Report: WWE Making Early WrestleMania XXX Plans for Hulk Hogan and John Cena?

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Report: WWE Making Early WrestleMania XXX Plans for Hulk Hogan and John Cena?
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Hulk Hogan, coming back to WWE?

Will we see Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania XXX?

Per a recent report, WWE certainly seems to be hinting at it.

Quick recap: A couple of weeks ago, World Heavyweight champion John Cena gave an intriguing interview to TMZ in which he claimed that, while he greatly admired Hogan and liked the idea of a match with him, the star was simply too old to wrestle.

Well, he did just turn 60, after all. 

But, come on, would Cena, widely regarded by most in the industry as a consummate professional, really dismiss Hogan like that? It seems unlikely, doesn't it?

Well, according to Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), rather than being some sort of mean insult on Cena's part, the comments were, in fact, carefully crafted and a potential hint of things to come.

Meltzer notes:

The John Cena TMZ interview where he said Hulk Hogan was too old to wrestle is said to have been something of significance and not an off the cuff remark. Cena isn’t going to insult Hulk Hogan publicly with a remark like that unless it’s to tease something for business.

Of course, Hogan fans shouldn't get too excited just yet.

OK, a Hogan vs. Cena match at WrestleMania would be a dream come true for many. It would probably do incredible business, especially if Hogan announced it was his retirement match.

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John Cena building up to a Hogan program?

But there's one significant problem with this scenario: Hogan is a physical wreck.

As CageSideSeats noted, this is a guy who freely admits he's had so many surgeries on his agonizing back that he has lost count. TMZ has also reported on the star's issues with his back over the years.

Hogan's TNA time was also notable for the star barely ever doing anything physical. His body just couldn't handle it.

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Hogan's back issues are well-known.

Unsurprisingly, Meltzer mentions that the star's physical state may be a major obstacle when it comes to WWE doctors clearing Hogan for a singles bout with Cena:

Given Hogan is in a million times worse shape than someone like Edge, who WWE doctors said they would never clear and his career is over (although that was due to a specific neck injury due to fear of paralysis from a bad bump and WWE not wanting to be liable), but I can’t imagine with the shape Hogan’s back is in for that not to be at least a serious concern.

These concerns are absolutely valid.

Realistically, Hogan probably shouldn't ever wrestle again.

One bad bump could easily undo years of surgeries and rehabilitation on his back.

Sure, a WrestleMania main event, and the massive payday, may sound appealing to the Hall of Famer, but come on—is it really worth the risk?

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Besides, WWE can use him in other ways.

Even if he doesn't wrestle, Hogan could still take part in a WrestleMania angle with Cena. Perhaps as a "ringside enforcer" or special guest referee. He can be involved but not have to do anything too physical.

Granted, Hogan in a supporting role at WrestleMania may not be what his fans had been hoping for. But it may be the only feasible option for Hogan and WWE right now.

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