Thursday, October 20, 2011

Does Hogan Know Best?

Does Hogan know best?
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

I've already posted a video on this subject, but I didn't really get all my thoughts on tape.  I hate when I do that, so I'm adding some more thoughts, and summarizing what I said on YouTube.  Lucky you, right?

Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have been using their social media to make snippy comments towards fans. I find this very annoying for a number of reasons.  One being, just because a wrestling fan has an opinion or expresses dislike toward a particular company's (in this case TNA) storylines, it doesn't make them a hater or a mark.  You can see the pics I've posted from Hogan's Twitter page in regards to the outcome of Bound for Glory.

There's a rumor out there that Bobby Roode was in fact supposed to win the TNA Impact title from Kurt Angle on the night of the pay per view.  Allegedly (because I don't know for sure, it's just been reported on line) Hogan said Roode wasn't ready for a run at the top.  Hogan is referring to what happened at the October 17 Impact tapings.  The show airs on the 20th, and my policy is to not post spoilers for those of you who don't know what's going to happen.  Yes, things have changed, but for how long, we'll have to just wait and see.

Bischoff's words of wisdom
Part of me wonders if these changes were made as a result of the backlash from fans after Bound for Glory ended Sunday night.  Hogan, Bischoff, Vince Russo, and Bruce Pritchard would have had plenty of time to rework the storyline and the tapings.  But maybe I'm wrong and just being a cynical hater.

At Basebrawl with Kurt Angle (and Chad)
Here's the other thing that rubs me the wrong way about Hogan and Bischoff.  They are insulting to fans.  I'm a fan, I have been for 30 years.  Do I have to love everything about the WWE or TNA?  Of course not.  I am a consume of their product.  When I watch a pay per view, I pay for it.  When I attend a house show (Basebrawl in the summer of 2011), I pay for it.  And in may cases, pay dearly.  Being a wrestling fan isn't cheap.  So when I see something that I don't like and offer some constructive criticism, I don't think it's fair to be called a hater or a mark.

Of course I'm probably reading way too much into Hogan and Bischoff's comments.  I know they're not directly talking to me, but they are speaking of other fans who express their opinions just like Chad and I do.  And I realize there are those fans who are truly haters and get down right nasty with the talent in their comments.  I understand that and agree they cross the line when they make those types of comments.

I'm a Hulkamanic (or I was)
My final thoughts are this.  Notice that Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon (all the power players in the WWE) have no Twitter or Facebook accounts.  They're not insulting the fans.  Sure maybe they feel the same way Hogan and Bischoff do, I don't know, but at least they're not putting it out there.  In the off chance that anyone with any kind of clout in the wrestling in addition to not insulting the fans (who help pay your salary) grow thicker skin.  You're in the public eye, expect to hear from the public from them from time to time.

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