TNA star Hulk Hogan recently did an interview with Peter Rosenberg of HOT 97 FM. Hogan hyped the Impact taping in Fayetteville, NC held last night, and had the following to say concerning The Rock’s return to WWE:
“That is one of the reasons me and Vince McMahon don’t get along because we disagree on wrestling theory. He’s a genius. He has done a great job keeping the business alive and keeping it rolling.”
When asked if there was something Hogan didn’t like about Rock’s return: “Yeah, yeah. There is certain ways to do things. You know, for The Rock to come out and say, we’ve gone from Austin 3:16 to The People’s Champion to all of a sudden, you can’t see me (in whiny voice). They spent so much time building John Cena up. If it was me I would have said, from the Austin era to The People’s Champion era to John Cena.”
Really?! Really?! … REALLY?! “If it was me I would have said, from the Austin era to The People’s Champion era to John Cena.” No, Hogan, we have already seen what wrestling promotions are like when it has been up to you. WCW… collapsed. TNA… not so far off. And seriously?! What reason is there to listen to The Rock if there is no feud set into play? At the start of the promo, Rock said that Cena was a nice guy, but that he started talking trash about The Rock. Wrestling Theory 101 suggests, Hogan, that The Rock talks trash right back to Cena.
“And I just gotta know in my heart whose the better man. There is a way to really build somebody up. You know.”
This coming from the guy who hasn’t been able to make one superstar out of the whole lot of potential talented wrestlers in TNA?! The guy who claims to know wrestling theory and instead of taking TNA to the next level, making it all about the younger guys, for over a year he’s coasted the company on the reputations of guys that Vince had made into superstars. Is there really a way to build somebody up, Hogan? The WWE has built John Cena into such a colossal superstar that he is capable to win the crowd back with just one promo. It’s called having faith in your wrestlers.
“All of a sudden in three or four seconds he had the whole arena screaming that Cena sucks.”
When hasn’t there been “Cena sucks” chants at wrestling events? John Cena knows it, and has embraced it.
“Sometimes I just don’t understand the philosophy because John Cena is going to be there all the time. And even though The Rock said he was back, he was only back for one day. He isn’t going to be there wrestling every single week like John Cena is, you know, holding it down and keeping it real. All that stuff is scripted, they have Stephanie McMahon and writers telling The Rock exactly what to say. I just didn’t understand why they wanted to destroy Cena so quickly.”
Really?! All that stuff is scripted? If Stephanie McMahon and writers have such compelling material for wrestlers to say, how come no one in the past seven years has been able to captivate and electrify the audience the way The Rock had? What this sounds like is somebody is salty over a certain outcome of an Icon vs. Icon match, and I’m not talking about Sting (Check out WrestleMania X8 available on Amazon). Or the simple fact that in one electrifying promo, The Rock boosted WrestleMania sales by guaranteeing a must-see event, while also generating interest in WWE Champion The Miz defending his title against John Cena. That doesn’t sound like he destroyed anyone.
And if Hogan had stay tuned like a patient wrestling fan, instead of an-A.D.D. booker who has no clue in hell how to make anyone, he would have seen how John Cena brought it to The Rock the following week in his best promo in years. You know, Hogan, you were right about one thing, Vince McMahon is a genius.
And another thing, Hogan. It wouldn’t hurt TNA to have some writers, or else wrestling fans will continue to have such compelling promos as you telling Abyss that Superman gets his powers from his cape.
Really?! Really?! … REALLY?!