Hulk Hogan: WWE Star Returns to Ring to Host April 6 WrestleMania

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 06:26 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Hulk Hogan, arguably the biggest star in the 50-year history of the WWE, will enter the ring again as a 60-year-old as he hosts the April 6 WrestleMania in New Orleans.

The Hulkster had been gone since December 2007, and will come back on "Monday Night Raw," which airs on the USA Network.

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The popular Hogan will also bring his presence when the WWE launches its own network, with appearances on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass."

"I definitely want to stay here in the WWE," Hogan told The Associated Press. "I just can't see myself ever being anywhere else. This is home. It always has been home. In the twilight of my career, what a great way to be part of the final hurrah for Hulk Hogan and all the Hulkamaniacs."

The new WWE network debuts Feb. 24 as a streaming service, at a cost of $9.99 per month, with a six-month commitment. That price includes all 12 pay-per-view events.

"We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE," WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said in a statement. "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."

With six WWE Championship belts to his credit, Hogan was the top draw at the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was a staple for years. He arrived when he defeated The Iron Sheik in 1984 to become champion of the WWE, which was then known at the World Wrestling Federation.

He told the AP that no WrestleMania match is scheduled, "But like they say in the WWE, never say never," Hogan said.

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