Hulk Hogan as the host of WrestleMania XXX, while appropriate on paper, is designed to underwhelm. This is a wrestling giant (both literally and figuratively) whose broad shoulders were the foundation for WWE's defining pay-per-view.
Hogan was a main event fixture across the first nine WrestleManias. As one of only a few household names in the business, he's a walking WrestleMania moment.
History shouldn't remember Hogan at WrestleMania XXX for backstage shenanigans and amplified Hoganisms done in vain. If so, the event will feel similar to other milestone WrestleManias—X, XX and XXV—all of which were booked with Hogan as a nonexistent afterthought.
Even with obvious physical limitations in mind, Hulk Hogan needs a moment. Nothing would fit his brand of heroics more than to make an appearance during the John Cena-Bray Wyatt match.
Cena-Wyatt will be Cena's first WrestleMania match that was neither in the WrestleMania main event or competed for a championship. As strong as the build has been, Hogan's presence will be the final ingredient to give the match a makeshift main event shine.
Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan somehow find themselves on the very small list of competitors currently not booked in a WrestleMania match. “Running into [Hogan's] fist,” as the legend jokingly described to Opie and Anthony on Sirius Satellite Radio (via SEScoops), would be more significant than any in-ring scenario imaginable.
This setup is practically begging for Hogan's vintage Meeting of the Minds maneuver, which requires the very minimal physical effort that suits Hulk's condition.
The Cena-Wyatt match was announced while Hulk Hogan stood in the ring alongside Cena, with Wyatt running down both icons, calling them “liars,” among other accusations.
While Cena battled Rowan, Hogan blended into the background as best as somebody of his legend (while wearing a red-and-yellow tanktop) could.
Was it a sign of things to come?
With all the talk of John Cena's legacy, picture a victorious Cena onstage at WrestleMania XXX alongside Hulk Hogan.
Is there any visual more symbolic about a top star's legacy?
That's like the first half of a real-life wrestling Mount Rushmore. It's also the likely post-match payoff fans would have received had Hogan been medically cleared to face John Cena at WrestleMania, which will almost certainly never happen.
One would be surprised at the modest amount of effort required to truly make Hogan immortal at WrestleMania XXX. His hosting antics will do more to hurt than help his legacy, but if he's able to borrow John Cena's stage, the moment would enhance both WWE Superstars.
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