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WNZ Open Season: Who Is More Patriotic?

With the Fourth of July here us in the US, I always ponder something along those lines around now. There’s always at least one guy on the roster who can play the pro-American babyface, spoiling the anti-American heel.¬† It’s a feud as old as time, something that is fairly regularly trotted out. Right now, we have Rusev playing the anti-American heel, but we’ve yet to see someone be pushed forward as the American babyface, though they are likely trying to do so with Titus.

But for this Open Season, I will debate two polarizing and patriotic figures, from two different eras. John Cena versus Hulk Hogan. And, for the sake of the discussion, we will forget Hogan’s recent transgressions. This one is all about in-ring action in their babyface primes.

Why Hogan Is:

Honestly, is there any more patriotic entrance theme? Does anyone, even now, not get goosebumps and mark out when that music hits? I guarantee that a large number of people reading this would go bananas if, on the next RAW, Hogan’s theme blasted unexpectedly. It’s just quintessentially patriotic, and so many of us link that song to our childhood growing up and watching wrestling. And as Real American is playing in our heads, we can all imagine the Hulkster, in his red and yellow, waving the American flag as he comes through those curtains. He was the guy going after the turncoat Sgt. Slaughter and others. Whenever WWE wanted to put a patriotic spin on things, Hogan was always at the front of the line.

Why Cena is:

Because of what he does for the troops, and how he is always being respectful of them. On a recent RAW, coinciding with the anniversary for D-Day, Cena made mention of it during his walk to the ring. No matter his schedule, he’s always pushing to be a part of the Tribute to the Troops shows. He’s incorporated a military salute in his ring habits at the beginning of his matches. And, he is basically the Hogan of his era. He carries the patriotic mantel.


I could say it’s a tie, because both men, in their own way, did a great job of being “that guy”, the resident patriot. But, when comparing them, in the grand scheme, I think the edge is slightly to Hogan, if only because back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the American vs Enemy of America angle played better and more obviously. Now, as WWE has fully gone global, and things are just different? There are different sensitivities to be mindful of, and I don’t know if early 90’s Hogan could be as successful now, as he was then.

WNZ readers, what do you think?

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  • Zack

    I’d put both Kurt Angle and Hogan ahead of Cena. The way Cena talks about patriotism, he reminds me of my gym teacher from high school “I wanted to serve but I had other things to do so I didn’t. I’ll still act like I have so I have an excuse to blow up every time someone doesn’t say the pledge of allegiance or every time they complain about how we’ve handled Katrina or Iraq.”
    Lol Maybe he meant well but the dude was a nut. Not smart enough to debate so he tried to intimidate by raising his voice and getting all extra close to the kid like he could beat him up if he wanted to.

  • Mike

    Hogans character was built as a partriotic real American guy. Cena isn’t and wasn’t geared towards that, he just is like that, I think hogans real American gimic is a lot more patriotic than cenas in ring character. But away from the ring, cena clearly wins

  • jcice13

    Cena wasn’t patriotic until his marine movie then he took it way over the top whereas Hogan had the dreaded russians and sheik to contend with and he was “fighting” for our honor so in the land of stupid it’s Hogan

  • Si Nicholls

    I always thought Hacksaw Jim Duggan was more so than Hogan from a non USA person

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

    Iron Sheik is more patriotic than those two

    • Bite Me You Loser

      You Iron Sheik class!

      • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

        “HULK HOGAN, THAT NO GOOD SON OF A B—-!!!!”- Iron Sheik

  • Mean Dean

    Cena is nowhere near patriotic Angle, and Hogan, you could even pin Austin to being the most patriotic gimmick, considering he represents everything ‘merica is about, unlike Cena, Cena is more the, I got a trophy for participating generation

  • Bite Me You Loser

    Swagger and Coulter! WE THE PEOPLE!

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