Hulk Hogan almost faced John Cena at WrestleMania 25

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You can’t see John Cena and you’ll never see him face off against Hulk Hogan. But we can’t help but wonder what could have been in the squared circle, as Hogan recently revealed his last match was supposed to be against Cena at WrestleMania 25.

As he told Chris Van Vliet (via, Hulk Hogan said a dream final match against John Cena never came to fruition due to injuries. Vince [McMahon] had me all hooked up with Cena and I said I’d do it. Vince and I were talking every week and we were putting the plans together, you know, like the old days where I was in the office every day, him and I were talking every day, and all of a sudden I’m on the phone with Vince I was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh, my back.’ My back went out when I was talking to Vince on the phone.” So if Hogan can’t handle a phone call without hurting himself, how’s he supposed to take an Attitude Adjustment?

Hulk Hogan added, “I would have loved to have had that last match, but now it’s completely out of the picture…You know, I’m just too beat up from the surgeries. I think if I took a couple of bumps, you probably would have to cut up me again. But no, I really wanted to have that last match.” John Cena instead won a triple threat match against Big Show and Edge at WrestleMania 25, while Hulk Hogan’s last WWE match came at Summerslam 2006, defeating Randy Orton.

While Hulk Hogan — who has had problems outside of general injuries — never got a chance to leg drop John Cena, he does have a storied history with WrestleMania, main eventing eight times — if we count that awful Yokozuna squash at IX. He had matches at even more, with one of his greatest against The Rock at X8. Now, will we see Hogan at next year’s 40th anniversary…?

How do you think a Hulk Hogan and John Cena match would have turned out? Who would be the best fit for a retirement match for the Hulkster? Give us your pick below!


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