WWE Superstar The Rock finally reveals what WWE Legend Hulk Hogan said to him backstage after famous WrestleMania 18 match

The pair clashed back in 2002 at WrestleMania 18, and, 18 years on, the match still holds up tremendously well.

The Rock had risen to become one of the most popular faces in the history of professional wrestling during a golden age of the industry – the Monday Night Wars.

Hulk Hogan, on the other hand, is the man that put WrestleMania and, arguably, WWE on the map. Certainly on a global scale.

This was the clash of two generations and something fitting for a WrestleMania.

The Rock vs Hulk Hogan

When WCW was bought by WWE and Hogan’s Time Warner contract expired, Vince McMahon approached The Rock with the idea of bringing Hogan back and facing him.

“I loved it,” said The Rock. “Immediately I saw the marquee, I saw the build up, I saw the promotion and I just saw the intrigue from the fans because this is a match you never thought you would see.

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“It’s like Tyson vs Ali, you never thought you would see that.”

In a 12 minute Instagram video, The Rock breaks down exactly how things went before, during and after the iconic match with Hogan.

The Rock finger Hulk Hogan

During the video, he comments on what Hogan said to him after the match: “When we got to the back, I gave Hogan the biggest, hardest hug I could and I said ‘thank you for passing the torch’.

“He said, ‘you deserve it, brother’, or something to that effect. ‘Carry it well, like I did when Andre passed me the torch’.”

During the match, the crowd made a seismic turn to support the returning Hogan.

The Rock and Hulk Hogan

The 80s star had returned as a bad guy with the NWO, but Hulkamania just had to run wild once more.

The Rock also opened up on how the match was worked out and how much of that was split decisions.

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“In that moment I had to listen to my gut,” he continued, “and I thought ‘I’m going to work as a heel now’ and give the people, 68,000 people, give them the opportunity to not be conflicted.

“Cheer him, you can boo me, because the only thing that matters is we have a great match.”

 Hulk Hogan and The Rock