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Can Hulk help TNA?
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


In a week where WWE's heavyweight championship merry-go-round spun back to John Cena, TNA also made a big splash, brother!

Yep, Hulkamaniacs can dust off the merchandise. Hulk Hogan, age 56, is back, resurfacing with TNA. While some will wonder what a blocked punch, wag of the finger and finishing-move leg drop can add to TNA, I like the signing.

It's not that he can wrestle. He never could. I suspect he won't do much wrestling. He'll be a face for TNA and will likely be involved in the creative end of things.

The knock against Hogan is he won't lay down to advance an opponent. So in a storyline, will he allow himself to be pinned?

In an interview with me a couple of years ago, Hogan said he is a team player and he's gone along with scripts even when he thought they were bad ideas.

"My first match against Ultimate Warrior ... I was on a major roll, then the decision came down for the Ultimate Warrior to beat me. I never said no, but in my heart, I knew it was wrong," said Hogan. "I went to do a movie and when I came back, they were begging me to take the belt back.

"In WCW, Vince Russo was trying to prove a point with the new blood taking over from the old blood. So three weeks in a row, Billy Kidman beat me. It could have been a major disaster."

Around the ring

Cena won his title back, beating Randy Orton 6-5 in a one-hour ironman match at Sunday's Bragging Rights pay-per-view. Also on the show, Team Smackdown won over Team RAW when Big Show betrayed his partners ... NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch (as the heel) and Joey Logano were merely OK as hosts of RAW. We'll see how Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne do on Monday.