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.”
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 They are outdated.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.
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.