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Hulk Hogan discussed trying to get Vince McMahon to sign Sting after WrestleMania III during an interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine.

“I have unbelievable respect for Sting – he doesn’t realize 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 blonde 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.”

The interview with Hulk Hogan is in Issue 91 of FSM, available this Thursday from WH Smiths and Easons in the UK and Ireland.

  • CC

    I wouldnt say so much that its priciples thats stopped him in recent years, its schedule. He has admitted that he has come close to signing, but due to WWE’s refusal to give in to his low scheduling demands, he has always backed out. He wants an Undertaker deal, and WWE does not want to give him an Undertaker deal. Guys like Taker, Rock and Lesnar get that because they have all spent time working for WWE and have drawing ability. Sting, while a big enough draw in his day, is not a guaranteed draw in WWE, and from a “time served” perspective, he has none with WWE.
    Personally I think WWE should bite the bullet and agree terms, as all any fan wants is a short run anyway. Just to say that they have seen him in WWE, and they have seen him face Taker.

  • http://twitter.com/elvisdolinski elvis dolinski

    nice dude, so true, example after example, hilarious stuff

  • Mabry

    Hogan says how Sting doesnt realize how good he is!!!… well, most of the greatest are just like that, humble, i think thats the key. Guys like Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho or Mick Foley, although confident of their talent and abilities, kind of never thought they could meke it to the top of any organization. And those three, along with Sting turned out to be some of the greatest, most respected and most beloved wrestlers ever!!!….

  • http://retrorevelations.blogspot.com/ Jesse Moak

    He should have bitten the bullet to come in JUST to do Sting vs. Undertaker a few years back. Either at WM26 or 27. Even 28. But nope. He’d rather tread water in TNA, “on principle”, even though WWE is PG now again. Him not even doing ONE WM match, and not giving fans what they wanted in Taker vs. Sting, isn’t him being “loyal” to anyone, it’s him being stupid.

    He didn’t ever have to come in for an extended run. But, I also don’t think he realizes JUST how huge the reaction to Sting walking out on the WWE stage on live TV would be, in comparison to what he’s gotten at TNA all these years. Hell, the reaction he would get even for a one time appearance in WWE, might just be the biggest reaction of his entire career, simply because it would be such a huge event. He is LITERALLY the only major top star from NWA/WCW to have never ever worked for WWF/E.

  • Scooter

    Crazy as it sounds this might be true, the hulkster always said he felt there was a line of guys who were more deserving of warriors push and even Bret Hart said Hogan was down to Earth in his original run. So given the time period it is possible. I doubt Hogan was planning on being as generous as he’s making out but the idea he wanted Vince to sign someone great for him to work with isn’t totally ridiculous.

  • ddfindl

    “Let me get this guy over” – Hulk Hogan

    Riiiiiiight.

    “I hate being rich” – VKM
    “I’m done with wrestling and I’m never getting married again” – Ric Flair
    “Chris Benoit” – WWE.com
    “I actually don’t even like beer” – SCSA
    “Ok, I admit it, I raped that girl” – Jerry Lawler

  • Roy Bledsoe

    Sting is clearly the only loyal guy in wrestling! Thats why he has been my favorite wrestler for over 20 years! Met him once after a nitro, he was so nice and approachable!

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