Former WWE legend Hulk Hogan returns to his day job after an extended break from professional wrestling, as he debuts on TNA iMPACT! tonight live at 8 PM ET/PT. Hogan recently signed with TNA wrestling, where he say’s he will serve as the “Vince McMahon of TNA.” As a head of the new organization, he says he hopes to mimic the UFC’s success in terms of pay-per-view buys and audience interest.
“MMA is spanking the WWE as far as the pay-per-view stuff,” Hogan told AOL Fanhouse. “Dana White and the UFC has done an amazing job, and it’s all about timing. The UFC was ready to close its doors, they were losing a ton of money, they were going under, they were getting ready to go out of business, and then they did a reality show called, The Ultimate Fighter. They developed the characters; they made people care about the fighters. That’s what I want to do with TNA. They’ve got the best talent in the world down there, but no one is breathing life into the characters.”
While TNA will be competing against both the WWE and the UFC for viewership amongst young males, Hogan says he hopes to learn from the UFC’s successes to help further interest in his new home.
“I have learned a ton of stuff from MMA, watching them,” he admitted. “They remind me of TNA. Ton of talent, but no one has put that Frankenstein, shock the monster, breathe some life into the characters. I learned a ton from MMA, and I get along great with Dana White – he’s awesome.”
You can catch Hogan’s comeback to pro wresting on a live three-hour Monday night edition of TNA iMPACT! on Spike TV tonight at 8 PM ET/PT.