Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Aug 26, 2013
Report: Major Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan

Report: Major Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan

Source: The Wrestling Observer

Hulk Hogan making a deal with Take-Two Interactive to be part of the upcoming WWE 2K14 video game definitely turned some heads and started speculation about his future with TNA according to sources. Hogan’s deal with TNA allowed him to make outside deals like that although many took it as a very public “slap to the face” of TNA.

He hasn’t been featured on TNA television for the last four weeks and wasn’t at the last two iMPACT! Wrestling TV tapings. Hogan is scheduled to return at the tapings this Thursday (8/28) in Cleveland. Keeping Hogan off the show was described as a “significant cost savings” for TNA. Hogan’s deal with TNA is believed to be expiring over the new few months. Some say it’s expiring in October but we can’t confirm that as of this writing.

More as we get it. Stay tuned.

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74 Responses to “Report: Major Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan”

  1. weasel6666 says:

    let him go.

  2. obama sucks says:

    Those last few wwe games sucked anyways

    • Tiffanydude says:

      12 sucked. 13 was pretty good, 2k14 looks amazing especially all the legends, WWE does one thing right and that's their games, their video games are pretty good even though their the only mainstream wrestling games right now, I hope TNA's next video game is better than the old one even though it had better graphics than any WWE game ever.

  3. Tiffanydude says:

    I don't care if Hogan leaves, I'm happy he joined the company but we don't really need him if we're cutting costs, If Hogan does leave TNA I hope he doesn't disappear from TNA i hope storywise Ace's and 8's force him out of TNA or something like that, I hate when wrestlers and events just disappear, like when Samoa Joe got kidnapped by some masked guys and was thrown into a Van and TNA haven't acknowledged since.

  4. NotCookz says:

    He hasn't been there, and none of us seem to have missed him. In fact the shows have all been fantastic.

    Doesn't that tell you something, TNA?

  5. RavenNevermore says:

    If Hogan was in TNA for just promotional reasons no tv time. I will say if Hogan rejoined WWE all the hate on Hogan would turn to love. The hypocracy of those who hate Hogan unless he is in wwe. Member it was not that long ago when he was WWE champion.

  6. DJBIGCG says:

    Hogan and bischoff should leave tna, and go back to wwe

    • Tiffanydude says:

      Hogan not Bischoff unless it's Garrett.

      • DJBIGCG says:

        I was talking about Eric bischoff. I also don't think Eric would leave his son in tna that long if he chose to go back to wwe with hogan

        • Peckar says:

          I don't think he would be there at all if Eric was in wwe.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          I don't think they'd take Bischoff back (Hogan..yes..not as a wreslter, but with the 30th anniversy of WM..he would fit it that), but Bischoff..what coule he offer..he never was part of creative there, and all ties to WCW are now gone, so it wouldn't make any sense..At least in TNA hes got a real position.

      • jbcissom says:

        Why are you guys hating on a guy who jobs for just about everyone? I could understand if he was getting pushed over guys like Samoa Joe, Magnus, AJ, Roode, or AA, but he's the guy they are beating up on. Jeez… keep things in context. He doesn't steal a roster spot from anyone (would you want D.O.C. to be the jobber?), nor does he steal airtime.

        Hogan though, he's "outlived" his usefulness. It would be different if he was all about TNA, but he's not.

        • Peckar says:

          He is on tv every week. So that is tv time. There are wrestlers on the roster we only see sporadically, so he is, in effect, taking there spot.

          • jbcissom says:

            So you are saying that you would rather see… Eric Young or better yet, Petey Williams in the A&8 jobbing to MEM? When he's on tv, it's when he is with his faction, not him by himself. And also, he's not a major player for that faction either.

          • Peckar says:

            Of course I would rather see Petey Williams wrestling in the ring than Baby Bischoff. I couldn't careless if he was losing or not, because he can wrestle and that is what I enjoy watching. Not some green boy learning his trade every week on live tv. He is getting paid per appearance the same as the other wrestlers I guess. So tell me what happens to those wrestlers that don't get used much? That's right, gone because they can't earn a buck. Meanwhile Garrett has been plodding on for how long now? Two years? Its painful to point out the obvious.

          • jbcissom says:

            Dude, you want to know who GB is? He's the A&8 version of Virgil in the nWo. A body to get beaten up on by the faces. Hardly says a word on the mic, just a body to add to the group. I don't want that for Petey Williams or EY. Those guys are good wrestlers, but they are also pretty good characters as well.

            If you can put it into context, how this guy takes something away from another key guy, I'll concede. But you can't.

