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WWE: John Cena reciprocates Hulk Hogan's challenge to a match, wants to fight Stone Cold Steve Austin and Sting too

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 9:14pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

A marquee match between two WWE legends - John Cena and Hulk Hogan - might just have become a possibility after John Cena said he'd love to fight Hogan, calling it the biggest honour he'd ever have.

The Miami Herald interviewed both Cena and Hogan, during which Cena came up with these comments. Hogan had earlier challenged Cena to a match at Wrestlemania.

Cena also said that he'd like to fight Stone Cold Steve Austin and former WCW legend Sting.

However, there are many hurdles to a proposed Cena-Hogan match at Wrestlemania. Firstly, Hulk Hogan is 61 and in no shape to wrestle any more. His recurring back problems mean that he can hardly take a bump anymore. WWE would thus be loath to try a Cena-Hogan match at any time. 

Secondly, John Cena and The Rock main-evented Wrestlemania in 2012 and 2013. The grouse among wrestling fans and some wrestlers backstage in WWE is that having a part-timer like the Rock close the annual Wrestlemania show alongside the multi-time champion Cena takes away from creating new stars for the future. A major spot on the Wrestlemania card adds immense value to a wrestler's career and often skyrockets him to superstardom. Over the last nine years, John Cena has been the top star in WWE, main-eventing several Wrestlemanias, but older viewers have grown weary of his continuing presence and numerous World Title reigns. There is a feeling that Cena 'always wins' which means younger stars can never grab the spotlight. 

Thirdly, Hulk Hogan is no longer as popular with hardcore wrestling fans as he was in the 1980 and 90s. He allegedly has an arrogant attitude and many fans believe he always wishes to be in the spotlight. The chances that a Cena-Hogan match at Wrestlemania would be hooted out by the adults in the crowd are therefore high.

A Cena-Austin or Cena-Sting match would arouse greater interest. However, Steve Austin hasn't wrestled a match in 11 years, and is unlikely to come out of retirement to face an already-established star. Sting on the other hand, has just signed a contract with WWE and might be interested in a match with Cena.

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