WWE Reinstates Hulk Hogan From Suspension Following Racial Slurs

Danny Woods
July 16, 2018

Hogan is arguably the greatest wrestler ever and one of the most significant reasons for the wrestling boom of the 1980s and '90s, but was seemingly erased from WWE history three years ago after a 2007 video surfaced with Hogan using racial slurs.

Then recordings were released as part of his lawsuit with Gawker that revealed him making a racist remark and using the "N" word when ranting about a black man who had slept with his daughter.

Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame, World Wrestling Entertainment announced on Sunday, WVTM 13 has reported.

Hogan was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Hall of Fame in May, where he gave a speech.

Adding more layers to the mystery, Hogan tweeted out a picture of his "backyard", insinuating that he was home and relaxing, taking in the shoreline scenery in Clearwater Beach, California.

Hogan could simply be visiting friends or family in the area, he could have a business opportunity in Cleveland, he could be coming to meet backstage with WWE officials in Pittsburgh, or he could be coming to make an appearance at the PPV tonight itself.

His photo and biography were back on the Hall of Fame page on Sunday. According to sources, Hogan made a formal apology to the WWE locker room prior to Extreme Rules for his comments that were leaked in 2015.

The Hulkster is back in the WWE Hall of Fame. POSTMEDIA
The Hulkster is back in the WWE Hall of Fame. POSTMEDIA

Hogan has also posted about the news on his Instagram account.

"According to several WWE sources who were present at the meeting, Hogan spent a long time apologizing for what he said and for hurting others and embarrassing the company with his comments", PWI reports.

The wrestler responded on Twitter, saying that he had "been praying for this day".

Now into his sixties, Hogan will never wrestle again, but may be a valuable on screen presence for the company going forward. That along with a sex-tape scandal were enough for the WWE Management to show Hogan the door. "No place in society for [his comments]" and "Hulk Hogan is a racist".

Powell's POV: WWE is acknowledging that Hogan made a mistake without actually stating what the mistake was.

There is also no chance that Velveteen Dream would have received permission to dress like Hogan at the NXT TakeOver in Chicago last month had Hogan not been in the process of returning.

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