          • Peckar says:

            No, I don't want to know who GB is, I couldn't care less. Nor could anyone else. Where is it written there has to be a jobber in a faction? If other guys were in the faction, who is to say they would be jobbing like baby Bischofff? Only you.

          • jbcissom says:

            Midian, Big Bossman and Gangrel – jobbers for the Corporate Ministry
            Virgil – jobber for nWo
            Steve "Mongo" McMichael – jobber for 4 Horsemen in singles competition

            I could go down the list. Every faction has had a jobber. It's needed, because the faction can't be unbeatable, otherwise the audience loses interest. Seriously, think for a moment about it.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            youre speaking logic man..some of these guys don't get it all the time (myself included haha) it makes sense to have GB there as a jobber (hes learning while hes jobbing, unlike if EY was in that roll, he'd just be wasted)

          • Peckar says:

            Why keep throwing EY's name round? His comedy gimmick is gold. Petey as a X-Division entrant for A's and 8's is logic, man.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            I was just putting names that arnt being used. Gb is perfect for his roll. Besides. 90 percent of fans hate him just because who he is.Sent from my iPhone

          • Peckar says:

            10 percent of fans hate him because of who he is, the other 90 don't know nor care who he is.

          • Peckar says:

            Virgil got beatdown alot but he barely ever had a real match. He was mostly just a valet, same as in WWE, hence why he was "the Bodyguard" Corporate Ministry was alive for how long? Three months, lol. Mongo was the lesser known of The Four Horseman but he never jobbed, what were you watching? He should have, cause he was a very average wrestler. Who jobbed in The Wolfpac? Who jobbed in the "real" Four Horseman? DX? When factions were at there strongest, they didn't have jobbers and that is when they were most popular. But hey, keep following your losing formula because you "get it" more than the rest of us.

          • jbcissom says:

            Mongo jobbed as a singles competitor. Konan was the Wolfpac's jobber. The real 4 Horsemen didn't have one. Same can be said for DX. But looking at those two, Flair and Michaels lost many matches to their competition.

          • Peckar says:

            Konnan never jobbed, talking rubbish. You can't win a belt and be a jobber, pffft. Mongo fought other football stars in his first year, so of course he beat them. Losing matches doesn't make you a jobber, losing many matches easily does. Your examples are invalid, have a nice day :).

    • andy3323 says:

      Eric Bischoff should stay, he knows how to run things, produce, handle behind the scenes deals very well. Hogan is for more of a 'have him to use his name and media attention to prove this isn't just some small indy wrestling company' person….I doubt he adds anything as far as running the show or creativity, so you could write him out of the story pretty quickly without any issues.

      Heck, I wouldn't mind them having him part ways as part of an angle to get JJ back on television, wasn't sad to see him go initially but kind of miss having him around, the guy knows how to work the mic and the crowd with the best of them.

  7. 1Risky1 says:

    I don't see where he get heat from TNA, from what I read in another article it was ok for him to do it. If he goes to WWE he can finish Takers streak at wrestlemania the only time Hogan beat The Undertaker was at Tuesday In Texas but the title was stripped from Hogan

    • Bigmike885 says:

      if that was the case, id concede that Hogan is all for TNA, because that would Kill WWE…Hogan is the one person who SHOULD NOT end the streak (well, him or HHH), good thing Taker has more than enough clout to say " chance"..

  8. Sir.Quala says:


  9. RavenNevermore says:

    Sir.Quala stay in school. Ok

  10. JoeWrestling says:

    Who cares. If his deal says he can do outside deals, then TNA was well notified of it and didn't mind. It doesn't really hurt TNA and don't even start on looks bad, cause no one cares how it looks.

  11. CKinzu says:

    The thing is it would be very smart business for TNA to end their relationship with Hogan, and probably several other talents on the roster. TNA with or without Hogan is going to stay around 1.0 rating so why continue to put out all that money when it doesn't help?

    I'd love to see TNA go back to their roots a little and bring back the 6 sided ring. I'd like to see the focus of the company go back to more face paced wrestling matches and start building up new talent. The old WCW way of doing things by throwing around a ton of money on talent to be competitive is not going to work unless you're buying up top flight current WWE guys. TNA is much better off though to stop worrying about the WWE and focus on making their own unique brand of wrestling.

  12. Stunner says:

    I would really like for Hogan to leave TNA, I must say the last few shows without him on have been good and it seems like more wrestling is taking place. As far as the Article is concerned, even if they(TNA) gave him the OK that’s still kinda JACKED UP to do while your employed at another company. SMH. I think HH still hasn’t learned his lesson of you can’t do wrong and get by. If you put wrong out, wrong will come back to you, some call it KARMA, I like to call it the Law of Nature. Hey ask Ric Flair about this the on the flip side ask Sting!!! I’m sure your going to get two different answers. It is just what it is!!’

