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TruTV taps Hulk Hogan for little person wrestling league TV show

Hulk Hogan has found a new reality show venue: little person wrestling. CREDIT: AP

Hulk Hogan has found a new reality show venue: little person wrestling. CREDIT: AP

Reality show producers in recent years have found great material from little persons. TLC had the most successful one called “Little Person, Big World,” which focused on the Roloff family and ran for six seasons. Animal Planet currently has “Pit Boss,” featuring Shorty Rossi, a little person who saves pit bulls.

Now, Atlanta-based TruTV is tackling the little person wrestling world with “Hulk Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling,” debuting Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. after “Operation Repo.” The last time the former wrestler tried something similar was on CMT in 2008 called “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” which featured Hogan training celebrities like Dennis Rodman to become wrestlers. It lasted all of eight episodes. This new show is getting a test run of six episodes. (Hogan was also front and center on VH1’s “Hogan Knows Best,” which aired for four seasons from 2005 to 2008 with his previous wife Linda.)

A friend of Hogan’s in Tampa was trying to get a group of little person wrestlers out of small clubs and bars and into bigger venues. He asked Hogan for help. Hogan not only offered to help but  also thought it would make a great TV show. TruTV bit.

As executive producer and coach, Hogan will be shown training and advising the wrestlers, coming up with ways to get them higher-paying gigs. “We didn’t want to put a ‘Jackass’ spin to this like so many other shows,” Hogan said in a phone interview last month. “We feel these are small people with normal-sized wives and girlfriends and kids and normal money problems.” The wrestling itself is only part of the show. Rather, it’s the life of the individuals involved and their interactions, he said.

“I love helping people,” he added, “especially if they’re serious about what they do and making serious money. I love being around people who really want it.”

Hogan’s life has been in turmoil in the past, packed with medical issues, a divorce and financial problems. He has since remarried and resurrected his finances. And his back, after major surgery a couple years ago, is better. He’s no longer in perpetual pain, he said. “It’s just getting used to having all that hardware in my back,” he said. And his current wife Jennifer McDaniel is a “shining light that changes everything.”

Hogan now shares the same network as former wrestler Jesse Ventura, who has his conspiracy theory show on TruTV. Not that it matters to Hogan. “Jesse’s a nonentity in my life,” he said. “I stay away from all negativity. I’m not big on Jesse Ventura.”

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30 comments Add your comment

Hulk Hogan

September 14th, 2011
9:27 am

I LOVE MIGETS BROTHER!

Roddy "Rod" Piper

September 14th, 2011
10:35 am

I want to see one jump from the top rope with a sparkler; but for the ultimate challenge… I want to see a figure-four leg lock.

Spanky

September 14th, 2011
10:43 am

They should get a surprise celebrity wrestler..Vern Troyer (Mini-Me)..and get him out of those quick cash commercials!

Hulkster

September 14th, 2011
10:57 am

I love little Hulkamaniacs. They can fit in small places BROTHER!

Diego

September 14th, 2011
11:04 am

Hulk loves helping people? I think more like Hulk likes helping himself make money any possible way he can. Whether pitching furniture or whatever. Dude still obviously is straining for bucks.

Hulk Hogan

September 14th, 2011
11:17 am

Let me tall you something Diego! I am into helping those little dudes fulfill their dreams of becoming a sideshow! If I happen to make a few bucks at their expense then so what. You got a lot of nerve brother!

WHATCH GONNA DO WHEN THE HULKSTER LEG DROPS A MIDGET AND TURNS HIM INTO GOOOO!!!

Reality

September 14th, 2011
11:30 am

Enough of the midgets already, unless it’s Bridget the Midget.

Alrighty

September 14th, 2011
12:07 pm

Well this is going to be short……

Alrighty

September 14th, 2011
12:08 pm

Well this is going to be a short fight……

Hornswoggle

September 14th, 2011
12:21 pm

Huckster, I am all in! How can I get in touch with you? You guys don’t discriminate against Irishman do you? LOL Works been a little slow since WWE run.

Mo Schreibman

September 14th, 2011
12:27 pm

Too many shows this guy has already and if suing his own son over the motorcycle business is not enough they give him another show anyway?

Leslie Davis

September 14th, 2011
12:27 pm

truTV – Conspiracy Theories
Starring America’s biggest liar and conspirator
Jesse “James Janos” Ventura
(even his name is fake)
”Always Cheat – The Philosophy of Jesse Ventura”
by Leslie Davis, Author and Activist
Call for free copy of my book – 612/529-5253

The truTV conspiracy information is nothing new.
I reported the World Trade Center Building 7 demolition
for the insurance money on my TV show more than a year ago.
Call for free WTC7 video – 612/529-5253
Ventura intros his truTV show by lying about being a Navy SEAL.
He wasn’t a Navy SEAL and the picture he shows is from the movie Predator.

