Hulk Hogan Photographed At Performance Center
Ahead of his big return on next week’s RAW, Hulk Hogan has been photographed at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando:
As well as being back for the Network launch, Hogan will also be appearing at Wrestlemania. WWE.com announced today:
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE and will host WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE this Monday on Raw, which airs live at 8 pm ET on USA Network. He will also appear on WWE Raw Backstage Pass, airing live on WWE Network on Monday night at 11:05 pm ET.
A larger-than-life icon, Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On January 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.” Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone. His last WWE appearance was in December 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.
“We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE,” said WWE Chairman & 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.”
“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hulk Hogan. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”
Obviously he’ll never pass a WWE health test, but it doesn’t mean he can’t throw a few punches.
Big E discussed what Hogan means to WWE in a recent interview with DigitalSpy.com:
Hulk Hogan still has that aura, even though he’s obviously older now, and probably not quite in his prime. But I think he’d be great for us because I know people in their 40s and 50s who remember watching Hulk Hogan as a kid.
People who may not watch wrestling now, if they heard Hulk Hogan was coming back they might tune in. That buzz that he creates, the buzz of Hulk Hogan, I think would be good for business, so I’d definitely look forward to it.
Big E and Kofi Kingston Discuss CM Punk Situation
Big E also discussed whether CM Punk might come back for Wrestlemania:
I think it’d be great. Obviously I’m not really aware of what’s going on, but I think there’s a lot of people who desperately want him back, a lot of fans who would be excited to have him back.
If that were to be the case, if he did return, I think there’d be a huge buzz around it. I think it would definitely be a positive thing. Like I said, I’m not sure particularly what’s going on, if there’s a chance or even a possibility or if it’s imminent. But I know if he did return there’d be a lot of buzz and a lot of happy fans as well.
Kofi Kingston was also asked about Punk in an interview with the Phoenix New Times. The pair travelled extensively together before Punk walked out:
Yeah, we were each other’s road wives. With Punk, I consider him to be like a brother to me. He’s one of the guys who took me under his wing when I first came. So we’ve been able to maintain a good relationship. And there are very few people in the business that you can call true friends, so I consider Punk to be that and more. So yes, “road wife” is the term we used to sum that all up.
WWE Spinner Belt In Katy Perry Video
The WWE Spinner belt is shown briefly in the music video for Katy Perry’s Dark Horse. At 52 seconds in a blinged out Egyptian wearing the belt gives Perry a diamond: