Hulk Hogan Reveals Scrapped Pitch For WWE WrestleMania 39 Match With Shane McMahon
Shane wanted to know if Hogan had one more match left in him
WrestleMania 39 might have featured Hulk Hogan's first match in over a decade, had Shane McMahon had his way.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer told Ariel Helwani that Shane had called him with a pitch a few months prior to the Showcase of the Immortals.
Per the Hulkster:
"I talked to Shane probably about three months before WrestleMania, and he happened to be at Madison Square Garden, and I guess there’s a place in Madison Square Garden where they got the Hall of Fame, and they've got my boots up there, and they got my tights. He took a picture standing in front of it, and Shane called me at home. He goes, 'Hey, look at that picture I just sent you'. I looked at it, he goes, 'Well, you got one more in you?'. I said, 'What are you talking about?'.
"He started running storylines by me to try to ramp us into that mode. I said, 'Those were all good storylines, whether you're coming at me like, 'Hulk, you quit. My father made you and you left, you walked out on my father', which I did. Or go the opposite way, that 'my dad did you wrong', because him and his dad go back and forth all the time. 'My dad did you wrong, I wanna revitalise your career'. There's several things we came up with. I told him, '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 from now and see where I'm at".
Shane instead squared off with WrestleMania host The Miz in an impromptu match on night two of WrestleMania 39. The bout turned into a disaster when McMahon tore his quad just moments into it.