Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Oct 2, 2013
TNA Contract Updates – Hulk Hogan & AJ Styles

TNA Contract Updates – Hulk Hogan & AJ Styles

Partial Source: Pwinsider

— AJ Styles’ contract extension with TNA runs through December. The two sides are still negotiating to extend that deal.

— Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract expired yesterday. Word is that the two sides are still negotiating a new deal, but nothing has been agreed upon as of this writing. As you can imagine, Hogan is asking for more money and creative control again.

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53 Responses to “TNA Contract Updates – Hulk Hogan & AJ Styles”

  1. Tiffanydude says:

    Yeahhhhhhhh no thanks let Hogan pick AJ's side then get fired I like Hogan but he's asking for too much.

    • tnadude says:

      All we know is that he's asking for more than TNA is offering. This happens all the time (AJ, Mickie, Anderson, Doc, et al). If he resigns, then both sides are in agreement the deal is fair. If he doesn't, then they agree to disagree and the show goes on without him.

      To say its too much when you don't know what he's asking is silly. As usual, the IWC hasn't reported the full details (and likely never will).

      Personally, I'd like to see him return, but only if the numbers make sense for TNA. And the same thing goes for Mickie and Anderson (although Anderson is apparently as good as re-signed at this point) – and even AJ himself.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        No matter what Hogan is always going to ask for far more than the average wrestler, and he doesn't deserve that, no matter how famous he once was. He's done little to nothing for the company, and doesn't bring anything to the table except for a familiar face that people know but doesn't draw.

        I just pray and hope TNA smarts up a little and doesn't resign him, there's so many better things that money can be spent on, rather than someone who simply serves very little purpose. Advertising, developing indy wrestlers, even doing smaller things to make the current wrestlers happier.

    • TheMiwyun says:

      why so serious

  2. annil8or4321 says:

    you dont need control of anything or more money you dont perform you just talk if i wanted to watch you talk id watch mr nanny

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Precisely, he's not really a wrestler anymore since he can't actually wrestle… Quite frankly he's horrible at talking too, and there's talents TNA currently has signed that are far better at it. Every other word out of his mouth is "brother" and "let me tell you"…

      • jbcissom says:

        Don't you mean, "Brother, let me tell you something Brother…."? Oh yeah, and "Hulkamania" and "Hulkamaniacs". It seems Hogan has surpassed Foley as the king of cheap pops.

  3. godoftna says:

    Hogan wants more money and more creative control? Well, let me get the door for him sohe doesn't get hit with it on the way out, lol

  4. Euphoria says:

    Hogan needs to go. No creative control

  5. TwIsTeD_EnEmY says:

    I'm sorry, but he's hardly being a " company guy" like he seems on screen if he is asking for more money when TNA know they are in financial troubles.
    Get rid of him

  6. Chris says:

    Fuck hogan, no wonder why tna is having financial troubles when he’s trying to rinse them of everything they’ve got! All he serves as is another authority figure who chats the same shit on the mic every night. I’d much rather tna take a page out

  7. Chris says:

    *of weed book and bring up someone new in that role like they did with aj lee. As for aj styles if he leaves I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t in wwe before then end of 2014

  8. hogansucks says:

    hogan can take his wants and shove it!!! he has already done enough damage in tna !!!!! he needs to take his a___ back to the wwe. and stick his nose up vince a__!!!! never come back again!!!!!

  9. hogansucks says:

    hogan can take his wants and shove it!!! he has already done enough damage in tna !!!!! he needs to take his a___ back to the wwe. and stick his nose up vince a__!!!! never come back again!!!!!

  10. TheMiwyun says:

    hogan sud sign for tna

  11. 87GIBBY says:

    so this post is not new at all. repeated info again

  12. Mr. Excitement says:

    More creative control – for what?
    When he returns to Toronto for another Q&A he'll make up more excuses as to why he failed in TNA?

    • tnadude says:

      They just mean he wants creative control for himself. He's not trying to book BFG. It makes sense as his name is a brand that he owns and he rightfully wants to protect it. I doubt TNA has a problem giving him that since he's pretty much had it for the last 20 years and only exercised it once.

      The sticking point is the money. His value is hard to compute because he's great for PR and brand recognition around the world. He has opened a lot of doors.

      But at the same time, ratings are flat. And US ratings drive revenue. So while he has a lot in his favor, a strong case is made that he brings little to the table as well. That's why I'd like to see him in a limited role. Keep the appearance count manageable. Let him work on his outside ventures. But keep him for brand awareness and PR.

