In a recent interview @hulkhogan talked about his possible return to #WWE .. he said... “Things are moving in that direction quite quickly. It’s all about execution and timing and the right place and the right time but things are good.” Are you guys ready for a #Hulkamania return to WWE? #HulkHogan#WIQ101#HulkStillRules#HollywoodHulkHogan
The build up for “Icon vs. Icon 2” was entertaining as hell. In the first encounter it was “Hollywood” Hogan vs. fan-favourite Rock but this time around it was “Hollywood” Rock vs. fan-favourite Hulk Hogan.
Personally, Hollywood Rock was one of my favourite runs for The Rock as he embraced being that arrogant bad guy so well that you found it entertaining even if you were supposed to boo him. The fans were already turning on him by mid-2002 because he kept leaving to make movies, so it made sense that he came back angry at “the people”.
Anyone that has followed this page for a long time knows I prefer the “Hollywood” Hogan persona over the red and yellow because it felt more real in WCW than his over the top Hulkamania character. However, when Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE in 2002, the fans wanted their “say your prayers and eat your vitamins” Hulkamania back. The “Hollywood” persona just never got over as well as it did in WCW. Hulk Hogan in the WWE will always be a good guy to the fans. By the end of their first match at Wrestlemania X8, he was already embracing the fans welcoming him back with open arms and slowly the red and yellow returned.
Due to those reasons I feel like the second encounter between these two was a lot of fun. The first one was special indeed but the second time around the characters were exactly where they needed to be in the perspective of most of the fans and it told a great story. If you’ve never checked it out. Watch the Smackdown’s from February 2003 up until No Way Out 2003. 🙌🏻
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