Bret Hart and WWE were in discussions about bringing him in to guest host Raw at the start of 2010 long before Hulk Hogan signed with TNA. While the Bret Hart deal was not a direct response to TNA, however, WWE’s attempt to get Dwayne Johnson to guest host Raw on January 11th was due to the live UFC special being put on that night – as was the deal with Mike Tyson.
Ric Flair signed his TNA deal a few days before the live Impact show. His contract is for 65 appearances over 1 year. It is also thought to be a guaranteed money deal that permits him to book his own outside appearances and business deals.
Vince Russo had actually met with Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Dixie Carter in New York as early as October 2009, so the idea that TNA’s creative team had no idea what was coming this year was false. However, they all denied it in public and did not let any of the wrestlers in on what was going on.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 11th January 2010 (subscribe here)
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