Just hours after TMZ broke the news that Hulk Hogan would be appearing on RAW this Monday (something rumor sites have been claiming a while), the WWE made the announcement that Hogan had indeed returned to the company – and will host WrestleMania 30.
Not sure what the WWE’s original plan was for keeping Hulk Hogan’s return a secret – as you’d assume they’d have benefited from advertising his appearance this Monday. But the way it looks not is that they, once again, rushed out an announcement due to the media breaking the news early.
Either way, Hulk Hogan’s back, he’ll be on RAW, and he’s hosting WrestleMania 30. Here bits from the official press release:
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE (NYSE: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.
“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?”
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