Hulk Hogan talks about wrestling one last match, Why TNA buy rates aren't good
Monday, 16 May 2011 08:10
Hulk Hogan spoke with The LAW during a media scrum prior to his appearance at the CWI 'Brawl at the Bush 2' event this past weekend and spoke at length on a variety of topics and the entire chat can be downloaded at http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news/11067:click-here-to-download-the-law-and-review-a-wai/
On wrestling one more match:Well it's a calculated risk, it's not like 'Oh my God he's an idiot with all the back surgeries he's going to wrestle in Brantford and if he gets knocked down he's in a wheelchair' - it's not that story. If I do get in the ring it's a calculated risk, these guys are professionals and instead of being body slammed someone can hit me in the throat, rake me in the eye, I can crumble down to the ring or take a bump on the back of my neck and shoulders and not hurt my lower back. There are a lot of ways to do it and if you think of the risk versus reward, it does matter, it's a pretty foolish thing to think about wrestling after eight back surgeries but then there's also the love of the business and how I love being around the guys, the fans and you guys so I'm torn between what really makes sense and what I feel. It probably has a lot to do with ego, which I try not to get involved with, I like to take ego when it comes up and put it on the wall and go back to what makes sense so it doesn't make a lot of sense when you ask the question but it's a consideration at this point.
The struggle of getting the television audience to purchase TNA pay-per-view events:A lot of it has to do with awareness and the fact that we can get to the people. If I go into my hotel room in Chicago there are certain cable networks that are on like USA Network - there is no Spike TV. I mean a lot of it depends on who you can get to and who you can reach there is a lot more than 'the fans aren't buying it' there is more to the equation and that's a very shallow statement and that's not a fact. The people that see it are buying it, there just aren't enough people seeing it. That's what it is - it's creating awareness, a marketing plan we have to work with Spike TV and boost them up the ladder. I don't know how many cable networks there are in the States if it's 25 or 35 but in the paper it shows you who the top ten are so if we can get Spike up to that number one position the whole equation would change on how many people are buying it and change the equation and someone wouldn't say 'no one is buying it' well the people that are seeing it are buying it so it's creating that awareness to make people more aware that the product is there and that they can get it and when they walk into a hotel in Brantford that Spike is available.
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