  13. Dennis D says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Hulk follow his daughter out the door. Hogan ran his course with the company and stuck his name to the brand. It was fine & dandy but TNA can definitely utilize these “cost cuts” as a way to turn the page and transition as a company. I don’t want to see Eric Bischoff go though. He is great for the company. Say what you will about his murky past with wCw or how you hate his son, but Bischoff is a wrestling genius. His production company has helped TNA tremendously and he gives the backstage segments a more ‘real’ feel when the cameraman is hiding rather than being in the heel’s faces as if they have no clue they’re being filmed while giving away the motives *cough* WWE.

    Either way, I say drop Hogan and keep Bischoff. I wouldn’t mind Bischoff returning as the new GM. He is without a doubt the greatest GM that Monday night RAW ever seen. Even as a babyface GM he’d be alright. More mellow, less power hungry. That character has ran it’s course.

  14. TheBringer92 says:

    Dont resign him, resign AJ and let Hogan go. On the other note the wwe 2k14 game which is all about wrestlemania wouldnt be the same without Hogan, even though they have left out Rowdy Roddy Piper and Jake The Snake Roberts….

    • Bigmike885 says:

      actually Piper is in it…they should have went really old school and got Mr. T and Paul orndorff..just so I could redo the main event of WM1..

  15. deke43 says:

    Let him go. He adds nothing to Tna save the money and bring in better talent.

  16. godoftna says:

    Hogan's future within TNA will, I think, ultimately come down to this thursday's IMPACT. With his return, if IMPACT sees a significant jump in ratings, then I believe they'll try and keep him. If the rating stays low, or even goes down, then I think he'll eventually be written off tv entirely and then let go when his contract expires. Now granted there are a lot of other factors that could have an effect on how the ratings play out, but TNA should definitely plan for some of it. The 'live' shows always seem to draw higher than the 'taped' shows, so this weeks IMPACT should go up a little bit. Obviously Thursday night football needs to be factored into the rating as well. By looking at the overall rating as well as the quarter hour ratings that Hogan appears in, I belive that TNA and Dixie can make an informed decision.

    • jbcissom says:

      Not even taking Hogan into consideration, this Thursday's Impact! is going to have lower numbers. S. Carolina hosts N. Carolina. Vanderbilt hosts Ole Miss. Rutgers travels to Fresno State. And finally, SoCal travels to Hawaii. Thursday night's CFB lineup is pretty stacked across the country. And it's just going to get worse after that once the NFL kicks in as well.

      • godoftna says:

        Quite true, and as I've stated in a previous post, solid reasons for TNA to switch to a different night. As for Hogan, whatever his reasons for being off tv(tna said it was to save money), this is in fact an old stunt he pulled about a hundred times back in WCW. His contract is coming up due, so he takes time off from television. The ratings drop. He returns, ratings go up. He claims that the ratings were down because he wasn't there and demands a new contract with a higher salary and more power/control. Hogan is an incredible manipulator, and I seriously hope that neither TNA or Dixie will be taken in by any more of his stories of glory(which is all they are anymore, just stories).

        • jbcissom says:

          IMO, TNA and Spike need to decide if they want to go with Hogan, or the MMA guys. You can't do both. There are now 3 guys doing joint ventures with Spike, Bellator, and TNA. And all 3 are in the same weight division, correct?

          I really wish that TNA would somehow put the WHC on Roode, and make BI the tag champs again and push E.G.O. like crazy.

          • godoftna says:

            I think that that's something that could very well happen, but first they'll need to get a face contender to go against Bully Ray at B4G, probly Austin Aries or AJ Styles, and at the same time bring to an end the whole MEM vs An8s storyline.,

        • Bigmike885 says:

          heres the problem though..which night?…Mondays and Fridays are out (smackdown not with standing, Nobody wants to be on Fridays), Tuesdays they'd blame bad ratings on SOA..Wednesday maybe?…

          • godoftna says:

            I actually hadn't considered Wednesday night before, and it could be an option. Friday actually might not be a bad idea either. TNA was unwise to try and go head to head with RAW when Hogan and Bischoff came on board, but a head to head night with Smackdown might be more doable as far as ratings go. The only other option IMOwould be Saturday night, but saturdays are statistically deathas far as ratings go. Regardless, a change needs to be made.

