Hulk Hogan: I Begged To Bring Sting To The WWF
Now alongside one another in TNA, Hulk Hogan and Sting are no strangers to working as a unit. In World Championship Wrestling, their year-long storyline of Sting stalking Hogan's nWo faction led to a showdown at Starrcade on December 28, 1997 that will forever be known as the largest pay-per-view buyrate WCW ever produced.
Speaking during the second part of a jaw-dropping interview in Issue 91 of Fighting Spirit Magazine (see Issue 90 for Part 1), Hogan goes into detail about his proposal to bring "The Stinger" to the WWF as early as the late-1980s. In order to accomplish this, Hogan would have done the unthinkable and turned heel long before his WrestleMania matches with Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.
"I have unbelievable respect for Sting - he doesn't realise how good he really is," Hogan told FSM. "Sting should have already had his New York (WWE) run. I'll tell you something; when I got red-hot after WrestleMania III, I was begging Vince to get Sting in the WWF so I could turn heel at some point. He had the blond hair, he was 10 times more athletic than me, and I believed this guy could have the same run as Hulkamania, but take it 10 times bigger. I was telling Vince (McMahon), 'Let me get this guy over', because after beating Andre, if they'd brought Sting in and had him beat me, it would have made him this tall (gestures with his hand above his head).
"But Sting wouldn't come; we tried and tried, but he just would not jump. Vince even talked to him last year, but still Sting wouldn't go."
During another tremendously open interview in Issue 72 of FSM, Sting made it clear he was happy with TNA, despite being approached several times regarding a switch to WWE - including for a WrestleMania showdown with The Undertaker. Hogan, however, feels Vince McMahon's juggernaut promotion would have had the most to gain by luring "The Icon" to WWE for an extended run.
"He would have been, and still would be, great wherever he goes," added Hogan. "I watch him, and listen to him, and there's still so much potential in him that I don't care if he's 50 or 60 years old, he's got so much more to give. I hope he never quits."
Read the second part of this incredible interview, the most honest and open of Hogan's lengthy career, in Issue 91 of FSM, on sale on Thursday, March 21 from WH Smiths and Easons in the UK and Ireland. Both individual issues and money-saving subscriptions are also available from www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk.