Hulkamania could be running wild in WWE again real soon.
The company announced Sunday that Hulk Hogan’s suspension, which lasted a little less than three years, was lifted and that he has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hogan, was fired in 2015 after a conversation leaked in which he was heard saying a racial slur. WWE felt one of the industry’s all-time greats had done enough to be welcomed back into the company.
“This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake,” WWE said in a statement. “These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”
It is rumored Hogan, 64, could return to WWE television as soon as tonight’s “Extreme Rules” pay-per-view in Pittsburgh. After his suspension was lifted, Hogan tweeted that he had interacted with WWE talent, giving the indication he is at or near the PPG Paints Arena, where the show is being held.
“Just met with the @WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming,” Hogan wrote. “I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the #WWEUNIVERSE brother HH.”
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was fired by WWE on July 24, 2015, when new portions of the sex tape, which was part of his multi-million dollar lawsuit against Gawker over its publication, revealed him using the N-word in discussing his daughter Brooke’s sex life. Those portions of the tapes had been submitted in court and marked “Confidential.” Hogan eventually won a $115 million settlement in the suit.
When Hogan was fired from WWe he was also scrubbed from the company’s website and his merchandise was taken out of the company’s online shop. Hogan’s photo and bio were back on the Hall of Fame page Sunday.
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SOURCE: NY Post, Joseph Staszewski