Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Mar 23, 2013
Hulk Hogan: ‘I Changed Match With The Rock On The Fly’

Hulk Hogan: ‘I Changed Match With The Rock On The Fly’

In an interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine, Hulk Hogan sheds light on original plans for his match with The Rock at Wrestlemania X-8 in 2002.

“Out of respect, I go down there (to Miami), and there’s me and The Rock and his dad Rocky Johnson, and Pat Patterson,” said Hogan. “The Rock starts telling me that we’re gonna lock up, and do this and do that, then start getting some heat on me, and so on. So he talked through the whole match, and I was listening. I respect him, and it kinda made sense, but I’d never done that before. Then they go, ‘Okay, let’s have the match here.’ I said, ‘Whoa! You’re talking about me taking bumps in this ring, with no people? I’ll get hurt, and if I fall wrong one time, then my career is over.’ I’ve got to have the energy of the crowd, so that when I go down, I go down to the mat hard. So instead, we just walked through the match.”

Hogan was depicted as the heel going into the match due to his affiliation with the New World Order, and because of his acrimonious departure from WWE years prior. The audience, however, didn’t care that Hogan was portrayed as a villain by WWE, instead cheering the wrestling icon and reigning a chorus of boos toward The Rock. Hogan says he had the match changed on the fly due to the crowd reaction.

“The whole issue I had was what if we got to Toronto, and this doesn’t work? So sure enough, when we go to Toronto, I give The Rock one big push, and the place explodes. Then I pushed him again, as we planned, and the place explodes again. [WWE] thought I was gonna get booed. Then I start chopping meat on him, and with every hit the place is going crazy. Then I did what was planned, blocking a punch, and as soon as he started hitting me came the boos.”

“I went down, and looked up and said, ‘You want me to fix this?’ And The Rock says, ‘Yeah, let’s fix it.’ I went, ‘OK, then listen to me.’ But it took him no time to get it right, because he is just so good in the ring. It took us three minutes to get it right, but if we’d done what we had practised, they’d have booed us out of the [expletive] building. I’m not saying I could do it in every instance, but The Rock is so good, we could do that. The Rock doesn’t usually talk about planning his matches, so somebody must have made him worry that I was too old and too slow, and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the work-rate. But once he got in the ring with me, he knew I had a feel for it, and we got it right. That’s what I wanted to do with ‘Stone Cold’, and Bret Hart, too.”

Keep in mind that this is Hulk Hogan talking so take this and anything else he says with a grain of salt. You guys know that by now!

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11 Responses to “Hulk Hogan: ‘I Changed Match With The Rock On The Fly’”

  1. rawuncutnxrated says:

    It doesn't scream "far out" of the realm of being possible. I would be more apt to hearing Rock's side before deciding anything. At least it's a cool story.

  2. jbcissom says:

    I do remember that Hogan is the only person other than Austin to make the fans give the Rock outlandish heat.

  3. Kyle says:

    Ofcourse Hogan made that match the best it could be, and the best match on the card. According to hogan, everything he touches is gold. …..what an asshole

  4. andy3323 says:

    Love how this site throws in their personal bitterness in the articles involving Hogan, Angle, etc……..

    • tnadude says:

      Yeah, they won't let him have a feel-good moment. Totally classless way to end the article. Why publish it at all then?

  5. bik100 says:

    100% true, watch the clips.

  6. pepsilover2008 says:

    I thought this was common knowledge. Everyone knew the wwe nwo failed due to turn hogan face and changing the script

  7. hangers says:

    It was a good match…

  8. Mr. Excitement says:

    I was at the event and will never forget that match. Whole place exploded for Hogan. I never witnessed a crowd as loud as that!

    Sitting on the floor, I remember security telling people not to stand on the chairs. But during that match we all were jumping on our chairs and security lost total control.

    Good times.. lol

  9. Sturk says:

    LOL it is funny how the writer put his comments at the end so the comments and what the fans think or say about Hogan could go in that way lol smh

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