Hulk Hogan Wants WrestleMania 40 Match With Steve Austin

Hamish Woodward

Hulk Hogan looks like he’s gearing up for one last match, with a WrestleMania 40 bout with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin being a dream match for him.

The WWE Hall of Famer has not wrestled for over a decade, since he appeared at a TNA house show in 2011.

His last WWE match was in 2006 against Randy Orton, although he looks set for a return 18 years later at WrestleMania 40.

The Hulkster spoke with Ariel Helwani on Wednesday’s MMA Hour podcast to promote the launch of his new CBD wellness brand.

In the interview, Hulk Hogan revealed that he was convinced by Shaen McMahon to wrestle one more match, and cites Steve Austin at WrestleMania 40 for his retirement match.

“You know what’s so funny? Shane McMahon called and he goes, ‘You got one more in you, old man?’ I said, ‘Take it easy with the old man stuff, brother!’ I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ He goes, ‘All you got to do stand in the middle of the ring, and I’ll come to you.’ 

Right now, my back needs a little more work. But that’s something we can talk about next year. You know, I have always wanted to have retirement match.

I’m not moving around the way I should be. So I’m gonna keep working, keep training and keep doing rehab and see where I’m at about six months from now.

I’ve found out in the wrestling business, brother, is you never say never. Right?”

Shane McMahon did compete at WrestleMania in a brief match at the event, but it went quite badly. Just moments after he entered the ring as a surprise opponent for The Miz, he tore his quad. This led to an audible that saw WrestleMania co-host Snoop Dogg fill in for McMahon and hit a People’s Elbow on the Miz.

“I talked to Shane probably about three months before WrestleMania. He happened to be at Madison Square Garden, there’s a place in Madison Square Garden where they’ve got Hall of Fame and they’ve got my boots up there, and they’ve got my tights, and he took a picture standing in front of it.”

Shane called me at home and said, ‘Hey, look at that picture I just sent,’ and so I looked at he goes, ‘Well, you got one more?’ I said, ‘Well, what are you talking about? So he started running storylines by me, you know, to try to like ramp us into that mode. So they’re all good storylines, whether you’re coming at me like, ‘Hulk, you quit. My father made you and you you left my dad,’ you know, ‘You walked out on my father,’ which I did, You know? Or go the opposite way,  you know, that my dad did you wrong, because him and his dad go back and forth all the time. ‘My dad did you wrong, I want to revitalize your career.’ 

There’s several things we came up with. But I told him as I just need to get my feet underneath me more. Now’s not the time. Not this WrestleMania, definitely not. Let’s talk about four or five months ago now and we’ll see where I’m at.”

“Well, the whole thing is January 23, 1984. I beat The Sheik, that’s coming up this year. That’s a 40 burger. I know Mattel’s got a full court press on products and action figures and stuff. So I mean, it’s the 40th anniversary, anything’s possible. 

I just never dreamed I would even think about being seven years old. You know, and getting in the type of shape it would take to, to you know, walk the walk again. But like I said, anything’s possible.”

When asked who he’d like to work with at WrestleMania 40, Hogan named “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as his dream retirement opponent. 

Hulk Hogan has not wrestled for over a decade, so one more match at WrestleMania 40 seems to be out of the picture.

However, after Steve Austin returned to wrestle his first bout in 19 years later year, anything is possible in the world of WWE.

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