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TNA NEWS: Hogan talks TNA for a change - what's worked and hasn't worked with top stars, admits mistakes, teases Aces & Eights reveal

Oct 10, 2012 - 5:04:32 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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After spending this week talking about his sex tape in media interviews, TNA star Hulk Hogan talked wrestling on the Busted Open satellite radio show Wednesday. After starting with a discussion of the sex tape drama, Hogan broke down the ups and downs of the current TNA roster.

- Hogan said he's not concerned who wins the TNA Title match between Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy at Bound for Glory because he thinks they can switch it back to Bobby Roode off either champion.

"No matter who wins the belt at Bound for Glory, you can switch the belt back to Bobby Roode off Aries, you can switch the belt off Hardy and back to Bobby Roode, and you can be safe, because Bobby Roode is that damn good," Hogan said. "Bobby Roode has come into his own as a heel, he’s got credibility now and he doesn’t miss a beat...He’s got himself over, he’s established as a heel, and now he’s wedged in. Now if you got in trouble if Austin Aries got hurt or if Jeff Hardy got hurt, you can put the belt on Bobby Roode tomorrow and he’d be gold, he’d be safe."

- Hogan admitted to TNA losing steam with James Storm's top babyface character. "I just think that this company needed to be building, and with the roster of heels and babyfaces, I just really feel that our timing, and it’s not his fault, it’s not Storm's fault, I think our timing was off with this whole thing and me flipping the Roode thing and all the stuff I got my nose into, because they asked me," Hogan said.

"I think it kind of screwed his momentum up also, but he is such a good babyface and such a constant. I think this whole Roode thing is going to get him back on track and at the end of the day he is going to be better because he is not backing off and he is not discouraged. I think it was a timing thing and nothing to do with him as a babyface or his run."

- Hogan said TNA dropped the ball by letting Brother Devon walk away. "One of my biggest disappointments this year has been Devon and I really wish he was with the company," Hogan said. "To lose someone like Devon, it’s like, 'What are you thinking!' It’s been one of my biggest disappointments so far this year. I pray to God we get him back."

- Hogan said TNA was set make an Aces & Eights reveal a few weeks ago, but decided to pull back for down the road. "We were in the trenches a couple weeks ago there was supposed to be a quick reveal and it was just going so good that we delayed the reveal. It should be big; we are really onto to something with this one," Hogan opined.

- Regarding TNA's switch to being live, Hogan admitted it's "not the end all be all," and said he thinks if TNA wants to be a big-time player, they have to make a big-time investment in going on the road.

"At the end of the day its being live and on the road and getting out of the studio atmosphere of course, but that’s budget and an executive decision by the Carter family. If you want to be a billion dollar company you have to invest, and I still stand by that."

[ FYI: Busted Open airs Monday, Wednesday, Friday on Sirius 94, XM 208, and on Sports Zone on the Internet. ]

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