Don’t bother rubbing those eyes “brother”, you read that title right. After almost three years with the Nashiville based organization Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Hulk Hogan has made a declaration that he desires to be the TNA World Heavyweight Champion – after one more knee surgery, that is.
In a Christmas themed interview with The Guardian newspaper online, “The Immortal” listed the four things he wants for Christmas above anything else. Alongside his youth, a 747 Jet Airplane and a full head of hair, Hogan stated he was coming for the TNA World Heavyweight title:
“I’ve had eight back surgeries, I’ve had knee replacements, I’ve had both hip replacements. I only need one more surgery – to fix my right knee – then I’m going to go for the TNA world title. I want to be 59 years old and be the champion.”
Lets be completely truthful and honest here – who didn’t see this coming? When Hulk Hogan put pen to paper on his TNA contract three years ago, we all knew there’d be that miniature voice somewhere deep inside his body telling him, “Screw these young jabronis, jack! You can become World Champ, brother!”
So lets take heed of The Hulkster’s words. Lets envision the 59-year-old Hulk Hogan with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt draped across his shoulder, preparing to defend it against guys half his age, almost forty years after he originally entered the professional wrestling business.
And you know what? I say make Hulk Hogan TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Lets ignore what we presume here and look at the facts. Hulk Hogan is the biggest name appearing on Impact Wrestling week in and week out. Hulk Hogan is still recognized as a pop culture icon, despite his few mainstream media scandals. Hulk Hogan is a proven draw, don’t believe me? Highest rated edition of Impact is the night Hogan debuted.
So hypothetically speaking, Hogan wins the TNA World Heavyweight Champion at a pay-per-view. Would people believe it? Would the fans of old or casual viewers believe when they hear the news that Hulk Hogan, at 59-years-old is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion? Probably not. So to find out for themselves, what would they do? They’d tune into Impact Wrestling.
It has similarity to when Terry Funk won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship at their first pay-per-view, Barely Legal. If wrestling fans hadn’t heard of the pay-per-view, they heard that Funk had became champion and it hooked peoples attention. And much like Terry Funk, if Hogan is gifted the championship, he can’t keep it for long.
In an ideal world Hogan wins the title, then after a month of promoting himself, it and the TNA brand, he drops it at a pay-per-view to someone younger and with a bit of momentum. Not only will have Hogan helped boost the TNA brand name, but the ratings will surely gain some pop from it and then by dropping it, the hope is that fans would stay tuned each week to Impact Wrestling.
It’s going to be entirely subjective based on who you are and your opinion on the man known as Hulk Hogan. But with this news, it seems as though Hulkamania is lookin’ to run wild, one more time.