Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan are two legends in the pro wrestling industry who never locked up in the ring. Austin had his reasons for not wanting to work with The Hulkster.
During Grilling JR, they discussed Stone Cold’s WWE walkout. During the conversation, Jim Ross revealed Austin’s mindset about wrestling Hulk Hogan and why that match just couldn’t come together. He just didn’t think they would have have a good match so it never took place.
Austin had it in his mind that Hogan’s style and Austin’s style were oil and water. He just didn’t feel the chemistry. Austin was never about having good matches. Austin was about having great matches. He knew better than anybody else in the world who he could work the best with. Hogan wasn’t on that list. Steve could be wrong too. I’m not saying that Hogan and Austin couldn’t have a good match. Look at the match Hogan had at WrestleMania 18 with The Rock.
Steve is a stubborn guy and he just didn’t feel it. That’s what we are trying to explain in meeting with these guys is that there is a new sheriff and town and his name is Stone Cold. It is not Hulkamania anymore. But if we could use Hulkamania in a bitter way, in an angry way, maybe we could get a WrestleMania out of it. That was the idea but it never came to fruition. It didn’t happen because Steve didn’t push for it. I believe Hogan probably would have gone along with it because it would have been a great payday and he could have worked with Austin.”
We’ll never know what it would have been like to see “Stone Cold” Steve Austin wrestle Hulk Hogan. Instead, The Rock took on Hogan to create WWE history at WrestleMania 18. Austin wrestled Scott Hall during that same event in a match that people rarely mention.
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