In an interview with Matt Fowler of IGN.com, Hulk Hogan discussed the possibility of a TNA moving permanently to Monday nights, competing with World Wrestling Entertainment, making AJ Styles a mainstream name, wrestlers looking to join the company, and much more. Here are a few highlights from the interview:
Moving iMPACT! to Monday nights in the future: “You know this was going to start crack-a-lacking. This is really gonna roll out well. So I was really happy with it, bro. Then the next night when we taped I was like “hmmm. We need to switch gears and keep going live.” It was a different vibe. It will work. It’s not “if,” it’s “when.” We had a crazy dinner last night with all the big [SpikeTV executives] and I was just badgering them to death. Just beating them to death. It’s just time and momentum. And they get it. They understand that whole energy thing. That feel.”
Bret Hart appearing on Monday Night Raw: “I expected a bunch of different stuff, from Bret’s look â€“ I was looking for something really exciting. I was like “oh my gosh, man, this is going to be fun” but then I saw it and went “hmmmm.” I smell blood. I watched the show after that with Tyson and the show before that with Timbaland and I liked those shows better. But that’s just me.”
Making AJ Styles a mainstream name: “You can go out there and have 5-star matches all day long. And I love A.J. Styles to death, don’t get me wrong. But Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Jack Briscoe, Harley Race, A.J. Styles all gave 5-star matches and now (holds hand up to head) this is the water level now. When the water level rises and TNA is the number one sports entertainment company in the world, if you keep having those 5-star matches like that and you don’t do the cross-over media and we don’t have (Jay) Leno or Regis (Philbin) calling A.J. Styles instead of me then people that are having those crazy, unbelievable off-the-chart matches are going to be mid-card at best.”
If getting big names to join TNA part of the company’s strategy going forward: “Yes and no. I mean, you need to do that but that’s the easy part. I don’t even have to work to do that. I mean, my phone’s blowing up. I’ve got guys that are over, or guys that are active. Guy’s who aren’t active. Guys who work for the WWE are blowing my phone up. And it’s just happening naturally. That’s turned out the be the easy part. I thought I would have to stay on the phone and beat people up like “when’s your contract end? or Do you want to work anymore? Or How many days can you work?” Asking them if they’re still healthy and all that stuff. But I don’t even have to worry about that. My phone’s been ringing so much from guys who want to come in. Thank god, that’s the easy part. Because I was all messed up in the head and I thought that would be tough. I was in the airport with one of the guys from the WWE and they said “the guys in the WWE are cheering us on like crazy.” And the people in the offices are scrambling around like chickens with their heads cut off. So it’s good for the business. And no matter what Vince thinks, it’s going to be great for his business too.”
To read the interview in its entirety, click here.