On April 3, WWE announced they entered into a transaction agreement with Endeavor to sell the company and eventually merge with UFC in a new publicly traded company.
With Vince McMahon at the helm, Hulk Hogan helped take WWE to new heights during the Golden Age of wrestling. Hogan and McMahon had their ups and downs through the decades, but Hogan is still immortalized in the WWE universe.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Hogan gave his thoughts on McMahon selling WWE.
“Yes and no," Hogan said when asked if he was surprised that McMahon sold the company. "Business wise, the amount of money it generated for him, and where it’s put him in this catbird position, up on this financial pedestal, I understand the security of it. Shocked that he would not be 24/7 involved with the business. That guy never stopped. It was seven days a week. I’d go to Monday Night Raw, and we’d have a post-production meeting at one o’clock in the morning after the show was over. I’d sneak back to my hotel, he’d be banging on my door at 2:30, 3:00, ‘Come on, monster. Let’s go work out.’ Used to drive me crazy. Then he’d sleep for four hours and have another 20-hour day. It was like that every day. His plane, he had a big extended G4, I used to call it the slave ship. He talked me into going on it and flying to Monday Night Raw, then he’d never let me go home. ‘Oh, come on back to New York for three days. We need to California for a day.’ So I was surprised that he walked away from the lifestyle because that was him, he loved it."
McMahon retired as CEO in July 2022 amid sexual misconduct and hush money allegations. He returned to the WWE board of directors in January to help lead a sale of the company.
Elsewhere during the interview, Hogan commented on his past racist remarks. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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