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Tale of the tape

Bigger Wrestling Icon: Hulk Hogan vs. John Cena

Believe it or not, it’s not too crazy to ask whether John Cena should be mentioned in the same breath as Hulk Hogan when debating the biggest pro wrestling star of all-time. Insane? Consider the following:

Hint: hover over ribbons for explanation of decisions.

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Hulk Hogan

John Cena

6-time WWE/F Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 2-time Royal Rumble winner, Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Championships 11-time WWE Champion / 3-time World Heavyweight Champion, 3-time WWE U.S. Champion, 2-time Royal Rumble winner
Starred in Rocky III, No Holds Barred, Mr. Nanny. Also starred in the TV show Thunder in Paradise, the cartoon Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, the reality show Hogan Knows Best, and had a guest role on The A-Team. Movies and TV Starred in The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary, and The Reunion, among others. Also had guest appearances on the TV shows Total Divas, Psych and Hannah Montana.
2.9 million "likes" on Facebook / 974,000 followers on Twitter Social Media 27.6 million "likes" on Facebook / 6.2 million followers on Twitter
Running Leg Drop Finishing Move Attitude Adjustment and STF
The Hulkster is the Michael Jordan of professional wrestling. He is known in virtually every country in the world and still receives rock star treatment abroad. Global Recognition Compared to Hogan, Cena is a relative newcomer in the game and that hurts him in this category. Not that he isn't internationally known — he very much is — but there are more people saying their prayers and taking their vitamins than saying "you can't see me."

The winner is

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Hulk Hogan
3 out of 5

It was closer than you though, wasn't it?! But at the end of the day Hogan is, and always will be, an icon. Cena, nor anyone else in the WWE, can match Hogan's contribution to sports entertainment. We could have gone on and on and dived deep into the depths of wrestling nerdom with this, but the result would have been the same.

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