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Hulk Hogan Is Destroying TNA From The Inside

Hulk Hogan Bound for GloryI admit it: I have been a Hulk Hogan fan in the past.

When Hulkamania was at it’s peak, when the nWo was first hot, and when Hogan initially did his nostalgia run in the WWF/WWE, I was a fan. They were all great times to be a fan, and cheering Hogan on was the fun thing to do.

Unfortunately, each of those points in Hogan’s career had a very short shelf life, and Hogan very quickly wore out his welcome. After his last run in the WWE, Hogan could have and should have called it a career. There was nothing left to his accomplish, and he could’ve left with his head held high, knowing that he wasn’t so far past his prime that it was completely pathetic watching him in the ring, a’la Ric Flair today.

Instead, Hogan refuses to let go, and as a result, he is more pathetic than ever. Not only is Hogan still wrestling (if you can even call it that) despite the fact that he is legitimately crippled and burying his legacy even further, but outside of the ring, Hogan seemingly has gone completely batsh*t insane.

Sweet L. Ron Hubbard, where do I even begin here? Let’s start with the weekend before this last one. Hogan did a “Hulk Hogan & Friends” event in Allentown, PA. This was basically a legends reunion-type event (despite sounding like a horrible Saturday morning cartoon). Hogan told people at the event that he would not be taking any bumps during his BFG match with Sting (which he didn’t). When asked why, Hogan had the following to say:

“I only take bumps if a lot of people are watching.”

Congratulations, Hulk. You just buried your entire company in one fail swoop. With this statement, Hogan basically told everyone that not a lot of people watch TNA, therefore it isn’t worth his time to put on a good show. Now, I know that the truth is because Hogan is crippled. Having said that, knowing damn well he couldn’t take the bumps, why even have the damn match? Aside from that, Hogan could have been honest and said it’s because he has a bad back and taking bumps could cripple him. Instead, he basically refused to drop character and, whether he realized it or not, just told everyone that no one watches the company he works for. Not only is this dumb on account of the fact that, regardless of numbers, he should believe in his company and do his best to convince others that TNA is number one, but this contradicts everything Hogan has ever said about himself. If you’ve ever read his autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan (and if you have, you have serious patience), you will know that he truly believes everything he has ever done and ever will do is a money maker, despite what cold, hard numbers might say. He has had this kind of delusion on projects he’s worked on over the years that have failed, from “No Holds Barred” to the Thunder Mixer. Where is that self-delusion now when a company actually needs it?

Moving on, we go to Hogan’s interview on the “Busted Open” Sirius Radio show on October 13th, just days before Bound For Glory. When asked about Bobby Roode being the next top star in TNA, Hogan went on to say what has very shortly become a very famous rant, burying both Roode and the company once again in the process.

“Nah, he’s not ready. He’s not the next guy. Ya’ know, they might think he is. Dixie Carter might think he is. The whole world might think he is. He’s not the next guy. If I had to bet money on anybody and really be serious about betting money on anybody, I’d say Jeff Hardy is the next guy if he keeps his act together. Um, that’s what you gotta to have, man. This is much more than being a wrestler, this is crossing barriers, medias, ya’ know media barriers, and, and entertainment barriers of all kind. Getting your character down verbally has 90% to do with getting over.”

Now, we all know that TNA makes a whole lot of stupid decisions. However, Bobby Roode’s push towards the main event at BFG was not one of them. For once, TNA did something smart and not only put a new person in the title picture in Roode, but actually did a good job pushing him for the past 5 weeks or so as a legitimate threat to the title, including having him win the long, drawn-out BFG Series in order to earn the title shot. Now, in a normal scenario like this, logic would dictate that the winner of a big series like this would go onto win the main title. However, before that happened in this case, Hogan proceeded to completely bury Roode, potentially killing him as a believable contender for the belt. So, what happened? Sure enough, Roode lost the BFG match to Angle, and many are saying it’s solely based on Hogan’s opinion.

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No, Roode has not been featured on a lot of media appearances or things like that. But guess what? That can’t happen if you don’t put any faith behind the man and give him a chance. Honestly, Roode is one of the best performers in the company right now, both as a wrestler and as a talker. So, what does Hogan do? Basically tells the world that Roode really sucks and doesn’t deserve everything that he’s been given, despite the fact that Roode earned it all. To make matters worse, Hogan goes on to say that Jeff Hardy is the man that deserves Roode’s position right now. Yes, the same Jeff Hardy that abuses drugs, shows up to major PPVs stoned out of his mind, and has never, EVER learned his lesson despite being either fired or suspended from every company he’s ever worked for at some point or another. This time around, Hogan not only has buried his own company, but buried their next potential big star and praised one of the biggest train wrecks in wrestling of the past 20 years. Honestly, I’m surprised he didn’t say that Matt Hardy should be hired back and given the belt. How can anyone be expected to take someone fresh as a serious main event threat seriously if those with stroke in the company refuse to get behind him and trash him publicly?

