TNA News: Hulk Hogan claims he wrestled Pride MMA fighters back in the '70s in Japan and never knew if they were going to shoot on him
TNA legend Hulk Hogan appeared in studio on the Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton radio show on WFAN in New York. Hogan said he's going to "lean forward, clench my fists up, and punch Sting in the face." Hogan said performing in front of bigger crowds made it easier for him to perform when he was younger. He claimed there was a 20-year period where he was playing to sellout crowds and that he sold out Madison Square Garden 56 times in a row.
Hogan also claimed that it was recommended to Vince McMahon to cancel the WrestleMania 3 date because The Rolling Stones were playing the Silver Dome the week before and there were concerns regarding the company's ticket sales.
Hogan said The Wrestler movie was accurate when it comes to one-tenth of one percent of the wrestlers he knows. He said most of the guys who are past their prime and work the indy circuit are picking up $4,000 to $5,000 per weekend. He said he only knows one or two guys who have "bottomed out" to the extent that Mickey Rourke's character did. Hogan claimed he lived in his van for two years when he was coming up.
The hosts asked if Hogan would have had interest in entering MMA if it was popular when he was younger. He said he had some experience when he wrestled in Japan. He said there were a lot of Pride fighters he faced when he wrestled there starting in 1977, and he said he never knew whether he was getting in the ring with a shooter. He also said he thinks UFC just bought Pride.
Hogan said TNA is starting to build momentum. He said they are trying to focus on wrestling. He wanted to talk more about TNA, but one of the hosts interrupted him to ask about the "Hogan Knows Best" reality show. He also said his biceps are 21 inches these days. You can listen to the full interview at WFAN.com.
Powell's POV: So much bullshit, so little time. The Pride promotion officially launched in 1997, twenty years after the time Hogan said he was facing their shoot fighters in Japan. The promotion was sold to the UFC owners in 2007, but Hogan can be forgiven for not keeping up on the MMA business from that standpoint. Of course, Hogan has been in the ring with guys who fit the shooter bill, but to say he wrestled Pride fighters back in the '70s is quite the tall tale, and clearly that's not the only one he told in this interview.
How many guys are really making $4,000 to $5,000 per weekend working indy dates? He's done a nice job of promoting TNA and Bound For Glory during his media appearances this week, but this interview was quite the trip. For that matter, his decision to not endorse Bobby Roode during the Busted Open interview if baffling. Thanks to Dot Net reader Sean from Far Rockaway, N.Y. for sending in the video.
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