If you're still wondering how it's possible that Hulk Hogan could still be making good money in pro wrestling as the leading man of a promotion, both in backstage power and on-screen in an authority role for his character, recent comments made by TNA President Dixie Carter reveal as much.
Here's what she told BANG Showbiz:
"He (Hulk) is bigger than any brand, company, name - he is synonymous with wrestling and is probably one of the most recognisable faces or figures on the entire planet. Name me someone who is alive today who'd be more recognizable in any corner of the world? In places like Africa and Asia, or if you were walking in Thailand? Princess Diana or Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley maybe? But they aren't even with us anymore. The Rock? Well, if you are walking in a village in Africa would people know who The Rock was? I think his film work has been outstanding. I'm a huge fan of The Rock, I think he is phenomenal, but would that happen?"
Fame is relative, really, but it's absolutely asinine for Carter to think Hogan is anywhere near the level of celebrity of a Princess Diana (LOL) or a Michael Jackson (come on, now).
The Rock? Yes, you could make an argument for that, but for the purposes of what she's trying to do, which is run a successful pro wrestling company, Hogan is the worst kind of famous: He's the guy you recognize on the street and take a minute to be amazed at, but who you completely forget about immediately after.
He's simply not in demand anymore.
That's why TNA's weekly wrestling show on Spike TV, Impact, hasn't seen any bump in the ratings in the years since Hogan has taken over. Pay-per-view buyrates have also remained stagnant.
So while Hogan may have a super recognizable face, it doesn't mean he's worth the money Carter is paying him.