WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan recently spoke with Sports Illustrated, and during the interview, Hogan spoke more about his match against Andre the Giant at WrestleMania 3. During the Andre the Giant HBO documentary which premiered earlier this year, Hogan revealed the meticulous fashion in which he scripted out the entire match, and went on to discuss how the match was executed.
During the interview with SI, Hogan revealed more details on the classic match, noting Vince McMahon approached him before the match panicking. “He didn’t know if Andre was going to put me over or not”, explained Hogan. “I don’t care what anybody says. Vince said to me, ‘I know Andre is going to do the right thing.’ But that doesn’t mean Andre agreed to put me over. The ‘right thing’ may have been to beat me.
“Andre was ‘The Boss’ and he knew better than all of us. If Andre wanted to beat me, that was fine with me. I’ve got nothing but respect for Andre. At the end of the day, if it was a real fight, he could have beat me. If he felt that beating me was best for business, then I’d have agreed with him.”
Hogan also revealed that although he had the classic match scripted out, he did not want Andre to see what he had written, as it went against the way Hogan and Andre typically worked, which was based more on instinct during a match as opposed to pre-planning.
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“The only thing I told Vince was, ‘Brother, I can write this match out,’” admitted Hogan. “I don’t normally do it, because it’s normally all instinct. I listen to the crowd, I listen with my heart, and I listen to what the people want. I never talk about the match like a lot of these guys do, because sometimes when they talk about the match, it doesn’t work but they keep doing what they talked about. I said to Vince, ‘I wrote this down simply to give you a base if you need to talk with Andre about anything. But if you show him what I wrote down, I’m dead.’ If Vince had showed Andre that I wrote the match out, he was going to have a red-and-yellow blood spot in the middle of the ring.”