In a recent interview with BizJournal, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan & WWE Diva Paige promoted the return of WWE Tough Enough and talked about their biggest accomplishments & more. Below are the answers given by Hulk Hogan:
What is the biggest business challenge you’ve faced and what did you learn from it?
“Making the transition from actually wrestling to trying to figure out how to generate revenue without physically getting in the ring. I had to figure out how to use my brand and exploit the 35 years of goodwill with the world and turn that into a money making machine. Once you wrestle main events for 30 years and all of a sudden it’s taken away from you because physically you can’t do it, reality sets in and you have to figure out how to reinvent yourself. I made that transition out of survival. I went through a crazy divorce, I had a huge $60 million civil suite from an accident and my body shut down on me for two years — I had nine back surgeries. I had to figure out how to take the brand, make it work and do stuff I wasn’t used to doing such as open other businesses and other ventures.”
What has been the biggest accomplishment in your career?
“My biggest accomplishment is staying relevant for 35 years because a lot of guys will be in this business for five years, 10 years, 20 years, but I had a really great run and had to stay relevant. I changed characters a few times and did reality TV and a bunch of different TV series. I never dreamed at 61 years young that I would still be here.”
What are three business lessons you learned in your career?
“Save your money, save your money and save your damn money.”