      • godoftna says:

        creative control also extends to the skits he works in as well as the people. if hogan feels someone is beneath him, then he wont bother working with them. if he wants to dictate certain bits he'd feel uncomfortable in(such as Sting does due to his religious beliefs), then fine. otherwise, he needs to tow the company line and do as he's told.

        • tnadude says:

          Dude – gimme a break.

          Hogan did an angle with Billy Kidman back in WCW when Hogan was fresh off being the nWo leader and Kidman was essentially a no-name.

          He's put over everyone TNA has asked him to – to the point where the IWC b!tches about how he's always claiming "this guy" is the next great thing. Names including (but not limited to): Styles, Morgan, Roode, Bully, Aries, Magnus, Sabin, and even Manic. He also said the same thing about Garrett Bischoff, but people will claim that's because of his father (and I tend to agree with that myself). Not to mention he's put over the older guys like Angle, Sting, and Hardy.

          So – who has he "held back" in TNA? I'd love to see Storm and EY promoted, but the Hogan/Bischoff "regime" did put the strap around Storm (even if they eventually dropped the ball), and EY has been off doing other things. *Maybe* Pope? I've heard rumors that Bischoff didn't like Pope. But never anything about Hogan.

          Seriously, I'm lost for examples here…

          • Bigmike885 says:

            ill tell you right now he didn't do squat for Kidman..there's a HUGE difference between putting someone over and letting someone "win"..Flair put Sting over by letting him beat him clean and making him LOOK like a star (not just saying "hes the next big thing") everytime Kidman beat Hogan it was by either DQ or a cheap didn't do anything to get Kidman over…Hogan has only ever put someone over 2 times in his life..1 was with Warrior (because he was planning of leaving and didn't really care) and 2 was Goldberg (the original deal was for Hogan to come back and end the streak..thus it made Hogan look better)..that's it..other than that he didn't nothing to put one single person over…

          • godoftna says:

            Seriously dude, take off your Hulkamania jammies and take a look back at Hogan's history in not only TNA, but pro wrestling as a whole. Hogan is about himself, and that's it. He has never helped get anyone in pro wrestling over. EVER.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        You're also forgetting that Hogan basically has everything as a hostage storyline wise, whether anyone realizes it or not. Since he's the GM story wise, he has full control over how the GM determines who wrestles who. With his creative control especially since he's "GM" he could easily make sure no one gets to popular. People don't realize it, but the guy has far more control over things than we realize, and that's because Hogan plays politics very well. He's found a way to have control over things without formally having control. Everyone is forgetting that Hogan has always had a history of holding others back, and has always wanted to be the most famous in every organization he's in. Giving Hogan creative control allows him to hold others back from seeing their full potential by simply refusing to work with them.

        • tnadude says:

          I don't see his "creative control" going that far. I would think it pertains to how *he* interacts with the talent and what *he* physically does. And I also doubt that he could force himself to be GM. He could just say "no" to something that doesn't make him look good (e.g. jobbing to Robbie E). But it's highly unlikely it's anything more than veto power for himself.

          As for him holding people back – see my response a couple to @godoftna. I hear it all the time, and maybe it was true back in WCW (before Russo joined), but since then – well he did a program with Billy freakin' Kidman. He jobbed virtually every up-and-comer for Vince when he came back to WWE, and made a valiant attempt to pass the ball to the Rock at WM18.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            i'll give you one thing about the last wwe run..he did job to Angle and Lesnar (problem was they were already over and didn't need the rub) but it was in return for getting the title back again…

          • Philly_Cheese says:

            That creative control does extend that far, and it's sad. Almost all wrestlers are given the "veto power" to say no to anything they don't want to do. When creative control is given to someone they have the rights to determine how everything regarding their character is done, not just saying no to something. When they have creative control they can go to creative and say "this is how i want it done", and it must be done that way because of their contract. Any normal wrestler who says no to something runs the risk of just not being used.

          • godoftna says:

            He made a "valiant" attempt to pass the ball to the Rock. Do you actually read what you put down? The Rock didn't need Hogan to pass him anything. Hell, if the Rock debuted in TNA in ANY capacity, he'd probably do more for TNA than Hogan ever has.

          • godoftna says:

            And as for him "jobbing" to just about everyone in the WWE during his last run, that had nothing to do with him "helping other out", and everything to do with Vince telling HIM what he's gonna do, like it or not.

