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Hulk Hogan Reinstatement Draws Disappointment From Some WWE Superstars

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Hulk Hogan was reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame this past week. He was dropped from the Hall of Fame because of sex tape scandal and racial slurs in said tape. His reinstatement draws a big shock to a lot of fans, especially the black community. However, he hasn’t signed any contract with WWE yet but promised to make things right.


The Believers

Mark Henry talks to TMZ recently about the situation in the locker room after the announcement and Hogan’s speech in the locker room. Henry said that not everybody is buying what Hogan said. Henry, personally believes that Hogan was genuinely sincere and tried to clear his name.

“I do, I do feel like he genuinely wants to clear his name. He sees people that used to respect him, they look at him different. And it hurts. And he brought that on himself. But, he’s trying his best to clear that up”

Henry also talked on Busted Open Radio about Hogan willingness to do what it takes to fix things. He said he needs some convincing from Hogan and Henry believes he’s convinced.

“Yes, and when talking to him yesterday he’s willing to. I was very optimistic after talking to him.”

“He’s like, ‘Mark I’ll do whatever. Because I want people to see my heart not what I said anymore. It’s an embarrassing thing. I go places and I see people giving me a look I’m not used to getting and it’s been that way since that time.’ He said, ‘I can’t live with it like that. I gotta fix it.’”

“And I was like, ‘great, you’re willing to fix it? I’m willing to help.’”

It’s interesting to see how many things Hogan will do to achieve redemption. But if his effort is genuine, Henry will certainly at his side when he’s needed.


The Not-so Believers

Hogan also met with lots of disagreement from the locker room. Not everybody believes in him like Mark Henry does. Titus O’Neil, for example, is not-s0-subtly disapproving Hogan’s reinstatement to the Hall of Fame.

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O’Neil is a big spokeperson for the WWE and he certainly didn’t hold back on expressing what he thinks. In his latest Instagram post, he quoted a bible verse followed by a statement that he never respected a person that doesn’t operate in truth when it comes to making a wrong into a right with genuine motives.

‪Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9 ‬ ‪Consistency is the Key to Breakthrough in anything we desire in life. Love God,Love Others,Love Yourself,Give Unselfishly and Work tirelessly to Make The World&People around you Better and In Due Season you will Prosper Through the Fruits of Good Deeds,Thoughts&Labor. ‬I know and continue to Pray that my sons @tjbullardd and @titus_bullard11 will seek positive ways to Impact those around them. Regardless of Race,Gender,Sexual orientation,Religion or political stance ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE When GENUINE PEOPLE Come together and operate in truth. I have NEVER RESPECTED A PERSON That doesn’t operate in truth when it comes to making a Wrong into Right with Genuine motives. And I wouldn’t ever teach my sons to accept that either. #contentofcharacter

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While he never dropped a name in his post, the timing of the post is too coincidental to make it unrelated to Hogan’s apology.


The “I Don’t Care What Happened”

Besides those two sides, there are also the ones who feel indifferent and feel it did not affect their own being. The New Day recently made a statement regarding the reinstatement of Hulk Hogan. They said that this is the only statement that they will make regarding Hogan’s case. They stated that they didn’t feel any different at all, whether it’s happy, sad or resentful. They said that if someone made racist remarks to them, they will not respond with more feelings of hate. They prefer to stay away from them unless they make genuine efforts to change. Only time will tell about that.

Here’s the full statement from New Day.

Now that the locker room has spoken, what do you think about Hogan’s reinstatement to WWE Hall of Fame? Fire below!

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  3. Hopeful but doubtful

    July 19, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    I think most of these people have known Higam for a long time. When noone came to his defense in the beginning, to me means they agreed that this was a guy that simply finally got caught, or finally slipped up in public. Though many are going with the flow, again noone is throwing him a welcome back party.

    I hope for his sake he has seen some light and really has become a better person. Very few people actually change their core beliefs. If it’s an act just to try to regain some public acceptance, it will come off as fake. More fake than the rest of the persona. I am not sure he can pull it off. He isn’t that good an actor… Maybe he simply should have retired from public life and quietly done his good deeds. If he truly changed, let other people come to him instead of trying so hard to push it.

    • Firm but fair

      July 19, 2018 at 2:29 PM

      Oh one more thing. There are so many drug addicts, racists of all colors, sex scandals, and so many other things brushed under the rug among people in the WWE HOF, that it was stupid to ever take Hogan out. Contract terminated? Yes, you can’t let it go, but as I said the WWE has a lot of housekeeping to do if it is going to kick everyone out that does bad things…

      • Dominic Tommy

        Dominic Tommy

        July 19, 2018 at 2:50 PM

        In my opinion, WWE’s removal of Hogan from the HOF was correct as racial tension was high back on 2015. WWE makes sure that their brand isn’t labeled as anything controversial. What Hogan did was unacceptable and let’s just hope that he was sincere even though lots of superstar isn’t buying any of it. Give it time but never forget.

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