In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, when asked if he'd be at SummerSlam, a very serious Hulk Hogan said: "F*** yeah."
Not only did Hogan promise that he would be present at SummerSlam to collide with his nemesis, Randy Orton, the Hulkster also said he will be live on RAW this Monday to prove that Hulkamania is still alive and ready to run wild all over the Legend Killer on Aug. 20.
"I'm not doing it for me; I'm doing it for all the Hulkamaniacs," said an intense Hogan. "I've got a bad knee, and I've been really concerned about hurting it more. I've got a lot going on in my family right now…but I realize what's important to me and that's answering the bell once again in my career," he explained.
As reported by WWE.com last Friday, the Hulkster suffered a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. As a result of this painful injury, it was unknown whether or not it would prevent the WWE Hall of Famer from competing against Orton in less than two weeks at SummerSlam.
Since learning of the injury, Randy Orton has claimed that Hogan isn't really hurt, calling into question the Hulkster's integrity. Just this past Monday on RAW, Orton said that Hogan doesn't want to meet him at SummerSlam because "he's afraid his legend will be killed forever." (Read more of Orton's comments)
"Randy Orton wants this to be all about him," said the Hall of Famer in response to the Legend Killer's insolent comments. "I'm ticked off that Orton has disrespected my family, disrespected the business and disrespected WWE fans -- but this is bigger than that. This is about standing up for what Hulkamania's always believed in," Hogan exclaimed, seemingly Hulking up over the phone.
According to Hogan, he is starting to regain mobility in his knee but it is still very stiff. The Immortal One said that his meniscus tear "hurts like hell," but he's overcome injury many times before in his famed career and has prevailed.
"A lot of people don't know this," he explained, "but when I won the WWE Championship at Madison Square Garden against the Iron Sheik, I blew out my knee during the match. [That night], I sucked it up and went on to win the title."
In response to the Legend Killer's claims, Hogan will return this Monday when RAW emanates from Charlottesville, Va. Six days later, he will defend both the honor of his family and the legacy of his own namesake at SummerSlam.
"I'm going to show up in Boston, which has always been a hotbed of Hulkamania, brother. [At SummerSlam], I'm going to walk to the ring with my red and yellow, stand in that ring, and I'm going to kick Randy Orton's ass."
Orton says, "I told you so"