In a recent interview with The Two Man Power Trip Wrestling Podcast, former WWE Announcer and backstage personality Sean Mooney spoke on a number of interesting topics. A few of note are on how his audition went with Vince McMahon and the popularity of Hulkamania.
Mooney comments on how he was signed by Vince McMahon.
"At the time I hadn't come from a news background, I had worked for for Major League Baseball Productions so I had a sports background and the way I was hired was that I was on a show that MLB Productions had produced that the WWF had seen and I was given the opportunity to audition and going in there Vince liked what I did in front of a camera. In the audition you know how many hundreds of people are wanting to get this position so he liked what I did but I don't think they knew what the heck to do with me when I got there."
Mooney talks on Hulk Hogan in the locker room, and the popularity of Hulkamania in the 1980s.
"I'll tell you that one thing I always appreciated and I still think back about it, when you can really appreciate stuff like that and when you hear guys say that when he (Hogan) was on the card they made more money. We used to do shows at The Garden or shows at the Boston Garden and seeing that respect that the boys had for each other is going into these locker rooms and these were televised shows but they were regional network shows and in a lot of way like a House Show and whenever you'd go into the locker room, every single one of the boys when they came in they would walk around and shake every single person's hand."
"If there was a big guy on the top of the card like Hogan and he is in town, you are going to make money that night. That is how they got paid back then. They weren't under contract and they didn't get money for showing up to TV they made money going on the road doing what they did and doing show after show after show so you wanted the big guys. It was the same thing as an announcer. I wanted to do that big interview with Warrior and wanted the best guys on the card and the biggest superstars and Hulk was always like that. He is certainly one of the guys who is bigger than life."
Mooney comments on his rapport with Hogan during his time in the WWE.
"I was never that close to Hulk, at that point he was kind of on another level and I wasn't on the road with him very often but I certainly appreciated how he did his promos and I appreciated what he could do in the ring as far as getting the folks to react and putting people over and say what you want about his wrestling ability, it doesn't make a damn difference just look how gigantic he was. Look at what he did not just for the WWF (WWE) but what he did for all of professional wrestling."
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