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Has WWE Kicked Hulk Hogan Out of Its Hall of Fame Because of an Old Racist Rant?

WWE has removed nearly all references to Hulk Hogan from its website—but it hasn't said why.

by Bo Franklin
Jul 24 2015, 5:13pm

Photo taken by John McKeon, via Wikipedia

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Hulk Hogan, the 12-time wrestling champ, is having a pretty tough time of it at the moment. He's in the middle of suing Gawker media over its publication of his sex tape, and now WWE has apparently started taking all mentions of him off its website.

Hogan is no longer listed in the WWE Hall of Fame, despite being inducted way back in 2005, and all of his merchandise has disappeared from the online store. Weirdly, a URL still exists for his "Superstars" profile, but the page redirects to a message telling Hogan fans "You are not authorized to access this page." He's also no longer listed as a judge on the MTV show, WWE Tough Enough, which is in the middle of its sixth season.

The WWE hasn't commented on why it's seemingly disassociating from Hogan, but some sites have reported that the split is linked to a 2012 interview that has recently resurfaced, in which Hogan talks about his use of the word nigger.

Hulk Hogan interviewed on DJ Whoo Kid's show 'Whoolywood Shuffle'

Hogan—real name Terry Bollea—hasn't commented on what's going on, although he did tweet this cryptic message:

Whether Hogan has done anything new to piss off WWE remains to be seen, but the immediate future looks bleak for devout Hulkmaniacs.

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