When the WWE announced they were bringing back Hulk Hogan, nearly every fan expected him to come back for a final match. It was a fairly big letdown when they said they were just bringing him back as a host and to be an advocate for the WWE Network.
WWE was justified in the choice, because as it turned out, Hogan couldn’t be medically cleared to compete due to his injury riddled history. He’s had upwards of eight back surgeries to correct disc problems, a broken vertebra, and several other mishaps.
Since returning home to the WWE, Hogan has continuously trained in an effort to get back into the ring for one final go. The last time we saw him compete in a WWE ring was on a June 26 taping of SmackDown, when he teamed up with Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle facing off against The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.
To think that Hogan would finish his Hall-Of-Fame career in anything less than a WrestleMania match is just an absolute shame. That’s one reason why I think the rumors circling currently about Hogan training to get back into ring shape to be cleared for one single match may actually turn out to be true.
If you could imagine Hogan in a final match, there’s only one place and one opponent that makes any sense: WrestleMania and John Cena. Luckily for any true fans, that’s exactly who Hogan wants to face in his final match if it were to come to fruition. He has constantly praised Cena for all that he’s done and continues to do for the company, including going so far as to say that Cena is the greatest WWE Champion of all time.
While I don’t think that Hogan needs to pull another Hollywood Hulk Hogan phase in order to make it happen, they need to have this matchup make sense. It’s been said ad nauseam that every good match needs a heel and a face in order to work, but I don’t think that’s even remotely the case all the time – Hogan vs. Cena would be the WWE’s biggest faces going up against each other to determine who’s the biggest face of wrestling … ever.
I think this match will happen next March at WrestleMania 31. While it would make plenty of sense for Hogan to then turn around and fully retire, I don’t think he’s done being a spokesman, nor do I think he should be.
He does need one final match though. He’s going to get cleared, even if he has to pay Vince McMahon off in order to do it. Vince would lose his mind if he had a WrestleMania card with Hogan vs. Cena, Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, and Sting vs. Undertaker. He would have to know the number of fans who would assuredly explode the PPV buy numbers, and who would be quicker to travel far and wide to the California Bay to see these matches in person.
As well, WWE Network subscriptions would flood in for the PPV, boosting everything else that comes with the Network.
Hulk Hogan is training for a match against Cena, and I’ve got a timer set that says t-minus seven months and counting until it’s happening right in front of our eyes.