WWE has seen a lot of big time matches booked for their company, especially WrestleMania encounters. As fans approach WrestleMania 39 on April 1st and April 2nd in SoFi Stadium, memories of past Mania events are coming out, and some believe that can’t be topped.

The Rock and Hulk Hogan threw down at WrestleMania 18 in an Icon vs Icon match for the ages. That match saw Hogan turn babyface, thanks to the passionate WWE Universe. This was also a moment in history that will be very hard to top.

During a recent edition of his mailbag podcast, former WWE referee Mike Chioda remembered that amazing confrontation between The Rock and Hulk Hogan. After all, he was fortunate enough to officiate that contest.

Mike Chioda went on to explain that he had no idea the match would be so legendary now. Then again, looking back, he hasn’t seen WWE top that collision at the showcase of the immortals since.


“Did I know it was gonna be so legendary back then? Hell no, I didn’t know. I didn’t know a few years later. We thought something was gonna at some point top that, and I don’t think at some point since 2002, since Rock and Hogan, has really topped that.”

The Rock was once thought to be a lock for WrestleMania, but he backed out of a match against Roman Reigns. The Jumanji star said that he wouldn’t be able to get in shape for a match by that time.

Only time will tell if The Rock vs Roman Reigns ever happens, and which stage it will be on. They will be hard-pressed to replicate the same electricity that the Great One generated with Hulk Hogan.

What’s your favorite WrestleMania match of all time? Sound off in the comments to let us know how you feel!

Tags: The Rock
H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

Disqus Comments Loading...