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Is John Cena the 21st Century's Version of Hulk Hogan?

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When I say the name John Cena most of you will either applaud or boo loudly. JC is one of the most polarizing figures in wrestling today. So to mention his name with one of wrestling's most beloved figures seems crazy. Right? Not in my opinion and I'll tell you why.

1. Marketability - Though many people hate him, his merchandise sells. Kids look up to him. He has transcended wrestling. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, many people know the name John Cena. Yeah, he has a 50/50 record with movies but Hogan wasn't a movie star yet he is a pop icon.

2. Charisma - Though many haters won't like it, John Cena is a great talker but an average wrestler. Hulk Hogan had two or three signature moves but his talking made up for his lack of skill in the ring.

3. Super Strength - Hulk Hogan had many matches with people we all know should've beaten him (Andre the Giant?) yet Hogan somehow found the strength to overcome overwhelming odds. The same with John Cena. Cena always finds a way to win even it is by the most unbelievable means. The Summerslam match with Nexus is a great example of this.

4. Franchise Player - Hulk Hogan was the franchise player for WWE for many years during the Golden Age of wrestling in the 80's. The Rock took the mantle for a while in the 90's now it's Cena. John Cena is the face of the WWE which has built a well oiled machine around him.

5. Catch Phrases - Love, Loyality, and Respect, Don't Give Up, all of these phrases cater to kids and their parents just like Hulk Hogan's Eat your vitamins and Say your Prayers were in the 80's.

For those of you wishing he'd go away, Super Cena's going to be around for years to come as long as WWE is making money from him.

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  1. Mr Perfect's Avatar
    Great write up.
  2. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Ive been sayin That Cena is the Hulk Hogan of the 21st Century for almost 2 years. Great blog
  3. mwinfie's Avatar
    i think this blog, whilst a hundren percent true, also highlights the need to have John Cena have a heel turn. Hogan wouldn't have had the career he did without what he did in the NWO
  4. Psevyn's Avatar
    Simply put; John Cena does not have an 1/8th of the draw Hogan had. Keep in mind the absolute staggering attendance the WWF was pulling in with most shows in the 80s. John Cena is simply the current figurehead in the WWE. Yes, he endorses the PG rating system the same way Hogan did, that's how Vince has packaged him. Get em young' cause then you have fans for life. While Cena is obviously the biggest impact player currently in the WWE; the show still has dismal ratings compared to the 80s and even the late 90s. Raw used to pull 8.0's and higher, now it's lucky to pull off a 3.5

    You're too into the character/hype, you need to look at this from a money making venture. Right now, the PG era suits Linda's senate run, and keeps the kids buying merchandise. He by no means represents the business the same way Hogan did. After all, we're talking about the same Hulk Hogan that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in the 80s, stared in his own cartoon series, and carried pro wrestling into the mainstream market. One only need look at the Wrestlemania attendance records in the 80s to see how big Hogan truly was. Wrestlemania 3 had the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America. John Cena is a great concept for the kids, but overall he is just the latest attempt to catch onto the success of an era that died out 25 years ago.
    Updated 08-18-2010 at 05:48 PM by Psevyn
  5. Psevyn's Avatar
    Well written though; I just disagree with you
    Updated 08-18-2010 at 05:46 PM by Psevyn
  6. ajcsuperstar23's Avatar
    I agree with the Blog's author, and
    @ Rick Starr Me too!
  7. VKM's Avatar
    I agree with you. I've been trying to tell my friend who is a huge John Cena fan. lol. But he just doesn't want his favorite wrestler to seem like someone who is cheap or overrated but hey he is overrated no matter how you look at it.
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