You’ve got 2 choices: You’ve got A, or you’ve got B which is 25x what A is. I no break his neck. The truth of the alleged story that Verne Gagne offered The Iron Sheik money to break Hulk Hogan’s leg: Well, I think the story made the rounds, big time, at that time. When I was there the first time [Bob] Backlund was the champion and even as a bad guy, kinda like how I heard how the crowd reacted to me and Andre [The Giant] at Shea Stadium, the Superdome — not the Silverdome, brother — for Bill Watts and working with Mike Labelle — I worked all over with Andre. So when I went to work with him in Pensacola I watched him and he had the gimmick down, brother. I’ve heard the story directly from the Sheik. Get exclusive combat sports content on Fightful Select, our premium news service! F*** him.’. So, it was one of those where there was smoke, there was probably fire. monitoring_string = "851cc24eadecaa7a82287c82808f23d0". READ MORE: Ken Resnick On Jim Duggan’s Success, Interviewing Iron Sheik, More. But, according to Hogan, the plan almost didn't happen. Verne's son Greg also had a lengthy and successful career there as well. Here are some highlights: … He was the first one that I heard say ‘Idolmania’ so guess what I did? So, it was one of those where there was smoke, there was probably fire. slaughter, ric flair, and even a little of hulk hogan? Resnick also discussed business mistakes made by Verne Gagne and Hogan eventually giving Gagne an opportunity to match the WWF’s offer. Then the transition into the nWo, I always knew if they would let me be a bad guy again now that I had it figured out I could be the best bad guy ever. Verne Gagne actually taught me how to start shaking and ‘Hulk Up’ and Verne actually taught me that, how to come up. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Robert Roode Possibly Returning To WWE NXT?, Isaiah Scott vs. Santos... Slapjack Comments On New Name, T-Bar Replies To CM Punk’s Remarks, Roman Reigns Responds To The Rock, WrestleMania Match. You’ve got 2 choices: You’ve got A, or you’ve got B which is 25x what A is. WWE’s Bruce Prichard took to his podcast, “Something To Wrestle,” to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Vince Sr. was like, 'You know what Terry, we should think this thing through and six months from now might be a good time to put the belt on you.' However, Verne Gagne wouldn't push him as champ, and Vince McMahon saw dollar signs and a guy he could go national with. I had a blast, but the first run with the red and yellow was the most fun.”, On working with Austin Idol: “When I first started working in Pensacola [Florida], Austin Idol was there. I went, ‘Okay… that worked!’ I didn’t even know they were gonna do it. Home » Wrestling News » Ken Resnick Talks Verne Gagne’s Mistakes, Hulk Hogan Jumping From AWA, More. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. Hogan went from red hot to supernova. Although Verne officially retired in 1981, he would later wrestle in several special matches while still maintaining ownership of the AWA. Sheik just told him, ‘I just want you to know before I go in the ring, yes, I was approached. On business mistakes Gagne made that ultimately killed the promotion: Vern sold the Winnipeg market and Winnipeg television to Wally Karbo, Jack Lanza, and Nick Bockwinkel.