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

Rating: 10 votes, 4.10 average.
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. Tai Night's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VKM
    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.
    I also agree with VKM and Wrestlinggrl77. I have a friend also who think John Cena is the world. I kinda laugh because Cena is meant to attract the younger generation meaning the kids but yet this 18 year old boy is attracted to him also. Me and another friend have told him that Cena is nothing more then hype, yeah he is great on the mic and have some okay skills in the ring but he is only being pump up by the WWE wind bag. I will say this though, he do love what he do and the business and would give the fans what they want.
  2. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Psevyn
    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.
    You seem to be ignoring some big factors when comparing to Hogan's pulling power...
    1- Wrestling at a national level was unheard of at the time. This generated interest for people who only watched their region's wrestling.
    2- Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection, which an up and coming network called MTV also exposed wrestling to people who probably never heard of it.
    3- Outside wrestling news letters, no one had any knowledge of wrestling outside the states or beyond the national organizations, meaning slim pickings for what to watch.
    4- From then to now, the internet has formed. It made the newsletters more accessable at faster times, we can find out results of taped shows and news of wrestlers. We can watch matches from all over the world either live or in specific matches. It made people who watch wrestling smarter about how it worked on the inside.

    Cena is the 21st Century Hulk Hogan, because he is doing the same thing as Hogan only with those factors above removed except 4. If Hulk Hogan was brought into the WWE at his prime, doing the same thing as he was in the 80s, you'll see he'll get the boos as well as the cheers.
  3. Sooners's Avatar
    ok. i have to disagree with one thing. The Rock for the 90's? I don't think so. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the franchise player in the 90's by far. Stone Cold Steve Austin changed the face of wrestling in the 90's. Don't get me wrong the Rock was great and he is one of my favs, but when you think 90's you think Austin. As far as Cena goes....they go way to dramatic with his wins lol
  4. Sooners's Avatar
    One more thing...Hulk Hogan...can't wrestle for crap...his moves are cheap...he may have been a huge draw for WWF but that was because thats all they had...wrestling was new. To me the biggest draw ever was from The Rock and Austin era. Really think about it...the ratings were sky high...venues were sold out. The best matches off all time happened in that era. Don't forget all the memorable Undertaker stunts as well (talking from inside a casket). the 90's were the wrestling has really gone down hill. We also forget that WWE is competing with TNA now. So the ratings have dropped because of that. If there was no TNA the ratings would be slightly higher but no where near what they were in the 90's.
  5. thagamev1's Avatar
    live every sat 6:30pm est and itunes for free
  6. The Hitman's Avatar
    Hogan Surely is a legend but what the hell is cena ?
  7. Y2LUUK's Avatar
    Well written, I completely agree
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