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Hulk Hogan Could Wrestle At WWE WrestleMania 31

I have to admit that I never thought it was going to happen. Hulk Hogan has been talking for a year about coming back for one match at WWE WrestleMania. It seemed like a longshot but a new report indicates he may be closer than any of us think.

Dave Meltzer has the latest in the newest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. According to the Meltz, there is a real shot that Hogan could wrestle at Mania. That said, Hogan does have one big obstacle in his way before he can even think about lacing up the boots.

The decision (on Hogan wrestling) will largely depend on whether Hogan can pass a physical. This goes for everyone over the age of about 45 that is under consideration for being brought back on the show, including Sting. Since the situation with Lawler, WWE has instituted strict physicals for older talent before they’ll let them do anything physical, which is why nobody has even been running into Hogan’s fists on Raw.

This is a bit of a surprise to me. Yes I know that Hogan has been hyping it up but I just assumed it was Hogan’s hype with little substance behind it. Hogan has had multiple back surgeries over the years which included putting rods in his back. Hogan’s back was so bad at one point that he sued his doctors claiming they did more damage and cost him a mega payday for a WrestleMania match against John Cena.

Say what you will about Hogan but I think the guy deserves one last sendoff if he is healthy enough to participate. He has his critics but he is arguably the Babe Ruth of pro wrestling. He never had an official retirement match in a WWE ring. His final match at this point would be an Impact Wrestling match in which Hogan teamed with Sting and James Storm to defeat Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, and Kurt Angle. It would be a shame to see such a historic career end on that match.

So let’s say Hogan does pass a physical. What do you do with him? I think the big money lies in a John Cena match. I don’t think anyone is fooling themselves into believing it would be good. However, I do think that they could pull off an exciting match. If the fans know its Hogan’s last match, they are going to go crazy for anything he does, no matter what looks like. Unfortunately I can’t imagine Hogan bumping with rods in his back and with no bumps, how good is the match going to be? I think the way to go with Hogan would be some kind of a tag-team match with Cena, keeping Hogan limited to hot tags and some selling.

I think Rusev would be an intriguing match. The betting line seems to favor a Cena vs. Rusev Mania match. Hogan vs. Rusev makes all kinds of sense. I think the fans would eat it up and again, the emotions of seeing Hogan one last time in that situation would overcompensate for his limitations inside of the ring. Other than Rusev or Cena, I just don’t see what you do with the guy.

At this point I am starting to find myself rooting for the guy. As I stated earlier, I think he deserves it and I don’t think there is any doubt he really wants it. He will have worked his butt off to pass physical so if he can pass it I say you give the guy one last ride. He’s earned it.

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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 MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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