Thoughts On Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan is a legend in the wrestling business. He is a household name. When people that don’t know wrestling think about wrestling, they don’t think about The Rock, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Kane, Undertaker, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Goldberg, Randy Orton, Ultimate Warrior, or Andre the Giant. Everyone instantly thinks of Hulk Hogan. Dixie Carter had this to say, “Yes, I think Hulk has been worth it,” she said of the deal. “He’s opened a lot of doors for us. When you’re about to lose a deal in an international territory and one phone call from Hulk Hogan makes a man who doesn’t even speak your language melt and you get your deal back, that carries a lot of weight. There’s not another guy out there who could do that.”

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She also said, “If we did anything wrong with him, we used him too much on television,” Carter said. “If he stayed with us, you’d probably see less of him.” To this, I say, “Amen!” It seemed like Hulk Hogan was involved in every story that was being played out. It seemed that at least 30 minutes of Impact Wrestling’s 2 hour show was taken up by Hulk Hogan talking. I understand that he is a legend in the business. He is an icon. There is no one in the wrestling business who has done as much as him. But I do not want to see him on TV anymore. Why should I have to see a guy who is 60 years old come out and cut a promo? His ways are very old. His promos seem like they are from 20-30 years ago. They are outdated. I can’t blame him for this. He has been around for over two decades.

Hulk Hogan has much to offer to the wrestling business. He might have much to offer to the creative team and to the wrestlers in the back. Also, to go along with talking about creative, I think Hogan gets too much blame for the creative direction of the show. He was the General Manager of Impact Wrestling. But just as when Eric Bischoff was the General Manager of Monday Night Raw, it does not mean that he wrote all of the stories and was in charge of creative. He was playing a role on TV. Dixie Carter is completely right in saying that he was used too much on television. I am not against him staying in TNA but being a promoter or a road agent or some backstage role. That would be best. There was a very long time that Eric Bischoff was in TNA but stayed off of television. The same should have been done with Hogan. Why did TNA have Hogan on television so much? They were paying him very much money. He was making a killing in TNA. Even so, Hogan left TNA. And if I may say, good riddance!

He brought no benefit to the product. People say that he brought more awareness to the product. When Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan came to TNA, the ratings went up for a little. But after a while, the ratings went downhill. People might have known about TNA more than they did before but the ones that were tuning into TNA started tuning out. Is that because of Hulk Hogan? I honestly think he is a big part of it. The other parts of it is seeing Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Sting, Eric Bischoff, Scott Hall, Scott Steiner, and many others from WCW have a part on the show. People are tired of seeing legends of the wrestling business take up much air time. I can’t blame them. It is annoying and irritating seeing people like Sting, Hogan, Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Eric Bischoff, and others from the 90s and 80s dominate the show. Hogan isn’t all to blame. But he is a big part of it. Do not get me wrong. I respect all that he has done in the wrestling business. But it is ridiculous that I even need to defend my position in saying that I respect what he has done for the business when criticizing him being in TNA. Just because he is a legend in the wrestling business does not give him a right to take up a fourth of a wrestling show. It is crazy. So was it worth it, Dixie? Was it truly worth having Hulk Hogan dominate your show just so you could save a TV deal or two overseas? Was it worth hurting the product to lock in those international deals? She says it was. To anyone that saw the attendance for Bound For Glory 2013 and the way ratings were going, thank God Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan are gone.

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The question regarding Hulk Hogan that is now going around is if he should appear at next year’s WrestleMania. It is hard to say if he should or shouldn’t. Honestly, I am tired of seeing Hogan. If I see him on TV, I want to change the channel. But there are still some wrestling fans out there that will tune in to see Hulk Hogan for nostalgia’s sake. So if Hulk Hogan is at next year’s WrestleMania, how should he be used? I have to say that I have watched around twenty minutes of WWE within the past 6-8 months. I just don’t like WWE and refuse to watch it. But I have made attempts to keep up with it through listening to The Solomonster Sounds Off and sometimes reading articles about it. I want to make one thing clear: if Hogan comes to WrestleMania 30, no one should land a hand on him. He is too old and too fragile. If he just falls wrong, he can bust a hip. We need to be very careful with him. I do think there can be a benefit of using him. At the start of teh show, he can do a cutting edge promo of how great Daniel Bryan is and how unfair Triple H and Randy Orton are. Next, they come out to trash talk Hogan. They are about to attack him when Daniel Bryan comes out for the save. Bryan faces Orton in the main event. Before the main event, Hogan shows up in Daniel Bryan’s locker room and talks to him about the big match. After the match, Triple H and Randy Orton assault Daniel Bryan. Hulk Hogan comes out with the two scared. Hogan takes a long time coming out to the ring. When he finally gets there, Hogan and Bryan can take out Triple H and Randy Orton (and if there any others). It will ultimately end with Hulk Hogan putting over Daniel Bryan as the face of the company. It would be huge for his career.

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  • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

    Screw putting someone over. Hogan put everyone over during the period he was supposed to… the last few years of his full time career. In both WCW and WWE He put over The Rock, Kurt Angle, Billy Kidman, Triple H, Sting, Brock Lesnar, Mike Awesome, Lex Luger, the Big Show and several others before retiring from full time competition. No one wants to see Hogan put anyone over anymore. They want to see him kick butt one more time and maybe even win one more world title to cap his career.

    • chris

      Hogan is NOT going to wrestle a match in wwe. he is 60 years old and he is too physically injured to even take a basic back bump.

