Hulk Hogan Unhappy At TNA Title Situation, Bully Ray On How To Make TNA A Household Name
– Hulk Hogan noted during a recent interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine that he was not happy with Jeff Hardy missing TNA’s recent UK Tour.
“Dixie Carter runs the company, but if it was up to me and it had been my decision, Bobby Roode would have been a great champion to have right now,” Hogan said. “The (UK) tour plus a champion makes sense; a tour with no champion doesn’t make sense. [But] I choose my battles; some people look at the picture differently to how I do.”
– The Big WrestleShark Show recently spoke with Bully Ray. Here are some highlights from the interview.
Being a singles competitor as opposed to being in a tag team: “Being a singles competitor is definitely different, especially when you’re used to being in a team for 15 years: it’s a different world out there.
“I am enjoying it, I never thought I would. I never got into wrestling because I wanted to be a singles wrestler, I always wanted to be in a tag team, I always knew that I wanted to have the most successful tag team that ever existed. I would never be so pompous or egomaniacal as to say we were the greatest tag team ever because I don’t know what measures greatness. But I can tell you we’re the most successful. No other team has done what we did, no other team has had 23 major World Tag Team Titles. Name a territory with a major set of tag team titles and we’ve won them. That’s it. Bottom line.”
If he could match that success as a singles star: “I don’t know if I could ever match that success because I don’t know if I have another 15 years left in me to accomplish what I was able to do: I had time on my side then. For those 15 years, I was doing it 300 nights a year, I dunno if I can do that now.”
His current goals: “My only goal right now is to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. I mean, I know a lot of guys will sit here and say that, but I think it’s realistic. You’ll get a younger guy say ‘oh my goal is to win the World Championship’ and I’ll be like ‘yeah, when? In ten years, gimme a break.’ I’ve come so damn close in 2012, but I think that is a realistic goal that is right at my fingertips. And that’s a personal goal, for the company, I’d like the company to move forward, to continue to grow and become more of a household name in the wrestling world.”
How to make TNA more of a household name: “Product awareness. WWE has been around for 75 years, of course they are at the tip of everybody’s tongue. TNA has only been around 11 years, they still got a lot of growing to do. But there is a lot of light at the end of the tunnel for this company.”