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Arguably in the 80’s there were multiple high-caliber superstars in the wrestling Industry. Such as Bret Hart, Rick Rude, Mr Perfect, Macho Man Randy Savage Roddy Piper to name a few. However there was one mega superstar Hulk Hogan that revolutionized that Pro Wrestling and made it mainstream and bridge the gap from causal to hardcore wrestling fans.About a week ago Hulk Hogan was in controversy that involved racism, I wanted to wait until all the smoke cleared to give you my thoughts. Now personally this situation is very fishy because these alleged comments happened over eight years ago when somebody secretly taped Hogan.
At the time Hulk Hogan’s daughter Brooke was dating an African-American and clearly Hulk Hogan was not pleased on numerous occasions in a conversation he mentioned the N word. This situation seems like its blackmail and let me set the record straight I don’t condone any racism but I believe this story is blown way out of proportion. Due to Hogan’s comments the WWE have decided to cut all ties with Hulk Hogan.Now forget Hulk Hogan for a second and just imagine everything that is said behind people’s backs. If our conversations were recorded I guarantee you that everybody would secretly talk about their friends. Those people who find out about it would not be happy one bit; they would be completely shocked that has happen all the time in my opinion.
Last year a similar scenario happened in sports with the Donald Sterling situation at the time he was the Los Angeles Clippers president. Then information surfaced that he was a racist because he stated, that he did not want any black people N word to show up at any Clippers games. This was another scenario of blackmail courtesy of Donald Sterling’s mistress Vanessa Stiviano she secretly recorded their conversations.This created a rift between the players and ownership because most of the players were African-American and they didn’t feel comfortable playing for a racist owner. Therefore he was stripped from his position and banned from the NBA. The former Microsoft CEO Steve Baller bought the Clippers for a mind-blowing $2 billion in May of 2014.
Now moving back to wrestling this is not the first time that wrestling has faced racism. Even though Vince McMahon is the chairman of WWE in no way McMahon is not a saint because in the past he has created a lot of sexually and racist storylines.There are a lot of racist storyline examples of USA vs. Iran Hulk Hogan and Iron Shiek, Nation of domination, Kaientai, Mark Henry Sexual Chocolate, Cryme Tyme , Muhammad Hassan terrorist bombing middle eastern, The Mexicools, Latino World Order to name a few. In addition Vince McMahon had a live segment on PPV at Survivor Series in 2010 with John Cena and Booker T where he called John Cena the N word. At the time this was a very risky move in my opinion this was very stupid move. In addition to being on PPV the amount of people who it reached there must have been a lot of fans that were offended.
That being said eliminating Hulk Hogan from the entire WWE library it’s impossible in my opinion. Relating this issue back to sports it is like the NBA wiping out Michael Jordan out of the history books which is impossible because he took basketball to a whole level in terms of marketing dollars and popularity of the NBA in the 80’s and 90’s. Now you can run down every other league in sports to try to take away all the superstars of each sport. Those athletes have done something wrong in the past and because of their actions, their respected leagues all of a sudden decide to eliminate every athlete who took their respect sport and elevated it won’t happen it doesn’t make sense.
That’s how I feel about Hulk Hogan even though I have never been a big fan of his because in my opinion he has always been overrated. However without Hulk Hogan wrestling would have never been the multimillion-dollar industry that it is today. Therefore Hulk Hogan contributions to the wrestling industry cannot go unnoticed. Hulk Hogan was a genius in terms of marketing because he can sell just about anything and make millions of dollars, due to the fact that the fans made him into a mega star buying absolutely everything of his.
Over the years with his status that he has created I believe Hulk Hogan envisions himself as God and very untouchable. However we have seen in society that if a mega star in sports or a celebrity you can fall from grace extremely fast all it takes is one stupid decision. Now if Hulk Hogan business sense was the same as his common sense he would be fine however it’s far from the opposite. Hulk Hogan has been extremely stupid in the past on multiple occasions involving multiple sex tapes that has been released with multiple women.
Last but not least I will leave it at like this I find that Hulk Hogan hasn’t received fair treatment. Once again I do not condone being racist but this incident happened eight years ago and it was not in the wrestling setting. Worst comes to worst I feel that the punishment handed down from the WWE to Hulk Hogan was way too harsh.Everybody makes mistakes and he should be forgiven the maximum punishment that I would have given Hogan a significant fine and to create exposure for the WWE to limit racism in society by going to schools or at events to indicate how bad racism really is. It’s unfortunate that racism still exists in this society because I thought a lot of individuals would be educated enough, but there are always individuals with a lack of common sense however nothing really surprises me anymore.
Vince McMahon has always been a genius business man and when there is money to be made he always does what’s best for business. There is way too much money to be made at WrestleMania 32 next year with Hulk Hogan. I will guarantee that Hogan will be involved in some capacity at WrestleMania 32.
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