aren't like what they use to be. It's a new era and a new age and I don't have the luxury of lacing the boots up and doing it myself and that's what I'm used to, doing it myself, but I'm getting used to taking a back seat a little bit.
Q. You've had many great matches and rivalries in the ring, but there has been a war of words on Twitter between the Ultimate Warrior and yourself. Do you think we could see the first ever Twitter wrestling match?
I don't think it will happen because, number one, you can't do business with him, he really never loved this business, some of us have the business in our veins like Ric Flair, Vince McMahon, Macho Man and myself. That's what we are, we can't move without this business. I think the Ultimate Warrior came in just to make money and he only lasted a couple of years, then when he left, he tried to do independent things but would screw the promoter's over.
He's really not what we would call one of the boys. The last time I saw the Ultimate Warrior, he was at my house spending time with my family, having a great time. Then all of a sudden I haven't seen him for 10-years and I see all this crazy stuff he was putting on Twitter. Someone must of hit him in the head with a brick or something.
You just have to ignore him because he's an idiot and you can't do business with him. I can just pray for him and feel sorry for him, the guy is messed up, so there isn't going to be a Twitter wrestling match between me and him because he might not show up or he might do something crazy. I'm into doing positive good things, I don't need that crap.
Q. There is a lot of talk at the moment with regards to the Four Horsemen being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and Ric Flair attending the Hall of Fame this year whilst under contract with TNA, what are your thoughts?
I think it's great, everybody is being very open and Dixie Carter is open and the lines of communication are open. It's great that the two companies can agree on this and have a common bond because Ric Flair has been a staple in this industry, and as they are going to induct the Four Horsemen in the Hall of Fame it's only right Ric Flair is there.
It's like the WWE saying Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were never here just because we're now with TNA. It doesn't make sense because people know we were there and helped build that company. I think with the lines of communication opening it's good business for everybody.
Q. In a career that has lasted over three decades, what have been some of your personal highlights?
There's a bunch of them. Vince McMahon calls them Wrestlemania moments and I call them Hulkamania moments. There's just so many. Before I wrestled the Iron Sheik in 1984, I had a match with Andre the Giant at Shea Stadium and there was also Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbyszko. You can argue all you want what was the main event but everybody came to Andre the Giant vs Hulk Hogan, and I hate to me an egomaniac but I listened to the crowd and Bruno and Zbyszko had an okay match, but they were waiting to see me and Andre, that was kind of like the first really big deal.
I then went to Minnesota with AWA wrestling and that is when Hulkamania really took off. From 1980 to 1983, that's when I learnt how to Hulk up to be Hulk Hogan, so that was great.
You have to count Madison Square Garden, Hulk Hogan vs The Iron Sheik as a great Hulkamania moment and then you have to really look at the big pivotal point of Wrestlemania III with Andre. I thought it couldn't get any bigger than that. But then we move down the road to Wrestlemania X8, where Vince McMahon had me as the worst bad guy in the world against The Rock, but we went out there and out of nowhere the fans made the biggest statement they've ever made.
They told the promoter Vince McMahon; 'You can't tell us who to love, you can't tell us who to boo and cheer,' and they booed The Rock out of the building. I was there thinking 'Oh my gosh, this is such an important moment,' because the fans finally stood up and said we like this guy, you can't tell us to hate Hulk Hogan.
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