MARCH 1985, Madison Square Garden, NYC. Television tough-guy Mr. T has been worn down by an aggressive and relentless Roddy Piper™. When Mr. T staggers to the turnbuckle and tags in Hulk Hogan™, the crowd goes from loud to deafening. Hogan, chestnut tan between blonde hair and bright yellow trunks, storms into the ring and clobbers Piper. Paul Orndorff™, Piper's tag team partner, jumps into the fray and Hogan takes him on too, bashing Orndoff's skull against Piper's "Pandemonium in the Garden!" shouts commentator Gorilla Monsoon™. It's the first WrestleMania, and on a night packed with huge celebrities from multiple worlds of entertaiment, the star of the night is unquestionably Hulk Hogan.
The name Hulk Hogan remains synonymous with sports entertainment. There have been many greats since Hogan's heyday, but none have dominated the industry in quite the way Hogan did. He headlined eight of the first nine WrestleManias, including the match at WrestleMania III in which he famously body-slammed Andre the Giant™, creating the prototypical "Wrestlemania Moment." One can only imagine what kind of history-making moments will unfold April 6, when Hulk Hogan hosts WrestleMania XXX here in New Orleans.
March 2002, The SkyDome, Toronto, Canada. Attitude Era icon the Rock® has just delivered another Rock Bottom to a black-clad "Hollywood" Hogan. Seeing the universally popular Rock punish the legendary Hogan, the crowd is becoming upset. After the match, a visibly hurting Hogan extends his hand to The Rock. When The Rock returns the gesture of respect and the two men shake, the crowd cheers in relief. It's WrestleMania X8, and in one unforgettable match Hulk Hogan has reconciled two eras.
When The Rock hosted WrestleMania almost ten years later, he proved more than willing to get his hands dirty, delivering a Rock Bottom to John Cena® that cost Cena the WWE Title. At WrestleMania XXX, will Hogan restrict himself to the formal duties of hosting? Over the decades, Hogan has proven that, as his theme music promises, he'll fight for the rights of every man.
February 2014, Green Bay WI. Monday Night Raw® opens to the chorus of Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme music, the crowd goes wild and Hulk Hogan re-emerges onto WWE television programming after being absent for years. In a characteristic return appearance full of contagious enthusiasm and use of the iconic word, "brother," Hogan announces his return as special guest host of Wrestlemania XXX and the launch of WWE Network, the cutting-edge, over-the-top digital content delivery system that's giving fans a new way to experience 'Mania. As Hulk Hogan speaks, the currents of WrestleManias past and present are once more intertwined with their most famous representative.
April 6, 2013, The Mercedes- Benz Superdome, New Orleans. The immortal Hulk Hogan™ hosts WrestleMania® XXX. What'cha gonna do, brother, when Hulkamania runs wild at WrestleMania in New Orleans? Whether you watch it live in the Superdome, on pay-per-view or via the new WWE Network, you'll be joining millions of fans around the world eager to see what will happen when the biggest-ever WrestleMania Superstars hosts the biggest-ever WrestleMania. Hulk Hogan's coming home.