The Immortal Hulk Hogan has candidly revealed why WWE “skipped a generation” when passing the torch between the faces of the company.
Ahead of a very special ‘Legends Night’ edition of the show – where Hogan joins over 20 iconic names such as Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix and Torrie Wilson among others – the Hulkster spoke with WWE UK about “passing the torch” – like he did at WrestleMania X8 in his match with The Rock.
“I think it’s the most important thing in this business, to maintain the artform, and to make sure that the next generation, the next decade of wrestlers, is ready. There was a time I was red hot in the 80s and all of a sudden the ’90s came and it was time to pass the torch but, it didn’t happen that way. I mean they didn’t have enough guys ready to lead at that time so, you know, we skipped a generation.”
The Hulkster even revealed that it should have been passed before 1990, but that people weren’t ready to run with the torch.
“It took time to pass that torch, which should have been passed at the end of the ’80s. I mean we tried with a couple of guys, putting the belts on them and stuff, but they weren’t ready to run. They weren’t ready like John Cena, they weren’t ready like The Rock, they weren’t ready like Stone Cold. So it’s very, very important that the torch is passed in the correct way and the guys that have all this experience don’t just walk away. They stay there long enough to build the storylines, build the talent, and then pass the torch in the correct way. It’s very, very important.”
Over 20 legends have been confirmed to appear at RAW Legends Night. You can check out the full list here.
Some of your favourite WWE Legends and Hall of Famers will return for Raw ‘Legends Night’ on the first Monday Night Raw of the new year, January 4, 2021. Viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch via BT Sports 1 HD at 1am.