Hulk Hogan continues to gather support for his return to the WWE as multiple sources report there are several current and former wrestlers standing in his corner.
The newest member of the chorus throwing support behind Hulk Hogan is Ted DiBiase Sr., Bleacher Report notes. DiBiase, a minister who serves as the face of the Heart of Dave Ministry, said that everyone makes mistakes, including the iconic Hulk Hogan.
“We have all said things in anger in a moment that we don’t mean. Especially when you are in a situation where you think it’s safe and certainly you don’t think you’re being recorded. Not to mention the fact that it was how many years ago.”
DiBiase blamed the Hulk Hogan situation on the current WWE ownership situation and an age of “political correctness.” However, the “Million Dollar Man” and fellow WWE Hall of Fame member hoped to see the situation resolved to allow Hulk Hogan back into the WWE fold.
“WWE is not owned by Vince McMahon anymore; it’s a publicly held company, and I think that they didn’t have a choice in doing what they did. I hope at some point in the future that could be rescinded because he doesn’t deserve it—he really doesn’t deserve it. Anybody black or white that knows him personally for any length of time can tell you he is in no way racist.”
This endorsement for Hulk Hogan comes off the heels of another ringing endorsement for the Hulkster’s return to the WWE, Uproxx reports. Legendary wrestler “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan says that his friend Hulk Hogan is not racist, adding that the comments he’s made in the past were something out of Mel Brook’s repertoire.
“I think it was a shame that [Hulk Hogan] got branded like that. I would hate to have people tape me at home when I go off about something. I cover everybody! I’m like Blazing Saddles! Ask everybody! To tape some guy at home saying something he said seven or eight years ago and blowing it totally out of proportion. The way the WWE reacted, I was kind of … I felt sorry for the guy. You would hope that the WWE would bring him back.”
The chorus of former wrestlers hoping to see Hulk Hogan return to the WWE in the future includes Triple H. Last year, the wrestler who currently holds the WWE World Championship belt said he hoped the WWE and Hulk Hogan would work out their differences, Uproxx reported at the time.
“Do I think he can be forgiven and make amends with the world and move forward? Yeah, absolutely. But at the same point in time, for us in that time frame, you’re putting up a message to the world of how you’ll tolerate things and how you’ll react to things. And we did what we needed to do, and he’ll do what he needs to do to get himself back… And re-establishing who he is as a human being I’m sure is of utmost important to him, and I’m sure he’s gonna do it, and when he does, we’ll go from there.”
Rumors are circulating Hulk Hogan could be back in the WWE fold as early as WrestleMania 32. For better or worse, the entertainment industry seems intent on bringing back anything from the 1980s and 1990s that was perceived as a hit. Netflix is just one example with their revival of Full House in the updated reboot Fuller House.
Hulk Hogan could be the next entertainment staple of the by-gone era to come back. He’s proven it before, “hulking” up when all seems lost to reverse momentum and win the day.
Could Hulk Hogan, especially with the backing of these legendary WWE wrestlers, do the same thing again? Only time will tell.
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