The following press release was issued today by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Spike TV:
HULK HOGAN JOINS TNA WRESTLING
Legendary Wrestler and Pop Culture Icon Returns To The Ring With Fast-Rising Wrestling Organization
â€œHulkamaniaâ€ is back! The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, is joining Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling (TNA), the fastest rising wrestling organization in the world and home to one of cable televisionâ€™s highest rated shows for young men, TNA iMPACT! The announcement was made today by TNA Wrestling in conjunction with Spike TV at a press conference held in New York City.
â€œHulk Hogan is one of the worldâ€™s top pop culture icons and the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling. We are truly excited to welcome him into the TNA family,â€ said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. â€œOur goal is to become the worldâ€™s biggest professional wrestling company. Hulk defines professional wrestling and we look forward to partnering with him in a variety of ways as we continue to grow TNA globally.â€
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be jumping back into the world of professional wrestling,â€ said Hogan. â€œMy fans have been asking me to return to the business for many years on a full time basis, but the timing or the opportunity has never been right until now. TNA Wrestling is a great company with an already excellent fan base, business and broadcast partner. I firmly believe now is the time for some change at TNA as they are positioned to jump to the next level in their development and Iâ€™m here to work with Dixie to help make that a reality.â€
Through Hoganâ€™s partnership with Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television, the deal with TNA was negotiated by longtime Hogan colleague Eric Bischoff. Additionally, BHE TV has inked a first-look deal with TNA and will be working with the organization to develop new programming extensions of the TNA brand.
â€œHulk Hogan adds yet another level of star power that positions TNA iMPACT as Spike TVâ€™s version of â€˜Must-See TVâ€™ on Thursday nights,â€ said Kevin Kay, president of Spike.
Hogan most recently penned an autobiography with Mark Dagostino, â€œMy Life Outside The Ringâ€ with St. Martinâ€™s Press.