Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Sep 18, 2013
Hulk Hogan Reportedly Not Happy With TNA

Hulk Hogan Reportedly Not Happy With TNA

Partial Source: Prowrestling.net

UPDATE x 3: Hulk Hogan has reportedly been upset with TNA as of late. This is said to be due to the way that TNA handled Brooke Hogan’s departure. Hulk felt that TNA should have informed him first and allowed him to handle it, but TNA made the choice to release her without giving him notice.

Other reports note that it was around that time that communication between Dixie Carter and Hogan started to break down. Last week’s iMPACT! taping in Cincinnati was reportedly the first time in a while that Hogan, Carter and Eric Bischoff were in the same place together.

It was reported earlier that Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract is up on October 1st. Should be interesting …… stay tuned.

UPDATE x 2: There are many people within TNA are starting to wonder if Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan will last with the company now that TNA is considering taking iMPACT! Wrestling off the road.

Taking iMPACT! on the road was Bischoff and Hogan’s idea and could be yet another idea of the two that has failed, following airing iMPACT! on Monday nights and “spending more money to make more money”.

As reported earlier, Hogan’s contract with TNA is set to expire in a few weeks. It remains to be seen if TNA brings one or both of them back, or if the two will be released/not re-signed.

UPDATE: TNA officials are reportedly considering the idea of taking iMPACT! off the road and heading back to a single location for their tapings. According to multiple sources close to the situation, both Las Vegas and Orlando are under consideration for such a locale.

It is said to be a “foregone conclusion” that the tapings will come off the road, with one source noting that it will be early next year at the latest. The company has incurred new expenses with going on the road and this would be a cost cutting measure.

Stay tuned for more details.

ORIGINAL: During a Q&A in Toronto with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff over the weekend as part of a Fan Expo event, a fan asked Hogan what could be done to make TNA successful. Hogan said that Bischoff “needed to be given the keys to the car” and that, “somebody somewhere” needed to “drop all the resources we need like we had in the WWE and the WWF, whether it be cameras or money or vehicles or advertising” in order for TNA to work “in a perfect world.”

According to sources, those within TNA are upset about that statement for a number of reasons and there is “nuclear heat” on the two for hinting that the Carter family wasn’t giving TNA the proper resources. The comments are seen as a slap in the face of TNA President Dixie Carter from her top paid talent.

One wrestler said (while asking to be kept anonymous): “Even if you agreed with Hulk, the way it was said and the way it comes across in that video just completely disrespected Dixie, even if that’s not what he meant.”

Another reason they are upset is that Bischoff has been given creative control. From day one, he and Hogan have got their way with direction and ideas, including what talent was brought in, removing the six-sided ring, moving iMPACT! Wrestling to Mondays against RAW, taking TNA on the road and more. TNA agreed to the ideas hoping it would build their company. Basically, the two have gotten nearly everything they’ve asked for. The problem is that the company hasn’t grown since Bischoff and Hogan came on board in any aspect, including live events, ratings or licensing. With that being said, the two are placing the blame on everyone but themselves when it’s actually them who are screwing things up more and more. Let’s be honest though .. do you honestly think Bischoff or Hogan would ever put the blame on themselves? Of course not … they’ll blame the talents, management, Carter’s, etc and that’s exactly what they’re doing right now. That has pissed off a TON of people in the company including management and talent.

The company began touring but didn’t see any increased revenue that they were led to believe they would get. Instead, they had to restructure the company and become an “evil” company that let Jesse Sorensen go, as well as being in a position where money is an issue in re-signing AJ Styles. Again, many of these issues fall on the hands of Bischoff and Hogan.

TNA paid Hogan a good salary and put Bischoff in a position to be the liaison between Spike and TNA, even before Dixie Carter, who built the relationship between the two. The two continue to get rewards for being with the company while others have been fired or been given less money, and the company isn’t doing as well as they thought.

The anonymous wrestler added: “Hulk came across like he pretty much said that the company didn’t have anyone strong in charge and Eric was the savior. Well, they’ve been here years and Eric hasn’t saved anyone yet.”


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39 Responses to “Hulk Hogan Reportedly Not Happy With TNA”

  1. Mr. Excitement says:

    I understand Hogan's frustrations but he's got to realize. He's not Brooke's employer. Dixie is!

    • tnadude says:

      You're right and wrong at the same time. Dixie was Brooke's employer. However, when someone in senior management beings someone else in, it IS customary to let them fire their own – or at the very least, do the, the courtesy of telling them first.

      In this case, telling Hulk would be telling Brooke, so the correct thing would have been to tell him and let him handle it.

      I've brought people into companies before and if one were ever removed without notifying me, I would leave and take the rest of my team with me. It's disrespectful. It's never happened to me directly, but I've seen it happen a few times.

