Bully Ray Admits Empty Seats Worry TNA Talent, His Thoughts On Hogan

TNA Champion Bully Ray was recently a guest on “Busted Open” with Doug Mortman and Dave Lagreca on SiriusXM channel 92. Below are the highlights of the interview:

  • Bully Ray admitted it worries the boys when they go out and see empty seats but it’s beyond their control. He stressed that TNA needs to grow on the product awareness side of things and even though there are empty seats, the in-ring work is still entertaining.
  • Ray said that he would like to see Hulk Hogan stay with TNA because he wants him in the ring and Hogan is a great ambassador for the company. He admitted he doesn’t want to see Hogan on TV every week or involved in major storylines. However, the current TNA Champion does see a place for who he called “the Babe Ruth” of the wrestling business.

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  • Nostaljack

    Hogan…a great ambassador? Is Ray high? What has Hogan *ever* done for TNA in that department. He showed up in front of *millions” of people on “American Idol” fairly recently…without a TNA shirt or even so much as a cursory mention of them! He’s done *nothing* as an ambassador and he absolutely should have.

    • Talesgirl015

      Maybe, if TNA did a better job or marketing and promoting more people
      would even know they exist, and then more people could watch, and then
      IWC wouldn’t be able to blame Hogan for everything that’s wrong in TNA.

      • Nostaljack

        One of Hogan’s responsibilities was to promote TNA. He didn’t. He’s also lost a step or 12 on the mic. I’m hopeful his tenure with TNA is over now.

        • Talesgirl015

          Hogan has help promote TNA, I mean they may have a small foot print in the US market currently but make no mistake TNA is HUGE overseas and is whooping the WWE in many countries. they’re #1 in Europe/Australia.

          • Justin

            I find that hard to believe. Regardless, TNA needs to do much better in America or else TNA will close.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

            The linked posted here was not only to an outside site but it was to a NEWZ site. Please do not do that.

          • Justin

            Why did you respond to me? I didn’t link to any news story.

          • Brandonsanewski

            TNA is definatley not #1 in Australia. Id love to see where you got this information from

          • Talesgirl015

            Hulk Hogan himself has said TNA is #1 overseas and the viewing numbers for Australia/ Europe are crazy.

            http://www.tnawrestlingnews.com/headlines/hulk-hogan-tna-is-1-wrestling-company-overseas/

    • Patrick

      your forgetting Bully Ray has to say possitive things about Hogan since Ray works for TNA and represents them saying negitive things and bashing people is not good when your representing a company regardless what he feels truely feels about Hogan wiether he likes him or not.

      Even if Bully Ray respects Hogan and what he ment to Wrestling in the past and what he has done it can’t be denied even if you hate Hogan.

  • John

    Hulk Hogan is a waste of money at this point considering he doesn’t do a whole lot, however i feel the biggest issue right now in TNA is Dixie Carter’s on-screen character. She simply cannot act and it’s really cringeworthy to watch! She should be nowhere near a TV screen.

    • Nostaljack

      Agree concerning Dixie. She’s a really nice person and, as a result, she can’t execute a heel persona. Hopefully, she’ll get a spokesperson to do her bidding sooner than later.

    • Talesgirl015

      Hulk Hogan is not hurting the company, They aren’t likely to pass the WWE in North America, Vince has television locked up; he keeps flooding the market with WWE shows and preventing other companies from getting a fair chance. In other countries he doesn’t. And that’s where TNA is gaining ground. TNA keeps expanding it’s worldwide fan base (The Middle East and Africa are the latest example of this..

      • Gary Robert

        Vince has television locked up on the 3 whole channels he has shows on. There are hundreds of channels. WWE isn’t keeping TNA from growing, touring or getting television deals. The simple fact is TNA isn’t big enough to do so. You’re spouting opinion and trying to make people think its facts.

        • Sandeep Agarwal

          She is right to some extend. I don’t know about other countries but at least in India, TNA has made remarkable growth although Hulk Hogan had nothing to do with it.

          It started with Ring ka King which was more successful than TNA Impact in USA. The first episode got 14 million viewers with 2.2 rating. WWE Raw in that week got 4.62 million viewers. You can check it on google also. I Don’t even remember when was the last time WWE did a show in India.

          And now they have signed a big television deal with Sony Six channel which is promoting it heavily and will be telecasting the TNA PPVs live. The previous deal with ESPN-Star was a crappy one as there was no fixed timeslot and we never even knew when the shows were telecasted. Sony Six has already made UFC a huge deal in India and the same is expected for TNA also.

          It seems to me that WWE has a good grip on US market but outside USA there is a huge market which both companies are yet to explore. If TNA can focus on this market, they can generate adequate revenue which they can use to solidify their brand in USA.

        • Talesgirl015

          Far as North America is concerned, TNA can’t succeeded everybody compares anything in the wrestling business to what the WWE does. It will take time and considerable effort to change that mentality in the fans

        • Talesgirl015

          The WWE “owns” the wrestling business in North America mostly because they have television locked up. The power of television gets you all over the country, and to the rest
          of the world. That’s one of the main reasons the WWE IS the largest promotion in the world; they have more television shows than any other company in the world. TNA IS getting bigger by getting their shows on more TV stations around the world. TNA’s fan base is growing continuously; the more shows in more countries they get the more new
          fans it gets.

        • Talesgirl015

          The WWE “owns” the wrestling business in North America mostly because they have television locked up. The power of television gets you all over the country, and to the rest
          of the world. That’s one of the main reasons the WWE IS the largest promotion in the world; they have more television shows than any other company in the world. TNA IS getting bigger by getting their shows on more TV stations around the world. TNA’s fan base is growing continuously; the more shows in more countries they get the more new
          fans it gets.

    • Talesgirl015

      Here are the facts, TNA Wrestling is beating WWE in over 300 markets,they’re HUGE all through Europe,Australia, and Japan and. Hogan conformed this in recent interview, said the numbers are crazy..

      • Gary Robert

        and you’re getting your facts from where exactly?

        • Gary Robert

          oh you’re assuming Hogan is just telling the truth, lol.

  • FreeTruth

    Hogan cares only about one person and one person only…..himself and how much he can manipulate Ditzy into spending more on him than anybody else when he does nothing but cut few promos here and there. This happens while TNA did a massacre on their talent on to long ago. He still believes he is of any relevance since the 90′s.

    Don’t forget Hulkamania is bigger than any company he works for. Anyone that believes anything Hogan says is about as delusional as those within the company thinking he’ll help garner bigger ratings or be any form of competition to WWE. Ray being the person he is has to make it seem that Hogan is helping because he has been given the biggest push in his entire life and doesn’t want to screw it up.

    • Talesgirl015

      TNA is only 11 years old. They are growing faster than the WWE or WCW did in their time. Hogan has no say in anything other than his own storylines. He doesn’t wrestle anymore. He’s nothing more than a name guy who TNA can promote.

      • Gary Robert

        That’s a silly statement. Of course they’re growing faster (if that’s even true). Global communication and the Internet didn’t exist back then the way it does now. You can become an instant phenomenon overnight with a 10 second YouTube clip. Saying they’re growing faster than WWE did back when they started up is really not saying much.