Over the course of his career with the WWE, the Rock has been a part of some of the biggest matches in the company during that time, and none were any bigger than his meeting with the legendary Hollywood Hulk Hogan during his return to the company at WrestleMania X-8 in 2002.
As you can watch in the interview, the Rock says that even though his match with Hogan was the biggest match of that time, the upcoming match with John Cena will be a much bigger match due to the fact of the intense promotion and the yearlong build after the match was set the night after WrestleMania 27.
Even though the WWE molded John Cena into a modern-day version of the Hulkster, there is no way the match between Rock and Cena would surpass the greatness of the match between the two icons of professional wrestling in Rock and Hogan.
In the match at WrestleMania X-8, the crowd at the Rogers Centre in Toronto was firmly behind Hogan even though he entered as the heel of the match as the leader of the New World Order, the legendary faction that made its debut in the company earlier in the year.
While there might be a few pockets of Cena supporters in the crowd on April 1, the majority of the fans inside Sun Life Stadium will be behind their hometown favorite, so there will be no chance of a repeat of the same crowd reaction from a decade prior.
Unless the match between Rock and Cena becomes an instant classic on April 1, the Hogan match from 2002 will still continue to be the biggest WrestleMania match of the Rock’s career even though the WWE would like to top that match this year.
So Bleachers, which match do you think will be the bigger for the Rock after the dust settles from the events of this year’s WrestleMania? Is it Hollywood Hogan at WrestleMania X-8, or John Cena at WrestleMania 28?