WWE Hall Of Famer, former WWE/WCW Champion, & the star of CMT’s “Hulk Hogan‘s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” Hulk Hogan, was one of the special guests on this week’s live edition (12/01/08) of Monday Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & Blade. “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” is officially presented by ReelWrestling.com: the latest & hottest innovation from the coverage of professional wrestling online, and features exclusive video found nowhere else from your favorite superstars of the squared circle & Custom Muscle: the official nutritional & supplement company of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” (purchase over $50.00, type in the word “GRAND,” & get 10% off your purchase), and is also sponsored by: Old Time Wrestling, The History Of WWE.com, TicketRelief.com, & Serenity’s Treasures (all new customers receive 20% off your purchase $20 & over through December 3rd)…the right place to shop for wall art|wall ornaments & gift ideas for any occasion.
The Big Mosh & Blade welcomed “The Immortal One” himself to The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network to cap off the extensive coverage of CMT’s “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” that you have been only able to find on “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio.” Before getting into his takes on the CCW finale, Hulk wanted to ask The Mayhem Crew for their takes on the business over the past several years. “The Hulkster” admits that he did stop watching several years ago, as a result of the programming getting “so lame,” and switched to following “Orange County Choppers,” and never turned back again. He never saw that happening, as he has always been a fan of wrestling. Every once, however, he tuned into WWE Monday Night RAW at the end of the show just in time for the main event to see who Triple H was fighting in the main event. Recently, Hulk said that he watched TNA iMPACT, seeing the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Sting, in his business suit & without his makeup, along with the other members of The Main Event Mafia. He has the feeling of this being like the nWO…”not when the nWo was hot, but when the nWo started losing steam, when these guys didn’t wanna wrestle anymore, and all they wanted to do was talk.” He was quite impressed with what he saw out of Samoa Joe & some of the TNA Knockouts, but despite that, he said that he “does not get/understand “the eight-sided ring.” “They don’t do anything different in that ring than you would do in an old ring.” Mosh brought up the never-ending comparisons from fans around the world about The Main Event Mafia being compared to the nWO, and Blade mentioned to Hulk how the current TNA storyline with The MEM vs. The Frontline is more like “The Millionaire’s Club” vs. “The New Blood” in World Championship Wrestling, with the main point being to get the younger guys over.
Switching gears, Hulk talked about the success of CCW, and how their program is a reality show with the wrestling vehicle as their foundation. He cannot believe how upset that Vince McMahon & some other people in the wrestling business got when himself & Eric decided to team up together again. Their main goal/idea for this project was a reality program, to have some fun, & “taking the art form to another level.” He wanted the fans to see just how much athleticism is needed, that the talent does get hurt, & that it is not as fake as one might think it is. Hulk said that in the midst of them enjoying their success & having fun that “we get rained down upon by the big bad wolf…big brother comes to shut us down.” He is glad that the fans have loved CCW to this point, and believes that what they have put together as their finished product has been more entertaining from a storyline & “the element of surprise” perspectives than that of the WWE or TNA.
Reportedly, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake has also felt some of the heat directly & indirectly from the WWE towards CCW. Hulk said that over the years, Vince has whatever he could to protect the family business, and he totally understands that. However, he does not understand why World Wrestling Entertainment is coming down on Brutus, as he is simply trying to feed his family & put his kids through school. He credits the real life Ed Leslie for keeping the gimmick alive over the years, traveling from state-to-state & overseas, as Brutus has not really worked for the WWE in close to 15 years. He is also surprised at why the rain is coming down hard on Jimmy Hart, as Jimmy asked for the WWE’s permission/blessing to appear on the show & has nothing but goodwill towards everyone, and despite that, this is the unfortunate end result. Hulk described the situation, in general, as “bottom-feeder stuff” & “weak,” and that “what you throw out there will come back to you.” He also wished to add that there is not as much negative energy coming from the CCW side of things, as there is from the WWE.
Without a doubt, “The Hulkster” is very excited about the CCW season finale (airing this Saturday night @ 8PM ET/PT on CMT). Going with the initial concept of the program & reviewing everything at the very early stages, he had no idea how well they were going to adapt with the progression of the show over an multi-week span. But, he did know right after the first week that this was going to work. Fans have credited the show for its successful blending of the styles of wrestling & reality television into one program. Hulk wishes to give credit where it is due, not only to Eric Bischoff & Jason Hervey, but CMT & everyone else involved. He strongly believes that “everything came together perfectly” for this season. Even the celebrities involved surprised him…some more than most, including “The Winner” Dustin Diamond & Todd Brodges. At first, Hulk said that he could not stand Dustin, until he saw firsthand just how much love Dustin had for the business. Wholeheartedly, he believes Todd was the best athlete on the show.
So much more is contained in this 40+ Hulk Hogan/Monday Night Mayhem exclusive, including his uncensored thoughts & comments on the rumors of a second season of CCW (and if we will be seeing the show “going on the road”), whether or not he sees himself appearing at WrestleMania XXV (and in a “dream match” scenario, who his opponent would be), which WWE superstar he sees “carrying the torch” for today’s generation, the lowdown behind agreeing to be the special geust referee for this Saturday night’s Highspots.com-run show in Charlotte, NC/Reid Flair’s professional wrestling debut (featuring “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, The Nasty Boys, & “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart), if we can put to bed the rumors of a match with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, why he understands the fans memories of “The Monday Night Wars,” the new Guns ‘N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” album (and why after all these years, he could classify himself as a “mark” for GnR), how he plans on spending the holidays with his family (as well as updates on Brooke & Nick), & why it is important for him to take “the high road.” Without a doubt, you will enjoy the “Merry Mayhem” goodness that only “The Hulkster” can provide!
