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Hulk Hogan Must Not Get Physical at WrestleMania 30

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:   Former wrester, Hulk Hogan at AT&T Stadium before a Sunday night game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2014

Hulk Hogan must not get into any physical altercation at WrestleMania 30.

The Immortal returned to the WWE February 24 to promote the WWE Network. He also announced to the WWE Universe that he would appear as the Host of WrestleMania 30.

It’s a welcomed return, as Hogan is the first big star to bring professional wrestling to the mainstream level. Who knows what the state of professional wrestling would be if Hulkamania hadn’t launched wrestling to where it is today.

Fast forward to the March 24 edition of Raw, where Hogan was in the ring with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello. The two Hollywood stars promoted Sabotage with Hogan, until The Miz showed up. The confrontation resulted in Hogan throwing Miz out of the ring.

Yes, it’s all for entertainment. However, what were they thinking?

It turns out an interesting situation can be brewing. Hogan appeared on Huffington Post Live to promote WrestleMania. He stated, “Never say never” when wrestling one more match. He also said he cannot do the leg drop again, as it would be bad for his health.

If you can’t perform your finishing maneuver, what’s the point of coming back for one more match?

I understand his appearance would bring back the nostalgia to the older WWE fans. Who doesn’t remember Hulkamania during the 1980s?

My statement doesn’t mean to convey that Hogan should go away. In fact, his role so far has made things significant again.

Despite the lack of midcard matches, the “Andre The Giant Battle Royal” presents an old-school flavor to WrestleMania with Hogan publicly announcing the idea as ingenious. This is the same man that scoop slammed Andre at WrestleMania III in front of 93,000 fans. Hulk hit the leg drop for the three-count.  Let’s not forget that’s the same leg drop that has won him numerous world titles.

What is Hogan thinking? Taking away the leg drop from his repertoire would be akin to taking the Stone Cold Stunner away from Stone Cold Steve Austin. It just doesn’t make sense.

Hogan and the leg drop are synonymous with each other. Not even attempting it would be like cheating the fans.

And then there's his latest physical predicament—What Culture (via the Wrestling Observer Newsletter) reported the WWE medical staff ruled out one more match from Hogan. They agreed that Hogan would be better off as an ambassador instead of wrestling again.

It’s why Hogan must not get physical at WrestleMania 30. Really, Hulk, is it worth it? The answer is no. Don’t risk your health just to entertain the WWE Universe one more time.

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