Hulk HoganTerry Gene Bollea
- Birthdate: 08/11/1953 (age 61)
- Height: 6'7"
- Weight: 302 Ib
Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980...
On being back in London for the first time in 18 years: "Now I know why I like it over here, the people are so nice. I have nothing against the United States, but people in America aren't as warm-hearted. The people here, maybe it is because they grew up watching me wrestle or they think they know me really well from all the years watching me, but they are so nice. My wife Jennifer is over here with me and has said how unbelievable it is. I'm finding it just great, I just wish I didn't have to work because we would be running around right now meeting all the Hulkamaniacs."
On the UK TV Taping: "Nothing against Nottingham and nothing against Manchester but Wembley is the most important day for this company. This is going to be the most important day this company has ever had so far because we are filming the TV show here and it's going to be in front of the greatest fans in the world. It will make a statement to Spike TV and it'll make a statement to Dixie Carter. Even though you send the TV signal out and all these people watch us, you can't just leave it at that, you need to follow up and can't just stay in Universal Studios. You need to go on the road and play the big game. I think Wembley is the most important day ever for TNA."
On the possibility of a PPV in the UK: "I think we are moving in that direction. This is a huge pivotal point and unless we have some sort of natural disaster everything is set perfectly for the extra shot in the arm and greatness. It's TNA's destiny to become great."
On who to look out for in 2012: "There are a lot of great guys in TNA, with the current champion Bobby Roode, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. There are a lot of talented guys but the wrestling part in the ring is only ten per cent of this business and they have to learn more than just that. There's a lot more to the business than having a five-star match, there's the media cross over, being in character, knowing when to break character, knowing how to deal with a locker-room full of men or knowing how to deal with a room full of kids that have cancer. As soon as these guys figure that out and get off this 'I'm a TNA original' out of their mindset and look at the bigger picture, I think more of them will be like Bobby Roode and start to step up. One guy that is doing that is Christopher Daniels, he's starting to step out of that mold. When I see Daniels and shake his hand I say 'Good morning super hero.' I call him super hero because that's what he's going to be. He's got the look, he's got attitude, plus he's so smart and is really stepping up."
On comparisons between WCW and TNA: "They're similar, one of the things is that it's a slower burn here because when Eric Bishoff and I came in, the original thought process was if we had a great idea like putting AJ Styles and Ric Flair together or putting the belt of Robert Roode we could move like WCW, we thought things would happen a lot quicker. Once we got here, and no disrespect intended, there is a chain of command. There is a check and balance system so instead of the company getting hot shotted with a great Hulk Hogan idea, the check and balance system is in place to make sure everything moves along at the right pace and that we don't do something too big, too fast that we may not be able to follow up with. There are a lot of safety precautions in place and now that I've learned the system, I'm trying to work through it gracefully, but still be pushy because I want things to happen fast."
On comparing Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter: "When I worked with Vince McMahon it was more of an outlaw situation at the time. I would call Vince up at 4 o'clock in the morning saying 'I've got to drop the belt to Macho Man because that's what I feel' and Vince would go 'okay'. Basically for the first twelve years it was me and Vince McMahon running the WWF. I lived in Stamford, Connecticut, just a couple of blocks away from Vince's...