WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling business and has accomplished a lot in the industry. That said, he is also known for saying a lot of bizarre things over the years. Now it appears Hogan explained why he sees pro wrestling as a shoot.
Hulk Hogan is a legendary figure in the world of professional wrestling, with his name being synonymous with the sport. While he may no longer be as beloved as he once was, there’s no denying just how important Hogan has been to the industry.
While speaking on the Full Send podcast, The Hulkster explained why he sees pro wrestling as a shoot. According to him, if he was earning significantly more money than his opponents while wrestling them, it couldn’t be considered ‘a work’ and is clearly ‘a shoot.’
The WWE Hall Of Famer believed that success in the industry was determined by how much one earned. He recalled his time working for Vince McMahon when Bob Backlund held the championship and consistently received higher pay than Hogan himself. This realization made him question the authenticity of the industry.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh, this business is a work.’ Okay, well, if I’m making twice as much money as you and you’re wrestling me, is that a work? That’s a fu**ing shoot brother, and that’s how I looked at it. This business was a shoot. It was the man that made the most money. When I worked for Vince and Bob Backlund was the champion, I wrestled Backlund and Backlund always got paid more than me. I was like, oh, really. So this isn’t a work.
So it does matter if you win or lose. It does matter if you’re the champion or not. Everybody goes, it’s a work. Well, it’s really not a work. It’s about the money and the mileage, and for me, you know, if you’re a good guy, usually, until the NWO came along, back in the day if you’re a good guy, your merchandise was two to one over the bad guy’s stuff. That’s not a work to me. That’s a shoot, brother. If I’m making more money than you and I’m wrestling you, my T-shirts are selling twice as much as yours, maybe it’s a work to you, but not to me if my check is double yours. So I always looked at it that way.”
Hulk Hogan also ruled out the possibility of competing in final match. Regardless, The Hulkster has his own idea of what the business means to him and that’s all that matters. That said, we will have to wait and see what the future holds for Hulk Hogan.
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