Thanks to WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet for sending this in:
Hope you're having a great weekend! I had the honor of chatting with both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair at the "Legends Of The Ring" event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL last night. It was great to see them both in good spirits!
From the sounds of it, Hulk Hogan is getting ready to return to the WWE sooner rather than later. I also asked Ric Flair what he thinks about the rumors of Charlotte Flair facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35, whether either of them would want to wrestle again and why they were never opponents at WrestleMania.
I transcribed the highlights below and you can watch the full interview here:
Hulk Hogan on returning to WWE:
"Things are moving in that direction quite quickly. It's all about execution and timing and the right place and the right time but things are good."
Ric Flair on Charlotte Flair facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35:
"In my humble opinion, if Rousey wants to elevate her status in the company she needs to go through The Queen and The Queen ain't afraid of her, I got news for ya. I just saw her deadlift 315 lbs and she can bench 205 lbs for 6 reps. She is gifted beyond belief. I'm not involved obviously in any of the thinking but if they're ever going to put the women where they belong, this is the year because I think Ronda has only signed a one-year deal and then she wants to get out of there. She wants to have kids and all that. She just needs to be be prepared to lose. Not if sure if Ronda likes that."
Why Hogan and Flair never faced each other at WrestleMania:
Hulk Hogan: "We don't know. We were on fire. We did some house shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, three or four shows in a row we set all kinds of records all over and we were pushing real hard towards that WrestleMania time and for me I have a personal opinion, the chemistry was so powerful between Ric and I, I hate to say anything bad about any of the other wrestlers, I hate to say anything bad about the company but with Ric and I heading into WrestleMania it kind of took over everything. If we would have wrestled at WrestleMania, we would have taken so much of the focus because there would have been the rematch and the cage match, the title would have dropped and hopefully I would have won it back and back and forth. I think that Vince knew that this was such a powerful turbulence between the two of us he could conquer and divide and make it work even better and pretty much that's what he did. He sent me off in one direction and him in another and we drew money in both directions."