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?