WWE rumors have been swirling around Hulk Hogan all week. The legendary former world heavyweight champion went to trial against Gawker because they released a sex tape against his wishes. Hogan was asking for $100 million in damages. According to the New York Times, the Hulkster ended up winning $115 million. The financial windfall might prevent Hogan from ever making a return to World Wrestling Entertainment.
When the jury was being selected for the trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker, there were many that were concerned that his status as a celebrity would make it difficult to find a group of objective people. After all, Hogan was a hero to many when they were younger because he was the man that toppled every bad guy that WWE. For some, it is really hard to separate the man and the legend that he portrayed on television for years.
Once the appeal is concluded, the belief is that Hulk Hogan is going to walk away from this entire ordeal with millions of dollars. There's very few people who believe that Gawker will win and end up not being forced to pay a dime. After all, they're being painted as the bad guys because they're posting sex tapes without permission. Hogan is going to have a couple of more millions of dollars in his bank account very soon.
Fortunately for Hulk Hogan, nostalgia can be a lucrative thing. Since he was still beloved by millions of people, he was able to get a paycheck from WWE. That ended, though, whenever footage surfaced of Hogan making racial comments about his daughter being involved with black men. Vince McMahon had no choice but to put some distance between Hulk and World Wrestling Entertainment, so Hogan was out of a source of income.
Since he was such a legendary figure in the industry, it will be very sad if WWE fans never get to see Hulk Hogan on Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, and Wrestlemania ever again. Hopefully, emotions can subside someday and the two sides will be able to do business again.
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