Hulk Hogan Has Found A Kindred Spirit In New York Jets Linebacker Bart Scott
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do, brother, whatcha gonna do when Bartomania runs wild on you?
Doesn’t quite have the same ring as the original iteration of the iconic catchphrase, but that probably will make little difference to Jets linebacker Bart Scott when he finds out his outrageous performance during his interview with Sal Paolantonio shortly after New York’s upset of the New England Patriots last weekend caught the attention of his boyhood hero, Hulk Hogan.
Hogan, reached on the phone by ESPN New York, liked what he saw out of Scott’s bravado. In fact, it reminded the Hulkster a little bit of himself:
“It was like one of my mid-’80s promos, and all that was missing were a few ‘What are you gonna dos?’ and some lightning bolts in there,” said the 57-year-old Hogan, who now appears with TNA Wrestling on Spike TV. “It was right on the money. I think it’s cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it’s about personality and entertaining people, too.
“I could tell Bart had been watching wrestling, and it’s pretty cool because a lot of these guys are afraid to step outside the box. … Sometimes when you say stuff you believe it and it happens.”
Indeed. Although in Hogan’s case, that worked only as long as the thing he believed would happen coincided with the script. Zing.
Hogan also believes that after Scott’s career in the NFL is over, he could have a future in pro wrestling.
“Oh yeah,” Hogan said. “When his career’s over and he wants to make some real money, tell him to give me a call and we’ll break him in the right way.”
Now that would certainly be something, wouldn’t it? Scott makes the transition to sports entertainment and follows in the footsteps of his childhood hero. But it might be a good idea if Scott stopped a bit short of totally emulating the Hulkster and did not marry a woman who looks exactly like his daughter. Just saying.
Hulk Hogan pulls for Jets, Bart Scott [ESPN New York]