What Would Happen If Hulk Hogan Were to Be World Heavyweight Champion?

Daniel Peragine@DPMajesticCoSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18:  Hulk Hogan addresses the audience during a press conference for 'Hulkamania - Let The Battle Begin' at Star City on November 18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.
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At 59 years old, Hulk Hogan is at the final stage of his remarkable career.

Hogan, who has entertained wrestling fans for decades, is currently the general manager on TNA's flagship show, Impact! Wrestling. Since joining TNA in 2010, Hogan has made some special appearances in the ring. However, due to multiple surgeries to repair years of damage in the ring, he has been kept to a more limited role instead of bodyslamming other wrestlers. 

As the general manager of Impact! Wrestling, Hogan has done a good job. TNA showed signs of promise in 2012, with Impact! Wrestling producing quality episodes for viewers to see. Despite a struggle in viewership, TNA is positioning itself for a stronger 2013. 

However, TNA must continue to keep its course to grow more successfully. That course should certainly not include Hogan becoming TNA World Heavyweight champion.

If TNA were to take this approach, there would be major uncertainty on the company's direction. After all, Hogan is at the tail end of his career, and with his physical limitations, the biggest name in professional wrestling should not be having any sort of activity inside the ring. 

Although an extremely risky move on the part of TNA, the World Heavyweight title belt around Hogan's waist could garner major short-term interest in the company. Viewers may become very curious as to what plans TNA would have to offer with Hogan as champion.

However, in the long term, TNA could hurt itself by allowing an aging veteran to capture the World Heavyweight title. Eventually, its short-term boost would be wiped away and TNA could find itself in a struggling position.

Given Hogan's current age and surgeries, it would appear nearly impossible for the former World Heavyweight champion to wrestle on a consistent basis. Yet, despite all the limitations physically, TNA could gain major publicity with Hogan as its champion. 

Unfortunately, that publicity would only be a short-term situation for TNA. Where would TNA go next after that publicity fades with Hogan as its World Heavyweight champion?