Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE

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Hulk Hogan is back in WWE’s ring.

The 60-year-old wrestler will host “WrestleMania 30,” on April 6, from New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But he’ll be on the air before that, appearing on USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” on Feb. 24, and on the WWE Network’s “WWE Raw Backstage Pass,” later that night.

One of WWE’s biggest stars during the 1980s, with a legion of loyal “Hulkamaniacs following his every move,” Hogan first joined the company in 1984, and left in December 2007 after the 15th anniversary of “Raw.”

“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hogan, who went on to win six WWE championships and starred in movies like “No Holds Barred,” after defeating the Iron Sheik and defending the title against Andre the Giant at “WrestleMania III” at the Pontiac Silverdome. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”

Hogan’s been working for WCW and rival wrestling org TNA since then, as well as starred in the reality show “Hogan Knows Best,” but WWE has long been trying to figure out a way to bring Hogan back. His return was rumored late last year, but couldn’t happen until he completed his contact with TNA. Hogan follows recent comebacks by longtime WWE stars Dwayne Johnson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar and Dave Bautista.

“We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of ‘WrestleMania’ and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.”

Hogan was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005 by Sylvester Stallone.

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  1. As Mean Gene used to tell it: well I for one cannot wait to see what Hulk Hogan will do once he hits that ring.

  2. natty g says:

    Your article implies Hogan worked for the WWE from 1984 to 2007. Your article also states he left in 2007 and then worked for a company (WCW) that closed in 2001. You should have mentioned Hogan’s brand was so strong that he almost bankrupted the WWF (now WWE) in the mid-1990s by revitalizing WCW until he returned in early 2002. Why not mention that it’s Hogan’s first major role at Wrestlemania since 2003 when he faced WWE owner Vince McMahon.

    • giobravo says:

      He didn’t face Vince right away. The NWO returned and the first feud they had was with the Rock at WM X8. They showed up at No Way Out in Feb. 2002 right after my birthday and fought the Rock at WM the very same day my dad passed away. St. Patrick’s day.

  3. The Kingslayer says:

    Watch you gonna do brother

  4. Jonhly says:

    I can’t wait no longer. Hulk Hogan you are the best.

  5. Bob says:

    oh boy, cant wait…

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