First of all I can't blame the public for all of the attention this video has received, after all sex is what our community was built on - literally. So naturally there is a curiosity about it when it involves a larger than life celebrity. My first thought after hearing of this tape - especially after all the bad press Hogan got from his divorce, his son's accident and the resulting injury to his friend John Graziano - was, "Oh, the Hogan Haters are going to have a field day with this." and while there have been plenty of people who have called it "disgusting", "immoral", "clumsy" and "awkward" the majority of reviews on this video, to my surprise have been positive, some even praising the Hulkster's performance even calling it a "masterpiece". Now I'll leave that for the viewers to decide, but one comment that has been consistant (even in the poor reviews) is that apparently the Hulkster has a lot to brag about in terms of voluminosity. Vivid has reportedly offered Hogan an "open checkbook" for the rights to distribute the video claiming that Hogan is, "bigger than Andre the Giant in all the right places." That being said I have to quote my personal favorite review in this regard (let's see if I can type this without pissing my pants laughing) which was from Gawker - the site that leaked the video - claiming of Hogan's manhood, "...even withered from steroids and old age, still looks like a thermos you would find in a child's lunchbox." ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!! I'll never be able to look at my Hulkamania lunchbox the same again.
Hogan has filed lawsuits and claims that he wants someone in jail for this. The woman in this now 6 year old video is believed to be the ex-wife of Bubba the Love Sponge who may be responsible for the video being leaked. "If that's true..." says Hogan "...then he was never my friend." But enough about the legal aspect. Again that is another topic for another blog. Meanwhile, seeing as how the response to this video has been shockingly positive, how can Hogan use this to his advantage? Perhaps in can be - tastefully - used in an angle on TNA.
Now before all of you start screaming, "Are you out of your mind?!?!?!" remember I said to use it "tastefully" (and no, I'm not referring to the blowjob Hogan got on the video). Perhaps, Aces and Eights, once they have taken over TNA will now seek to humiliate the Hulkster by threatening to release the full video - or even claim to have the proverbial potential SECOND video that Hogan referred to on Howard Stern. Without ever showing the video they could just push the boundaries each week with the threat to do so as Hogan seems to have a nervous breakdown at the thought of the video's airing. Each week they could come up with new and creative ways (and places) for the video to start to air before Hogan and TNA manage to shut it down. But Aces and Eights keep saying, "sooner or later we're going to get this on the air" so as to get you to tune in each week.
If they play this right TNA could get a lot of people tuning into Impact Wrestling for this. Not because they want to see the video (although I'm sure some perverts will) but more so to see IF TNA will actually show it. The trick will be to stretch the angle out and make it last a while, but also to not drag it on too long to where you lose your hook. Stay creative each week with when (and where) the video starts to air and how they manage to shut it down. There's some suspense for you. A story based in reality starring the most famous pro wrestler of all time in the biggest scandal of his life. Mix in a little sex, violence and suspense and you've got something that can be sold to the public.