Why "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan didn't take place

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Why "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan didn't take place

One of the dream matches that are missing from WWE history is the one that could have seen in a McMahon company ring, the Federation's Immortal, Hulk Hogan, colliding with the historic face of the Attitude Era, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, with the two athletes who have had dozens and dozens of feuds with the greatest athletes in the history of pro-wrestling but have never clashed with each other on any ring in the world.

Although in the height of Steve Austin's career, Hulk Hogan was a wrestler for the WCW contender, in 2002 the two returned to work for WWE anyway, with a match between the two historic and legendary athletes that had even been remotely discussed by the creative.

team, but which ultimately never became a reality at any federation event.

WWE legend on dream match with Stone Cold Steve Austin

In the latest installment of his Grilling JR, the historic WWE Hall of Famer, as well as the current voice of the AEW commentary table, Jim Ross, tried to explain what was the biggest impediment that did not allow Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin to clashing in the WWE rings, with The Voice saying: "I think the biggest problem for Austin was his intense, aggressive and somewhat unsafe, very high pace.

This probably wouldn't have gone well with Hogan's style at the time, due to the condition of his back. But the match would certainly have been a huge attraction. It would have been a huge poster. They were going to put up some great promos.

It would have brought interest, it would have brought money, but I don't think the match would ever have been up to the two big stars they were. "We also remember that in one of his last interviews in 2019, Steve Austin was instead sure of the opposite, which is that with Hulk Hogan he could have done really great things, as he said in one of his episodes of the Steve Austin Show: "I think if we had the chance to be alone in a room, having a healthy conversation, we would probably have come up with some deals and deals.

This will probably be one of the biggest regrets of my entire career." On the recent After The Bell podcast, Hulk Hogan stated that his "goal" after feuding with The Rock was to face "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and put over The Texas Rattlesnake.

"My whole goal was to have that run with The Rock and then focus on Stone Cold. Because, as a heel, I could've put him over everywhere. If they could've put the belt back on me, he could've chased me - and like Stone Cold says, 'If there's money to be made, let's make it, brother.'

That was my goal. It was to get him in that Hulk Hogan zone and make him realize - he'd been beaten up pretty bad with his neck and a bunch of stuff - I just wanted him to realize the way you go to the ring, the way you feel, was the same way you're going to feel after working with me on the way back. It's going to be nice and easy, but we're going to tear the house down."