Hulk Hogan Was Underutilized as WrestleMania 30 Host

David BixenspanFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

This image released by Starpix shows professional wresting personalities Hulk Hogan, left, and John Cena on top of the The Hard Rock Cafe during a news conference for Wrestlemania 30 on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in New York. Wrestlemania 30 will be held on Sunday, April 6 in New Orleans .  (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)
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In the end, Hulk Hogan's involvement with WrestleMania 30 felt like it was mostly for promotional purposes. While he was officially the "host" of the show, he didn't really do anything that past hosts have done.

He didn't use his vaguely defined powers to act like an authority figure. The Rock famously restarted The Miz vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 27 when he hosted that show, and of course various weekly Raw guest hosts acted as if they were guest general managers.

However, there was none of that here.

Hogan wasn't a constant presence throughout the show like The Rock was either. The Rock had some wacky comedy segments and bookended the show. Hogan opened the show, and a bizarre skit later, that was it.

They were pretty much exact opposites in terms of quality and how memorable they will end up being.

Not long into Hogan's speech at the start of the's "Stone Cold" Steve Austin! A few minutes later..."IF YA SMELLLLLLLLL"'s The Rock! It was an excuse for the three biggest stars of the WrestleMania era to spout off catchphrases and play off each other, and it was awesome. It was a great use of all three guys and the perfect way to start a big round-number WrestleMania.

Hogan did have a bit of a blooper early, saying they were in the "Silverdome," but the subsequent jokes about the gaffe made the segment even better.

As noted, he returned later for a backstage segment. It was super-incoherent, but the gist was that he was trying to get Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff to bury the hatchet and settle their beef from the first WrestleMania.

Mr. T joined in to blabber, as did Pat Patterson waving his arms around wearing his referee shirt from that match. It was terriblejust a waste of everyone.

I get that WWE didn't want to waste time on backstage skits, but Hogan could have done something else.

When the Hall of Fame inductees who were at ringside for the title match were introduced, he could have been there with them. He could have brought out the trophy before the Battle Royal. That would have been great!

I wouldn't have him there to award it, so as not to take away Cesaro's moment, but since it was "his idea," he really should have been involved in some capacity.

Seriously, he could have done something else. Anything else.

I can't help but think Hogan shouldn't be appearing regularly on WWE programming after his performances the last couple months. Even if you forget that he constantly flubs his lines, he just doesn't fit in. In a world where Daniel Bryan and Cesaro are the most popular wrestlers, he looks out of place.

With awful hair extensions in his doo-rag, always wearing wraparound sunglasses indoors and so on, he looks like a ghoulish cartoon character. He's like he's on a different show.

Maybe if we get the reserved Hulk Hogan that cut some of his best career promos, he can stick around. Otherwise, he'll wear out his welcome quickly.


David Bixenspan is the lead writer of Figure Four Weekly. Some of his work can be seen in Fighting Spirit Magazine.