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Discussions about bringing in Hulk Hogan:
We had talked about it, we talked about it extensively. We looked at what that would cost and what all that would entail. I don’t think that Hulk was enamored with coming back to the Northeast and living in the Northeast permanently, either. But the reality of the situation by this point in the game was that we need to make do with what we have. We need to tighten up what we have, and it’s either gonna be make or break. So yeah, Hogan was [discussed]. But that wasn’t a secret. It wasn’t a secret on our end.
Hogan getting the news out there:
It was the worst-kept in the business, you could say. Because Hulk let it be known that ‘Hey, I’m coming up, my time is coming up. It made Hulk more valuable by doing that. It was a smart business move on his part, because it truly was his contract coming up. So WCW now, if everybody else knows, well s**t.
If there’s interest there, then we’re gonna have to up our price. So yeah, that was all real. So it was an opportunity for Bret to maybe, if WCW was looking at ‘Well, if Hulk leaves, maybe we could have Bret.’ And that opened a door for Bret that normally would have been as wide open.
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