While everyone has been trying to figure out what Hulk Hogan's next move will be they've been focusing on PPVs like Bound For Glory, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania XXX causing an unprecedented amount of rumors across the internet surrounding him. The predictions of where Hogan would go bounce back and force based on small potatoes such as who he'd face and what his base pay would be etc. But it has nothing to do with any of this, it has nothing to do with Hogan being angry with TNA or wanting to retire in WWE (I'm not even sure if Hogan is even ready to retire yet). No, there is another MAJOR factor that everyone seems to have over looked. An upcoming date that puts everything else - even WrestleMania XXX to shame. January 23, 2014.
This will be the 30th anniversary (a real 30th anniversary, unlike WrestleMania XXX which is actually the 29th anniversary) of the night Hulk Hogan first won the WWF World title from the Iron Sheik and the night Hulkamania is said to have been born (at least in the WWF - Hulkamania was actually born in 1982 in the AWA). Suddenly everything takes on a whole new perspective. Instead of it being about Hogan making one or two appearances we see that there is an opportunity for an entire marketing bonanza that could easily take up at least the first trimester of the year (and maybe more) culminating at WrestleMania XXX. Where as it could be (and has been) argued by some that Hogan returning to WWE is unnecessary and would take time away from others, we now see that in order for WWE to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime marketing bonanza it's not only VITAL that Hogan be there but also that he play a major role to keep him in the spotlight and introduce him to a whole new generation of fans so that WWE can milk this opportunity for all that it is worth... and maybe even more.
Considering how big of a marketing bonanza this could potentially become I no longer consider it beyond the possibility that Hogan will step back into the ring for not just one but two or even a series of matches. Throw in a few six man tag team matches were he doesn't have to do much and you've got a Hulk Hogan who could potentially have one more enjoyable World title run. Maybe he would win the title early and lose it at WrestleMania or win it at WrestleMania and "retire" (at least for a minute) as World champion.
When there is money to be made both Hulk Hogan and the WWE do what they must and in my opinion Hulk Hogan must win the title again to capitalize on this bonanza as it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity... that is, unless the Hulkster is still active twenty years from now for the 50th anniversary. ;)