Hulk Hogan — WWE Hall of Famer, reality-show star and now host of the new “American Gladiators” — came by MTV News’ New York offices last week, and boy did we start cooking up some fun scenarios of who the Hulkster would like to see battle in a hypothetical “AG” celebrity episode. 50 Cent vs. Kanye West or Game came up, and Beyoncé vs. Mariah Carey (in high heels) was another dream match.
In the wrestling world, though, Hogan still has the passion for the ring. He says he called out “Stone Cold” Steve Austin a long time ago for a match, but the Texas Rattlesnake never hollered back. (“That’s on him. Apparently he don’t want none. I’m easy to find, my brother,” Hulk said.) So now Hogan has another challenger in mind, somebody he’s made bleed in the circle before: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. As it happens, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon recently sent down the mandate that the next match Flair loses will be his last — he will be forced to retire. Hulk says he’s the man to derail Space Mountain and wants to do it at WrestleMania 23 in Orlando, Florida.
“They need a main event real bad,” Hogan said. “When I think about Ric Flair styling and profiling, when I think about Hulk Hogan going [head to head] with Ric Flair in my backyard, Florida … I think that’s where it’s at. They got a lot of tickets, brother, that need to be sold. The power of the ‘Mania, brother? Could be strong. Either he’ll put me out for good, or I’ll put him out for good. One or the other. That would be the match of the new millennium. Hogan vs. Flair. Maybe get Vince McMahon as a special guest referee. Me and Flair both hate Vince.”