COMMENTARY | With WrestleMania 30 less than three months away, fans around the world have already begun speculating what matches will happen and which legends of the past will be part of the night. The Wrestling Observer recently reported that a once-in-a-lifetime tag match has been considered by WWE officials.
The report - which was picked up by The Baltimore Sun - said that WWE legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper pitched a match that would feature him teaming with CM Punk to take on John Cena and fellow hall of famer Hulk Hogan. It went on to say that there have been "internal discussions" regarding the match.
While I can understand why Piper would want such a match to happen, the discussions about Piper's proposed match should not have lasted any longer than Yokozuna's first title run.
As two of the industry's greatest performers, Hogan and Piper certainly have the name power to draw an interest from some fans, however neither can be counted on to work a solid match. On top of the fact that Piper is 59 years old and Hogan is 60, there is concern that Hogan could not pass a physical in order to work a full match.
I am a huge supporter of Hogan being involved in WrestleMania, but that doesn't mean I want to see him in the ring embarrassing himself if his body isn't up for it. When Bret Hart returned at WrestleMania 26 to face Vince McMahon, it was a disaster and I suspect the same thing could happen if Hogan got back in the ring.
In order for the match to be anything remotely entertaining, Cena and Punk would have to do the majority of the work. Sure the buildup could be interesting considering Hogan and Piper were in the main event of the first WrestleMania, but the actual match would have to be mainly Cena and Punk wrestling each other.
Never mind the fact that this ridiculous idea would take Cena and Punk away from other potential matches on the card. As two of the top six performers expected to be part of WrestleMania, it would make no sense for the WWE to put Cena and Punk in a match featuring Hogan and Piper. Cena and Punk are in their prime and to make the two of them carry the match would be a waste of their time and talent.
As much as I respect Piper and appreciate what he means to pro wrestling, I'm also not sure I want Hogan's involvement - if he does return to the WWE - to focus around something involving Piper. Hogan's return needs to be a focal point of the show and we've seen the Hogan/Piper story for the past 30 years. They feuded in the 80s in the WWF, the 90s in WCW and again in the 2000s in the WWE. Do we really need to see these two battle again in 2014?
I doubt most older fans would get excited for a Hogan return if it involved Piper and it would be an even tougher sell for newer fans.
No one can blame Piper for trying to hook his wagon up to three of the biggest stars in wrestling for a match at the biggest event of the year. But the match he proposed cannot happen at WrestleMania 30. That's not to say he can't or shouldn't be involved on the card, but it would have to be in a different manner.
Piper is known for being outlandish and a bit crazy, but in this case even the WWE can't get behind this idea.
Matt Durr is a reporter from Michigan who has watched professional wrestling since he was 3 years old. Not just a WWE fan, Matt enjoys Ring of Honor and Japanese wrestling. He has covered University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics for Annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @mdurr84.
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