Don’t forget that “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” will have you fans covered from pillar-to-post on all of the latest exclusive news from “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling”…all the way into the season finale of the show this Saturday night, December 6th! Check out www.MondayNightMayhem.com for our exclusive interviews with five of the six voted-off CCW contestants (Tiffany, Frank Stallone, “The Mistress Of Mayhem” Erin Murphy, “Candy Girl” Nikki Ziering, & “The Red Hot Redneck” Trishelle Cannatella), as well as www.cmt.com/shows/series/hulk-hogan-celebrity-wrestling/series.jhtml, www.HulkHogan.com, & www.BHE.TV for even more details on “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.” See who becomes the first-ever CCW Champion this Saturday night @ 8PM ET/PT!
*And it’s that time of the year again! As our country ushers in President-Elect Obama, log onto www.WrestlingRadioAwards.com, as Monday Night Mayhem gears up for the upcoming 2009 Wrestling Radio Awards. As many long-time listeners of the program know, we have won several previous awards, including: the 2008 WRA “Media Interview Of The Year” w/WWE Hall Of Famer & the voice of MyNetworkTV’s “SmackDown,” Jim Ross, the 2007 WRA “Media Interview Of The Year” w/Eric Bischoff (co-hosted by The Mayhem’s National Correspondent, Scott Hudson), & the 2006 WRA “Female Interview Of The Year” w/Jackie Gayda.
“Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” has brought to you fans the most diverse booking of guests anywhere in 2008, and now is the time to make your vote count! Vote now for The Mayhem in the “Male Interview Of The Year” category (“The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, Dennis Rodman, Charlie Haas, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jim Kelly, Sid Vicious, Rob Van Dam (w/Jerry Lynn & Jim Molineaux), Juventud Guerrera, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, Bruno “Harvey Whippleman” Laurer, Jerry Jarrett, & The Highlanders), the “Female Interview Of The Year” category (Brooke Hogan, Terri “Marlena” Runnels, Erin Murphy, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, So-Cal Val, Lacey Von Erich, Tiffany, Erin “Steel” Toughill), as well as “Media Interview Of The Year” (Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey, MyNetworkTV’s Paul Franklin, & Ring Of Honor’s Cary Silkin).
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In addition, you can hear some of your favorite WWE superstars (Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Candice Michelle, Charlie Haas, & D-Lo Brown), WWE Hall Of Famers (Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jim Ross, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Superstar” Billy Graham, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, The Iron Sheik, Tito Santana, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Harley Race, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, & Don Muraco), the finest from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA President Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, Terry Taylor, Jim Cornette, Kevin Nash, “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Team 3-D, Scott Steiner, Kip/BG James, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, Beer Money’s Robert Roode, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, Kaz, Eric Young, Tomko, & Lance “Rock” Hoyt — along with TNA Knockouts Taylor Wilde, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Christy Hemme, So-Cal Val, & Traci Brooks), Ring Of Honor’s warriors (ROH Champion Nigel McGuinness, “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries, Claudio Castagnoli, & ROH head booker Gabe Sapolsky), ECW originals (ECW’s founder Tod Gordon, Rob Van Dam, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, Raven, The Sandman, Francine, 2 Cold Scorpio, New Jack, Axl Rotten, Jerry Lynn, Lance Storm, Mike “Nova” Bucci, “The Pitbull” Gary Wolfe, & Danny Doring), the most-beautiful some of the greatest managers in the history of our business (Percy Pringle III/Paul Bearer, “The Doctor Of Style” Slick, JJ Dillon, & the late Gary Hart), the voices that have called the sport/sports-entertainment for years (World Class’ Bill Mercer, the Mid-Atlantic/NWA’s Bob Caudle, & WCW/AWA’s Lee Marshall), the beautiful managers/valets that have graced the squared circle (Missy Hyatt, Terri Runnels, Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Dawn Marie, Nora “Molly Holly” Greenwald, Jackie Gayda Haas), wrestling legends/personalities from over the years, past & present (Bruno Sammartino, Jerry Jarrett, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Jr., Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko, Sid, Tully Blanchard, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, “Bushwacker” Luke Williams, The Honky Tonk Man, Barry “Smash” Darsow, Virgil, Diamond Dallas Page, Vader, “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Konnan, Bruno “Harvey Whippleman” Lauer, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, Scotty 2 Hotty, David “Gangrel” Heath, Chris Kanyon, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, Chris Nowinski, Low-Ki, Tomko, & The Highlanders), & some of the most well-known athletes & entertainers from pro-sports, the MMA, stage, & screen (including: Dennis Rodman, NFL Hall Of Famer Jim Kelly, former NFL Defensive Tackle/Nebraska All-American/author of “Hero Of The Underground,” Jason Peter, Frank Trigg, Dave Coulier of TV’s “Full House,” VH-1 “Best Week Ever’s” Greg Fitzsimmons of VH-1’s “Best Week Ever,” Dustin “Screech” Diamond of TV’s “Saved By The Bell,” Howard Stern’s Gary The Retard, Erin “Steel” Toughill & Dan “Nitro” Clark from “American Gladiators,” “Mad TV’s” Aries Spears, & Comic Relief founder Bob Zmuda). All this & so much more…now available World Wide & 365 at www.MondayNightMayhem.com.