Facts you should know about Jesse Ventura from my book “Always Cheat”

- Ventura lied about being a Navy SEAL on active duty. He joined the SEAL Reserves after active duty. (Page 102).
- He lied about being in Vietnam and being in combat. He told Dennis Anderson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that “you haven’t hunted until you’ve hunted man”. The only man Ventura may have hunted would have been in a Minneapolis bookstore.
- Bribed a candidate on July 17, 1998 in order to run unopposed in the Reform Party. Call for free video of the bribe.
- Fixed the investigation of the July 1998 by bribing Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner with a job for her boyfriend John Wodele as his Communications Director.
- Told single moms that they were on their own.
- Told students in a speech at the Univ. of Minnesota to “win if you can, lose if you must, but Always Cheat”.
- Insulted people who were religious or mentally ill.
- Killed caged birds at a game farm with Maria Shriver.
- Endorsed “torture” of people at Highway 55 where 600-law enforcement (the largest police action in Minnesota history) arrested peaceful protesters trying to prevent demolition of homes for a road. Many protesters were handcuffed behind their backs and had pepper spray put in their eyes (Page 4).
- Ventura took government money to go to school in Hennepin County and later told students that if they were smart enough to go to college they should be able to figure out how to pay for it.

Jesse Ventura
LIAR – BRIBER – BULLY – PHONY NAVY SEAL

JTesla

September 14th, 2011
12:33 pm

I think Jesse Ventura kicked Leslie Davis’s dog.

Hulk Hogan

September 14th, 2011
12:55 pm

Let me tell you something Leslie Davis….you strut around your coffee shop drinking frufru crap while Ventura takes grenades Brother! If you weren’t such a cat loving lib tard…I ‘d have Miss Elizabeths ghost drag you into the ring and wrap her 10 inch lythons around your neck!

Go back to the coffe shop brother! I hear the gay frappacinons are delicioous DUDE!

WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN THE FRAPPACIONE LID BUST AND GETS GAY COFFEE ON YOU!!

Carlton

September 14th, 2011
1:09 pm

When I first heard about this show on a TruTV commercial spot, I thought to myself “Hulk training little people to wrestle? Welcome to America, you can’t make this $h** up”.

I think Hogan should worry more about his financial problems and selling TV’s with Troy Aikman for Rent-A-Center than exploiting little people for a buck.

I’ve got an idea, maybe he could start dealing PED’s to all his BROTHERS in the WWE for cash.

WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY ALIMONY OR TV’S WITH TROY AIKMAN ANYMORE BROTHER???

JML

September 14th, 2011
1:22 pm

This should be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ultimate Warrior

September 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

Warriors…..I’ve been speaking in the shadows of all the warriors of the past…..Mars and Jupuiter have aligned and you Hulk……Hogan….You will feel the power of all the warriors coming after you and your midget army….THE WARRIORS and I are feeding on the energy from the moon…Raincoats…sticks….mud…Warriors….

Ouch I think I bumped my head?

September 14th, 2011
1:47 pm

Whats net mainstream midget porn ?

Macho Man Randy Savage

September 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

YEEEEAAAAAAHHH!! Hulk Hogan you been runnin from the MA–CHO MAN Randy Savage for so long your shoes are all worned out YEAH!………You did somethin you shouldna done when you talked about The MA–CHO Mans girl Elizabeth yeeeeeah DIG IT!!

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Hulk Hogan

September 14th, 2011
3:21 pm

Let me tell you something Warrior and Macho dudes! I am a real Americna and I fight for whats right for every man dude.

Yehuda

September 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

I thought Macho Man died recently. Is he posting from his grave?

Dwayne J.

September 14th, 2011
9:25 pm

Dwayne: “Hulk shilling for a rental furniture company with Troy Aikman–who is taller than him in the ads?!.., reality tv midget wrestling shows, etc., etc., I’ll tell you what.”

Hulk Hogan: “Well, Dwayne. I think…”

Dwayne: “The Rock doesn’t CARE what you think Terry. Why don’t you put one those little person wrestlers in a sleeper, hoist that conked out little fella up by one ankle, turn him sideways…and SHOVE him up your CANDY ASS! La,..la,..la,..la,..la….CAN YOU SMELL…WHAT…THE ROCK…IS…..COOKING!”

Name

September 14th, 2011
10:06 pm

Oh man….I hope he can recruit the midgets from Little People Big World! That chick and her husband would be KILLER in a ring

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September 14th, 2011
11:43 pm

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September 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

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"Last Call" Scott Hall

September 16th, 2011
5:51 am

……………….. HEY YO

You want some of Scott Hall Hogan ?????? Don’t sing it……. Bring it!!

Katz

September 17th, 2011
9:33 am

Wrestling? Good!
Wrestling competition with a 4′10″ height limit? Better!
Nude, homogametic, under 4′10″, coconut cream wrestling? BEST

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thomas

September 21st, 2011
10:53 pm

Mr.Hogan I like to say i been a fan of urs since i wass a kid an im glade ur giving little people a chance so learn from a pro like you but u need to find little people with heart an some balls