IGN has an interview with Hulk Hogan about his appearance on TNA Impact this Monday, which goes head-to-head with WWE Monday Night Raw. And whereas before, I was likely to ignore it… I’m actually kind of interested now.
Well, brother, I’m going to do everything from change the logo to try to get new, and more, sponsors. I’m going to do everything from change people’s gimmicks to get rid of people. I’m going to bring some people in with me. I’m going to change everything that needs to be fixed. And you know what? It’s not like I have a magic wand and 20 million and I can change it all overnight. It’s going to be a gradual progression. And hopefully Dixie Carter will like what I’m doing so that I can continue on, but I think this is a momentum shifting move for TNA. And I really feel that I know this business better than anybody else. I worked for Vince’s dad, you know. And then Vince’s dad died and it was all given to Vince and I was there every step of the way as he was learning the business and getting plugged in and focused. And I was there all through the 80s with Vince – with us as the greatest promoter and the greatest monster in the wrestling business. And I do feel, after talking with Vince over the past couple months and before I signed with TNA – and listening to him creatively and his ideas about what he’s doing with his product – that we’ve got one hell of a shot, brother.
As for the chances of him actually wrestling and putting himself over?
Slim to none, man. I don’t have a deal to wrestle there. You can just think of it as if Dixie Carter had hired Vince McMahon to come in and breathe super energy and super life into the product. Think if Vince was actually hired, what would he do? And that’s the best way I can describe it. Vince is the best example to use. I can’t say Ted Turner or Johnny Cash. Vince is the best example. It’s almost as if Dixie hired Vince McMahon to come in and make sure this was a momentum-shifting year and a big move and that TNA becomes the company that puts out the best product. That’s why I’m going there.
…After three back surgeries and going on the Australian tour I’m very limited. But the fans are so loyal and they know the character’s been through hell and back again. And they know my personal life. If I just crawl my way to the ring with one arm they’d probably still be cheering for me. I’m not planning on wrestling. I’m really not. But in this business, you know, Vince McMahon and I say that you can never say never.
This could get interesting.