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The Hogan vs. Andre storyline started in January 1987, only three months before WrestleMania III, but it shocked the world.
Andre's heel turn completely surprised everybody and the broken friendship was pure gold for the viewers.
In the weeks leading to WrestleMania III, the hype transmitted through our TV screens and was followed religiously week after week on the syndicated TV shows. Every wrestling fan was excited about the match and felt it would make history.
The excitement even reached the general audience and the WWF didn't need mainstream media superstars to sell the event.
It became a unique happening with a simple, effective angle—the ultimate underdog approach.
I was only 10 years old when it happened and I still remember that famous Piper's Pit segment when Andre ripped off Hogan's T-shirt and necklace.
On top of all that, the Hogan vs. Andre feud was forced down the fans' throat like Cena vs. The Rock. It was a story that wrote itself, with the pieces of the puzzle getting together naturally.
The fans really, I mean REALLY, wanted to watch that clash.
As a last example, the Savage vs. Hogan at WrestleMania V, with the two biggest names in the business in 1989, could be cited a bigger than the Cena vs. The Rock feud.
In my opinion, it created one of the most intense and emotional encounters in WrestleMania history and the showdown created unforgettable TV moments I still remember 20 years later.
Is there any fan that can honestly say they're dying to watch the upcoming Cena vs. The Rock battle?
I won't answer for every fan, but, I for one am not excited about the WrestleMania XXVIII main event, and, correct me if I am wrong, but I feel no actual buzz amongst the fans, Internet or in the live audiences.
There is no solid storyline behind the match and it's based solely on their social network war. There is no actual animosity between the rivals and the tension between them is too artificial.
It seems the WWE is everywhere nowadays, but just not as strong as before.
If we take a look on the Internet, you'll find CM Punk's feuds against celebrities and all those tweets by The Rock and John Cena, but only the diehard fans will follow those tweet wars.
There is nothing done to ignite the casual fans' interests and the one-hour special scheduled to air on the USA Network one week before WrestleMania will be too little too late.
In addition, the vignettes featuring Cena and The Rock on WWE programming are cute and even entertaining sometimes, but it's not getting the fans on the edge of their seat.
A legendary feud must be built on WWE television programming, week after week, with the rivals appearing on our screen constantly to add gas on the fire.
Sadly, the WWE is currently missing the boat with the tweet wars and The Rock's pre-recorded promos.