WWE superstar Hulk Hogan is one of the most revered professional wrestlers that’s ever lived. However, the sports entertainment company is cut ties with the Hulkster after audio of Hogan freely using the n-word surfaced.
Several pro wrestling-related web sites are reporting that WWE has effectively removed all images and mentions featuring the legendary hall of fame wrestler. As it stands, a quick search on the WWE website for anything related to the Hulk Hogan character turns up nearly nothing. Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, was also demoted from starring as a judge for the upcoming WWE Tough Enough season.
Hogan has been removed from the list of Tough Enough judges for the current season, his profile has been removed from nearly every aspect of WWE’s website, and his merchandise has been pulled from WWE Shop.
The only remaining direct reference to Hogan is on the roster for WWE’s upcoming tour of Australia. Hogan was scheduled to be GM for the three-show tour in August. However, clicking on his biography page now reads: “You are not authorized to access this page.”
Hogan sent out a tweet late Thursday night/early Friday morning cryptically referring to a life/career change.
“In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH,” Hogan tweeted.
WWE has yet to release a statement or officially comment on Hogan’s status this late at night.
The Daily Beast added in their report that what may have been at root is a 2012 video of Hogan sitting down with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45. In the chat, Hogan was asked about the infamous incident where wrestler Booker T issued a staged threat and ending with “We’re coming for you, n*gga.”
Hogan used the “n-word” to explain his side of things, and said it with the sharp “er” inflection at one point. He then goes on to share how rappers and entertainers started calling him the n-word.
From The Daily Beast:
Hogan then recounted his time living in Miami, and all the rappers he’d bump into like The Game, Lil Wayne, etc.
“And it’s still so cool, because the whole time I was down in Miami when I lived there, you know, everybody—I’d walk into the [DJ] booth and all of a sudden I’d bump into this guy and The Game’s in the booth, it’s all black and he’s got his BlackBerry, and I bump into him and he goes, ‘What’s up, nigga?’ and I said, ‘Oh, excuse me, bro!’ And he says, ‘No, it’s all cool,’” said Hogan.
He continued: “And everybody down there—Lil Wayne, Birdman—they’re all calling me ‘nigga,’ and then I started sayin’ it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me then?’”
The WWE has yet to release an official statement regarding Hogan’s removal from its online presence. We will update this page once more details surface.
UPDATE: The WWE gave a statement to US Weekly that is has terminated Hogan’s contracted for reasons the organization is still not being clear on. RadarOnline and the National Enquirer also have exclusive footage of Hogan going on a racist tirade and using the n-word in a leaked sex tape with the wrestler even calling himself a racist.