced that Hulk Hogan & Titus O’Neil will host both nights of the event at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
A somewhat odd pairing, but both the soon-to-be two-time WWE Hall of Famer and the first ever 24/7 champion are proud sons of Florida. O’Neil was also among Hogan’s harshest critics when he was brought back into the company fold after being fired for past racist statements, so their sharing a stage is probably meant to infer something about Hulk’s status with the locker room. Or at least make fans upset they’re seeing someone who was recorded saying “I’m a racist to a point, y’know, fucking ******s” think twice before they boo him since they’d also be booing a local college football hero, and “Dad of the Year” winner who’s heavily involved in Tampa-area charities.
We’ll see how it works out for them, both in terms of driving ticket sales and avoiding jeers.
Here’s the official announcement:
WrestleMania is back in business as WWE today announced that WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil will host the two-night pop culture extravaganza at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2021.
Tickets for WrestleMania presented by SNICKERS are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.com. The two-night event will stream live exclusively on Peacock at 8 pm ET in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
A larger-than-life icon and a pop culture phenomenon, Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On Jan. 23, 1984, “Hulkamania” was officially born when he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlined WrestleMania III, where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan went on to win six WWE Championships, starred in movies, television shows and became an idol to a vast legion of fans he dubbed “Hulkamaniacs.” He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone, and this year will become a two-time Hall of Fame inductee as The nWo, one of sports entertainment’s most notorious factions, is enshrined.
Titus O’Neil is one of the most philanthropic Superstars in WWE history and a former WWE Tag Team and 24/7 Champion. A fixture in the Tampa Bay community and passionate about giving back to families in need, O’Neil founded The Bullard Family Foundation, an organization that provides families and children in need with special moments, programs, and resources to help build character, develop relationships, and strengthen communities around them. In addition, O’Neil is an Ambassador for WWE, helping thousands of individuals through various nonprofits and WWE partners including Susan G. Komen, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics. His passion for community and uplifting others inspired him to write his first book, “There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype” in 2019. O’Neil is a Tampa Bay native and graduated from the University of Florida where he was a standout football player for the Gators.
Don’t miss WrestleMania 37 streaming live as part of a two-night event, beginning at 8 ET/5 PT on April 10 and 11 exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.