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Official: Hulk Hogan returning to WWE

By James Hibberd,
February 22, 2014 -- Updated 1430 GMT (2230 HKT)
Hulk Hogan speaks at at Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards in Los Angeles.
Hulk Hogan speaks at at Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards in Los Angeles.
  • Hulk Hogan is returning to WWE as a host
  • He'll appear on USA Network's "Raw at 8 p.m." and "WWE Raw Backstage Pass"
  • Hogan isn't expected to be in the ring, though he might "have an impact" on the action

( -- The best-known name in pro-wrestling history is returning to WWE: Hulk Hogan is coming back to serve as a host for the company's various programs.

"Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family," Hogan said in a statement. "I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of 'WrestleMania 30'?"

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Added WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon: "It's fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network."

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Hogan will make his first WWE appearance in seven years this Monday on USA Network's "Raw at 8 p.m.," and will also appear on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass," which airs live on WWE Network on Monday nights at 11:05 p.m.

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Hogan's not expected to be in the ring, though we hear he will "have an impact" on the action.

Hogan became the WWE Champion in 1984 when he defeated The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden. He went on to win six WWE Championships, and appeared in-character in movies and TV shows.

His last WWE appearance was in 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of "Raw."

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