If you haven’t been following the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case, let’s sum it up for you in one gif:
That’s right, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan caked up crazy when it came to his case against the popular media network that involved a sex tape in which Hogan spewed many racial epithets that eventually cost him his career with World Wrestling Entertainment. The Hulkster was awarded $115 million in damages and an additional $25+ million in punitive damages. According to Hollywood Life, a source close to Hogan says that returning to the company that essentially erased him from the record books and the WWE Hall of Fame is at the top of his to-do list.
“Hulk Hogan is beyond pleased with the results [of the lawsuit] and is looking to get his life back in order,” said the source. “And he would love his job back with the WWE.” Hogan was hosting the WWE’s competition reality show, Tough Enough, when the scandal took place and he was removed from the show as well as many of the promotions on the WWE Network.
WWE’s COO Triple H recently said that he hopes that Hogan can return to the company one day. “For me, I hope so. It’s about reinvigorating his brand and him as a human being and the confidence within the world as to who he is,” said Triple H.
“But the one thing about people in general, when somebody is on top, they love to see him fall and when they fall, they love to see him make that comeback. They’re great stories and I think that’s where people are. Do I think he can be forgiven and make amends with the world and move forward? Yeah, absolutely. But at the same point in time, for us in that time frame, you’re putting up a message to the world of how you’ll tolerate things and how you’ll react to things.”
It should be pointed out that it wasn’t the actual sex tape that had Hogan exiled from the company, rather the very racist things he said during the tape including saying he was “racist, to a point,” and repeatedly refers to black people as “fucking niggers.”
Will the WWE let bygones be bygones and let Hogan return to the company? Crazier things have happened, and let’s be frank, a racist in the WWE Hall of Fame isn’t exactly earth-shattering news now is it?
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