MAILBAG: Is Hulk Hogan Still a Big Money Draw in 2012?

SEScoops Mailbag for October 26th

(please submit YOUR questions to [email protected]) or via @solomonster!

Q: If WCW [and ECW had each] not gone out of business in 2001, where in your opinion would the wrestling business be right now? – @tommygunner89

A: This is an impossible question to answer. Had Eric Bischoff and his group of investors bought WCW and kept its television slots, I think it would very much be in the same position TNA finds itself in. Had Bischoff’s planned re-launch not been well-received and the investors pulled out, or if TNT decided to boot wrestling off its network, it would have died. But maybe he re-launches the WCW brand with some really creative ideas and it takes off? Who knows. I do believe that ECW wouldn’t be around today either way. It was a style that simply could not keep up at the pace it was going. But more than that, much like with WCW, it comes down to funding and a good cable slot, neither of which I don’t think they would have had.

Q: I know that Stone Cold wasn’t happy about being booked with Scott Hall at WrestleMania 18. Who did he want to face? – @phc_99

A: I don’t know that Austin didn’t like being booked with Scott Hall as much as he disliked being booked in a match that was almost an afterthought. He was, or had been, the biggest star in wrestling and felt he was being pushed down the card. Really, you could argue his match was only the 4th biggest attraction that night, behind Rock/Hogan, Jericho/HHH and Undertaker/Flair. I don’t recall hearing that Austin had any particular opponent in mind other than he was against the idea of facing Hulk Hogan.

Q: How long do you think the lawsuit TNA has on WWE will last? – @TheeScout101

A: WWE could probably pay to make it all go away tomorrow if they wanted to. Should they choose not to do that, the lawsuit could drag on for months or years. That’s a terrible thing for any talent in TNA that wants to leave for WWE because Jerry McDevitt, WWE’s attorney, has stated that they will not sign any TNA performers so long as this lawsuit is ongoing. With rumors of Ric Flair possibly appearing on Raw this Monday as the new GM, he could be the exception, though he hasn’t been under TNA contract since May and his non-compete has already expired.

Q: Who should be the first man to unequivocally defeat Ryback? Undertaker, Cena, or a new rising star? – @LeeWes

A: Anybody but Undertaker or John Cena is fine with me. There is absolutely no reason for either of them to hand Ryback his first loss.

Q: Do you think if Undertaker had faced either Hulk Hogan or Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania that we would be talking about a streak today? – @Mark_A_Dodson

A: I think it is safe to assume we would not.

Q: Traditionally in tag matches, [the babyface] team faces the hard camera while the heels have their backs to hard camera. Any notable exceptions and why? – @deturbulence

A: I’m sure there have been exceptions, but none that I can think of right now. I’d imagine the reason this is done is to make sure the fans at home can see the eventual hot tag when the babyface comes in and cleans house. It kind of ruins it if their back is to the viewing audience and all we can see is the guy’s ass.

Q: My question today is about Hulk Hogan. Do you think he’s still a big money-making draw in the wrestling business? There seem to be contrasting viewpoints as to whether or not his time at Impact Wrestling has been good for the company. I know he costs them a lot of money, but I’m not sure if he really makes money for them. Basically, I’d like your opinion as to whether or not you think Hogan has the capabilities of doing big business today. Furthermore, do you think his ability (or inability) to draw has more to do with his age or the fact that he’s tainted his legacy via family affairs, money problems, and the sex tape? – Matt I.

A: I would argue that Hogan’s value to TNA comes in the form of his name and ability to garner mainstream press for them. With the sex tape and such, that comes with a price, but when Hogan is able to appear on shows like Fox & Friends or Howard Stern and promote the latest pay-per-view, that’s a value to TNA. He’s not just promoting one event, he’s promoting a brand name that may often get confused with WWE. Now, is that worth all of the money they are likely paying him? That’s debatable, and I’m not even sure how much of that money may actually be coming from Spike TV. I think the days of Hogan as a major draw in wrestling are over. He cannot wrestle a match, even a tag match as evidenced by him being kept out of that Aces and Eights match at Bound for Glory. His back is screwed up that badly. If he were in better physical shape, then there would absolutely be money in Hogan against another big name like a Steve Austin or John Cena, but it’s just not possible. To answer your question, it has everything to do with his age and physical condition and little to do with his divorce or the sex tape. Wrestling fans don’t care about that. If they did, he’d be getting catcalls in the Impact Zone, but they still cheer him like a hero.

Q: I have a question for you today involving WWE signing Ric Flair. If WWE signs Ric Flair, would that bring [their dealings with] Bruno Sammartino to a close? I know that Bruno and Flair disagree with each other and if WWE signs Flair, then [Bruno] will not even discuss the Hall of Fame. – Shane Walker

A: Bruno isn’t interesting in discussing the Hall of Fame anyway, so it doesn’t matter. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

Q: I have been liking the pairing of Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara lately, and with the way the tag team division is going, I thought they too should get a team name and I have thought of one that could work. What do you think about “The Mysterious Sins” as a team name for them? – Billy from Tennessee

A: I like my idea of “Rey-Sins” better. Because when you say it fast, it sounds like raisins, which is funny. No? Anyone? Oh piss off, all of you.

