For the past three years, Hulk Hogan has been an authority figure in TNA on-screen, as well as a primary decision maker and influence backstage. Although his name is—and always will be—synonymous with professional wrestling, one thing is for sure. Unfortunately, Hogan did not do much in tipping the TNA ratings from a positive standpoint.
On a recent episode of Impact Wrestling, Dixie Carter made a proposal to Hogan to "ride the Dixie train," informing him that basically it is her way or the highway. Hogan responded by "quitting" the company and walking out. Behind the scenes, his contract was up, which opened his availability as a free agent to work for TNA or WWE.
While there were talks with the WWE for Hogan to return for WrestleMania XXX, it fell flat due to what was being offered. Therefore, according to F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.), Hogan will be staying with TNA.
The reasoning behind this is that TNA offered Hogan more money to stay with the company than WWE offered to have a short-term deal.
It's said that what WWE offered Hogan was nowhere close to what they've offered other stars in previous years. What Hogan will make in 1 year with TNA is about what The Rock and Brock Lesnar are making for 1 match with WWE.
Although most fans would have preferred a nostalgic, "Real American" Hulk Hogan appearance for WM XXX, instead we get the generic-version-of-the-nWo-2000-music Hulk Hogan presented by TNA.
Obviously, this is much more of a money factor than a contribution factor. There is no doubt that even the harshest critics of modern-day Hulk Hogan would have an inner mark out moment if Real American plays at WrestleMania XXX. Instead, during that time, Hogan will be collecting a check from TNA, not doing much of anything to enhance the product.
TNA most likely would have been interested in Hogan after 'Mania, and it would have helped the company even more if Hogan would have returned after a decent payoff. However, we won't experience one more old-school Hogan moment, but see him being a relative non-factor on Thursday nights.
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