Hogan's Abyss Push May Pay Dividends

Michael HeaverContributor IJune 29, 2010

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan enters the stage prior to his bout against Rick Flair during the Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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As expected, Hulk Hogan has faced much criticism online since entering TNA as a creative force.  One of the biggest negatives many have cited as Hogan's limited positive impact on the organization was the repackaging of Abyss as a Hulk Hogan adoring babyface.

Maybe this particular character needs to be looked at in the long term given TNA's latest TV tapings.

It is not hard to see why Hogan has pushed for Abyss.  He is big, looks like a star, and more importantly, is a home grown TNA talent who can mix it with the big boys.

The fact that the WWE were interested in signing him a few years back is incredibly telling, especially since they have very little interest in most of the stars in TNA's ranks.

And who's the most obvious choice to push against Abyss as a monster bad guy?

Hulk Hogan.

Developing slowly, the latest set of Impact tapings have reiterated this feud and continued to promote Abyss as a strong monster. 

While many slammed Abyss' babyface turn, perhaps they should reconsider such criticism.   If it leads to a turn and sustained push, it may trigger a far more effective clash against Hogan.  Instead of having Abyss put up against Hogan and TNA's other top babyfaces straight off the bat. 

It is all too easy to criticize without taking the long-term planning of character creation into consideration.

Further, to build Abyss up only for Hogan to beat him would be a considerable waste of an outstanding young talent.