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27 Oct 2009

Hulk Hogan Joins TNA Wrestling



Legendary Wrestler and Pop Culture Icon Returns To The Ring With
Fast-Rising Wrestling Organization

NEW YORK, NY, October 27, 2009 – “Hulkamania” is back! The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, is joining TNA Wrestling, the fast-rising wrestling organization and home to one of cable television’s highest rated shows for young men, TNA iMPACT!.  The announcement was made today by TNA Wrestling in conjunction with Spike TV at a press conference held in New York City.

Hogan’s specific role in TNA will be announced in the near future.
“Hulk Hogan is one of the world’s top pop culture icons and the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling. We are truly excited to welcome him into the TNA family,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling.  “Our goal is to become the biggest professional wrestling company in the world.  Hulk defines professional wrestling and we look forward to partnering with him in a variety of ways as we continue to grow TNA worldwide.”
The deal was negotiated between TNA and Hogan’s business partner Eric Bischoff of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television.  BHE TV will be working with TNA to develop new programming extensions of the TNA brand.
“I’m thrilled to be jumping back into the world of professional wrestling,” said Hogan.  “My fans have been asking me to return to the business for many years on a full time basis, but the timing or the opportunity has never been right until now.  TNA Wrestling is a great company with an already excellent fan base and business.  I firmly believe now is the time for TNA to jump to the next level in their development and I’m here to help make that a reality.”
“Hulk Hogan adds yet another level of star power that positions TNA iMPACT as Spike TV’s version of ‘Must-See TV’ on Thursday nights,” said Kevin Kay, president of Spike.
Hogan most recently penned an autobiography with Mark Dagostino, “My Life Outside The Ring” with St. Martin’s Press.

About Hulk Hogan

HULK HOGAN (Terry Bollea) is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world.  He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion – six titles with WWE and six with WCW — and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including “Rocky III,” was the co-host for NBC’s “American Gladiators,” and is the executive producer, judge, and host of “Hulk Hogan’s Championship Wrestling” on CMT.  Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show,”and “The View.”

About TNA Wrestling

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling. TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

About Spike TV

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Media Contacts

Stephen Godfrey        TNA Wrestling          615.244.5557                sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com  
David Schwarz            Spike TV                 212.767.8639                david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Jaime Cassavechia     BHE                        212.333.7728 x.108       jaimec@susanblondinc.com
Matt Schlosberg         HighWater Group      212.338.0077 x.1021     matt@highwatergroup.com