Rumors are flying about the Hulkster making his return to the WWE at WrestleMania 30. Early reports suggested a potential match against John Cena while new reports seem to indicate that the WWE have cooled off on Hogan lacing up the boots in NOLA.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]The future of Hulk Hogan has been a question now for a couple of months. Hogan’s future with the WWE seemed inevitable ever since Hogan walked out of TNA Wrestling. It wasn’t a matter of if but always a matter of what Hogan would do in the WWE. New reports indicate that it won’t be nearly as much as some have hoped.
According to the recent Wrestling Observer newsletter, there were plans on the table for Hogan to wrestle at WrestleMania. Dave Meltzer speculates on two different scenarios that would have involved Hogan and John Cena together in some form at the 30th anniversary. The first of course being a one-on-one match while Plan B takes a little pressure off of the former WWE champion.
“The other scenario would be a Hogan & Cena team. Either way, it would have to be made clear it’s Hogan’s retirement match at WrestleMania XXX. Hogan never had a real retirement match and from a storybook standpoint, he should, this is the time because he shouldn’t work again, and WrestleMania is the only place. TNA had built an angle for he and Bully Ray forever to build for a showdown and he never did it, but this is a completely different level and if it’s at all possible, it’s the only way and place to end it if he can.”
The newest rumor floating around the Internet would be Hogan serving as some kind of special enforcer or seconding John Cena at WrestleMania. Reports out of the WWE indicate that the company has some serious reservations about putting Hogan inside of the ring. This would give Hogan the chance to have his farewell at Mania without compromising his physical wellbeing with a one-off match.
This is all ironic since the idea of a Hogan vs. John Cena match at WrestleMania was the basis of a lawsuit filed by Hogan. Hogan sued the doctors that fixed his back earlier this year claiming that they botched his surgery which cost him a WrestleMania match with Cena. Hogan claimed in the lawsuit that the lost match cost him $50 million.
“Hogan claims that he was supposed to wrestle John Cena at WrestleMania. The actual Mania is not specific. Hogan claims that due to the number of back surgeries, he is no longer able to wrestle, and thus wasn’t able to cash in on his match to the tune of $50 million.”
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Hogan’s back has been in rough shape for years. He tried to wrestle a couple of times in TNA and it wasn’t pretty. Hogan’s biggest match came against Sting at Bound for Glory. The match was not very good and Hogan could barely move. Not only that, Hogan looked gimpy every time he walked down to the ring on TNA. I can’t imagine him being physically able to do anything more than throw a couple of punches at this point. Maybe he could get away with a tag team match but a singles match wouldn’t do anyone any good.
That all said it does appear that Hogan is heading back to the WWE. I wouldn’t expect him to be a mystery guy in the Royal Rumble (although that would certainly pop the house). I would bet on seeing him endorse Cena in NOLA. I certainly have no problem with offering him a fitting exit at Mania.
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