Hulk Hogan has revealed he was originally supposed to host WrestleMania 36 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WrestleMania 36 was initially supposed to be hosted at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, but the developing coronavirus situation meant the Showcase Of The Immortals was moved to the WWE Performance Center.
As a resident of Tampa, Hogan has revealed WWE enlisted him to the be the host of last year's WrestleMania, but is looking forward to finally fulfilling that role next weekend.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Hogan said: "To come back to Tampa, where this all started, WrestleMania 37 -- I started in '77 and a come back here in my hometown and to have Titus with me, hopefully, the new mayor of Florida, who knows, but to have Titus with me... we're coming in wide-open, guns a-blazing, to show everybody that the Super Bowl was cool but WrestleMania is the greatest show in the world.
"I mean this is a huge statement. WWE, once again, raising the bar on how things should be played out from this point on. I was devastated last year, you know, I talked to the upper hierarchy at the WWE and they asked me to host WrestleMania last year everything went awry. Gronk did a great job, but I mean, as I watched it, there was like a hole in my heart because there was no crowd and it was so different you know what I prayed that it would never happen again.
"So all of a sudden to be back out there in front of this crowd. that was my thing man to listen to the crowd, to feed off the crowd I mean everything that I ever did had to do with a crowd, you know, I didn't need to anything else so that crowd just makes Hulk Hogan go crazy, it makes Hollywood Hogan go crazy, and the WWE Superstars just raise the bar on their performance once they get in the ring in front of that crowd so this is going to be off the charts this WrestleMania.”