I'm not going to beat around the bush so let's dive straight into this.
Bound For Glory 2011—Bobby Roode lost to world champion Kurt Angle in controversial fashion.
I don't blame Angle, I don't blame Roode and I don't even blame the referee all that much. All the fingers should be pointed at the man called "The Immortal One", Hulk Hogan.
Why blame Hogan? He wasn't even seen during the match!
I blame Hogan for his backstage politics, selfishness and his way of swinging the big stick around in IMPACT Wrestling.
Teddy Roosevelt said "speak softly, but carry a big stick." Well in this case, Hogan is not speaking softly but rather loudly and overpoweringly.
Everyone and their mother knew this was Roode's match. It was his time. He was destined to be the next world champion.
I'm blaming Hogan for two big reasons, hence the title is "Two Reasons Hogan is to blame..."
1) He actually said "Bobby Roode isn't ready"
Hulk Hogan had an interview prior to Bound For Glory with Sirius Radio's Busted Open.
In the interview, Hogan bashed the hell out of Roode as a wrestler and flat-out said that he doesn't feel Roode is ready. Here's what he said word for word.
"Nah, he's not ready. He's not the next guy. Ya' know, they might think he is. Dixie Carter might think he is. The whole world might think he is. He's not the next guy. If I had to bet money on anybody, and really be serious about betting money on anybody, I'd say Jeff Hardy is the next guy if he keeps his act together. Um, that's what you gotta to have, man. This is much more than being a wrestler, this is crossing barriers, medias, ya' know media barriers, and, and entertainment barriers of all kind. Getting your character down verbally has 90 percent to do with getting over. I just have a very strong feeling Kurt Angle's going to clean his clock performance wise, and carry the match, and basically remains the champion. He's training for the Olympics. He's had some up and down moments, and I think this is not gonna be a down moment for Kurt Angle, so I'm betting that farm on him."
Hogan bashes the No. 1 contender but puts over former WWE guys Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy. Hell, he even called the formerly drug addicted Hardy the future and the 'next guy'.
However, Hogan did put over Roode's Beer Money partner, James Storm, in the same interview.
Hulk Hogan has probably the biggest brush, or say/power, in the backstage area due to his name recognition and legendary status.
You think Hogan's words may have caused Roode to lose? That's a strong case to argue...oh, wait. No, it's not. Hogan himself just said Roode isn't ready.
Hulk Hogan is throwing his weight around and has decided to pick and choose who's good and who's not. Sound familiar? No? Think Vince McMahon. You get it now.
2) He's too selfish
I'm going to love proving this point because it's more opinionated than actual fact. This is the absolute top reason why I blame Hogan because it makes so much sense once you read it.
Anyone else catch Hogan on every SportsCenter show prior to BFG? Yeah, he ripped the Tebow jersey on SportsNation. I thought that was cool...
Anyway, what'd he hype?
Bound For Glory.
What match did he specifically hype?
Sting vs. Hulk Hogan.
Hogan didn't let, or want, Roode to win because he didn't want to share the spotlight with Roode. Hogan wants all of us to look back at BFG 2011 in a year or so and think, "wow, Hogan vs. Sting was the focal point of the show."
He wants us fans to relate BFG 2011 with his name and his name only. No Bobby Roode.
He is far too selfish to let another guy have, even a little piece, of the spotlight at Bound For Glory.
Still don't buy what I'm saying? Think I have "diarrhea of the mouth"?
Let's take a walk down "Memory Lane," a place we all know and love.
Bound For Glory 2010. What happened? "THEY" were revealed. Who was "THEY"?
"THEY" were Immortal, and the man in charge of that crew was none other than Hulk Hogan. BFG 2010 was the rise of Immortal and first brought Hogan into power.
He stole the show.
What'd he try to do this year in 2011? Wrestle a match. Did he win? No, but he did turn face and win all the fans back on his side.
So, next year when you're talking about BFG 2011, I can bet most people will remember Hogan's match and face turn much more than Roode's defeat. Why? Hogan's selfish.
I'm also proud to say I've tweeted this to "Hulkamania" himself. So Terry, if you're reading, first off hello, I'm Charlie Groenewegen and screw you.
You did good in your match for a man your age and with a past of brittle bones and broken backs. For that, my hats off to you.
When time came for you to show your true colors and a chance to put over a homegrown TNA talent, you didn't do it. You're far too selfish, Terry. For that act, I say screw you only because Bleacher Report has a policy towards foul language and I respect them for that.
So, "brother" next time this chance presents itself, feed your ego a XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito from Taco Bell (those things are huge! Yeah, even for your ego!) and sit back and let the homegrown talent shine.
If you decide to write back (I really hope you do) make it an email or tweet because, last I checked, the Pony Express went out of business a long time ago.
Tell Brooke I said hi.
Love, Charlie Groenewegen