Look out Kate Middleton and Prince William.
TNA Impact Wrestling’s Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray are inviting the world to watch as the couple get hitched live 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 on Spike TV.
The daughter of the legendary Hulk Hogan is definitely feeling the butterflies with all eyes on her — the blushing bride — and her wrestler husband-to-be.
I don’t see why. It’s a wrestling wedding. What could go wrong?
“I’m kind of unsettled in my heart that my dad isn’t fully supporting me in this,” Hogan said. “Dad, you raised me right. I’m making the right decision. Bully is a good guy.’ I just think that from the get-go from when I was born my dad made a promise to himself that he would never allow me to date a wrestler. Now here it is I’m marrying one. So he has to be going crazy in his own mind. The most added pressure is trying to get into a ring with a wedding dress on.”
(OK, the bride of a wrestler is a role she’s playing on television, and she’s doing a good job.)
Growing up, the 24-year-old never really pictured herself in a wrestling ring, let alone getting “married” in one.
“I’ve been born and raised in the wrestling industry, and I’m so proud of it, and I love working for TNA,” Hogan said. “It’s taught me so much. I’m really just enjoying myself being in it, but on a personal level, a girly girl. I thought in-ring weddings were cheesy. I told myself that I didn’t care how deep in the wrestling business I get I’m never going to get married in the middle of a ring. Now here I am getting married in the middle of a ring. When you love somebody, it doesn’t matter.…”
Given her current position and the storyline she has been involved in, it may be hard to believe the head of the TNA Knockouts has only been in the company for less than a year. In the past Hogan, whose passion is music, was involved in a few angles with her famous father. However, she never saw herself really entering into this line of work until the phone rang with an opportunity hard to decline.
“I moved to Nashville and started doing music,” she said. “Coincidently, no joke, TNA’s offices are literally about two blocks away from me. I didn’t even know that. When I moved here they asked me if I wanted to see their offices, and I told them I couldn’t fly into Orlando that day. They told me they were in Nashville. [TNA President] Dixie Carter called me, and said, ‘Hey, we don’t have anybody to manage the girls right now. Since you’re in the writing process with your music and not on tour or on the road, would you maybe want to take this up to help us with the females?’ I was like, ‘Oh man, wrestling.’ I always told myself that I would let that be my dad’s thing, and I will be the girl of the family and do my career.
“After tossing it around with a few of my friends and my family, God has sent me blessings, and it’s up to you to take them. I didn’t really know what was in store, but I’m glad that I took the opportunity. I’m having a blast and made some really great friends. The girls are amazing and awesome, and I’m learning a lot from them. It was an unexpected blessing, and I just decided to take the leap. It ended up being great.”