Jimmy Hart has claimed that he was once told by Jerry Lawler that Hulk Hogan “wouldn’t make a dime” in the wrestling business.
Hulk Hogan is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling. He was arguably the first American star to crossover into mainstream popular culture, and paved the way for the likes of The Rock and John Cena to also transcend wrestling.
At his peak in the mid-to-late 1980’s Hogan was bigger than the company he worked for (the WWF) and in the eyes of many, bigger than wrestling itself.
However, despite a career which included multiple World Championships and numerous iconic moments, not everyone was always convinced of the wrestling merits of Mr Terry Bollea.
Speaking on the MackMania podcast, long-time Hulk Hogan associate Jimmy Hart claimed that during the early days of Hogan’s career, Jerry Lawler said that he wouldn’t make a dime in wrestling.
“I was doing something with Jerry Lawler for this wrestling thing and he invited me to come by the coliseum one night. He said, ‘You see this big guy in the ring right there?’ I said, ‘Oh my God, yeah who is he?’ He said, ‘Terry Bollea. Terry Bollea is what they call him.’ I said, ‘He’s awesome, man.’ Lawler swears to me that he never said this, but he said, ‘What do you think of him? I have the chance to sign him and get ten percent of him.’ I said, ‘You’re going to do it, aren’t you?’ He said, ‘He won’t make a dime in this business.'”
Jimmy Hart worked with Hogan for a number of years in both the WWF and WCW.
In conversation with Inside The Ropes, Hart recently revealed his love of travelling to the UK and Europe, and more specifically his love of baked beans and the traditional full English breakfast.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.