The COVID-19 situation put a nail in WWE’s plans for WrestleMania 36. The event was supposed to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa but the pandemic forced the company to host the Show Of Shows at an empty Performance Center in Orlando.
In order to conform to the guidelines issued by the CDC, WWE had to pull two high-profile matches from the WrestleMania card. The annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and the Women’s Battle Royal were canceled for the sake of social distancing. However, little did fans know that “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan would have worked the men’s battle royal had the pandemic not claimed the pay-per-view.
WrestlingNews.co reports that original plans for ‘Mania were changed in a big way when WWE had to move out of Tampa. Vince McMahon had planned a huge WrestleMania moment for hometown guy Hogan – The Hulkster would’ve won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but the on-going global crisis eventually ruined WWE’s golden plan for the grand show.
“The idea was he wouldn’t take any bumps. We would work it so he would only have to eliminate one or two guys at the end and then he would get his big celebration at the end with his music. It would have been perfect because he lives in the Tampa area.”
It was further noted that The Chairman didn’t reject the idea when it was pitched and the company even held talks in late February. However, what’s interesting is that Hogan didn’t agree to win the battle royal which makes us assume it didn’t cost WWE much when the match was nixed altogether.
Hopefully, WWE will be able to book Hogan for “one more match” at WrestleMania in the near future. And let’s assume The Hulkster will agree to win the bout this time around.