Booker opens up once again about the Hulk Hogan situation.
Former six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan was reinstated into the WWE Hall Of Fame in July after being blacklisted from the company for the racially charged remarks that he was recorded making 3-4 years ago. This past July prior to WWE's 'Extreme Rules' PPV, it was announced that Hulk Hogan was going to be reinstated and multiple outlets reported that he held a meeting backstage with the talent roster and gave them a run-down revolving around not making the same decisions that he made.
Wrestlers who were at said meeting like Titus O'Neil, The New Day and James Ellsworth have spoken out about it and provided their thoughts on the meeting and have broken down what Hogan said during it. WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T has been vocal over the years in-stating that he believes it is time to forgive Hogan. Booker T reiterated those sentiments while being interviewed by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated recently:
“There is not a building for the Hall Of Fame, but the Hall is a very real thing,” said Booker. “When guys get a chance to go on this journey and thank those fans for that ride, that’s extremely real. It means a lot for those of us who have gone on that journey, and Hogan is one of those guys who has gone on that journey. If people still judged me from what I did 30 years ago, I would not be where I am now. But someone, a guy by the name of Bruce Gasarch trusted me. He said, ‘Man, I’m going to give you a chance', and that’s all I needed. Now I still have my broom, and I carry it around to sweep up all the dirt and trash I’ve left behind in my past." Booker continued, "Hulk is also going to have to carry that broom in his back pocket and atone for his mistakes. That’s the only thing we can do as human beings. Was the reinstatement right? Was it wrong? That’s always going to be up for debate, but I think it’s time to move on.”
To read how Hulk Hogan described his meeting with the WWE talents, click here. On a related note, Booker T's brother Stevie Ray recently spoke with Fightful for a new edition of 'Making A Finisher' and that can be listened to by heading over to the Fightful Wrestling YouTube channel.