What if…Austin faced Hogan at WrestleMania instead of The Rock?
Today’s edition of What If asks you to answer the following hypothetical scenario; What If Steve Austin faced Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18 instead of The Rock?
WrestleMania X8 emanated from the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 17, 2002 in front of 68,237 people.
In a match dubbed Icon vs Icon “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan faced off against The Rock. Many fans questioned why this match was not Stone Cold Steve Austin vs “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.
Bruce Prichard has gone on record in stating that the plan was always to have The Rock vs Hogan at WrestleMania X8 and have Steve Austin feud with the remaining members of the NWO (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) and build to Austin vs Hogan at a later date.
However, it has been speculated that Austin may have been reluctant to work with Hogan due to the Hulkster’s previous reputation for backstage politics and creative control clause in his contracts.
Let us know your theories below!