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6 Possible WrestleMania XXX Opponents for Hulk Hogan

Andy SoucekChief Writer IIIJanuary 24, 2017

6 Possible WrestleMania XXX Opponents for Hulk Hogan

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    Watcha gonna do if Hulk Hogan comes back to WWE brother?

    No really, what are you going to do with him?

    WWE is going to want to get to a million buys again for WrestleMania. It's a huge, nice number that WWE has been able to obtain the past couple years. This year may be another story.

    The novelty of The Rock and Brock Lesnar is wearing off. Steve Austin is doubtful to ever compete again. But what about The Hulkster? Rumors are flying around that Hogan may indeed come back home.

    Sure, Hogan didn't exactly tear down the house in TNA, but a return to WWE would feel fresh. Most wrestling fans probably didn't even see his work in there and would give him a hero’s welcome.

    While Hogan is 60, the man deserves a fair sendoff. His match against Sting would be a sad way to go out (if you haven't seen this match, brace yourself!). Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels both received great WrestleMania sendoffs, so why not Hogan? If he's physically able, he may be just what WWE needs to make this show feel legendary.

    But who could Hogan possibly face on the current roster? It's time to take a look at the possibilities.

    Now, keep in mind none of these matches will be good from a technical standpoint. Not one. Hogan is beat down physically, and it looks like it hurts him just to walk. It’s probably well past the point where he can put on a convincing match.

    But if WWE is going to let Hulkamania ride one last time, here are six potential opponents for WrestleMania 30 before he rides off into the sunset.

Ryback

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    Ryback is one hungry man. But can he possibly stomach the ultimate power known as Hulkamania?

    By the time WrestleMania rolls around, Ryback is going to need something to do. His character is hurting badly right now, and he needs to be rebuilt.

    His feud with CM Punk is over, and he's already had his day with John Cena. Sure, he could take on The Big Show or Daniel Bryan (hopefully not a rematch with Mark Henry though), but he needs a big match if fans are ever going to buy him as a main event act. 

    Going against Hogan in his final match could help get him there. 

    If Paul Heyman and Ryback decide to make up, the verbal encounters alone would be a blast to watch.

    Now, would this match be a train wreck? Absolutely.

    Due to Hogan's limitations, Ryback wouldn't be able to use his power moves moves against him. But the two could at least exchange punches for a few minutes before Hogan puts him away. Add in some outside interference with Heyman, and Hogan playing to the crowd for all it's worth and they may be able to create enough distractions to put on a passable match.

The Big Show

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    Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III is possibly the biggest match in the event's history. 

    Hogan's career has often been defined by slaying one monster opponent after the next. Perhaps The Big Show could be his final obstacle to overcome. 

    These two go back. Way back. They battled in WCW in 1995 when Big Show (then The Giant) was promoted as Andre's son. The two later joined forces in the NWO, and even battled in a legendarily awful monster truck match. 

    Now setting that aside, Show has put on some pretty decent big man matches the past couple years. He's also in the midst of a huge push from WWE. He would probably be honored to be Hogan's final opponent.

    If these two locked up, expect there to be lots of gut punches and bearhugs. Maybe if Hogan's back is feeling particularly spry that day (and with a lot of help from Show), he could deliver a lasting WrestleMania moment of a bodyslam.

    It's doubtful, but possible. 

    Of course, this would all depend on Big Show turning heel again, but he's already done that 75 times in his career already, so one more time couldn't hurt. 

Ultimate Warrior

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    If you thought that Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior was terrible at Halloween Havoc 98, imagine how bad it would be in 2013!

    Hogan and Warrior are tied one-a-piece right now, and we need a tie-breaker!

    Ok, so this match is pretty unlikely since, at the very least, you'd have to talk one of these guys into jobbing. Still, it would be pretty cool (if only out of morbid curiosity) to see them battle one more time.

    WrestleMania XXX will probably do a fair share of honoring its past, and getting two legends to compete with huge star power would get people talking. Let's face it, there aren't a lot of former WrestleMania main eventers left to showcase.

    Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and Chris Benoit are no longer with us. Kurt Angle is in TNA. Bret Hart, The Million Dollar Man and Edge can't take any bumps. Mr. T would be a joke, and no one wants to watch The Miz even for free.

    So what could these two possibly do? Pretty much what they've always done. Punch, kick and back-rake each other for 10 minutes and pose like nobody's business. A vital ingredient would be employing Pat Patterson to  work his magic by laying out the structure of the match. He was the architect behind their Mania VI encounter, and could possibly come up with something almost watchable.

    The odds of a total stink bomb are incredibly high, but imagine how great the actual main event would seem compared to this!

HHH

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    Knowing Triple H, he's going to be involved in something big at WrestleMania XXX.

    It's doubtful that he'll be taking on Steve Austin or The Rock. He's already had his matches with Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. And at this point, HHH probably doesn't believe that in six months Daniel Bryan will be over enough for him to justify a match.

    What would get people talking, though, is a HHH vs. Hulk Hogan match. 

    Storyline wise, this one could be fairly easy to get to. Hunter and Stephanie could try to take over the WWE from Vince McMahon, and he needs someone to fight Hunter. McMahon decides to call his old running buddy Hogan who comes back to save the WWE from a takeover.

    Again, the match wouldn't be great, but with enough outside interference and Hunter bumping around like a pinball for Hogan, it could at least be entertaining. 

Hogan and Two Partners vs. the Shield

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    In order to not have a completely embarrassing WrestleMania match, Hogan should probably have a couple of partners. 

    That way, he can receive the hot tag, dish out the big boot and call it a night.

    Maybe WWE would try to create a dream team with guys like Sting, Goldberg or The Ultimate Warrior to join Hogan's side. Hogan probably wouldn't be a fan of that, though, since he'd have to share the spotlight.

    Perhaps guys like Daniel Bryan or Kofi Kingston could step in and get the mainstream rub that Hogan would provide. Or WWE could mix things up, and The Real Americans could turn face a few months before Mania to form the ultimate Real Americans dream team.

    The Shield would be great opponents from an in-ring perspective, as they could do most of the work. It would also raise their profile by having them involved in the match.

    However, The Shield would need a bit of rebuilding before Mania, as Hogan would probably feel they're a bit beneath him. But if Hogan is to put on a match that isn't too embarrassing, he should surround himself with a bit of youth to keep things moving.

     

     

     

John Cena

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    Hogan taking on John Cena is probably the biggest match he could have. It could arguably be the biggest match in all of wrestling.

    Having the two throw down at Mania would feel monumental. It would be a clash of two eras much like Rock vs. Hogan was at WrestleMania 18. Putting this inside of a dome would make it a once in a lifetime experience.

    You can just imagine how electrifying the crowd reaction would be for these two heroes locking up.

    Perhaps the biggest problem with this match is the question on whether Hogan could take the Attitude Adjustment. Asking him to take any bumps is a risk, but falling six feet off another man's shoulders could be a disaster. This would leave him tapping out to the STF, as it would be foolish for Hogan to win.

    There are few men on the roster that Hogan would be in better hands with than Cena. He's incredibly strong, not known for injuring opponents and has a pretty good track record delivering in big time matches.

    If Hogan can still go (and that is a huge "if"), facing off against John Cena should be the match that WWE books for WrestleMania XXX.

     

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