To get an idea of why WWE pays Hulk Hogan so much money even though he can no longer be an in ring performer, simply look at how he was treated during the recent tour of Japan. Media and fans in that country treated the Hogan return as a much bigger thing that the actual WWE live events. Hogan's involvement alone helped to generate better numbers for WWE in Japan than they have been receiving over the last couple of years.
July 17, 2014
With the company in Japan for a tour, WWE stars were in for a bit of a rude awakening this weekend. A 6.8 earthquake struck the island country. Several of the stars made note of the incident through their social media website. Hulk Hogan revealed that his bed had moved around the hotel room. Fortunately, though, this particular earthquake did not produce devastating tsunamis like the last one.
July 12, 2014
Since the company wants to make full use of him being back, Hulk Hogan is expected to induct Mr T into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30. Aside from their obvious connection, management also believes that this combination has the best chance of receiving some mainstream media attention for the event. Roddy Piper was a consideration as well.
April 2, 2014
Generally, WWE tries to avoid things that have the possibility of bringing negative attention from the mainstream media to the company, but Vince McMahon gladly overlooked Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal because he knows that his former world heavyweight champion was still quite the marketing draw. It is considered a non issue backstage.
March 9, 2014
The Examiner started a rumor about Hulk Hogan agreeing to a deal with WWE, and many within the industry believe those to be false.
November 6, 2013
Fans in attendance at the Comic Con event in San Diego this week have a chance to meet Christopher Daniels. The former TNA star has a booth there to promote his comic book. Daniels was paid a visit by Daniel Bryan, who was sent to the show by WWE to help promote the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The two of them had a nice talk and posed for a social media picture together.
July 25, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has decided to drop the story line involving Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that the company changed their minds after seeing the backlash from the media and the fans over the controversial promo that Lana cut at the pay per view. WWE did not let her do much talking on Monday Night Raw this week.
July 22, 2014
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 2014
It looks like the previous media ban has been completely lifted for Bray Wyatt. WWE is now having him do interviews across the country to promote their events. In the past, the company has forced him to avoid speaking publicly, in order to keep an air of mystery around his character. Management wanted to mold him to be similar to the Undertaker character at one point in time.
July 19, 2014
For whatever reasons, Mick Foley took to social media this week to defend Batista, stating that it was unfair for fans to have this much hate towards him and his WWE return. Foley mentioned that Batista was at the wrong place at the wrong time because fans were so desperate to see Daniel Bryan being given a proper push. He also feels that not enough people are happy for Batista being featured in a big movie this summer.
July 14, 2014
About a month ago, it was reported that David Otunga was on his way back to WWE. He revealed those plans to the media, but those plans have yet to surface. It is being said that management simply has not come up with a story for him to make his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some are speculating that he could be a mystery entrant into the upcoming Intercontinental Championship battle royal at WWE Battleground 2014.
July 8, 2014
Some rumors are floating around this weekend that WWE is trying to sign Samoa Joe. The source of the speculations is said to be due to the fact that Triple H briefly followed Joe on Twitter. Sources are saying that Joe followed HHH back on the social media site, which means that they had the option for two way communications for a period of time this weekend. WWE has long avoided the signing of Joe, so this would be quite an interesting move if true.
July 6, 2014
During a recent interview, Santino Marella informed the media of something that wrestling observers were already aware of. His in ring career is winding down soon. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion did leave open the possibility of staying with the company as an on screen character or as a host of a WWE Network show. To his credit, Marella has also prepared for life after the ring by opening up a wrestling school.
July 2, 2014
When he decided to walk away from WWE, CM Punk went on a bit of a social media sabbatical. He recently started posting updates on Twitter again, but it's mostly been about hockey. His first wrestling related tweet was made this week when the former world heavyweight champion posted a little joke about a movie to his good friend Paul Heyman, who responded with a joke of his own.
June 29, 2014
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Next month, WWE is heading over to Japan for a quick tour, and local media has been announcing that the company will hold a press conference to reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi to a contract. WWE has been wanting to increase their presence in the country, and they can greatly improve their chances of doing that by bringing on board one of the more known performers in Japan.
June 28, 2014
Since he was rather upset that TNA was allowing fans to choose the type of ring that the performers had to work in, Austin Aries aired his frustrations through Twitter. Now that the six sided ring has been officially brought back, Aries has decided to leave the social media site for the time being. The move is being done out of protest, but there's a good chance that the former TNA champion will be tweeting again some day.
June 25, 2014
Since the two of them have just completed filming for the upcoming season of Amazing Race, there is a very good chance that Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E, who are boyfriend and girlfriend in real life, will be returning to TNA in time to work the upcoming shows in New York City. The company can tout that the two of them are reality television stars, which might get a mention or two from the mainstream media.
