Hogan was asked during his appearance on Busted Open about whether Styles could be the top guy in TNA, to which he responded, "It's never too late. I mean, I just don't know... I, when I first came in all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed a couple of years ago, I had a ton of suggestions which I was kind of pushing real hard, which I thought would take him to a crazy, crazy level, and nobody responded. So, I don't know at this point. I have my ideas, but a lot of things that I believe in, and what I feel from the crowd, and what I know. The little I know about this business. Sometimes, it's either taken and used, or used and it doesn't work, or it's not used at all. So, it's just..it's my opinion. I don't know at this point."
He was also dismissive about Robert Roode being the top guy in the company, stating, "He's not ready... He's not the next guy. Ya' know, they might think he is. Dixie Carter might think he is. The whole world might think he is. He's not the next guy. If I had to bet money on anybody and really be serious about betting money on anybody, I'd say Jeff Hardy is the next guy if he keeps his act together. Um, that's what you gotta to have, man. This is much more than being a wrestler, this is crossing barriers, medias, ya' know media barriers, and, and entertainment barriers of all kind. Getting your character down verbally has 90% to do with getting over. "
Hogan was very active on his Twitter last night, re-tweeting a bunch of comments that were complimentary towards him. He also took a jab at Styles, writing, "Just waiting for somebody to figure it out and do Today Show, Fox and Friends , Leno, radio, tv ,etc. , instead of the same 5 star matches over and over.....and main stream and world wide international media on a miss my ass basis,brother. HH"
He re-tweeted another comment that read, "I respect AJ Styles but he couldn't get on @HowardStern or every show on ESPN. @HulkHogan promoted TNA more in 1 day than Styles ever could."
Hogan then signed off, writing, "Goodnight HULKAMANIACS and jabronie marks without a life that don't know it a work when you work a work and work yourself into a shoot,marks."
Of course, if his comments were a work, it doesn't explain why he was so complimentary towards Jeff Hardy during the interview.
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