Hogan’s return adds muscle to WrestleMania 30

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Once billed as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, wrestling’s marquee star has a scaled down title at 60.

Try, Host Hogan.

With Hogan more suited these days for an AARP membership than a WWE championship, it’s unlikely he’ll deliver a thunderous boot to the face, followed by a leg drop for the 1-2-3 on the challenger of the month.

That’s why he’ll be hosting Sunday’s WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. However, Hogan might have a few hard fists left in the red-and-yellow tank.

“I guarantee you, his presence will be felt at WrestleMania 30, and he’ll make an impact on the show,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, a wrestler and WWE executive.

Few wrestlers have made an impact on the WWE’s signature event quite like Hogan during the first 29 WrestleMania’s. His bodyslam of Andre the Giant is etched in sports-entertainment lore.

Hogan will be part of history on Sunday, with WrestleMania aired for the first time on the WWE Network.

WWE chairman Vince McMahon gambled that fans have grown weary of the traditional pay-per-view model and were ready to plunk down $9.99 a month for the right to watch the biggest cards, on-demand classic events and other premium shows not available elsewhere.

The WWE Network launched Feb. 24 as a streaming service with a six-month commitment and included all 12 pay-per-view events.

Hogan was thrilled to bring his famed 24-inch pythons to the 24-hour network. He’s ready to start searching through more than 1,500 hours of archived programming.

“I’d probably start when I had a full head of hair,” Hogan said. “I’d probably roll back to 1977, ‘78 when I first went to work for Vince McMahon Sr. I’d probably start with my first match ever at the TV tapings in Allentown, Pa.”

The PPVs are still available in their current format through cable or satellite providers. The 4-hour WrestleMania card costs $64.99 in high definition.

The network is available on desktops and laptops via WWE.com. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on various devices. George Barrios, WWE’s chief strategy and financial officer, said at the launch that research showed “it’s within the realm of possibility” that WWE could have between 2 million and 4 million subscribers.

Even WWE’s big boss man is hooked.

“I get caught watching it,” Triple H said. “I don’t get anything done.”

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