Hulk Hogan in the Bullet Club? It almost happened.
According to a recent report from Sports Illustrated, the owners of New Japan Pro Wrestling reached out to the Hulkster about having him appear at Wrestle Kingdom 12 back in January. The proposed plan was that the WWE Hall of Famer would become an “honorary member” of the Bullet Club, and possibly help the Young Bucks win their Tag Team championship match against Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh). Obviously, that didn’t end up happening and the reason was probably the insane amount of money that Hogan was asking for.
SI reports that Hogan wanted $750,000 to make a one-time appearance. Not a match. Not a series of appearances. Just to show up and play air guitar and “2 Sweet Me Bro” with the Young Bucks, or whatever.
Hogan has basically been a persona non grata ever since the WWE cut ties with him in the wake of leaked audio from a private video tape where he made multiple racist remarks. Hogan sued Gawker Media over the release of the tape, and won a landmark decision that basically bankrupted the media company and its owners. It was also the subject of a brilliant documentary called Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, that explored the relationship between freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the interests of big business (which own the majority of media companies these days, creating a conflict of interest).
Everyone expects Hogan to eventually appear in wrestling again someday, when the scorn of his controversial remarks has faded away in the memories of fans. However, if he’s asking for $750,000 per appearance, he will probably have to continue watching from his living room.
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