Hulk Hogan may or may not be a free agent but one thing is for sure. The man is dropping hints about one last match which begs the question, how big would a Hulk Hogan vs. John Cena match be at WWE WrestleMania 30?
Hogan dropping these hints about wrestling are all about a WWE deal. I don’t believe for a second that you’ll ever see Hogan in the ring in TNA Wrestling. We’re better off. He is aiming for WrestleMania and his match won’t be cheap. So let’s say that Hogan can wrestle at least one more match. Would it be big or has the ship sailed on that Mania headliner?
The obvious match here is Hogan vs. John Cena. I don’t think there is anything else that remotely makes sense on paper. At this point in the game there is no obvious opponent for Cena. There are plenty of rumors about Triple H, Randy Orton, The Undertaker, or even CM Punk but nothing looks set in stone. The door is certainly open if Hogan signs another WWE deal.
Hogan actually claims that this match was booked several years ago. There may be some truth to it. Hogan and Cena did shoot something of an angle back at an awards show. Hogan actually wound up suing his doctors claiming that their botched surgery prevented him from taking the match. Hogan claims in the lawsuit that missing the match cost him $50 million. Now that is a huge match!
Before you call me crazy I think that the match would be absolutely huge. It could be bigger than The Rock vs. Cena and that was the biggest Mania headliner of all-time. Dovetailing off of the nostalgia theme at WrestleMania 30 is a critical component to this. The timing for this is better than it will ever be again. I do believe with this kind of nostalgic promotion surrounding WM 30 that the match would be enormous. Not $50 enormous but big.
The truth is that the match would probably be pretty exciting if it were kept under five minutes. However, when is the last time you remember a Mania match being kept under five minutes? Anything over five minutes would be brutal. The key here though is that while you and I know that Hogan is in bad physical shape, the casual audience that the WWE would draw probably wouldn’t know or care. That is the difference. They aren’t watching Hogan hobble down to the ring on Impact, just look at the ratings.