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Former WWE Referee Recalls Officiating Hulk Hogan’s Final WWE Match

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Hulk Hogan last competed in a WWE ring at SummerSlam 2006 against Randy Orton. Hogan defeated ‘The Legend Killer’ in his last match in WWE.

Current Lucha Underground referee, Marty Elias, recalled a time during his WWE career where he called the match between Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton. He recently wrote an article for The Sports Daily where he mentioned that he can never forget his first SummerSlam.

Elias stated in his article for The Sports Daily that the agent for the match was Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter approached Elias and stated that he would call the match between the Legend Killer and the Hulkster.

Elias was speechless when he received the news and later found out that John Laurinaitis was the one who assigned him Hogan vs. Orton due to the faith Laurinaitis had in Elias.

Once Orton learned that Elias was officiating, they both waited for Hogan in order to go over the game plan. Spots and choreography aside, the one issue that kept coming up was who was going over. Vince McMahon got involved and announced that Hogan was going over. With that detail out of the way, Elias recalls that Hogan demanded there be a spot where his foot would touch the bottom rope which eventually played into the finish.

The Hulkster pitched the spot where he wanted to get the crowd as Elias counted to three without noticing his foot was on the bottom rope. It became part of the match in the end.

Hogan instructed Elias how to work the moment. “Brother, you really need to sell the moment and sympathize with what just happened!” Elias couldn’t believe that he was receiving instructions from Hogan.

Hogan was approached by Elias as the official wanted to make sure everything was still okay as the show started. He then went on to see Orton. “Have fun, I know what you’re feeling! I remember seeing Hulk Hogan wrestle my dad (Cowboy Bob Orton) when I was young, and to be wrestling him today, is surreal, man!”

Hogan stopped Elias later that night to appreciate the work he did in the match.

        
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