Re: Who had more power, Hogan or Cena?
I think Hogan could get away with more than Cena could as far as he is concerned, I think if Hogan wanted something pertaining too him it was his, but I think Cena has more "pull" as far as being in McMahon's year. Cena, for better or worse, is the reason for the PG Era, and I'm not saying that, Cena has said in interviews that he suggested it, because he felt the product was stale at the time. Now, what I this is misinterpreted is the word "stale", creatively, I think '07+ '08 was a good year,and it's when I started watching again, but it's really when Undertaker, Batista, Edge, and Cena were at it's peak and HBK had a great deal going on as far as quality wise, but other than that the rest of the show was still kind of average, but more importantly, the Benoit and steroid scandals occurred. So it was a lot of damage control, so take than into account before bashing Cena. Overall, business wise, I think it was a good decision for someone not involved on the business end.
But I don't think either had Vince by the balls like HBK did and that's probably only because of timing. Now, WWE is the number one and only one, TNA fans have no arguement because Bound For Glory hardly pulls the attendance a B PPV does, so I'm saying one and only. Hogan and Hulkamania put WWE in a great position and they while NWA/WCW was competition it wasn't yet a threat.
HBK, had something going for him where he had some real pull, WWE was on a rebuild and his "clique" was looked at as being a group of future breakout stars, and in reality it was, 3/5 became WWE Champion, but more importantly the were the nWo and DX respectively, albeit I'm sure Vince rather that Scott and Kevin had that nWo success in his company. You take Bret out the picture and you're only looking at Undertaker, before they knew what Austin would become. So they not only was able to lobby there one pushes, but famously stop others. Bam Bam Bigelow said he left because while his push wasn't effected he knew it would be.
CM Punk right now has a bit of pull now too, you might not realize it based on his booking of main events until now, but just take a look at who was champions after TLC, Beth, who he dated, Ryder, who he supported, Bourne and Bryan who he was friends with from the indies. Now take a look at who's been signed Chris Hero, Antonio Cesaro, Seth Rollins... CM Punk has hinted to having something to do with that. I would be suprised if Colt Cabana signed soon.