Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Oct 19, 2013
Bully Ray Talks TNA’s Future, Bound For Glory, Hogan

Bully Ray Talks TNA’s Future, Bound For Glory, Hogan

SiriusXM’s Busted Open radio with Doug Mortman and Dave Lagreca interviewed Bully Ray this week. You can check out some highlights below:

Bully Ray on if Bound for Glory is the biggest PPV in TNA history: “I don’t know, is it? When we go out there as wrestlers and we see seats in the arena not full, it worries us also but all we can do is go out there and deliver the best possible in-ring product we can. Once we go through that curtain, that’s when our jobs really start. I’m not the promoter of TNA, I don’t work in the front office of TNA, I’m not responsible for the advertising of TNA, I’m not responsible for the product awareness of TNA, that’s where TNA needs to grow and move forward as a company with bringing their product to the masses so people will want to come to the shows. Yes, there are empty seats but still if you concentrate on the in-ring product and you concentrate on what you see, it’s still entertaining.”

Bully Ray on coming into his prime: “No. I never think that far ahead. Not that I take things day-to-day, my success in the wrestling business never really shocked me. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I always knew that I was going to be successful and be part of one of the greatest tag teams and this and that, I just knew that I loved professional wrestling so much that I would have enough passion to make myself successful. I would have enough passion to do this for a long time and I’m going on my twenty second year now in the business. I’m proud of myself getting into the shape that I have got into, I’m proud of myself for doing something that not a lot of other guys can do which is come out of a tag team and have a successful singles career. I’m also proud of my ability to go in there which just about anybody on the roster and have a great match, great fight, a great speaking segment and proud for being able to entertain people for this long. I’m only stepping on the gas half way. I have so much more that I can bring to the table but it’s a different world we live in and its different time with wrestling and sports-entertainment these days. I think I can go further, I can be a lot more physical. There are a lot of things that I can do and I try to wait until the right time to do them. From the newest kid on the block to the guys that have been there forever and I have said this before, TNA has the best locker room in pro wrestling, best bunch of pro wrestlers slash sports entertainers out there. These guys are capable of so much. You want icons? We got (Hulk) Hogan and Sting. You want guys that are still in their prime? You can go with me or Jeff Hardy or Kurt Angle and then you got the work horses. The guys that carried the company from TV to house shows like A.J. Styles, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Gunner, (Frank) Kazarian, (Christopher)Daniels. You have the hottest women in the business that can wrestle. You got great X-Division stars. Anything you are looking for, you can find it.”

How he thinks TNA can take the next step: “I have my opinion on that. I know as a wrestling fan what I would like to see TNA become. It’s strictly my opinion. I think the professional wrestling world is primed and ready for a more edgy product. An in your face, very realistic brand of pro wrestling. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying ECW all over again. It’s not what I mean. However, I am talking about bringing in bits and pieces of the greatest eras of pro wrestling. The NWA in the 80’s, ECW in the late 90’s, Attitude Era, the best times of TNA. Let’s cut and paste from the best times and let’s incorporate that into our product now, because I think people want a more mature product.”

His thoughts on if TNA should re-sign Hulk Hogan: “I would like to see Hulk stay with TNA. Two reasons: First for selfish reasons, I want to get him in the ring in the worst way, and kick him in his face. Secondly, Hulk is a great ambassador for pro wrestling and he can be a great ambassador for TNA. Do I see Hulk on TV every single week ? No. Do I see Hulk in major storylines? No. But I think there is a place for the Babe Ruth in our industry. There is a place in the locker room as a part of this company. Mainstream media loves Hulk Hogan. You start saying Hulk’s name, people get interested. So I definitely think he would be a great person to keep around for those reasons. For the amount of money Hulk makes, he brings a lot of exposure. People are going to sit back and say “wait the ratings haven’t gone any higher and there is low attendance at house shows”. That’s not Hulk Hogan’s fault, that’s product awareness. That’s where I think our money can be spent a little better. Only in my opinion and my opinion comes from being behind the scenes at all the companies that I have wrestled in. Product awareness is number one. You can build a better mousetrap but if no one knows you have it, nobody is going to buy it. So I think if TNA can get their brand to the masses better, that’s when you will see the real change.”

His thoughts on the Aces & Eights angle: “This has been the hand that was dealt. This is the way it is. I look at this situation like I look at any other situation in this business. You have two choices, you can fold or you can play it to the max. No matter what the situation is, I’m going to play it and I’m going to play it to win. What you see is me, Knux and Garrett. Everybody has been talking about how the Aces and Eights are folding. There is trouble in the Aces and Eights. They are imploding from within. Maybe that’s what I want you to think. Maybe on Sunday you’re going to see something completely different. I can make you believe what you want to believe. That is one of my gifts. Everybody thinks they know what’s going on. Everybody knows how the story is going to end. Everybody thinks they have seen the last of Aces and Eights. I would call the cable company and order Bound For Glory because you just might be shocked at what you see.

Credit: Busted Open Radio

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12 Responses to “Bully Ray Talks TNA’s Future, Bound For Glory, Hogan”

  1. toddmikki says:

    Great interview all the way through. Bully is awesome and so very smart.

  2. Dick C. Carter says:

    I agree with him about TNA's product needing to be edgier.

  3. godoftna says:

    I think TNA has incorporated a bit of the 80's style wrestling into their current product by putting more of the focus on what happens in the ring compared to in the back stage areas. I think they could take a bit of that smash mouth style of performing that ECW used to do by just letting some of their better workers have more of a free reign on what they do. As for the Attitude era, I can only see a bit of the edgier storylines that they used to do, but not all the smut and sex. While sex sells, they shouldn't make it a focus. As for marketing the product better, TNA definitely needs to open up its advertising to more than just Spike. I've said before, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network during the Adult Swim block, MTV, History, AMC. There are a lot of places to advertise in. How about a weekly web based show with matches from recent house shows. A kind of 'Superstars' type show but on the internet.

    • Dick C. Carter says:

      Ya, it's in the ring. However, Dixie Carter doesn't need to be "in the ring" as much as she is to get her point across. Same goes for Hogan and any other "non-wrestling personality" in TNA. I wouldn't have a problem with it if TNA had more than a mere 2 hours a week of TV.

  4. Euphoria says:

    When Bully retires I think TNA should give him a great job with some power. Do the same for Dvon.

  5. Euphoria says:

    More power than agents. Hell they praticly ran ecw. Heyman takes so much damn credit

  6. DJBIGCG says:

    Good interview bully ray

  7. TNAbitw says:

    So im guessing with the no dq stip put in knux and garrett are gonna interfere turn on bully help aj win the title and offer him the pres spot in aces and 8s

  8. Roid Master says:

    "That’s not Hulk Hogan’s fault, that’s product awareness"

    They hired Hogan to create product awareness. But when Hogan repeatedly goes on television or makes appearances to promote his brand (himself) without a simple mention of TNA Wrestling, that's not creating product awareness. Hogan hasn't done his job well and he should leave.

  9. annil8or4321 says:

    good interview

  10. Banggi says:

    to look at the ratings Yes Uncle Eric, you came in, inaecrsed expenses ten fold and have barely maintained the ratings prior to your arrival.Oh yeah, and more importantly, TNAs biggest problem, lack of brand awareness and brand identity, is still as poor/absent as ever!

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