Hulk Hogan Explains Why He Looked At The Wrestling Business As A Shoot

It's not a work to the Hulkster, brother.

During a recent appearance on the Full Send Podcast, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed a number of topics, including the wrestling business' pay structure. He explained how he always looked at the business as a shoot, because if you're a top guy who's winning the majority of your matches, you're likely making more than your peers.

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“I worked for Vince Sr. first, from 78 to about 80, I worked for Vince Sr. So I was kind of his guy for a while, and I was kind of wild in the streets. I didn’t listen very well. I would disappear, make some money, pull no-shows. I was 27 or 28 years old, I was nuts. So I was running hard back then. I wasn’t married, so I pretty much was doing whatever I wanted to do. I kind of got involved with Vince, and everybody says, ‘Oh, this business is a work.’ Okay. Well, if I’m making twice as much money as you and you’re wrestling me, is that a work? It’s a fucking shoot brother, and that’s how I looked at it. This business was a shoot. It was the man who made the most money. So when I worked for Vince and Bob Backlund was the champion, I wrestled Backlund. Backlund always got paid more than me. Oh really? So this isn’t a work? So it does matter if you win or lose? It does matter if you’re the champion or not? Everybody goes, ‘Oh, it’s a work.’ Well, it’s really not a work. It’s about the money and the mileage. For me, if you’re a good guy, usually, until the nWo came along, back in the day, if you were a good guy, your merchandise sold two to one over the bad guys’ stuff. That’s not a work to me. That’s a shoot, brother. If I make more money than you and I’m wrestling you, my t-shirt’s selling twice as much as yours, maybe it’s a work to you, but not to me, if my check’s double yours. So I always looked at it that way," Hogan said.

Elsewhere during the interview, Hogan spoke about Bret Hart and why The Hitman has beef with him. Click here to read more.

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