      Vince Mcmahon and Hogan can make tons of money together just by using him on a LEGENDS CONTRACT. Hogan can promote wwe but he can't have fake matches anymore because it makes pro wrestling look so fake when a 60 year old man is "fighting" against guys who are young enough to be his children.

      it is time to turn the page and for guys like flair, Hogan, sting, nash, hall etc to move on and leave the business.

      look at trish stratus, it is true that women have a short shelf life in pro wrestling , but she did her thing and then moved on with her life because she realized that fans would get sick of her if she hogged the spotlight and did not allow the "new generation" to have their time in the sun.

      • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

        Oh, but Hogan WILL wrestle again in WWE. He took several bumps in his match with Sting in TNA. True he can’t bump on his tail bone (which means no more legdrops) because of the surgery to his lower back. But his upper back and shoulders are fine. And the greatest pro wrestler of all time coming back for one more major match makes perfect sense. And it certainly doesn’t make the sport look any more fake than having 5 foot nothing pip squeak 150 pound twigs as World Heavyweight champions.

        • chris

          Hogan WILL NOT "wrestle" in wwe. there is no way he could ever pass the wwe medical testing.

          look at bret hart vs. McMahon at mania 26. it was a one sided brawl because McMahon did not want to physicaly touch bret out of fear of hurting him in real life.

          • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

            And Hart is in worse shape than Hogan. The “medical exams” in WWE are horse $h*t anyway. They can easily give him a bye as they did Hart. Besides, even if they were legitimate all Hogan would have to do is get his own doctors (who have already cleared him to wrestle) to sign the WWE form stating that Hogan has been cleared.

            As far as the match being a brawl, ALL of Hogan’s matches in WWE were brands. That’s what the fans will be expecting and WANTING.

  • TNAChris

    Hogan is the Michael Jordan of wrestling. He could never run his own federation and be successful.

    • chris

      HOGAN NEEDS VINCE MCMAHON AND WWE IF HE WANTS TO MAKE MONEY. wwe owns his whole wrestling career. Hogan failed in tna because he is old and he did not have ted turner's money to carry tna to the "next level" brother.

      • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

        ROFLMAO!!! Hogan didn’t “fail” in TNA. He set records for the company’s highest ratings, largest crowds, most merchandise sold and highest profit. He took the little inky fed that couldn’t sell a single ticket at their TV tapping and was lucky to get a few hundred at their house shows and used his name to get them World wide television deals and brought them to a larger audience than ever before.

        The company was seeing a profit for the first time ever and was able to go live and take their show on the road where they were now drawing thousands showing that their audience had grown. Further more their UK audience had grown even more so. They started taping Impact in the UK IN January and now Impact Sterling’s ratings surpass those of RAW in the UK.

        Also let’s not forget the men who became stars via the Hogan rub. Guys like Bobby Roode. Austin Aries, Bully Ray, James Storm and even Abyss/Joseph Parks all became bigger stars or saw their careers

        Over all Hogan had an incrediblely positive effect on the company. Granted, had he been able to wrestle full time he would have had a much greater effect on the US ratings. But we still cannot discount all the good he did.

        • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

          * saw their careers rejuvenated.

          • chris

            Your post shows that you are a DELUSIONAL idiot. HASBEEN HOGAN is a decrepid dinosaur, a washed up fossil who is still playing the "fake rassling character" into his 60s.

            Hogan got tna a 1.45 rating at his debut and then it all went down hill.

            tna is a a mountain of debt because Hogan convinced Dixie "the redneck money mark" carter to try to compete with wwe.

            tna wnet on Mondays and wwe SQUASHED them like a bug and tna ran back to thursdays,.

            tna went on the road for tv and then ran back to the impact zone.

            HOGAN is never going to compete with vince McMahon in the rassling business again.

            he is a washed up has been. he is just too stupid and egocentric to know it.

  • Mike

    I find it hard to believe that “people were tired of seeing Hogan” when he was consistently getting the biggest pops of anyone in TNA, along with Hardy

  • jblack424

    Yeah but hogan wasnt wrestling. If people think ryback, knux, even wes brisco or garret bischoff cant wrestle but wanna see hogan do it is just crazy. Eric bischoff could perform better at this point. Also whoever said Bret is in worse shape than hogan now cracks me up. Both are equally bad and hogan going over anyone at this age ruins their career.

    • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

      But Hogan brings something to his matches that those other guys do not. His matches are FUN. Hogan brings the crowd into his matches and makes you deal like you are riding a rollercoaster of excitement as you follow the story told in the ring. Whether he wants to be cheered or booed the fans pop for him like no other. His match doesn’t have to be good. It will be FUN.

  • Ricwil

    All I know is that I didn't start watching TNA until I saw that Hulk Hogan joined on. It was what renewed my interest – it may have been the nostalgia of the 80's that brought me back, but am not sure Hogan is to blame for whatever financial woes TNA has had.

    • http://hulkhoganhistory.weebly.com The Boss

      Logan bought TNA zero financial woes. In fact, because of him they were getting bigger and better sponsors. Plus, the shows with Hogan were drawing a couple of thousand fans instead of the 300 they were getting before. All this added up to TNA seeing a profit for the first time ever. They reinvested the money into the company and aired the show live and then took it on the road.

      All was well. TNA continued to grow and they began booking shows in areas they never been before. TNA became a successful world wide promotion under Hogan. The none believers claim that all this would have happened without him. However as soon as it became clear that Hogan was leaving, the promotion immediately started scaling back. They canceled the road shows and went back to Universal Studios (in a studio that’s even smaller than the last one) where they can’t sell a single ticket. They stopped the live shows and returned to taping weeks in advance which resulted in the return of all those spoilers thus giving people the excuse not to watch.

      Why did TNA downsize right after Hogan left? Clearly they realized that he was the the reason behind all of their growth and felt that they couldn’t maintain it without him.