Judging by Hulk Hogan’s appearance on “Larry King Live” Tuesday night, his move to TNA is much bigger news to wrestling fans and people in the industry than it is to him.
Hogan’s main reason for appearing on the show was to promote his new book, so it’s understandable that the majority of the discussion was devoted to that subject. However, you’d think that perhaps the biggest star in the history of wrestling signing with a company other than WWE would have warranted more than just a passing remark.Near the end of the interview, King brought up TNA. Here’s the excerpt from CNN’s transcript:
King: Hulk has just joined TNA Wrestling that stands for Total Nonstop Action. You going back in the ring?
Hogan: Well I’m heading over to Australia to wrestle at the end of the November. I’m going to check out the Hulk Hogan sea legs. It’s been a great career and the fans have stuck behind me through thick and thin and they have been loyal and I just decided you know I had to get busy living or get busy dying, Larry. And I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do, but I’m going to contribute as much as I can. I’m going to try to take this business to a whole another level.
King: You will wrestle in Australia?
Hogan: Yes, I’m wrestling at the end of November in Australia.
And that was it. It sure seemed like Hogan was more interested in promoting his Australian tour than TNA. He mentioned taking the business to another level – whatever that means – but he never mentioned TNA specifically. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but if I were TNA president Dixie Carter, I wouldn’t be too pleased that Hogan didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to put the company over to a large viewing audience.