Awesome Kong (formerly Kharma in WWE) recently shared her thoughts on Hulk Hogan’s career as a performer for IMPACT Wrestling (formerly TNA). Between 2007 and 2010, Kong was one of the mainstays in IMPACT. As the show began to gain attraction, legends like the Hogan entered the scene, hoping to revitalize their careers.
Awesom Kong slams Hulk Hogan
The WWE Hall of Famer worked for IMPACT for a combined five years. After a brief stint in 2003, Hogan joined the company on a full-time basis in 2009. After some memorable storylines and feuds, he left four years later. During a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, Kong spoke about a conversation with the former president of IMPACT, Dixie Carter, regarding her trepidations surrounding Hulk’s presence in the company.
“Well I thought he was r*ping the company for whatever it was worth. That we were not going to see a return on our Hulk Hogan investment, but he was going to rob the piggy bank dry, and I’m like this is very clear and everyone can see it.” Kong added. “So it was like, ‘Dixie [Carter] can you not see what is going on? He is going to be popping bottles with Vince [McMahon] in 3 years and you will be broke, can you not see where this is going?'”
Kong is not the only one who talked about Hogan’s time in IMPACT. WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle also spoke on The Kurt Angle Show, about ‘The Hulkster.’ Angle himself spoke of how legends like Hulk seemingly stole the spotlight from many of the young stars at the time:
“Guys like us, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, but Hogan and Sting are two of the biggest names in the history of the business… They’re going to help promote the company. It doesn’t matter how old they get. People still want to see them… I wasn’t upset about that. I did understand, but we are the workhorses. We deserve more of the attention, but understandably, they got more of the attention.”