Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan apparently wants to be WWE fan Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.
Separately, actor Charlie Sheen has also expressed interest in joining the Trump ticket “in a heartbeat.”
When asked which presidential candidate he would prefer to lock up with in the squared circle, Hogan, 62, told the TMZ street cameras (see clip below) that “I don’t want to be in the ring with any candidates; I want to be Trump’s running mate. Did you hear that? Vice President Hogan.”
“Two interesting comments from Hulk Hogan — he’s NOT mad with the WWE for cutting ties with him over the N-word… and says he wants to make America great again, by running with Donald Trump!!!!,” TMZ explained.
As alluded to above, Hogan admitted on camera that has isn’t harboring any animosity toward the WWE. “WWE is the best…that’s my family.”
He added that “The only hard feelings I have with Vince McMahon is when I get him in the ring again, a replay of Wrestlemania 19.” In the pay-per-view event, which occurred on March 30, 2003, in Seattle’s Safeco Field, Hogan defeated the World Wrestling Entertainment boss in a main event match.
Donald Trump himself has been a long-time fan of the WWE and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
“For years, Trump was a ringside regular, and in 2007, he climbed in himself. In 2007, Trump challenged WWE owner Vince McMahon to a proxy bout: The loser lost his hair. McMahon’s wrestler was defeated, and Trump gleefully shaved McMahon’s head,” CNN noted.
In July, WWE fired Hogan, including scrubbing him from its website, after audio emerged of a 2012 radio interview during which Hogan dropped the N-bomb. Hulk Hogan then described how using racial epithets to refer to each other was allegedly a common practice between Hogan and fellow wrestler Booker T, with neither side taking offense.
Perhaps more damaging to Hogan, there are also claims that a separate tape exists in which the Hulkster allegedly uses racial slurs in connection with a man his daughter may have been dating.
All this dirty laundry appears to have emerged because Hulkamania is trying to run wild, as it were, over Gawker in a well-publicized $100 million lawsuit about a sex tape filed by the wrestler, known as Terry Bollea in real life.
When the trial begins in a Florida courtroom later this year, incidentally, Hulk Hogan will be permitted to wear a “plain bandanna” on his forehead, the presiding judge has ruled.
Hulk Hogan subsequently apologized for his racially offensive language and seems to enjoy the support of many of his pro wrestling contemporaries.
Along somewhat similar political/wrestling lines, high-flying Lucha Libre star El Hijo del Fantasma revealed last month that he wants to team up with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a tag-team match against Barack Obama and President Pena Nieto of Mexico.
Can you picture any kind of political collaboration between Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump?
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