      Interestingly enough, in all of those cases we were trying to push put the senior manager anyway. And so that's what I expect is happening here,

      So should Hogan be upset? Yes, he should.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        Hogan probably wasn't informed because he has a habit of playing politics and is known well for it. Chances are if he had been informed he would've found a way to talk Dixie into keeping her. Also considering the fact that the word is they plan on letting him go anyways, what's the point in making him happy, especially considering how much damage he's done to the company.

        It'd be a whole different story if he was someone in the company who's done a lot for them, and helped the company greatly, but he hasn't. I'm sure if it was someone who commands more respect by management then it'd be different.

        • PennyAnd1 says:

          And who has helped this company Philly_Cheese? The people come to the live show for legends like Hogan, Kurt, and Sting. If I can recall correctly, it was Hogan that brought the highest rating ever in TNA history. His name is big enough for regular fans to check TNA. Why do you think WWE put him in Wrestlemania 2K14? I understand you're a no fan of Hogan, but if you think Hogan didn't do shit for TNA, you're dead wrong.

      • PennyAnd1 says:

        I agree. It's about respect. I thought that was disrespect to Hulk and unclassy of Dixie. Hulk is a legend. I bet all these guys laughing at Hogan and mocking him for this would be pissed off too if their daughter was getting kicked in the ass without them knowing, regardless if it was business or not.

    • soulbadguy says:

      What a joke, he's the top paid wrestler who only got the following to say each and every time!
      1. AND BY THE END OF THE DAY…
      2. Looks like there's a lot of tna-maniacs/hulkamaniacs here in [Current City]
      3. AND BY THE END OF THE DAY…

      What would've happened if Dixie talked to Hogan first? Hogan would have blackmailed her to not let go of her which would just look really bad for the underpaid wrestlers.

  2. soyfenomenal says:

    Seriously? Because his talentless daughter got released from her contract with HIS/THEIR EMPLOYER, he's upset? Send him packing. $35,000/appearance is way too much.

    • OldManEaston says:

      TNA has always just been first and foremost a milk job by Hogan and Bischoff. That was made abundantly clear by Hogan getting all of his old cronies jobs at the worst possible time in company history. Then the extreme nepotism they employed to get their talentless kids jobs instead of earning them the right way in the wrestling business. I'm sure in their own deluded minds they actually believed they could do something good for TNA, but it was undoubtedly motivated first by their desire to make more money and satisfying their egos to once again be at the top of the wrestling business. They came in so full of themselves like they were the saviors of TNA, and basically took a sh*t on TNA in the middle of the ring. It is no surprise it failed, but that responsibility ultimately falls on Dixie Carter for letting it go on as long as it did. Hulk even violated his own vow to walk away if they failed with their initial attempt to take on WWE. Of course that was just hot air from Hogan, because it was ALWAYS about the money, but they certainly would have not had 4 solid years worth of muck ups while still retaining employed with Vince McMahon. All they really accomplished was wasting more prime years of TNA's best talent. If Dixie doesn't grow up after this and learn to surround herself with with people who are highly motivated to produce a better product first before anything, it doesn't look like she ever will. Like Jerry Jarrett said, nice person but ZERO acumen as a business woman in the wrestling business.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        Precisely, she believes what she's told by some and doesn't understand that people are inclined to lie if they mess up. She needs to take control of her company and get more involved with whats going on. Even a mark can see the problems the product is having just by watching some of the episodes.

        Creative has been an on going issue for years now, they need to get on one page instead of five people all wanting to do their own thing. They need to answer to one person, not just to themselves.

      • soulbadguy says:

        Oh lol, they really stayed for quite a while, so much that I even forgot many of the idiocy they did that you mentioned: SpongeBubba, NWO, the two fat wrestlers I forgot who they were, Ric flair, mick foley… wow.

        The only credit I'll give Hogan though is pushing Austin Aries and Bully.

    • ricky_No1 says:

      Oh i wish they would get rid of him.

  3. Buseye says:

    I rather have TNA go back off the road for awhile than to let go of some good talents that could very well be a good if not better future for TNA.
    I know that this is different but at least some of us don't like it when baseball players are signed to a mufti-million dollar contract only to be sitting out on the DL for most or all of the season but to pay a has been pro wrestler over 35 grand per appearance just to come out and shoot his mouth off is ridiculous and money wasted.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Precisely, he's not worth the pay check, that 35 grand could be spent on advertising which would get them a lot further. He seems to do nothing for the company except take up TV time, and say brother every five minutes. Watching him jabber on reminds me just how bad promos used to be back in the early 90s, and how the newer talents such as Aries have perfected talking on the mic.

  4. jbcissom says:

    If there is any truth to this, Hogan is a cancer and needs to be removed, period. There's not much positive to say about VKM, but I'll give him this, he's an excellent business man. Once he has maximized your use and profitability, you're gone.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      funny part is..If Hogan leaves TNA you KNOW VKM will pick him up and make a boat load of money off of him come wrestlemaina time…Because at the end of the day.TNA acted like they NEEDED Hogan, While WWE would treat him like he is..and employee..