          • jbcissom says:

            Two words… Duck Dynasty.

            That show will kill Impact! harder than the NFL and CFB combined.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            Oh I agree. I think Wednesday would be best. Friday is actually a worse night (Statisticly speaking) than Saturday. Wednesday might be good. They could make it their ownSent from my iPhone

    • nwoforlife says:

      you cant count on rating when it comes to spike tv they are to small tna needs a better station spike just does not cover the bigger markets tna rating were up and down before hogan got there until spike grow tna will not grow just fact

      • godoftna says:

        You can't really blame Spike for not being a "big enough" channel. When WWE ran RAW on Spike, they were getting the same or close to the same ratings as they were getting on USA. Spike could contribute more air time for a 2nd show, or run more ads for IMPACT, but in the end, it all comes down to TNA coming out with a winning formula that will get people talking and tuning in. As for the ratings being "up and down before Hogan got there", I suggest you recheck your history. Prior to Hogans TNA arrival, IMPACT was steadily drawing in the 1.2-1.5 range each week. His first appearance drew an even higher rating as people tuned in to see what would happen and what he might say. It also didn't hurt that it was a live show that night. Following that night, TNA maintained its steady ratings each week until the ill fated move to monday night. TNA went from drawing 1.2-1.5s to drawing .6-.8. Basically, they lost half there audience. When they switched back to Thursdays, the fan base that was loss was slow in returning, and some f them didn't return at all. It took TNA nearly 2 years to get back above a 1.0 rating, and now they are slipping back below that once again.

  17. TheMiwyun says:

    hogan to end the streak. (Y) baws dow iw. a sabady. Load.

  18. tnadude says:

    Hogan's contract says he can do it, so he did. Sorry folks, there's nothing wrong with that. It's like being upset with Zema Ion for taking an indy gig. If TNA wanted an exclusive contract, they should have paid for it.

    That said, it's definitely a sign of things to come. I'm a huge Hogan supporter, but he can only be the GM for so long. I'm not sure I remember a GM with a longer tenure TBH. The biggest question is who would be the new GM? Like it or not, Hogan's done a fairly good job. Sting's not an option, neither is Angle.

    Dixie maybe? Flair's not coming back. Maybe they'll can the role completely. Who knows.

    • godoftna says:

      If TNA keeps the GM role going after Hogan's departure, my money's on Double J. So long as he stayed out of the ring, he'd be an excellent heel GM. Or hey, how about bringing in Ernest "The Cat" Miller? Dude was hilarious in his role as GM in the final days of WCW, and he's excellent on the stick.

  19. tsoutheast says:

    Fire him now ! He doesn't promote TNA,only himself. When he appeared on American Idol,he didn't even where a TNA T-shirt.

    • Roid Master says:


    • nwoforlife says:

      what hulk hogan has to wear a tna shirt all the time and he went on a weak long promotion for tna not long ago hes on the road more then any tna star on the roster you should at less have some sort of truth in what you write

  20. Bigmike885 says:

    yet you still come on Internet wrestling chatboards..stay classy..douche.

  21. nwoforlife says:

    haters will hate hogan improved tna when he got rid of that stupid 6 side circus ring story lines have been better and he does a good job of gm and he is why you are here like it or not wrestling would not be anywhere where it is to day with out him

  22. whatsup121 says:

    this is the biggest insult that Hogan has done to TNA

  23. whatsup121 says:

    I understand that he's allowed to do this based on his contract but it's like Bill Gates using an IPAD and saying I love this product

  24. JoeWrestling says:

    I don't know if Hogan is leaving or not, but this isn't what the story is about. He's just in the video game cause of the Wrestlemania mode matches, they needed him for those stories in the game. It's just a simple cause the game couldn't be done without his character, the way they are doing it.

  25. godoftna says:

    Here's the thing folks. While Hogan was able to do this because of his contract, it didn't mean he should have and in fact it comes across as a slap in the face to Dixie Carter and TNA itself. There were plenty of other oppurtunities and endorsements that Hogan could have gotten on board with, but signing on to make an appearance on your competitions newest video game was just low and back handed. Hogan could have used his contacts or whatever to possible help push for a new TNA video game instead. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD. If your in a relationship, you COULD cheat on your partner with someone else, but if you have any sense of decency or LOYALTY, you don't. Proves yet again that Hogan is out for one thing and one thing only. Himself.

  26. hangers says:

    Considering he wrestled the best years of his career in WWF I don't see the problem with it…
    I'd be more concerned if he was announced as the no. one contender for the TNA title or something but to be in a WWE video game, who the fcuk cares..

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