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Is A Hulk Hogan Vs. John Cena WWE WrestleMania 30 Main-Event Worth It?

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?

The idea that Hogan thinks he can wrestle is ridiculous. The man has been sliced open more than an Abdullah the Butcher opponent on an independent show for back surgeries. He looks in pain as he walks to the ring on Impact. Yet he wants us all to know that he can wrestle. Okay I’ll play the game.

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.

Is it worth it to the WWE? At the end of the day I don’t think it is. It would be great to have some kind of legend’s tag team match with Hogan, The Rock, and two other legendary wrestlers. Putting Hogan in the headliner though will reap big benefits early on but leave fans that paid $75 to watch it on pay per view soured and ripped off. As fun as it would be to watch the Hulkster rip his shirt off one more time in front of a sold out WrestleMania crowd in the main-event, it’s just not worth the repercussions.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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