In a very weird story, it was just announced by TNA that they signed WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan today. There is a teaser video out online already for his TNA debut, which could be as soon as next week.
One would think he wouldn't be on Thursday, seeing as TNA already taped that program. There was a rumor that TNA was going to tape another program next Tuesday, but that is not confirmed.
In any case, this comes as a shock to many. I wrote a piece on Hogan after I heard a rumor of him signing with TNA a little while back, but I didn't think TNA would actually do it.
Hogan does need the money, which is why he wanted to sign. The WWE has no reason to sign him to a deal, seeing as they don't need him.
I don't think TNA does either, but I digress. What is even funnier about this whole issue is that Dixie Carter said she would be willing to part ways with Vince Russo, who is the head of both the writing and creative team, if Hogan wanted to come in.
She felt that she would have to do it seeing as Russo and Hogan do not get along, and because Hogan is a big name, she would take the dumb approach and sign him for a short time.
I see it as a bad idea, seeing as Russo does so much for TNA Wrestling. However, it was also announced that Hogan's buddy Eric Bischoff has also signed with TNA. This means that Russo's departure may happen and Bischoff would take his place.
But contrary to popular belief, Carter won't release Russo. In fact, Bischoff and Russo would work together and Bischoff would do a lot of the on-camera work like he used to.
Hogan may not wrestle as often as he did before, but there is no doubt that he will see ring time.
There was also talk from Taz a little while ago in an argument with a fan that insinuated Paul Heyman may work with TNA in the future or is already working for them secretly.
There is no confirmation if Heyman even associates with TNA or not, but it would be nice to see Heyman back in the wrestling world.
There are more names rumored to be coming in along with Bischoff and Hogan, more specifically Ric Flair, who many think will not wrestle considering his loyalty to the WWE. But we will have to wait and see on that.
I would say keep an eye on anyone who is on the Hulkamania Tour (which is still scheduled to go on despite the Hogan signing) because many of those names are rumored to come in or were rumored to come in before, such as Umaga and Ken Anderson.
There is also talk of Nick Hogan coming in too, that would be "interesting" to say the least.
The Flair sign would be the biggest other than Hogan. But having Bischoff help out in any way would be a boost for TNA in my opinion, as he does have a good mind for business.
I'd assume anyone else who is a bit older will be helping on creative, which is thin last time I checked. Having Hogan and Bischoff help on that end would be good, as they are currently only 4 or 5 people on the whole creative staff.
However, the signing of Hogan is a huge deal for TNA, especially media wise. Hogan was going to come to TNA years back, but he was hurt and unable to come in. Instead Jeff Jarrett "took TNA to Hogan" during a press conference.
It was a big deal for TNA history, but it didn't really help them out as much as it would have if Hogan would have come in.
There is a possibility that Jarrett could come back seeing as Hogan is now in the company. And how could TNA resist doing an angle from the past with the two?
I don't know if we could see Jarrett after all the issues between he and Kurt Angle, but why not when you have a storyline starring you right in the face?
It is a possibility we could see them debut at the next TNA PPV if TNA doesn't do another iMPACT taping before then. And because they usually tape them all in one week after a PPV, the only time TNA even does a televised show is at the PPV.
However, the online teaser going around is for iMPACT. So, there is some pondering to do here. I would assume that because it was already announced by TNA, that they would try and get ratings by having him at an iMPACT taping after the PPV.
But of course, we will have to wait and see.
In any case, it is confirmed that both Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan have signed with TNA Wrestling.
There is a lot going on in TNA right now, I'd say stay glued to your seats for the next few days. And make sure to come back to B/R often as I assure you, there will be updates.