Hulk Hogan To Return For WrestleMania 30? Hulkster Says 'He's Interested' In WWE Return, Quit TNA Wrestling [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Nov 11, 2013 11:32 AM EST
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3) Hulkamania vs. Heartbreak Kid, SummerSlam 2005

For the first time ever, WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels went one-on-one in the middle of the ring. The Hulkster and The Show Stopper clashed at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 21, 2005.

The match was made legendary by Michaels' over-the-top selling of Hogan's offense after The Hulkster's backstage politics reportedly caused HBK to be booked to turn heel, much to Michaels' chagrin.

The ending saw the classic Hogan comeback, with him overcoming Sweet Chin Music, hulking up and hitting his big boot and leg drop to win the matchup. After the contest, both wrestling icons shook hands. (Photo : Reuters)

With Hulk Hogan's contract with TNA having expired in October, the door has been opened for Hogan to return to the WWE since he's a free agent, and while nothing has been agreed upon, the wrestling icon recently said in an interview that he "has interest" in returning to the WWE most notably for WrestleMania 30 on April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Hogan, 60, helped launch the WrestleMania franchise along with chairman Vince McMahon in 1985 with the inaugural event emanating from Madison Square Garden in New York City that saw Hogan team up with Mr. T to defeat "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, so with his status for a return to TNA in doubt, it would only be fitting that Hogan return for the landmark 30th WrestleMania event.

Hogan discussed a return and his interest in returning to the company that launched "Hulkamania" into a national phenomenon and partaking in WrestleMania.

"I would love to be at WrestleMania XXX," Hogan told Philadelphia's ABC affiliate at an autograph signing last week "I would love to have a ringside seat. But, the truth is I need a job. I quit TNA. I've just been hanging out on the beach. Never say never."

Hogan alluded to the possibility that he might "Hulk up" in the interview, and when asked if he'd definitely return on the WWE's grandest stage, the legend and WWE Hall of Famer responded, "right guy, right venue, right payday."

It was reported a few weeks ago that Hogan wanted to face CM Punk, who would be the "right guy" at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans (right venue), but that WWE creative had different plans for Punk. Still, despite reports of WWE giving Hogan a "lowball" offer to return, it would appear that if he did return for WrestleMania he'd rake in a decent payday as it is the highest paying event for WWE Superstars.

Hogan knows that at his age his in-ring action would have to be very limited, and WrestleMania 30 would perhaps be one of the only times he wrestles in the ring, though he'd like to also work backstage and just be around the business like he did for TNA.

"I don't think I can wrestle too much anymore, but just being around the business and helping and being part of it is pretty cool," Hogan told ABC.

PWInsider reported in October that the Hulkster has been "training like a madman" for a return to the WWE's squared circle at WrestleMania 30.

Hogan mentioned that he and Triple H were in contact and had a good conversation that left the door open to a possible Hogan return. Hogan told The Associated Press last month that he was received warmly by Triple H, son-in-law of McMahon and COO of the company, when they talked at a charity event.

Whether or not Hogan returns to the WWE remains to be seen, and it's unknown who he'd take on at the event, but things are looking optimistic that 'Hulkamania' will run wild on WrestleMania in New Orleans.

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