  13. Leg Drop Jobber says:

    For crying out loud. Hogan has brought nothing to TNA, but boredom and toned down wrestling. Can TNA please get back to basics and give us great wrestling again? Hogan hasn't opened any doors for TNA! No higher ratings, no high attendance, nothing!!!

    The man's ego is so massive that he actually thought HIS presence was enough to make TNA a contender to WWE on Monday Nights. Is that really the type of "leader" TNA needs? DON'T RESIGN HIM.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Precisely, he believed he was a huge draw, but this whole situation has been proof that he isn't. Even WWE management stated on several occasions that Hogan himself wasn't a draw, even at his highest popularity, it was in fact his matches and the booking that drew. Hogan has little to no abilities as a wrestler, both in the ring and on the mic… His "knowledge" of the business extends over the 90s, in which he believes he made wrestling at it's biggest popularity, this is nothing but false. Wrestling didn't reach it's highest popularity until the "attitude era" began, and it was the collective wrestlers and the competition between WWE and WCW that made it huge.

  14. Dennis D says:

    I’d like to see him brought back for one final appearance AFTER Bound For Glory. Have AJ Styles win the Heavyweight title, bring back the originals (Low Ki, Alex Shelley, Monty Brown, etc) then finally, have Jeff Jarrett use the Acoustic Equalizer on Hulk Hogan in the middle of his promo in the ring.

    The TNA originals drag Hogan’s sorry @$$ out the back door and as the camera is panning away at the end of iMPACT, Jarrett taps a poster on the wall and says, “We’re back”

    The poster shows the original TNA 6 sided ring with AJ, Daniels, and Samoa Joe

    Would this not send the IWC into a fanboy frenzy?

    • Stunner says:

      That would be so epic that I would leave that moment on my DVR forever. ROTFL!

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      The best hypothetical storyline TNA could possibly do right now is to bring JJ back, and have him alongside the originals feuding with Dixie. Hogan can't really play a part in this, as he will more than likely ruin it using his creative control. Unfortunately if he gets resigned you'll see him siding with AJ and he'll more than likely use his creative control to hold AJ back as champion. If the whole storyline happens to draw, he'll make claims that it was because of him and not AJ or Dixie.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      yes..because im sure Hogan would come onto national TV to be embaressed like that..keep dreamin

  15. vantheman77 says:

    I can see a series of short-term extensions between TNA and AJ Styles.

    As for Hulk Hogan, as much as I'm a fan of his, if TNA ends up re-signing him then I have to wonder if they released many talents for the last few months just to re-sign him and would make me question their priorities.

  16. Whatever says:

    Tell me if I read something wrong or not a long time ago when hogan first signed with tna. Didn’t he say something to the extent of if I don’t improve tna’s ratings or help make tna more successful that he would quit.

    Anyways I don’t know if its so much between tna and hogan working on a new deal but rather spike tv doing the negotiations due to them paying his salary. Maybe spike finally sees that he’s not worth even half of what hes been getting.

    • Vampirofan says:

      Good point. Reading through these posts just I was wondering when someone would point out that Spike pay his wages and not TNA. Still, he is probably the worst thing about TNA right now. Hopefully they will part ways but I don't think they will.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      You are correct, he stated in interviews and over twitter that if they failed to compete against WWE when they switched to mondays that he would quit. Of course those comments on twitter have since been deleted (what a surprise), and he hasn't left. The guy has been doing nothing but holding others back, and causing fans to lose interest. Does everyone forget how Hogan with his ego and creative control played a huge role in WCWs downfall?

      • JoeWrestling says:

        He did quit, walked right out on Dixie.

        • Leg Drop Jobber says:

          Ya. Now if only that is what actually happens. Doesn't exactly make me think he's not coming back. When in wrestling does the person leaving not get humiliated and the owner grabs his leg, begging him to stay?

          • Philly_Cheese says:

            It could also be due to his creative control in his contract… Hogan is known for having an ego, and him leaving this way would seriously boost his ego.

          • Leg Drop Jobber says:

            I certainly hope you are right. I've had enough of Hogan for one life time.

          • Vampirofan says:

            For real. Hogan was great in WCW but since he's come to TNA I can't stand him. He's too busy trying to look like the one who's making all the great decisions instead of entertaining or just being a GM. He's the only person in TNA right now that really annoys me.

          • Leg Drop Jobber says:

            I didn't like him in WCW. I hated Hogan as soon as he speerheaded Vince McMahon's Rock and Wrestling bull crap. Hogan helped kill wrestling and helped create that "sports entertainment" crap.

  17. TNA_fan says:

    Let Hulk go, and have Sting play the roll of the GM…

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