Legend Hulk Hogan was on Monday Night Raw, and has been selected as the host for WrestleMania XXX. While many old-school wrestling fans are excited to see their childhood hero return to the ring that made him famous, many others just see an old, washed-up wrestler who doesn’t know how to call it quits. Overall, the idea makes sense, but bringing back Hogan is not a smart idea.
Hogan is known as the guy who kept the WWE afloat throughout the 1980s, and without him, the landscape of pro wrestling and sports entertainment as we know it would be much different. Without his contributions to the business, there may not even be a business.
But the fact is that Hogan sold out, twice. Instead of continuing in his decreasing role with the WWE in the early 1990s, Hogan jumped ship and left to join the biggest rival the WWE has ever had, WCW. After WCW was bought by Vince McMahon, Hogan came back.
Hogan feuded with primarily McMahon, even taking on the moniker “Mr. America” for a while, but wasn’t as active in the wrestling aspect of the company. Following an appearance at WrestleMania 21, Hogan had two tag-team matches with Shawn Michaels before facing Michaels at SummerSlam. Hogan had only one more match with the company, defeating Randy Orton at the next SummerSlam. After this match, Hogan effectively left the company to join TNA.
Fast forward a little over six years to when Hulk Hogan made his return to the WWE. The WWE offered him money so he could help sell the WWE Network and WrestleMania XXX, so here he is.
An obvious marketing ploy to help sell the Network and increase eagerness for WrestleMania, Hogan returning shouldn’t have any impact on storylines, except the possible jokes thrown at Orton or Batista. It’s all just about selling the Network and WrestleMania now, even if it means leaving the fans out to dry. While some fans will love the nostalgia of bringing him back, smart fans will see it’s just a way to get the attention off of the poor decisions made recently. Even if that’s the idea, Hogan being back doesn’t matter.