Hulk Hogan Thought Mr America Would Have A Long WWE Run
Hulk Hogan assumed the Mr. America gimmick was going to last a lot longer in WWE.
While appearing on Ringside Collectibles' YouTube channel, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan spoke about his brief masked run as Mr. America in 2003, explaining:
"I thought that Mr. America was going to kind of do like the Midnight Rider thing that Dusty Rhodes did in Florida - be around for two, three years, mess up all the main events. When I got there, we had a six-man tag and of course, I thought Mr. America was going to rock on and be a huge angle, and they said 'Hey brother, you're doing the job tonight.' And I went 'Hmm, I guess this isn't going very far' [...]I just figured they didn't like the gimmick, so at the end of the match, I kind of pulled the mask up if you guys remember. and showed everybody it was me."
Hogan wrestled three matches as Mr. America, defeating Roddy Piper at Judgment Day 2003, losing a match to Sean O'Haire via countout on SmackDown, and finally the six-man tag referenced above. That saw Hogan team with Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle in a losing effort to Big Show and The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.)
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