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        Actually no… Before Hogan came to TNA he was pressuring WWE to bring him back every year for wrestlemania, and was continually told no. If Flair couldn't get a single match for WWE given his medical conditions, what makes anyone think Hogan would even come close? Hogan's medical problems are ten times worth than those of Flair.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          Never said for wrestling. But it's the 30th anniversary of wm. just having him there would make them moneySent from my iPhone

  5. WARISNAUGHTY says:

    The amount Hogan gets paid per appearance would almost be enough to keep Impact on the road. But then again, if they have a better venue of PAYING customers they could really go an ECW mentality going on.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Actually no, they're spending ten times per event than what they do Hogan. The problem is they're not profiting enough from those events. The sole reason for this is that TNA isn't well known enough to consistently sell large numbers of tickets in areas across the US. They need to go back to one or maybe two solid locations, then sink any extra money they would've spent on the road towards advertising. There's networks that would gladly accept a few thousand grand to run advertisements for them.

  6. Laker says:

    If Hogan and Bishoff do leave, then please bring back the 6-sided ring

  7. dreamerfcf says:

    Well, going off the road may or may not be a good thing, but where will they go? Most of the talent lives in Florida, and the WWE has a new NXT training facility in Orlando, and has rented the NBA restaurant at Universal to turn it into a WWE museum. Universal will not let TNA and WWE in the same house. There was talk of going to Vegas, but they would lose out on the younger demographic there. It's not like families list Vegas on the top of their lists to take their 9 year olds.

    • Peckar says:

      People need to remember why they left in the first place. sub-standard tourist crowds. Looked very poor on tv.

      • dreamerfcf says:

        Exactly! Finally, a "P E C K A R" with a brain that can think for itself! lol

        • annil8or4321 says:

          imo vegas would be a good choice, they could bring back the two entrances push the x division maybe even the six sided ring? who care if hogan isnt happy hes an f ing adult and needs to get over it

          • Bigmike885 says:

            Good god..im so sick of hearing about the 6 sided ring..anyway…one city that nobody mentions is Atlanta. Its centrally located, has a history, and isn't a major WWE hotbed…it would make the most sense seein as Vegas is reportedly out.

          • Philly_Cheese says:

            Good point, an area that is close to central US would given people across the US to easily travel to events, rather than purely people in the south eastern coast.

    • OldManEaston says:

      Vegas surprisingly actually has become one of the biggest family destinations in America. It is more than just mob casino's and cabaret/burlesque shows now. Personally, I don't like the idea of TNA returning to basically being an amusement park tourist attraction type show, (it would be better to pick a hand full of buildings and run them throughout the year too keep the costs down. Kind of like how ECW bounced between the ECW arena and the Manhattan center) but if a single Universal like location is indeed their decision, Vegas is not a bad option. It might even be better because Vegas is actually a safer destination than Florida now.

  8. Peckar says:

    nahnahnahnah hey hey hey goodbye!

  9. godoftna says:

    I have to applaud Dixie Carter for NOT informing Hogan of her decision to release Brooke as it would have shown weakness on her part. Like him or not, but VKM has and always will be THE BOSS in the WWE. It's time for Dixie to step up into that same kind of role and show people that she is the one in charge, and not Hogan or Bischoff. If Hogan doesn't like it, send him packing to. In fact, take a page out of Bischoff's book and notify him of his release by mail, lol

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Precisely, it's her company and she can do whatever she pleases with it. She's the boss and it's about time she starts acting like it, instead of letting everyone else run her company.

  10. Zxspectrum says:

    The beginning of the end? Hopefully not for TNA!

  11. TheBringer92 says:

    Brooke is old enough to make decisions for herself…so really its got nothing to do with him, its up to brooke to tell him

  12. stonecoldsteve says:

    I’ll be glad to see the back of Hogan. He takes his huge salary while alot of wrestlers are being released. He and Bischoff have done nothing for TNA and their ideas have fell flat. I just hope Impact doesn’t end up back in Orlando.

  13. tna24 says:

    why does hogan need to be inform. dixie can do what ever the hell she wants it her company, hogan need to stop crying and do his job.better yet just leave he hasnt done anything to help tna anyways

  14. Real Deal Heel says:

    Brooke needed to go…If Hogan can't realize that or is miffed on details sobeit.

  15. Get_Carter says:

    And the feeling is mutual.

  16. Leg Drop Jobber says:

    It's time for TNA to drop the proverbial Leg Drop on Hogan.

  17. PennyAnd1 says:

    I can't believe all the disrespectful crap I'm reading here about Hogan & Bischoff, especially from the writer. These fans seems to know more about the business than both Eric & Hogan. I dislike Hogan so much, I really do. But you guys are idiots. You think TNA was watchable before Eric & Hogan coming in? It wasn't. TNA isn't going to last long if it's going back to its roots. Not to say Hogan is the savior or Eric. But show some respect.

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