Hulk Hogan has revealed that WWE newbie Rowdy Ronda Rousey was quite diplomatic in the way she went about acquiring her ring name.
The former UFC star is now doing her thing in the WWE and is already living up to the 'Rowdy' prefix. But she didn't just decide to use it on her own and sought Rowdy Roddy Piper's blessing before kicking her career off at WrestleMania.
According to Hogan, Piper was actually pretty chuffed Ronda would want to use his name and was even grateful.
"I think it was a really, really cool situation that Ronda went to Piper first, out of respect, and asked Roddy, if she could use his name," the 64-year-old said. "Piper was grateful that she was asking, and he was just overwhelmed that she would want to represent it on that level."
Hogan was speaking in an interview with the Miami Herald's Jim Varsallone ahead of his recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame in San Diego. He also touched on a potential return to the WWE.
The former superstar was banished from the company in 2015 after audio of him making racist remarks surfaced. But he seems to be poised for a comeback and his appearance on HBO’s Andre The Giant documentary seemed to suggest that he could be back in the WWE's good graces.
"Well, never say never," the 12-time World Champion remarked. "That would be a dream come true for me to go back home. I started many, many years ago in 1977, 78 for Vince McMahon Sr., and I've been back-and-forth several times. So I'd like to go back one last time and stay there and never leave home again."
Hogan was the face of wrestling in the 1980s. Yet after turning heel as the leader of the infamous nWo in 1996, his reputation grew even further and so did the WCW's.
The possibly returning ex-wrestler reckons the nWo is responsible for changing the wrestling business and claims that the original founders deserve to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
"The nWo - Hogan, Hall and Nash - kind of like changed wrestling and kind of like made a pivot, where everybody used to cheer for the good guys, and we kind of made it cool to cheer for the bad guys," he explained.
"So, the way we changed wrestling's history and the course of the train of thought that the fans have now, I think is attributed a lot to the nWo's reign of terror. I think the nWo -- definitely the three original founding members -- deserves a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame."