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Report: Roddy Piper Pushing to Face Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania XXX?

Could we see these two face off again?
Could we see these two face off again?from WWE.com
Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 9, 2014

Could we see both Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan involved in the main event of WrestleMania XXX this year? As strange as it sounds, this may actually come to fruition.

As Dave Meltzer notes in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Piper has been pitching ideas to WWE about a major tag team bout at the pay-per-view: “Regarding Hulk Hogan and WrestleMania, Roddy Piper has pushed for an idea of Hogan & Cena vs. Piper & Punk.”

On paper, this is an intriguing idea from the legend.

Provided it's promoted correctly, Hogan performing in his (presumably) final ever match could be a huge selling point in the event. Piper's name would also add even more nostalgia.

True, neither man can go in the ring any more. But thankfully, Punk and Cena would be there to carry the in-ring aspect of themselves. They could work 70 to 80 percent of the bout and only let the veterans in to do their signature moves at the very end.

Of course, the main problem with this plan is that, as has been well-chronicled, Hogan is a physical wreck.

Piper, main eventer in 2014?
Piper, main eventer in 2014?from WWE.com

As Meltzer notes in the same report: “Whenever I’ve heard about Hogan, the feeling has always been that they can’t count on him to pass a physical.”

Yes, even limited participation in a tag match may be beyond the 60-year-old at this point.

One solution would be for Hogan to work the match, but do absolutely nothing other than throw a few punches, chase Piper around the ring and hit the Big Boot. (The Leg Drop would be a definite no-no considering the condition of his back.)

Hogan, physical wreck.
Hogan, physical wreck.from WWE.com

On the—rare—occasions that Hogan did get physically involved in an angle on TNA: Impact, this was usually how he got by.

It's feasible that WWE doctors could agree to such a scenario. After all, he wouldn't be doing anything remotely risky. Sure, some people may be disappointed that this wouldn't be a “proper” wrestling match, but something like this is more of a spectacle anyway.

So, what do you think? Are you keen to see Piper and Hogan at WrestleMania? Or should these guys just stay retired?

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