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29 August 2013

Should TNA let Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff go?


Earlier today, PWInsider reported that some within TNA were not at all happy with Hulk Hogan's recent comments at a press conference he did in Toronto, that also included Eric Bischoff.  Hogan essentially claimed that TNA needed to hand the keys to Bischoff in order for the company to grow.  Mike Johnson of PWinsider also reports that some in the company claim that Bischoff already has quite a bit of power backstage and that much of the creative direction of the company is his.  This, to me, makes Hulk Hogan come across as tone deaf and simply out of touch with reality.  For this reason, it is time for Dixie Carter, Spike TV, and TNA to cut the cord and let Hogan and Bischoff go when their contracts expire, presumably in October.  It is long overdue.  And quite frankly, it will be the type of morale booster that could redeem TNA in many peoples' eyes.

I said, a couple of years ago, that Hulk Hogan's presence has cost TNA hundreds of thousands of viewers and he simply has not drawn enough to cover those losses.  Ratings for Impact, in the Hogan/Bischoff era, have not grown and have in fact stagnated.  Some argue that Hogan's presence helps ticket sales but again, that is untrue.  On the road since early March, ticket sales have hovered around the 3,000 mark, a figure TNA can draw without Hogan and have done so in the past.  The most alarming red flag however is the putrid crowd that TNA drew in Tampa - the hometown of Hulk Hogan.  That night, TNA barely sold 3,000 tickets.

It is time, Dixie Carter.  Please fire Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.  It's time that TNA returned to the days when it was a true alternative to the WWE. 

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