All talent currently under contract or affiliated with the WWE were reportedly told to not contact Hulk Hogan because of the recent scandal involving him using several racial slurs, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via LordsOfPain).
Recently trying to get back into the good graces of the WWE, Hogan has been on a public media tour, speaking about the events surrounding his departure. In his most recent interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Extra Mustard, Hogan admitted to being in the wrong with what he said but expressed disappointment with how the situation was handled.
Upon learning about the controversial audio involving Hogan, the WWE quickly fired and forgot about Hogan, as if he didn’t exist — something that does not sit well with him.
“This business has been my life. It’s been my heartbeat. I want to be 80 years old and still connected to this business. It’s all I’ve ever known. I dream about wrestling. I watch it over and over again. So for my whole life to be taken away from me? Like I never existed? Like Hulk Hogan’s never been a wrestler? I just can’t believe everything I worked for my whole life is gone.”
But the situation is what it is, and Hogan will likely have to wait a long time before he will ever get a significant mention on WWE television, much less a live-appearance. Yet, Hogan gave his honest view on the matter, stating that WWE is a company that looks to help others but never even thought to help him.
”That’s not characteristic of what the WWE does. Vince McMahon reaches out and helps people. If you’re a drug abuser or you abuse alcohol, Vince McMahon and the WWE reach out and help people. So what’s so uncommon about this was they took the symptoms, said, ‘Oh my god, there’s a symptom of being a racist,’ and threw me away. They usually go to the source. They’ve known me for over 30 years and they know I’m not a racist, so they should have went to the source. I don’t use the word, ever, except for in that moment of anger, so I wish WWE went to the source instead of the symptoms. I could have explained I’ve tried every day since then to be a better man.”
As the report mentions, Hogan is scheduled for a huge event in the United Kingdom on November 14, alongside several former WWE legends. At that show, the 61-year-old leader of “Hulkamania” will likely share stories, laughs, and regret with his fellow wrestling legends. But those stories and memories are seemingly all Hogan has now, as WWE seems intent of distancing themselves from Hogan for the time being.
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