One of the biggest dream matches of all time is Hulk Hogan vs John Cena. The two former WWE Champions were the epitome of the American Dream in their prime, overcoming adversity to rise to the top of the mountain and becoming the biggest stars in WWE.
The pair almost wrestled each other in a blockbuster Wrestlemania match, but sadly the match never took place. The deal between Hulk Hogan and John Cena could not be reached and it remained one of the biggest dream matches in WWE that never took place.
Both men are multiple time World Champions throughout their career, with Cena holding a record-equalling 16 World titles in his 20 years inside the ring (Only Ric Flair can match him for World Championship gold). Meanwhile Hulk Hogan has been a world champion in WWE, WCW and New Japan, having one of the most decorated careers in all of wrestling.
In addition, they have also both tried their hand at Hollywood. Hulk Hogan starred in a number of movies in the 1980s, including a role in the famous Rocky III movie (where he played pro-wrestling champion Thunderlips). John Cena has also recently tried his hand at acting, with him nailing some key roles including as the titular character in the Peacemaker TV series.
Both men have spent their time as the undisputed top superstar in wrestling. However, debate has raged over the years over who is the biggest draw in wrestling between Hulk Hogan and John Cena.
Hulk Hogan and John Cena
Fans have debated for years who is the biggest star. Children of the 1980s and 1990s have long lobbied for the Hulkster to hold the crowd on the biggest draw, while more contemporary babies stand strong alongside the leader of the Cenation.
Wrestling historian and journalist Dave Meltzer, of the Wrestling Observer, has weighed in on the debate. He is generally considered to be one of the leading journalists in wrestling and has covered the sport all the way back throughout four decades and even longer.
Meltzer, listening to all the arguments put before him, added his own opinion into the conversation. He unoquivacly backed Hulk Hogan as being the biggest draw in wrestling history. He did so by calling Hogan “a game changer”, but in doing so did not disparage the work done by John Cena in the WWE.
On a recent Tweet, Dave Meltzer said “Please, let’s not have a silly argument that Cena was bigger in wrestling than Hogan. Cena is plenty big but Hogan was a major game changer. As far as comparing them as people, say whatever but from a business standpoint, Hogan was far above”
Based on the way Hulk Hogan drew in fans and made WWE the giant it was by ushering Hulkamania into the popular vernacular. While John Cena did big business for the WWE and became a big star, even having the record for the most Wake-a-Wish wishes granted in history, in the wrestling business he pales in comparison to Hulk Hogan.
Despite his controversial past, Hulk Hogan’s drawing power in wrestling is not something that can be overlooked. He is perhaps the biggest star in wrestling history and a household name even to this day, nearly 40 years passed his peak.
Hulk Hogan and John Cena are two of wrestling’s biggest stars, but it really is no contest.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.