We reported earlier here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com that WWE 2K14 will feature a game mode called “30 Years of Wrestlemania.” The mode gives the player the ability to re-live 45 classic Wrestlemania matches such as Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania III. That announcement accompanied the obvious announcement that Hogan will be a playable character in the game.
We’re told Hogan cleared it with Dixie Carter for his likeness to be used in the upcoming WWE title. According to a source, Hogan is doing this to help restore his relationship with WWE and Vince McMahon. This is seen as a way to “re-cement the bridge” in order to solidify future merchandising opportunities with the promotion that made him famous.
Hogan just turned 60 and knows that the best way to help rebuild himself financially (following the ugly divorce with Linda) is to make himself available to the WWE giant. We’re told Vince doesn’t feel Hogan has the drawing power that he once had, as has been evident in TNA’s ratings, but does see him as “big money” in terms of merchandise, licensing and DVD sales. Hogan recognizes this as well and his inclusion in WWE 2K14 is part of the two sides working together again.
For people to look at Hogan’s inclusion in WWE 2K14 as “no big deal,” we’re told they aren’t seeing the bigger picture. Hogan is clearly getting himself back under the umbrella of the company he help build.