Last week during the big E3 conference, Hulk Hogan spoke with Jon Robinson of ESPN.com about a variety of interesting issues. The interview spanned a number of topics including his upcoming video game, the “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who could carry TNA Wrestling into the future, and where he’d like to make his final major match – if he ever could.
You can scroll down to read some selected interview highlights or click here to read the entire interview on ESPN.com. Enjoy!
On the Upcoming Video Game, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event:
I don’t know too much, but I do know a lot about wrestling, and in “Hulk Hogan’s Main Event” I’m your coach, brother. I teach you the moves, get you all excited, and then it’s up to you to get the crowd booing or cheering and get them ramped up. The whole entertainment aspect gets you rolling right into the ring, and then you get to turn the moves up and either do some scientific wrestling or cheat like the bad guys. And what’s cool is, you can’t sit on the couch for this one. Since it’s on Kinect, you actually have to get up, get moving and move your bum around.
On the “Macho Man” Randy Savage:
Randy and I were stuck together like glue for about 15 years. We did everything together — we traveled together, we worked out every day together — and then we went on to have some great matches. I know this sounds horrible, but we made a lot of money together, and then we had this huge falling out that to this day, I still don’t know why he got mad. He went through a lot with his divorce from Elizabeth and stuff, but we just started talking again a few months before he died. I don’t do many independent wrestling shows, but I finally did one and [Randy’s brother] Lanny was there, and he was telling me how tough it was after their dad passed away, but his dad was really happy that Randy and I had started talking again. But then Lanny was really worried about his mom, so they were going to throw a big barbecue at his mom’s house with Randy and I, and that was supposed to be the next weekend, but Randy died in the middle of the week. Out of all the guys who have died, that one hit me the hardest. I’ve known a lot of guys, I’ve walked into hotel rooms where there have been bad situations, but that one was a tough one.
On “Stone Cold” Steve Austin:
Well, if there is that one last huge match that really, really meant something to the fans, that would have to be against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. I can see him already making appearances back on TV, and he’s already starting to get full of himself. I heard him say for a while that his back and his neck were too messed up to wrestle, but from what I’ve been seeing lately, I think he’s getting geared up to do something, and I’d like to be a part of it.
On the Future of iMPACT Wrestling:
I’ve really tried to be optimistic when looking at the talent that is there, and I’ve already tried to give the football to a couple of guys who are there, and they are just so off into that: “TNA Wrestling, this is TNA Wrestling, I have a five-star match every week.” But that’s not the big picture. I think the one guy I really need to focus on is Matt Morgan. There are a couple of things that need to be fixed, and one of the main things is his interviews. When Scott Steiner looks at you and calls you a punk and says you look like a tiny turd in a toilet bowl, you need to come back and say something about how you can look over the top of Steiner’s head. Instead, he’s out there talking about how he respects Steiner as an athlete. His whole rap needs to change. I think if we sit down and really dial Matt Morgan in, he can be somebody who can really turn things around and lead Impact Wrestling to the promised land.