It gets crazier. During this same tirade, Hogan basically told the world that James Storm deserves a push because he’s a white trash hick, and that Roode could be a much bigger star if, instead of being announced as from Canada, he was billed from Venice Beach, CA or Omaha, NE. Yes. Yes, because where you’re from is what makes you a star, and no stars have ever come from Canada. Bret and Owen Hart, Edge, Christian, Chris Jericho, Lance Storm, no, none of these guys was ever a star or made any money. And on that same note, when in the hell have you ever heard of a major player coming from Omaha, Hogan?

And Roode wasn’t the only homegrown TNA talent to get unnecessarily trashed by Hogan. A.J. Styles also felt Hogan’s wrath, with Hogan saying that he had big hopes for Styles when Hogan came into TNA, and now, he just doesn’t know. This, despite the fact that Styles is a multi-time world champion, one of the ten best wrestlers in the entire world right now, and one of the few wrestlers die-hard TNA fans refuse to give up hope on, despite all the crap he’s been through. Styles, rightfully pissed off, had this to say to Hogan via Twitter: “Frustration setting in when your own guys bury the company that u have worked so hard for…….. Brother!”

Is that all? Oh, I wish it, was, but the Hogan saga continues. Hogan responded to Styles on Twitter with a series of tweets that can only be described as insane:

“Just waiting for somebody to figure it out and do Today Show, Fox and Friends , Leno, radio, TV, etc. , instead of the same 5 star matches over and over…..and main stream and world wide international media on a miss my a#$ basis, brother. Goodnight HULKAMANIACS and jabronie marks without a life that don’t know it a work when you work a work and work yourself into a shoot, marks.”

The first part of these tweets, he actually insults Styles for repeatedly having five-star matches. Yes, he actually trashes one of the wrestlers he works with for being a great wrestler and consistently having great matches. Let that one sink in for a minute. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Done? Okay. Now, move onto the second part of these tweets, where he…well, to be honest, I don’t have a damn clue what he’s talking about at that point. The second part where he talks about a work is so nonsensical, they make some of the Iron Sheik’s rants look like dissertation written by Einstein by comparison. Does Hogan ever think before writing or saying anything? The man really needs a proofreader, an editor AND a handler before he opens his mouth from now on.

And now, the best part of all? Hogan’s interview on the most mind-numbing non-reality show on television, “Fox and Friends”. For those that don’t know, Obama used the song “Real American” during a recent press conference. Hogan had the following response:

“I kinda was a little upset that he didn’t ask me permission to use my music.”

So…that’s your big concern in the world of politics today, Hogan? That Barack Obama didn’t ask permission to use “your” music. And, for the record the song “Real American” is not “your” music. Not only did the song exist before you started using it in the WWF, but it wasn’t even originally your theme music. For those that don’t know, “Real American” was originally the theme for the U.S. Express, Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham, two wrestlers with more talent in their pinky than Hogan has in his whole body. Furthermore, Obama doesn’t have to ask permission to use “Hogan’s music” due to the fact that Hogan doesn’t own the rights to it. Not even Vince McMahon owns the rights to that song. Rick Derringer, the artist who wrote and performed the song owns the rights to it, thus is allowed to let anyone he wants to use it.

While that was bad enough, Hogan’s interviewed continued with a comment that regardless of your feelings on our current president or your political views, borders on mental retardation:

“I think I should be president. I know nothing about politics.”

Wow. Just…wow. I can’t…it’s…wow. That statement above is one of the most psychotic things I’ve ever heard in my life. You know nothing about politics, yet you think you are the right person to be the next president? How does one even arrive at such an insane conclusion? Fellow nutcase Iron Sheik has roughly 30 years of adulterated street drugs flowing through his system and frying his brain a cell at a time, yet even he’s never said anything as truly psychotic as this.

The saddest part? It’s going to get so much worse from this point. Hogan is going to slide further and further into insanity. Next thing you know, he’ll finagle his way into being the next TNA World Champion and will carry the belt for a year. And if you don’t think it can’t happen, you’re as psychotic and delusional as he is.

Hogan, you sir are totally, 100% batsh*t insane, and you are a cancer to TNA’s future. If TNA has any hope of survival, they need to tear up your contract and get you the hell out of their company and off their television show. From there, L. Ron Hubbard willing, you never appear on another television screen ever again for the rest of your miserable life.

Having said that, it’s only a matter of time before Fox News gives him his own show…

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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