The Fredricksburg, VA Free Lance-Star at http://fredricksburg.com/News/FLS/2002/062002/06282002/02282002zitz has an interview with Hulk Hogan. It's hilarious. The new storyline is that when Rock took off for the movies, Vince didn't know what he would do next, so he turned to Hulk Hogan. "I was shocked," Hogan said, "I couldn't believe it." It gets better. Because WWE was under fire for the sexual content and because Steve Austin had lost his popularity, McMahon needed a big name and a man with character and charisma. So he turned to Hogan. Yes, that's how it happened. One day Steve Austin beat his wife, and the next day Vince was on the phone to Hogan saying, save my company. And Hogan was shocked at the phone call. No, it gets better. So, then they met. They started yelling and screaming, ended up fighting on the floor, but then decided to make up. And regarding the difference between Rock's movie success and Hulk's is that when Hulk was around, he had to compete with Stallone and Arnold in their primes. Now that they are old, Rock has a clear field.
I loved the part about Hulk competing with Stallone and Arnold. That was too much.
By the way, Storm's gimmick includes 1.) telling the audience to shut up, and 2.) occasionally making everyone stand for the Canadian national anthem. You know they don't know what to do with a wrestler when he's making fans stand for a national anthem. It's like waving a white flag and saying, "This guy has no personality -- we give up."
"I loved the part about Hulk competing with Stallone and Arnold. That was too much."
Well that's at least what Hogan was *trying* to do back then. He wasn't very successful, but those were the big guns he tried to overcome.
I don't know, I saw an interview with Hogan on Fox Sports Net not too long before the whole NWO thing was announced, and he seemed like he was really desperate and wanted to get back into wrestling cause he had nothing else to do. I believe he mentioned the WWA and some other promotions he was thinking of joining (not sure if he mentioned Jarret's) but he seemed really confused and lonely. I'm thinking Hogan may have been shocked by the phone call, but I think he was more than happy to come back to the WWE.
"You! You're sumthin' you!" -Robert DeNiro, Analyze This
I don't think that Matt stood the test of time, he just got a new gimmick a few months ago which is still making him interesting enough to give him a match at the biggest card of the year. Doesn't sound to me like it's because of his character.