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After reading this list, you may have picked up on a recurring trend of bad choices that were often instigated and championed by two men: Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.
Now, Hogan is the biggest name in the history of professional wrestling. Eric Bischoff was the only man in the past 30 years to challenge Vince McMahon for wrestling supremacy.
It would seem that any company able to sign them would jump at the chance.
TNA did, and it has yet to pay off.
Sure, the company has started playing in bigger arenas since Hulk Hogan has joined, but their ratings have not grown. At all.
Hogan and Bischoff debuted with TNA on Jan. 4, 2010. There were high hopes that the two would usher in a new era of wrestling, that we'd get back to the Monday Night Wars (we did, and that plan failed) and we'd see new stars develop (nope, though they did both hire one of their children each) and compelling storylines (all we got was a retread of the NWO with Immortal).
The three years before the duo joined the company, starting with 2007, Impact drew a 1.04 average rating. In 2008, they drew a 1.06, and in 2009, a 1.14.
Starting in 2010, with Hogan and Eric Bischoff in charge, they drew a 1.06, a 1.17 in 2011 and a 1.01 2012.
For those who know wrestling history, it's almost insane how two of the men who helped drive WCW out of business are now two of the top power players in TNA in 2013.
During his time in TNA, Hogan has not created any stars. He hasn't even shown the ability to judge who a star is by once calling Abyss "TNA's John Cena," as well as his praising of Garett Bischoff over the rest of the roster.
No one in all of TNA has taken up anywhere near as much TV time as Hulk has since his debut, and what has the company got out of it? One match against Sting at Bound for Glory, and a man who rarely makes appearances at house shows.
Yes, Hogan does have great name recognition, and with the right storyline, he could still be used effectively. But right now, TNA storylines revolve around a guy who can't wrestle and is sucking all of the oxygen out of the room.
In 1997, Hogan and Bischoff would be two of the first guys to call to start a wrestling company. In 2013, they should rightfully be two of the last.