Hulk Hogan is the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling. Not just WWE history, but the entire business. Ric Flair had an historic run with the NWA. Jerry Lawler was huge with the AWA. Legends such as Bruno Sammartino, Antonio Inoki, Verne Gagne, Andre The Giant, Harley Race and others certainly have their place in the records, as do more recent wrestling heroes, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Sting, Randy Savage, CM Punk and John Cena. All of them deserve to mentioned with the all-time greats. Yet, when we talk about wrestlers who are most known the world over, Hogan is – and always will be – the greatest of all-time. Now, at 61 years of age and after nine back surgeries that once made it appear as The Hulkster would never even be able to walk again, Hulkamania may live to headline one more main event. If he can gain clearance from Vince McMahon and others, Hogan is hoping to main event Wrestlemania 31 with either Cena, Austin or Sting.
Hogan spoke with Chuck Carroll of Turnbuckle Weekly and told the host that he has been training for one more match that could take place at Levi Stadium on March 29, 2015 in front of over 80,000 screaming Hulkamaniacs.
“At the end of the day, it’s me getting Vince’s ear, and me getting in Triple H’s ear, and talking to them into letting me rock the house one more time,” Hogan said. “[John] Cena would be the guy I’d love to get in the ring with, you know, if I could irritate Stone Cold so much he’d come out of retirement, I’d love to have him open a can of whoop ass on me and see what happens.”
It may be in everyone’s best interests for Hogan to climb into the ring for one more match. The WWE network is already fledgling, ratings are inconsistent and injuries to major players are piling up at a rapid pace. Their current champion – Brock Lesnar – is only a part-time player who is highly overpaid for the number of appearances he makes. And, despite the fact that Hogan was never a great technical wrestler, even in his prime, he can still deliver a Hall-of-Fame performance with the wrestling fanatics.
Rumors have persisted that Sting may make his WWE debut at Wrestlemania 31. In all likelihood, it would be his only match with the company. According to The Hulkster, he doesn’t expect to face The Stinger one final time.
“I don’t think the match would be Sting and Hogan. Sting has been talking about the Undertaker. I’ve got a split decision, I think either the Undertaker or John Cena would be a great match for Sting. I really have a gut feeling that we’re going to see some Stinger Splashes at WrestleMania 31. That’s my opinion.”
So, if not Sting, then would it really work with Austin or Cena? A few things would likely have to happen. But, according to Hogan, it would be great if Cena would first do something that Hogan did almost 20 years ago that revitalized the entire industry.
“If John Cena ever turned heel and really stole some of Hollywood Hogan’s tricks and backstabbing tacticts, I think the people would cheer him out of the building. I think the fans would go crazy. I’m not talking about Thuganomics, I’m talking about being a stone cold, heartless, no good bad guy… I think Cena could pull it off.”
It could still work if Cena remained a babyface, but it would certainly make things much more interesting with Hogan’s angle. The problem is, Cena remains the biggest moneymaker with the WWE, and his merchandise may not sell as well if he were to turn heel, considering the biggest portions of his fanbase include children and female followers.
That leaves Austin. While it would make for a classic, Stone Cold recently reiterated that he has absolutely zero intention of ever returning to the ring. Personally, I believe that there would be a greater chance of luring The Rattlesnake out of retirement to face another retires superstar in Punk, but I don’t honestly see that ever taking place either.
Hogan could appear at Wrestlemania 31 for one more match. It may even take place against either Cena, Sting or Austin. But, with many things still needing to fall into place, for now, this is just something fun to discuss. Hopefully, within the coming months, it will become a reality.