Let's not revisit the ghosts of WrestleMania 27. Hulk Hogan should remain firmly in the background of this Sunday's massive pay-per-view.
For those who don't remember, The Rock was the host for WrestleMania 27. While it was great to see him back in the company at the time, the way in which he was used was quizzical, to say the least.
Despite The Miz vs. John Cena being the main event of the show, The Rock was inserted into the feud. Rather than being about Miz and Cena, the main storyline heading into the biggest show of the year was all about what The Rock would do.
Former legend Bret Hart wasn't a fan of the buildup and summarized the problem well:
This one seems to be all about Rock versus Cena. I thought some of the writing these past weeks came seriously close to killing the goose laying the golden eggs in WWE. I think with the main event, as a fan, I'd like to see them get to the damn point and focus on that, rather than dressing something up to look like a something else. Oh, and by the way the point is the actual wrestling.
Not since WrestleMania 9 has the show ended so poorly. You had somebody who wasn't even booked to wrestle standing tall over the two guys wrestling for the WWE Championship in the main event.
And what was it all for? Creating the main event for next year's WrestleMania, of course.
Fast forward to the present day, and WWE has brought back another legend to inhabit the ambiguous hosting role for WrestleMania. Since nobody seems to know what a host's duties are for the show, it's hard to figure out how the company will use Hogan on Sunday.
You'd have to figure that he'll remain backstage, barring the odd in-ring or on-stage promo here and there.
It should be pointed out that since returning to the company, Hogan has been used primarily to promote the WWE Network and setting up a Battle Royal in the memory of Andre the Giant. And thankfully, nobody's begging for him to be inserted into the main event or a match with John Cena.
Nothing in the way that Hogan's been presented makes you believe that he'll impact any of the in-ring action, and he's certainly taken more of a backseat than The Rock did in 2011.
However, there's that little part of you that wonders if WWE is considering inserting him into the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt match or the WWE Championship Triple Threat match to level the playing field for the faces.
Should either of those scenarios happen, it would be a major mistake.
Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan are two of the company's biggest emerging stars. The last thing they need is to have Hogan insert himself into their matches.
For Wyatt, losing to Cena in general would help to kill some of his heat and having Hogan involved only hurts matters. How threatening can a group be if they're dispatched by a 60-year-old?
Bryan is also a big enough star at the moment that he doesn't need the rub from a retired legend, even one as big as Hogan. His success on Sunday should be solely his and not the result of a helping hand from somebody else.
At the WrestleMania press conference, Hogan himself admitted Sunday is about the current product and building momentum for years to come.
"WrestleMania is also about pushing ahead for the future, and the future is right now," he said, per Newsday's Josh Stewart.
Now's the time for him to put his money where his mouth is. Hogan should put over the younger talent rather than usurping their spotlight.
But just in case, if Hogan comes to the aid of a beaten Daniel Bryan, go ahead and turn the show off right then and there. Only bad things will come.
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