During a recent appearance on CBS Philly’s Howard Eskin Show, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan revealed why he turned heel. Below is what Hogan said:
“It’s so crazy. It’s the TV business and between the traveling, and the wrestling, and the workouts, and all of that stuff, I kind of fell in love with the business also. And more than just the protocol of the normal wrestler, I kind of got interested in the production side, and the TV side, and as the years went on, I got more involved. And, at the end of the day, we follow the quarter hours. We follow the minute-by-minutes [ratings] and if somebody’s in the ring and the numbers drop off, we pretty much do our research to find out why. As we’re watching the quarter hour numbers, we started realizing that Hulk Hogan, when I went to work for Ted Turner with the red and yellow on, had one crazy run, and then, the numbers started falling off when I was in the ring. And, ‘oh my gosh, Hulk Hogan was on at the top of the hour and it’s our lowest rated segment’ or ‘Hulk Hogan closed the show out and the numbers were down.’ So as we’re watching the quarter hours and the numbers, we started realizing, ‘do you know what? Either this character is boring, or maybe there has been too many yellow t-shirts sold, or for whatever reason, it wasn’t working,’ or maybe I didn’t have the right opponents to wrestle, but we really couldn’t get a handle on it and it was the first time in 15 or 20 years that I was kind of drifting at sea and I really didn’t know what to do.
And Eric Bischoff came up with this idea about Hulk Hogan being a bad guy and leading this new group of guys, these defectors from this big organization, the WWE. And that’s how it came about. Eric approached me, Bischoff approached me, and at first, I did not want to do it. And then, I thought about it and I thought about it. And then, kind of out of, ‘this is either going to work or it’s going to ruin my career.’ I kind of just flipped the coin, and I went for it, and it was the best move that I made because the quarter hours and the numbers started to go up. Instantly, our ratings were three-times higher than any other wrestling show. That’s how it came about. It was just a suggestion from Eric Bischoff and I just kind of rolled the dice. I thought, ‘this is either going to be great or it’s totally going to destroy my career.'”
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