WWE Confirms Talks With Hulk Hogan--Let The Wrestlemania 34 Rumors Begin
How wild can Hulkamania run at this point?
After not appearing in WWE since 2015, is Hulk Hogan preparing for his return to the company? It was July 24, 2015 when WWE terminated its contract with the wrestling legend in the wake of a leaked sex tape, in which Hogan--real name Terry Bollea--made racist remarks.
While WWE had maintained its stance since then that it had no interest in Hogan's return, the tide seems to be changing. After rumors began swirling that Hogan and WWE were negotiating a return, the company confirmed to PWInsider in a statement, "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."
It's important to note that while WWE confirms that there have been talks with Hogan, the statement makes no mention of the wrestler appearing on its programming or having an active role in storylines. However, the Wrestling Observer reports that Hogan is currently scheduled to appear at the red carpet premiere of HBO's Andre the Giant documentary, where both Stephanie McMahon and Triple H will also be in attendance.
Of course, the question remains of whether WWE should bring Hogan back. At 64 years old, his wrestling days are most likely behind him and it remains to be seen how effective he'd be in a non-wrestling role. One possibility would be as an on-air authority role on Smackdown Live, now that Shane McMahon is on an indefinite leave of absence and Daniel Bryan has been cleared to return to wrestling.
Additionally, his return would prove to be easy cannon fodder for wrestling fans who love to chant disparaging things at wrestlers during televised events. It's possible WWE could be setting itself up for failure in that regard. Beyond that, as a publicly held company, giving Hogan a spotlight may not be the best look.
All of that said, though, the company's statement says it wants to "help others learn from his mistakes." That could mean a few different things, but perhaps Hogan could be utilized in an off-camera role mentoring younger wrestlers--as many WWE superstars do after they retire. Shawn Michaels, for instance, is one of the trainers at the WWE Performance Center.
Whatever the case, it'll be interesting to see if any of this leads to a Hogan appearance at Wrestlemania 34. That event takes place April 8 on the WWE Network.