June 24, 2014
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
While a lot of fans bashed TNA for paying big bucks to Hulk Hogan over the years, his true value is coming out as Dixie Carter is having some trouble trying to secure a new television deal for Impact Wrestling. Hogan's name value helped open a lot of doors in business for the company, and his absence has made it a bit harder to sell networks on their product.
July 29, 2014
Since they're paying him a tremendous amount of money, Hulk Hogan has been traveling the globe for WWE. After being the unofficial featured attraction in Japan, the former world heavyweight champion has headed down to Mexico to do some promotion work for the company. WWE is doing a tour of the country soon, and they're hoping that Hogan can help spike interest much like he did in Japan.
July 22, 2014
WWE has a very big announcement being set up in Tokyo this week. It's such a major move in Japan that they even have Hulk Hogan making an appearance at the event. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in the country, to a contract to join the WWE roster.
July 11, 2014
When Hulk Hogan decided to return to WWE, there were those that wondered if he took a lesser deal to return to the company. However, it looks like the opposite is actually true. Hogan has a huge guarantee in his deal, which means that WWE will pay him even if he does not make appearances. When he does show up, he gets a sizable amount of money for doing so. Hogan also negotiated a deal that enables him to work outside of WWE. The deal is said to be heavily favored towards Hogan.
July 3, 2014
While doing an interview in Boston recently, Hulk Hogan was asked about Slammiversary 2014. He essentially sidestepped the topic, even though he could have simply provided a couple of commentary on the event since he did work for TNA at one point in time. This has led to some speculations that he is not allowed to talk about other companies now that he is under contract to WWE.
June 26, 2014
A picture of a promotional poster for the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, and it features John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Hulk Hogan and Antonio Cesaro, leading to rumors that these are the first four performers to be confirmed for the roster.
June 11, 2014
Now that Brad Maddox has been fired as the general manager of Monday Night Raw, WWE decided to gauge the interest of their fans by setting up a poll to see who they wanted as the new GM of the show. As of right now, Hulk Hogan has a commanding lead. The former world heavyweight champion has nearly half of the votes thus far.
May 27, 2014
During a recent interview, Harley Race clarified on the story about him confronting Hulk Hogan backstage during the 1980s. Race stated that he did not blame Hogan for WWE expanding nationally and hurting the territorial promotions. He felt that Hogan was simply doing what Vince McMahon paid him to do. Race also clarified that the incident did not get physical, as rumors have long stated it was.
May 24, 2014
In a sign of business savvy, Hulk Hogan has remained on good terms with Dixie Carter. The TNA president revealed on Twitter that Hogan purchased a bottle of wine for her when she and her husband dined at the Palm in Orlando. Hogan left TNA for a big deal with WWE earlier this year, but the doors have been left open for him by Carter, should he decide to do another stint with her company down the line.
May 9, 2014
Since WWE is pretty pleased with the early numbers for Legends House, there is a push backstage to make it more of a focal point next season. Hence, management is now wanting a big name for the series. Hulk Hogan has been discussed as a possibility, but it looks like WWE officials are leaning more towards using Ric Flair in the centerpiece role.
May 8, 2014
While he has been campaigning to maintain his on screen role with WWE, the company has opted to put Hulk Hogan back on the shelf for the time being until they can come up with something backstage for him to do. It looks like he could be brought back in early July on Monday Night Raw, so that his presence can be used to help excite overseas fans before WWE tours Japan.
May 7, 2014
A status update on Twitter from Hulk Hogan, where the legendary WWE star threw out the idea of him joining the Shield to help Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in their war against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.
May 5, 2014
"I spoke to them in November about coming back in January, but neither of us could really agree on what it was I would be doing, and not in a bad way. If I'm going to come back, what am I going to be doing at WrestleMania? Let's see, we've got Batista coming back, we've got Brock Lesnar coming back, we've got Undertaker coming back, we've got Hulk Hogan coming back, we've got the ascension of Bray Wyatt, we've got the ascension of The Shield, Cesaro's ready to go and Daniel Bryan's ready to go. Where do I fit in? We have a great relationship, but if it doesn't work for both of us, then it won't happen. When the time comes where it does, then it will. It's as simple as that." - Chris Jericho discusses a potentail WWE return
May 2, 2014
While a lot of fans were down on him when he was working for TNA, Hulk Hogan is proving that he is still quite the draw. WWE was concerned about ticket sales in Japan, where the company has been losing fan support gradually over the years, so they decided to add Hogan to the show. The move is proving to be a wise one, as ticket sales have spiked since the announcement.
April 30, 2014
"He's definitely a legendary guy that deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, I'm glad he got to go in when he was still alive. I always respected him as a performer, some of his matches were pretty quick I remember he came in the Winnipeg arena once and beat Andre the Giant in 30 seconds, at the time I was like, 'What a rip off! That sucks.' But I remember Wrestlemania 6 where he had a classic with Hulk Hogan, much like a lot of guys from that time period he had good matches when he had the right opponent." - Chris Jericho on Ultimate Warrior as a performer
April 29, 2014