Brian Fritz of The Orlando Sentinel recently had a chat with former WWE and WCW champ Hulk Hogan. In it he discusses his time in TNA and more. Below are a few highlights for you to check out:

Hitting rock bottom a few years back:
"I bottomed out.I can’t blame anybody because I was accountable and made choices. Sometimes even when you figure it out and the spinning wheel stops, some of that residual karma keeps coming at you. Even when the pendulum swings back you get hit with some stuff. And I bottomed out.” 

“Everything just happened at once. And I don’t want to blame anybody but I was in a relationship where I hate the world, I hate the sun, I hate the neighbors, the world is horrible. I was in that energy field and I didn’t know really how to get out of it. Then all of a sudden when the marriage ended and my son got into some trouble and my body shut down I bottomed out. And I was actually going down the wrong road and I was doing some crazy stuff that, thank God I’m still here, and I met Jennifer. She basically made me realize man, people are nice and it’s not what you’ve been taught or inherited from all these crazy situations. Peace, love joy. She kind of like put me on track. Whatever I did to cause this turbulence I forgive myself and people are nice. She made me understand how cool everything really is. I had to hit rock bottom to wake up and that’s where I’m at right now.”

Wanting a bigger role with WWE:
“I think they want to keep mystique and keep me more valuable than me standing there with the microphone and saying the same crap every week and it basically meaning nothing. I think they’ve got a plan and that’s what I’m praying for.”

His matches in TNA:
“The thing is, I watch the old tapes of myself, WCW, and it’s embarrassing because towards the end I was getting to where it was embarrassing to kind of like be in there and then I watch the TNA (Wrestling) stuff and that was a nightmare. I tried to get in there. I was in the middle of the back surgeries trying to keep up. The doctors would say ‘you’ll be fine’ but to watch it now is embarrassing. Not that Vince would want this, not that Triple H would want this but I keep telling everybody that my goal, because I’m not in pain anymore, that my goal would be to get back in there, not embarrass myself if that’s possible and have that one more match. And if that works, if that really were to work I would love to contribute and participate and do some stuff because I miss it so much.”

“For me, it’s like dying seven deaths because everything went crazy between my personal life and all that craziness with my ex-wife and my son going to jail and all the back surgeries I had. It felt like it was taken away in a minute. And I didn’t realize how long a period of time for all that stuff to go down. I’d love to be part of it again.”