Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan had a number of opportunities to wrestle in WWE, but the two men never actually crossed paths.
As part of a recent episode of Grilling JR, the AEW commentator revealed that there was one reason why Hogan and Austin didn’t wrestle, which was because Steve Austin thought that their in-ring styles were too different.
“Austin had it in his mind that Hogan’s style and Austin’s styles 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 in town and his name is Stone Cold. It is not Hulkamania anymore. But if we could use Hulkamania in a better 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.”
Hogan was recently banned from AEW and was reportedly set to return to WWE and win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale at WrestleMania 36. Stone Cold’s in-ring career may be over but it appears that The Immortal One is still working on another WWE comeback.