Mike Chioda explains why The Rock vs Hulk Hogan wasn’t the main event at Wrestlemania X8 despite being the most well received match on the card.
Hulk Hogan was the biggest star of his generation. Along with Stone Cold, the Rock was the biggest name of his generation. Their match at Wrestlemania X8 was billed “Icon vs Icon” and yet somehow, to the astonishment of many, it wasn’t the main event.
That honor would go to Chris Jericho vs Triple H for the Undisputed Championship. To be fair, the title clash was a solid bout and the names Triple H and Jericho alone would sell out 9 out of 10 shows. On this particular night however, the crowd wanted to see Hogan fight Rock more than anything. Even Jericho felt that he shouldn’t go last and he was proven right when he performed a classic in front of a burned out crowd.
Mike Chioda explains why The Rock vs Hulk Hogan wasn’t the main event at Wrestlemania X8
“All day, Chris Jericho was running around saying, and he told me afterward not too long ago in AEW, that he didn’t think they (Jericho vs HHH) should have gone on last,” Mike Chioda said on the Mailbag Monday with Mike Chioda on AdFreeShows. “He kept saying that there was no way they could follow that match. They kept telling that to everybody. Chris was young at the time and an unbelievable worker. He’s from Canada, so he was telling the office and I remember him saying they shouldn’t be on last.”
“He said Rock vs Hogan should be on last. I think HHH didn’t want to give up that title match main event at the end. That energy was taken out of that crowd. I felt bad for that last title match because the energy was sucked out of the crowd. It (Hogan vs Rock) should have been the main event.”
When asked what the relationship between Triple H and the Rock was back then, Chioda answered that the two didn’t have bad blood but it wasn’t all that great.
“I don’t think it was that good back then,” he answered. “Back then it was more battling for position, not as far as in the company, but as a professional wrestler. They didn’t see eye to eye too many times, that’s for sure.”
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