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Hulk Hogan Wants to See The Rock Return at WrestleMania 40

Hulk Hogan Wants to See The Rock Return at WrestleMania 40

WWE-star-turned-actor, The Rock, returned to his roots last month for Friday Night SmackDown, and fans—including Hulk Hogan—want more. 

The Rock, also known as Dwayne Johnson, battled on the mic with Austin Theory on September 15. It was the icon’s first time in a WWE ring since 2019, and people were so excited that he earned one of the “top five loudest crowd reactions” of his career. Audiences were so pumped that by September 18, a social media video of the event had gandered 103 million views. That made it the most socially watched clip of the year. 

Among the millions who watched The Rock was the equally infamous Hulk Hogan. In an interview, he gushed over The Rock’s performance.

“The Rock. He’s one of a kind,” Hogan told Fan Nation. “He’s on another level. That was noticeable right away. But one part stood out to me–and I thought it was very clear. Rock still has wrestling in his blood.”

Hulk Hogan Believes History Will Be Made if The Rock Makes a WrestleMania Appearance

According to the publication, the Hollywood writers’ strike has given The Rock some free time, which means he could hypothetically carve out time for a WrestleMania return. If it happens, he would likely take on his cousin, Roman Reigns. Hulk Hogan believes that match-up would be even more legendary than all of his own. 

For those who don’t know, Hogan appeared in the very first WrestleMania on March 31, 1985. He was also part of other WrestleMania events, as well as Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

“That would be a moment for everyone,” Hogan continued. “Not everyone was around, not even a lot of today’s stars, for the first WrestleMania with Mr. T and Liberace. Or to see me and Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III. But if Rock comes back, people will never forget it. For all the people to see him come back, and see greatness right in front of us, it would be amazing. If The Rock comes back at WrestleMania, it will be a moment people will never forget.”

Fortunately, Hulk Hogan may actually see The Rock perform at the event. While talking to ESPN in September, the Jumanji star teased a Reigns event. According to The Bleacher Report, WWE chairman Vince McMahon and President Nick Khan had reached a tentative deal with The Rock in 2022, but they weren’t able to agree on a storyline. However, they’re still in negotiations.