Hulk Hogan Says Racial Comments Were A 'Speed Bump', 'That’s Not Who I Was & Everybody Knew That'

Hulk Hogan comments on his legacy in wrestling and where it currently stands.

Despite the fact that the 'Hulkster' hasn't wrestled in over ten years, Hulk Hogan still maintains a high level of popularity in today's world of wrestling. Hogan will often be a guest host of certain WWE live events, or will occasionally pop up on various celebration style episodes of Raw and SmackDown throughout the year.

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In 2015, past comments from Hogan surfaced that featured him using racial slurs and admitting to being racist to a certain extent. This would lead to Hogan being released from WWE. Furthermore, any reference of him was removed from nearly anything that was associated with the company, including their website and television programs. In 2018, Hogan was reinstated to the WWE Hall Of Fame and was brought back into the company.

While appearing on the latest episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Hogan was asked if he was ever concerned that is legacy in wrestling would be erased after his comments were leaked to the public

“There was a temporary situation where I thought, ‘Okay, where’s this going to end up at? Where’s this gonna wind down? Where’s the legacy, where’s this, that.’ At the end of the day, there had been so much goodwill with the Hulk Hogan brand, and people knew me so well, I mean I’ve been around over 40 years. People know me so well, from Mike Tyson to Brutus Beefcake to Vince McMahon to Verne Gagne to Bret Hart, everybody knows me so well that they knew that I would come back and I would become the person that I was. There was a temporary situation with the surgeries and some of the racial stuff that went down. It was a speed bump, but that’s not who I was, and everybody knew that. So it was a tough time, but the main thing that really got me were the surgeries over the last ten years. That was the thing that was in question. When you come out of a back surgery and someone tells you you’re never gonna walk again, that will really screw your head up. The rest of this stuff, I had a bunch of people on my side, I had a huge support system. People that knew me stuck with me, and it’s just been amazing to see how the fans have stayed with me.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hogan said that he's wanted a retirement match and that Shane McMahon pitched ideas for him at WrestleMania 39. Fans can learn more by clicking here.

Hogan recently launched a cannabis and mushrooms brand. Click here to learn more.

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