Hulk Hogan's Return Provides Excellent Subplot to WrestleMania Revenge Tour

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 2014

Hulk Hogan reacts during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Among the highlights in one of the most thrilling showcases in recent WWE history was the return of legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan as host at WrestleMania 30. Now that he's been confirmed for the WrestleMania Revenge Tour slated to hit the United Kingdom, per the Mirror's Rob Leigh, Hogan looks to be a fixture for the foreseeable future, continuing the WWE's huge momentum.

The Undertaker's undefeated streak came to an end at WrestleMania 30 at the hands of Brock Lesnar, which threatened to turn off a multitude of fans.

However, the incredible scene that spanned multiple eras of WWE superstars rectified any blowback from that premeditated Undertaker decision. That occurred when Hogan shared the ring along with The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin:

NFL star Adrian Peterson provided his take on the situation:

As it turns out, this throwback theme isn't going away just yet. Hogan's continued presence suggests that he might be in line for an even bigger role moving forward. That couldn't hurt at all, due to his iconic status in professional wrestling and his ability to pull in fans of all ages.

Keeping things fresh and entertaining is key to the WWE's success, and as long as Hogan is still in the spotlight, there will be loyal Hulkmania enthusiasts who will tune in no matter what. Even if Hogan takes a potentially ill-fated trip back into the ring for one final match, millions of eyes will be glued to the action.

That might have sounded like a ludicrous notion in the past, yet it can't be dismissed as a possibility any longer—crazy as it sounds. Hogan hinted at squaring off with John Cena at WrestleMania 31, which would certainly cause quite a stir:

The concern about the wear on Hogan's body has to be paramount, since he'll be 61 by the time WrestleMania 31 gets underway on March 29, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. Hogan's own recent tweet doesn't alleviate the potential red flag:

A prospective showdown with Cena makes sense to a degree, though.

With the way WWE president Vince McMahon and Co. upped the stakes on April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, drastic measures have to be taken to up the ante. This may be viewed as a bit too extreme, but it still creates an intriguing subplot with the sheer possibility that Hogan and Cena could clash.

With the date so far out for WrestleMania 31, it leaves him plenty of time for Hogan to get his body right, but Hogan would be hard-pressed to compete at a high level at this juncture in his semi-retired career.

Nevertheless, Hulkmania is going to continue rocking the WWE in the interim, which has to excite wrestling fans of all generations. It should hold the interest in the continuing WrestleMania Revenge Tour, bolster Hogan's massive brand and build suspense to hold the WWE over until WrestleMania 31 transpires.