WrestleMania is back in business as WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil will host the two-night pop culture extravaganza at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2021.
Tickets for WrestleMania presented by SNICKERS are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.com. The two-night event will stream live exclusively on Peacock at 8 pm ET in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
Not all fans were pleased, and they sounded off on social media:
Vince McMahon: “Hulkster, I want you to co-host this year’s WrestleMania!”
Hulk Hogan: “Well you know something Vinny Mac, brother? I accept, on one condition: The other co-host is a black guy, so people will start to believe I’m not a racist, brrrrrotherrr!”#WWE #WrestleMania
— 𝗣𝗿𝗼 𝗪𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 🤼♂️ (@ProWrestlingUtd) March 23, 2021
ong they priorities in the wrong place.
— PRIN❌E (@ItzPHSavageWolf) March 23, 2021
Still not sure why Hulk Hogan is hosting #WrestleMania when Billie Kay is right there… pic.twitter.com/M2VDRxxCck
— High Heels Podcast (@HighHeelsPod) March 23, 2021
Twitter trolls aside, the event is booked and the show will go on. Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On January 23, 1984, “Hulkamania” was officially born when he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlined WrestleMania III, where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan went on to win six WWE Championships, starred in movies, television shows and became an idol to a vast legion of fans he dubbed “Hulkamaniacs.” He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone, and this year will become a two-time Hall of Fame inductee as nWo®, one of sports entertainment’s most notorious factions, is enshrined.
Titus O’Neil is one of the most philanthropic Superstars in WWE history and a former WWE Tag Team and 24/7 Champion. A fixture in the Tampa Bay community and passionate about giving back to families in need, O’Neil founded The Bullard Family Foundation, an organization that provides families and children in need with special moments, programs, and resources to help build character, develop relationships, and strengthen communities around them. In addition, O’Neil is an Ambassador for WWE helping thousands of individuals through various nonprofits and WWE partners including Susan G. Komen, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics. His passion for community and uplifting others inspired him to write his first book, “There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype” in 2019. O’Neil is a Tampa Bay native and graduated from the University of Florida where he was a standout football player for the Gators.