Three weeks ago, we passed on the news that Hulk Hogan had a new idea that he promised would shake the foundations of wrestling to its very core and take the business to the next level, but it wasn't fully flushed out yet and he didn't want to drop the bomb on all his loyal Maniacs until it had been perfected. I was very sceptical that Hogan was on to a winner given his poor track record where so few of his crazy ideas pan out to be the big successes he envisaged.
Turns out I was probably right to be so cynical, as it looks like the plan may never get past the drawing board stages. According to Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Hogan wants to increase fan interaction with TNA's wrestlers by encouraging their adoring audience to film their stars when they see them out and about in public. However, when this request was pitched to the TNA locker room, unsurprisingly the highly intrusive suggestion went down like a lead balloon. Those with young families naturally want to protect the privacy of their children and wives, while those who are cheating on their partners don't want to get caught doing that by being taped by an unsuspecting fan and that footage being aired publicly. So I wouldn't expect this idea to see the light of day.
Hogan's inspiration seems to be WWE's 'Reality Era', which as my colleague Geno Mrosko has explained is not all it's cracked up to be, and the popularity of celebrity gossip sites like TMZ. Personally, I'm not sure you would want more exposure on TMZ, given that their stories about professional wrestling tend to be negative and paint the business in a bad light. The best way to get over your wrestlers as mainstream stars is to come up with televised storylines that catch the public's attention. Thus, I wish Hogan spent as much time thinking about potential plots for future TNA scripts as he does dreaming up harebrained schemes to get their wrestlers a few more lines on a website of dubious quality, maybe then they would have a more watchable television product.