Eric Young On If Sting And Hulk Hogan Hurt Younger Wrestlers, Magnus, Hogan's In-Ring Return

Wrestling still not being taking seriously in the media: "The mainstream thing, that's the next step for TNA. Like you said it's a very hardcore set of fans, a very 'set' set of fans. Where the numbers, every week are kind of the same. And house shows the numbers are kind of the same. So now you bring in Rampage. And you do stuff like that. I want to believe having me on the show will help. Animal Planet is not a massive channel but it's another audience. You gotta get these guys in front of other audiences. And I don't know why pro wrestling doesn't get the respect. I just came from The Today Show; I just did The Today Show. The Today Show should want to talk to Jeff Hardy. They should want to take to Austin Aries. They should want to talk to James Storm. These are interesting people. And those guys are not just pro wrestlers. They have all this other stuff going on. Like Mickie James, just released a CD, is one of, if not the greatest female pro wrestler ever in the history of our sport. I mean the list goes on and on. You know mainstream people should want to talk to these people. I don't know why that's not. You guys know. You guys can sit here and talk to all those people I just mentioned for hours. Us three could just sit here and talk for hours and hours and hours. We're interesting people. We come from an interesting world. We just gotta change the conception of mainstream media. And having television—having someone like The Rock is a massive success. Austin's massive success in the real world of real media is good for everybody."

If Sting and Hulk Hogan ruin opportunities for the younger stars of TNA: "To me, there is no way Sting and Hulk Hogan hurt your product. Everyone knows who Hulk Hogan is. We could walk down this hall and say 'Hey do you know who Hulk Hogan is?' and they're gonna say yes. And if they don't then, chances are they probably don't live in North America. He's an icon. I had a Hulk Hogan lunch pail. He's been in movies, he's been on television shows. He's—the image of Hulk Hogan is known by everyone. So having someone like that on your show, no way in any way, shape or form, in my opinion, can hurt it. You have to have a starting point. Because the route is, is The Today Show doesn't want to talk to Austin Aries. You ask me, should they? Absolutely. Cause he is an interesting guy. And he's got a lot to say. Jeff Hardy is an artist and a musician and a guy who jumps off stuff. And is crazy and now has a beautiful little girl, and turned his life around. This is an interesting person. An interesting person that everyone should know. And for whatever reason, mainstream media they don't take it serious. And I think that conception will change."

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