Hulk Hogan has revealed that Shane McMahon originally pitched a match against him at WrestleMania 39.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Hogan revealed the details of a phone call he received from McMahon months before the grand event.
The genesis of this unexpected matchup began when McMahon found himself at Madison Square Garden, where he stumbled upon a cherished display dedicated to Hogan’s illustrious career. The sight resonated deeply with McMahon, prompting him to immediately reach out to the wrestling icon. Hogan recounted their conversation, stating, “I talked to Shane probably about three months before WrestleMania, and he happened to be at Madison Square Garden, and I guess there’s a place in Madison Square Garden where they got the Hall of Fame, and they’ve got my boots up there, and they got my tights. He took a picture standing in front of it, and Shane called me at home. He goes, ‘Hey, you got one more in you, old man?’ I said, ‘Take it easy with the old man stuff, brother… What do you want to do?'” (H/T Fightful)
Eager to pitch his vision, McMahon proposed several captivating storylines to Hogan, aiming to craft a narrative that would captivate audiences. From Hogan being confronted for walking out on McMahon’s father’s company to a scenario where McMahon sought to rejuvenate Hogan’s career, the creative possibilities seemed endless. Hogan commended the ideas, saying, “Those were all good storylines… Let’s talk about four or five months from now and see where I’m at.”
McMahon ended up squared off against The Miz in an impromptu match at WrestleMania 39 that quickly turned disastrous when McMahon suffered a torn quad mere moments into the bout.
Will Hulk Hogan Have One More Match?
Hogan’s appearance on The MMA Hour shed light on his perspective regarding retirement and his physical condition. Addressing the possibility of a retirement match, Hogan shared, “I have always wanted to have a retirement match… I’m not moving around the way I should be.” He expressed his commitment to continue training and undergoing rehabilitation, intending to assess his condition in about six months. Hogan imparted a valuable lesson learned from the wrestling business, stating, “All I’ve found out from the wrestling business, brother, is never say never.”
Whether Hulk Hogan’s final bout looms on the horizon or if his dream opponent will step into the ring with him remains uncertain. Yet, the allure of the squared circle persists, captivating both wrestlers and fans, defying the boundaries of time and leaving a trail of anticipation in its wake.