Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock” in the wrestling world) weighed in on his former profession’s biggest story in a recent panel at Thursday’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, where he was there to discuss Ballers.
Inevitably, The Wrap brought up the Hulk Hogan comments wanting to see what one of wrestling’s biggest stars ever had to say about Hogan’s remarks.
Like many of Hogan’s fans and former colleagues, Johnson was “pretty disappointed.” Here’s the full response.
“Yeah, I saw that. I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us, by the way. I was really disappointed in him. I’ve known Terry [Bollea aka Hulk Hogan] for a lot of years. And my Dad [Rocky Johnson] helped train him in Florida in the ’70s, my uncles. So I had not known the man to be racist. It’s funny, it’s one of those things where — and not justifying what he said — we’ve all talked trash, especially in private.”
To conclude, The Rock said that Hogan “said what he said, and now he’s paying the price.”
Dwayne Johnson doesn’t sound like a sympathetic ear to Hogan, but that doesn’t mean the former WWF/WCW World Heavyweight Champion hasn’t received his share of support.
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
Thank you my brother Virgil. Only love HH pic.twitter.com/kX6oZePNhb
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
And this from one of Hogan’s greatest in-ring adversaries, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
“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.”
Regardless of what side you’re on, one thing is for certain. The WWE is through with one of its most famous performers, having removed him from the website, the Hall of Fame page online, and from the Tough Enough reality series.
So what do you think, readers? Are WWE and Dwayne Johnson right to come down on Hogan, or is everyone being too judgmental?
[Image of Dwayne Johnson via Instagram]