|By Jay Calderon | January 28, 2013 | Comments|
Source: Sky News RadioRecently, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan was interviewed by Sky News Radio and discussed a number of topics, involving; British Boot Camp, Rockstar Spud, working with Jake Roberts, turning wrestling into sports-entertainment and more. Here are some of the highlights:
On British Boot Camp and how the idea came about: "Well, it was all about trying to find a specific piece of talent that we needed, a specific groove that we're missing in TNA Impact Wrestling. At the end of the day, we started talking about all the American wrestlers and started mentally thinking about where we could go. Oh, my God. It's a no-brainer. The finest talent in the world is right here in the U.K.
"If the history books were to be open, from Big Daddy to Haystacks to Rollerball Rocko to the British Bulldogs Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid. On and on and on, there's a wealth of talent here. So, we decided to put out what we would call a shout out or a casting call and we no idea we would have hundreds of youngsters who were very talented and very capable.
"The hardest thing was having to narrow it down to the four people we had in the finals; the Blossom Twins, Party Marty and Rockstar Spud. I felt horrible about having to choose someone because I wanted all four pieces of talent. I was very selfish. I didn't want to eliminate anybody.
"So, that's what it was. British Boot Camp was a search by our company, Impact Wrestling, to find a specific piece of talent to help us move forward way beyond where we're at."
On finally deciding to go with Rockstar Spud: "Well, when you talk about the assessments and trying to find out what these people were made of and the challenges that were thrown in front of them. We were trying to find out if they had the it-factor to the core. You can teach people certain things, people can reguretate or repeat certain things. Or peope can imitate, like a parrot, certain movements or certain verbage or a cadence.
"But, we were actually looking for that it-factor, in instinct in the talent, that would take us somewhere we needed to go. So, when we got down to it -- like I said, it was so hard for me to even make a choice. That's why we have the Blossom Twins and Party Marty on the tour with us. We're going to give them another opportunity to move forward with us.
"But, we had to pick one. We had a certain need with Rockstar [Laughs.]...The Rockstar is without a doubt the most charismatic, the most aggressive. He had the most instinct out of anybody that we had at the time. So, that's why we chose him."
On whether or not Rockstar Spud's smaller size will work for or against him in America: "Well, those rules have changed. If we're going to go by those rules, very few of the wrestlers you see on TV today would even be in this business. Because, if we're going by the rules of the eighties, I was 330 pounds and I was a medium-sized guy. King Kong Bundy, Big John Stud, Don Morocco and Andre The Giant. Tugboat and Earthquake. All these guys that were the main event guys were these monsters.
"So, if we went by those rules, any of the guys that you see on TV today, it'd be a question that they'd even be in this business. But the business has re-invented itself, the business has changed and it's to the point where size doesn't matter. I mean, there are certain situations where if you have a little extra weight, things could lean your direction. Basically, the moves, the speed, the instinct, the charisma, the well-oiled performance really leans towards be a little smaller nowadays.
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