The wrestling world has been turned upside-down in the last 48 hours due to the racist comments that were recorded on tape by the immortal Hulk Hogan. Ever since the recording and transcript of Hogan’s “offensive language” has come forth, he has been fired by WWE and virtually erased from the history of the company. Now, numerous wrestling personalities — past and present — have given their reactions to it all.
According to WrestleZone, there is much more to come on this whole situation with Hogan and WWE. Apparently, a “third act” will come out and center on the “real story.” In the meantime, numerous personalities have plenty to say about the situation at hand.
Some are in support of Hogan, who has since apologized, while others have condemned him. Legends such as Mick Foley spoke out in sympathy for him.
My heart truly hurts for @HulkHogan. I firmly believe he’s a very good person who made a very bad mistake. Pulling for you, brother!
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) July 24, 2015
Others, even African-Americans such as Virgil, are speaking out in support of Hogan.
There were those, like CM Punk, who spoke out against Hogan, but in a comedic way. While something overly serious is happening, leave it to someone such as CM Punk to try to get a laugh out of it all.
Waiting patiently for a Hogan/Cosby meme to further shatter all our memories and innocence from the 80’s.
— Coach (@CMPunk) July 24, 2015
Others took the matter very serious, but in a manner that was a bit of a “get over it” type of thing. WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper was on The Rich Eisen Show and spoke randomly about it all.
A lot of it didn’t make much sense, but he did say some things that are sure to bring down some heat on him.
“With Hulkster, I don’t agree with all his choices, but I don’t hear people saying all the great things he’s done. All those kids that said their prayers and took their vitamins; I don’t hear them saying that. At a time with Hogan, where he has a little boy in jail, and a little lady trying to make it in show business.
“I think everybody needs to get a life. I don’t think anybody should just go to hurt your feelings for no reason.”
Ottman didn’t really talk about the whole scandal, but he focused more on his time in WWE and working with Hogan. He said that Hulk was “just awesome,” and that it was “an honor to be able to work with him and work against him.”
Booker T tweeted out some thoughts on the Hogan situation and said that the “n-word” should be stricken from the world. He also remembered his racist slip on live television some 20 years ago, and how he was caught up in the moment.
Scott Steiner, who has recently been in a real-life feud with Hogan, was obviously more than happy to speak badly about the wrestling legend.
“Now does everybody believe that hogan is a piece of s—…will comment more later…traveling #Karma.”
Dennis Rodman even came out of nowhere to say that he’s known Hogan for 25 years and that there “isn’t a racist bone in that man’s body.” He wants everyone to send support to Hogan and not come down on him so hard.
It’s not known exactly what will happen as time passes, and the Hulk Hogan racist scandal gets put behind everyone. The reactions of other wrestling personalities will live on, but likely fade into the background. One must simply wonder what WWE will do and if they will ever mend things with the Hulkster again.
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