Hulk Hogan may not be able to get inside of the ring but that hasn’t stopped him from jumping into the verbal wrestling ring. In a new interview Hogan responds to WWE superstar CM Punk and the Hulkster would like you to know, he didn’t have it easy.
[adinserter block=”1″]CM Punk is truly a genius. I mean it, the man is truly a genius. He has managed to irk two of pro wrestling’s biggest stars ever (maybe the two biggest) in one simple interview. Remember when Punk told the world that Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, and other champions had it easier than him? Well it certainly struck a chord with two of them.
Bruno responded in my interview with him here on the website. To paraphrase, Bruno wasn’t sure if Punk was working or if he really believed what he said. For the record he was clearly working. However, Bruno then went on to remind Punk of the schedule he had as champion and was clearly bugged by it. Superstar Graham also went off on Punk regarding the promo. For once, Bruno, Superstar, and Hulk Hogan agree on something.
Sounds like we got a future promotion for a Hogan vs. Punk WWE video game!
Hogan didn’t take kindly to those comments and lashed back at Punk in a recent interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine. The Hulkster would like you to know that his life was anything but easy as WWF champion…brother! Courtesy of the Wrestling Observer newsletter here is what Hogan had to say.
“C.M. Punk never had to walk in a dressing room where he wasn’t supposed to be. He never walked into Kansas City, where Harley Race was the champion for 20 years, where Harley had told all of his friends and neighbors that he was the only heavyweight champion, because he was the NWA champion. C.M. Punk never walked into Kemper Arena and had Harley Race put a gun to his head and say, `Get out of my town kid.’ So, does C.M. Punk have it easier than me? When I was flying 300 days a year, doing double-shots and there was no Rock, and no Stone Cold around, but just me for the first 15 years? During the day I was flying from New York and stopping in St. Louis, taking a TV station manager out to lunch, and then in the afternoon, getting to the building early in another town, like Chicago, and cutting a TV deal before wrestling that night. So, no, I don’t think I had it easier than him.”
[adinserter block=”2″]Big Dave breaks down the fact from fiction in Hogan’s statement and while there was a lot of fact, there was also a lot of fiction. The story about Harley Race has been documented many times so that is hardly news. I also will agree with Hogan and I don’t think there is anyone with knowledge of the crazy schedule the WWF crew had in the 1980s that would disagree with Hogan’s assessment of the schedule. The big news here is that obviously Punk struck a nerve with Hogan.
Again I think it’s funny how Hogan and even Bruno to an extent took Punk’s statements seriously, Hogan more of course. If this is a contest between who had the tougher schedule, Hogan wins. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s a contest Punk or any WWE wrestler in 2013 minds losing.
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