Several weeks ago, it was noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there were talks with Hulk Hogan about having him appear at WrestleMania. Hogan was already going to be in town because the NWO was going to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
The talks with Hogan fell through and even if a deal had been reached, the battle royal plans ended up being scrapped because of the coronavirus forcing WWE to move the show from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to the Performance Center in Orlando.
This week I was told that there was a pitch made to have Hogan appear in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and to have him win the match.
A WWE source said, “The idea was he wouldn’t take any bumps. We would work it so he would only have to eliminate one or two guys at the end and then he would get his big celebration at the end with his music. It would have been perfect because he lives in the Tampa area.”
I was told that the idea was pitched to Vince McMahon and he did not shoot it down and the idea was still on the table as of late February. Again, the source told me that even if Hogan agreed to this, the plans would have been scrapped once the company realized that they had to pull the battle royal from the show.
The talks between WWE and Hogan fell through due to both sides not being able to agree to financial terms.