September 5, 2004
Puffy vs. the Hulkster
Hulk Hogan has done it again! Hot on the heels of turning down a quarter-million dollar payday to appear at Wrestlemania 20, Hogan appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards and started an angle with none other than Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Super Puff has no idea what he has gotten himself into.
Hogan was at the VMA's helping promote his daughter Brooke's new single. Combs had challenged Hogan to wrestle him for a million dollars, likely seeing it as a funny throwaway line. He clearly had no clue who he was dealing with, as Hogan definitely knows an opportunity for himself when he sees one, so, after trashing Randy Savage, Hulkster then moved onto the big game by going after P. Diddy:
"I know a million dollars ain't that big of a hit to him. So if he's gonna get beat up, he might as well make it a hundred million dollars. I can't ever lose in front of my daughter. But I've got a lot of respect for (P. Diddy). I saw him run for those kids in New York. So it's all good. If it's a million dollars for the kids, if he wants to put that up, I'll let him beat me."
Hogan of course, needs the million bucks only slightly less than Combs does, who blows that in a weekend at the clubs of St. Tropez (he once paid a jabroni heavy money to follow him around holding an umbrella, to say nothing of the pool parties where the pool is filled with Cristal). If there is anyone who thinks Hogan is looking at this thing as a single event then you haven't been paying very close attention to the smartest man in the history of the business. Right now Hogan is envisioning a new wrestling company financed by P. Diddy and dominated by you know who.
Hogan comes off looking like the babyface here (which, in my books he has always been) by offering to lay down for Puffy for a million dollars.
Hogan once jobbed to Jacques Rougeau in Montreal for a heck of a lot less by the way. Puffy, who is likely looking for new ways to throw his money around, having long ago tired of spending it on the bling, will likely see this as a nice publicity deal for him, not as a lon-term investment in a new startup.
Having said that, I kind of like the idea. Puffy has shown he is a marketing genius, and let's face it, the business is all about marketing. Puffy has an existing clothing line, which could easily be morphed from "Sean John" into "Terry Bollea." Puffy gets to have a few laughs, Hulk gets to permanently cement his place in history as the smartest businessman in wrestling, and the boys get a new spot to work.
Here's hoping that the Hulkster and the Puffster run wild at an arena near you.
Brock Lesnar may soon be a Winnipeg Blue Bomber! Many have wondered how he will fit into the defensive line. My thought is that at this point they might try him at quarterback ... Dr. Tom Prichard was let go by WWE this past week. He was with the company for years, first as talent, as one half of the BodyDonnas tag team, and later, working with development talent. This was a surprise given the fact that Tom's brother Bruce has been one of Vince McMahon's inner circle for years. Tommy Dreamer will be taking over his duties. Tommy has a real appreciation for young talent and what they go through and is one of the genuine nice guys in the industry, so he should be great at the job ...
WWE has implemented a dress code policy where talent must wear slacks and dress shirts at all times when traveling or appearing for the company. This has riled many as Rock and Undertaker have been seen to have violated it many times. Much of the vitriol has been laid at the feet of John Lauranaitis (Ace) who implemented a similar policy in WCW.
These things tend to be unpopular for several reasons, not the least of which is that getting tailor-made clothing to fit very large frames tends to be more expensive than picking up a nice track suit at the mall, and a lot less comfortable. Talent are often tired from the schedule and sleep on flights, so the more comfortable they are, the better. In the company's defence, the NBA and NHL are well known for having players travel in suits, however, their travel schedule is not quite the same as WWE talent ...
Big Show was at the Republican convention in New York last week, and was interviewed by Hardball host Chris Matthews. Hardball is my favourite show and suffice to say to have it invaded by Big Show was a real buzz kill. Having said that, Show gave a good accounting of himself and represented the industry well.
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