Having just watched the manner in which the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins Eastern Conference quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff series was officiated, I’ve come to learn that few things frustrate me more than a double-standard.
Even when it is applied to Hulk Hogan, who seems to embody the best and worst traits of an aging pro wrestler, I feel compelled to point out a double-standard when I see one. And, folks, whether you like him or not, Hulk Hogan is the focal point of a double-standard that becomes more obvious with each passing week.
On our homepage of our website, pwi-online.com, is a link to a news item “Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan For Recent Comments About TNA's Problems.” Apparently Hogan made the unconscionable faux pas of tweeting that taking Impact Wrestling live on Thursday nights would solve “75% of TNA’s problems.”
Of course, what, if any, problems a live show would fix can be debated. But it seems some folks at TNA and in the Internet wrestling community are livid that Hogan would dare tweet such an opinion during a time when TNA is facing so many “problems.”
Then again, some people will claim that it's okay to blast Hogan. He has it coming, right? He gets paid big bucks and was given lots of power to drive Nielsen ratings and pay-per-view buys for TNA, and the return on that investment has been relatively nil. Besides, any hopes for success or actual gains by TNA are in spite of Hogan's contributions. Plus, he still promotes himself at the expense of TNA’s younger stars, he's a manipulator and con artist, he can no longer work in the ring, he doesn't do anything that doesn't benefit himself, blah, blah, blah …
All that might or might not be true. Regardless, jumping all over the guy for putting his opinion out there like all users of social media do, and for expressing an idea that may just help TNA at some point—which, by the way, happens to be his job—is ridiculous.
I am not defending Hogan’s track record in the wrestling business, nor am I endorsing his premise that live TV will right the TNA ship. I am, however pointing out that Hogan is snared in a double-standard: Criticism is heaped upon him for making a simple suggestion while a somewhat gracious act at Lockdown went entirely unnoticed by the IWC. I read not a single news report, tweet, or post after Hogan magnanimously and unequivocally told Ric Flair at the PPV that he - Flair - was the greatest wrestler of all-time.
Anybody who knows anything about the infamous Hogan ego, knows that delivering that line with a straight face must have torn his guts out. Does Hogan deserve a parade or a medal for doing something gracious? No. But if he’s going to be ripped for his tweets, he should also be recognized when he does something cool. To have it any other way is a double-standard.