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  • z28man

    LMAO last comment

  • mrchopper

    • Solomonster

      This is even better!

  • pwnez

    Is Hogan still a big money draw? No, not at all or at least not for TNA. If he were to return to WWE he would get a decent reaction. Even then he wouldn’t be nearly as popular as he was in the 90s.

  • Guest2238

    Sin Cara Rey Mysterio tag team name:

    Car Sterio

    • Guest7729

      Oh awesome. Someone already linked to it.

    • mrchopper

      Already there, dude. But it’s good of you to try and steal the limelight.

    • RayJ

      you think you are being funny bro? No. You are not funny. NO! These men put their lives on the line to entertain you. And YOU! You son of bitch you make fun of them? My nigga ray has put his body on you and you don’t appreciate it? Seriously whats wrong with people lick you? You fat fucks sit on your Herpes infested ass in front of your crappy computers in your slut of a moms basement while she fucks her customers in your parents marital bedroom while you secretly wish it was you in her johns place as you post shitty comments here on this awesome website thinking you will come across as a someone hip or cool but what you come across as a inbred idiot with no sense of humor whatsoever!

      • Some guy

        Marital bedroom? Son of bitch? Is english your second language? Also that whole last sentence/rambling paragraph… Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Keep up the good work.

        • BJ

          I guess i hit you where it hurts the most. And bout my english. I grew up in the hood. Know what I mean you bitch made ass sucker! You have no idea what I’ve been through. You think you will come across as smart if you sarcastically point my errors in my grammar spelling and punctuations? NO sissy boy no.

          • John Enuch Heaney

            Is anybody else reading this in Yusuf Amir’s voice?

          • Suicide Falcon 2.0

            i just had to up this due to you bringing up yusuf amir.. classic.

          • lolz@yourtinyballz

            RACEIST TROLL

          • Suicide Falcon 2.0

            No no no… yusuf amir is 1 of my favorite characters from GTA IV, so yeah, fuck you for thinking im a racist troll.

          • TVR

            Awwwww ur from the hood…maybe if i gave a rats ass i’d feel sorry for ya.

          • TVR-SUCKS_RATS_ASS

            you cared enough to comment. now leave that rats ass alone, bitch made ass nigga

          • Another guy

            I must have missed the memo where it said that growing up in the hood gives you the right to sound like an illiterate mouth-breathing waste of human existence. Its ok though, you’re doing the best you can with what you have. I’m proud of ya lil guy!


            STFU another CUCkLOLD gay. lil guy? Once women from your family go BLACK they never go BACK!!!!!!!!

          • morrisonfanone

            Good for you. And who was being sarcastic?

      • Sweet/chin/music

        Someone needs to get laid

      • kandaraoli

        kandaraoli doesnt know what made u so angry..

        come on .. it just car sterio.. he neva said ur mom was on steroids or somethin.. why so serious bro?

      • morrisonfanone

        Dude, calm down. It’s a team name. It’s not like we’re dissing them.

    • Noach

      So when they lose to a Del Rio led team, he’d be stealing a win from Car Sterio?

  • Bodacious Bob

    He draws more money than his sex tape will lol hehe

  • Riscaf

    SIN 1 NINE sould be there tag team name.

  • w4rm4chine

    I have heard Brunos name popping up during commentary over the past several months. I assumed that was just another case of WWE tossing his name out there and testing the waters to see if things have warmed up at all; or just a matter of Jim Ross giving props to the greatest wrestler to ever lace a pair of boots.. Last i heard, Bruno has commended WWE on it’s attempt to make a more family friendly product, but I think it’s just too little, too late.

    Even if they did pull it off, where do they go from there? I’ll admit, Sammartino is a personal idol, and I’d have enjoyed seeing the two work a program, but now you’re talking about a 63 year old Flair vs. a 77 year old Sammartino. Granted, Bruno has maintained his workout regimen to this day, and is probably in better shape than half of the WWE roster, but still; I’ll pass on any current interaction in favor of a “Living Legend” DVD set….

  • La Mistica

    Too bad the whole Mysterio-Cara tag team is just a vehicle for one to turn on the other and they feud until WM in a Mask vs Mask bout. I hope Rey turns heel, because he’s become stale as a babyface and it will be hard for Botch Cara to cut heel promos without unmasking or learning proper english!

  • Reality

    Damn my question hasn’t been published!

  • JamieEvsxx

    honestly I laughed at Rey-Sins…xD

  • 1991awest

    Hogan is a big draw if he’s in small doses, such as a WWE event. Not every week on Impact.



  • Bushwald Sexyface

    Is Hogan a big money draw? No. In fact, with each year that passes, he loses fans. Why? Because he’s an arrogant jackass who thinks he knows it all.

  • cvftuh

    Faceless mystery

  • Rafa

    Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio team should be called

    “Uncle Jimmy”

  • rustoz

    Old hollywood blonde jabroni with a pathetic jizz fountain clip a draw???

  • Subayer Got Swaggi

    or Sin Rays

  • morrisonfanone

    Hulk Hogan still a big drawer? I think we all know the answer to that one. It’s no, plain and simple. HH is not even half as entertaining as he used to be. Even worse, he’s joined the Ric Flair Flab Club.