This is the second half of the article, the link is there to read the first part.TNA Fight Night and Gut Check is part of the brand’s movement to bring in new talent. Fight Night offers one wrestler outside of the brand to wrestle in front of Hogan and a panel of judges. If the wrestler impresses, he or she could land a contract with TNA. Gut Check is an open tryout for the brand as it continually searches for new talent. Hogan said that the response has been incredible and that former WWE superstars Chris Masters and John Morrison have reached out to TNA in hopes of landing a deal.
Despite his past successes, Hogan’s next move appears to be his biggest gamble.
“We are going to give more power to the fans, make them more involved and more important,” Hogan said. “I can’t say much more, but I can say this, I’m either going to be really right on this one or really wrong. If I’m wrong, you probably won’t see me again because I’ll be hightailing it out of here.”
Hogan’s ability to look past the current situation at TNA is important to the overall success of the company as well. Hogan believes rather than using a solution that benefits the brand in the interim, that TNA needs to look to where it wants to be in the future and work backwards from there.
“If you wanted a quick fix, right now, you would put the belt on Jeff Hardy,” Hogan said. “That would fix a bunch of stuff right now, but that is not working backwards from where we need to be. Right now, to work to that point, the belt needs to stay with Bobby Roode. He’s a guy who we are bringing up and is a constant. As we build him up it’s like a volcano that ready to explode.”
TNA isn’t the first time Hogan has gone toe-to-toe with Vince McMahon’s wrestling conglomerate. 15 years ago, during the height of World Championship Wrestling, Hogan was one of the biggest talents for the brand and led one of the most intriguing wrestling storylines when he, along with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, formed the NWO.
“I remember the last time this build-up happened,” Hogan said. “Vince McMahon had Shawn Michaels dress up as Hulk Hogan with a walker and say ‘You’re getting old brother.’ Then we came with the NWO idea and I feel the same thing now. [The WWE] is banging me on TV again, having The Three Stooges dressing up as me, showing footage of Brock Lesnar beating me last week. They’re worried about something.
“[With WCW,] we were doing three times the numbers [ratings] that WWF was doing back then. We slammed them for a couple of years in the ratings. We had incredible talent and had the two highest rated shows on TNT and TBS at the time.”
Now Hogan plays a different role with TNA as compared to when he was with WCW, shifting from being an in-ring talent, to someone who is more behind the scenes, working with Dixie Carter to improve the brand. Hogan did describe the shift as one of the most difficult ones he’s ever had to make.
“It took me a long time to come to grips with the fact that I can’t be in the ring that much anymore, to set aside that ego, it’s tough,” Hogan said. “But when I look back at the tape and see myself walking out there and wrestling, it isn’t how I want it to be so I had to realize that I shouldn’t be doing that anymore.”
In addition to having Hogan, TNA has a valuable partner in Spike TV, which televises the brand’s flagship program, TNA IMPACT! On Thursday nights.
“[Spike TV] understands the business,” Hogan said. “They know what to expect and are well aware as to how the business works. They’re supportive and are believing in us more and more every day and as we keep rolling forward you’ll see more support. They’re team players and it will help both of us to be open and take that leap of faith.”
With Hogan leading the march, it’s clear that Hulkamania is running wild on the industry once again, building TNA into a wrestling powerhouse.
“I’m excited, I really am,” Hogan said. “If we can get this thing firing on all eight cylinders, get traction and do the right thing, you never know.”
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Pretty interesting I guess. Aside from hearing Morrison has been in talks with TNA (granted, this is coming from Hogan) Hogan also brought up WWE taking shots at him this past few weeks.
I use to be all for the idea of Morrison coming to TNA, but now I rather see TNA get cheaper indy stars like the Briscoes and other proven talent that is not quite as expensive. John Morrison is good and I think as a heel he would be good for TNA tv, but he's not a lead man and I have a feeling TNA would have to pay him close to what they are paying guys like RVD and Hardy. If they had deeper pockets I'd say go for it, but not now when the money is low and you can get cheaper pieces with more potential upside.