|By Raj Giri||March 14, 2013 | Comments|
His knee and overall health: "Thursday was a month, so a month and two and a half days for the old knee replacement, so I think I'm doing good. I saw some other wrestlers that had some knee replacements done and around the same time, I feel like Tarzan here all of a sudden, they said they weren't even going to be able to walk around for eight or nine weeks, so I'm a little bit ahead of schedule.
"The weird thing is, now I got two new knees, two new hips; after eight back surgeries my back's fixed, I think I should be getting a title shot pretty soon. The oldest Heavyweight Champion of the world."
His fatherly perspective on Brooke getting more involved in TNA: "Damned if you do, damned if you don't. It's actually my worst nightmare coming true, but I'm not the one who's in charge of her happiness and for some reason she seems to light up when she's around this business. She's really good on camera, like when we were doing Hogan Knows Best I used to say she's the only one in the family that's a real actor. So for her to be around the business and she's got this built in following and she's got a good instinct for the wrestling business. I'm to the point where she's not 18 anymore and she's in her early 20's so she's got to choose her direction. Life is all about choices. The one thing I worry about, I'll watch Kurt Angle walk around in back, I'll watch Jeff Hardy walk around in the back, and they're kind of borderline of maybe going too far and I don't want them to end up like me, that's what I'm worried about with Brooke. I don't want her to get into this business and blow her knees out or hurt her back. We have a masseuse that comes to the house like once a week, maybe once every two weeks, and he goes 'O my gosh, your daughters got the same injuries you do.' I'm going, 'what do you mean?' He goes, 'well her backs got that same tweak in it and the knees got the same tweak.' A lot of it's genetic, but my biggest fear is her getting in this business, and you don't have to wrestle 30 years like I did, you could wrestle 2 years or a year and a half or 5 years and get hurt, so that's my biggest fear."
Fans buying into Brooke: "It's just so weird, because, you've got all these naysayers. I run social media now because Brooke and my son, Nick, have taught me how to do it, and you get on the social media and you get all these naysayers that say, 'how come Hogan is still hanging out in wrestling?' or 'I want to be a writer for TNA, their creative sucks, give me a job' and 'why is he pushing his daughter in this business?' and all of a sudden, nobody realizes it, all of a sudden there'll be the Pope or Jesse Sorensen or there'll be Hulk Hogan, you don't know what everybody's contract is, you don't know if Sting can wrestle 200 days a year or twenty days a year. You don't know what his contract says and there's so many givens that these people don't know, so I kind of have to back away from them because I realize I'm the biggest mark there is. I love this business, I watch all the shows, I watch our show and everybody else's show just like a fan and I realize that these are all a bunch of marks, just like me, that don't know the whole story. Then when I see 'what are you still doing in wrestling?' or 'why is your daughter in it?' Then I think about Lou Thesz who wrestled into his 70's, I think about Vince McMahon who is a lot older than me, I think about Vince's daughter Stephanie who's part of the business, so you just have to take it with a grain of salt. It's hard to separate the two. There are a lot of family members who are part of the business, second generation wrestlers, and they don't have to be all men, they can be women, just like Von Erich's daughter Lacy was in it. Vince's daughter Stephanie wrestled. It's just so weird how the social media fans will try to pick individual things apart."
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