The Hulk Hogan scandal has caused WWE Studios' to remove a Hogan scene from the Celebrity Death Pool movie that stars David Hasselhoff and Ken Jeong.
PWInsider reports that a piece of Hogan material was also in the upcoming WWE - Scooby Doo animated movie. Hogan was set to appear in scenes alongside an animated Dusty Rhodes and those will obviously have to be edited now. Hopefully they can just replace Hogan and not have to nix the Dusty scene altogether.
Regarding the Hogan scene in Celebrity Death Pool, apparently it was the opening sequence of the movie so it will definitely have to be re-done.
July 28, 2015
WWE United States Champion John Cena suffered a broken nose on last night's RAW after taking a knee from WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in the main event.
WWE Dr. Steve Daquino commented to WWE's website:
"As you can see on television last night, John suffered from a nasal fraction. He's got quite a bit of displacement, so we sent him over to the local emergency room so he can be evaluated by the ears, nose and throat doctor who's on call and see what can be done to properly repair it."
RadarOnline has released more comments from the tape that contained the racist comments made in 2006 and this time Hogan rants about a gay person he encountered at the home he grew up in.
Hogan was discussing his reality show, Hogan Knows Best with Heather Clem when he said:
"VH1 wanted me to do a big thing and go back to the house I grew up in." Hulk says, discussing the Season Four finale of his show.
"So we knock on the door and a big f*g lives there now! This half-gay was enamored with Linda."
The episode in question featured Hogan visiting the home he was raised in in Port Tampa. The home's new owner welcomed Hogan and even gave him a small metal truck that was found in the garden, that once belonged to Hogan when he was a kid. Hogan continued his rant and ripped into ex-wife Linda Hogan, who he was still married to. Bubba the Love Sponge entered the room and Hogan said:
"Dude, the only thing I will ever ask of you … I don't know how you will pull this off … is, if I am ever on my death bed, you cannot let Linda come and visit me."
Hulk went on to bring up his home in Las Vegas, which he had bought for $4.25 million and watched grow in value to $5 million.
"If I get divorced, Linda will make me sell it."
Hogan then referenced the "black billionaire" Cecile Barker(founder of SoBe Entertainment) again:
"F**k it. Cecile will buy it and give it back to me after the divorce!"
Everyone knows that the WWE and professional wrestling are fake—a group of finely chiseled athletes, orchestrated by a scripted theater of controversial plots, story arcs and over-the-top characters. Against that backdrop, cult icon Hulk Hogan became the most recognizable face of the WWE after winning the world championship against The Iron Sheik in January 1983, and last week its most stunning big-name dismissal.
Known previously as the WWF, the franchise branded Hogan as The Hulkster and capitalized off of his alluring, patriotic, good-guy persona. In the words of Hogan himself, “Hulkamania was running wild, brother!” Still, while Hulkamaniacs rejoiced, what wasn’t fake was the WWE’s sordid history of exploiting racial stereotypes. For decades the organization capitalized and profited off racist undertones, even while receiving countless criticism over its portrayal and treatment of minority characters. It also has been chided for the fact that in the company’s 63-year history there has never been a unified African-American World Champion. (The Rock, a seven-time WWE champion and noted Hogan nemesis, is bi-racial, having been born to an African-American father and a Samoan mother.)
Nevertheless, the criticism regarding professional wrestling’s premiere franchise never thwarted the company’s multi-million dollar cash machine. While Hogan—a blond, 6’7” Tampa native who first gained famed as Thunderlips in Rocky III in 1982—became an All-American folk hero (before he briefly went to the dark side with the nWo in the rival WCW in 1996), some of the WWE’s most popular characters have been its most controversial. Rowdy Roddy Piper, a Canadian wrestler who wore a kilt and was billed as being from Glasgow, Scotland, was a WWF superstar in the '80s alongside Hogan. Unlike Hogan, Piper was a textbook villain whose entire shtick was built upon spewing brash, lewd comments regarding race and gender. In his on-air segment Piper’s Pit, he once asked wrestler Tony Atlas, who is black, “To get them big arms, do you eat all of that soul food stuff? Do you eat pigs' feet?” After Atlas seemingly took offense to the line of questioning, Piper responded, “Let me tell you something in your own language, I don’t let the thieves stop me from enjoying my watermelon.”
In another interview segment, this time with Fijian wrestler Jimmy (Superfly) Snuka, Piper asked his rival if he grew up climbing trees like a monkey to get coconuts. Piper also once said that Mr. T’s lips looked like “a catcher’s mitt,” and later told him that he would “whip him like a slave.”
Then there was wrestler Ted (The Million Dollar Man) DiBiase, whose black sidekick/bodyguard Virgil was often subjugated and debased as a part of DiBiase’s emerging storyline. In a video from 1987, DiBiase can be seen boasting about how he could easily buy Virgil, to which Virgil responds “Yes-suh!” Throughout their pairing, DiBiase often referred to Virgil as a slave, even having him rub his feet.
And the list doesn’t stop there. Kamala, The Ugandan Headhunter, was billed as being from “Deepest, Darkest Africa,” and exhibited mannerisms and grunts that were almost inhuman. He wrestled with a spear and wore tribal paint on his face and belly. The Junkyard Dog’s gimmick was crafted in the frame of textbook Negro shuck and jive, with him prancing around wearing a dog collar and chains. Former WWE legend and color commentator Jesse (The Body) Ventura once referred to the Junk Yard Dog as having “a mouth full of grits.” Ventura also commonly called fan favorite Tito Santana, a Mexican-American, “Chico” and dubbed his finishing move the “flying burrito.”
Former WWE champ Triple H, who mocked African-American wrestler Booker T for his "nappy hair, once said that “people like Booker T couldn’t win championships," and that in the WWE “they were just there to dance and entertain.” Then there was Cryme Tyme, a tag-team made up of wrestlers JTG and Shad Gaspard and who brandished themselves as thugged out, gangsta rappers. Their catch phrase was, “Yo yo yo, pop a 40 and check ya rollies-it’s Cryme Time,” and they were often shown assaulting police officers and committing robberies.
July 27, 2015
National Wrestling Alliance President Bruce Tharpe announced on Twitter that NWA wrestling will be debuting on AXS TV starting in September.
AXS is currently home to New Japan Pro Wrestling, which has been met with huge success on the station. AXS TV was also a former home of Ring of Honor, when they were labeled "HDNet."
WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Barclays Center announced today the addition of several fan events to take place at Barclays Center as part of the Ultimate SummerSlam Experience in Brooklyn. Tickets will be available this Saturday, August 1, at noon EST through Ticketmaster.
On Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, WWE will host “WWE Superstar Meet and Greets” at 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant at Barclays Center. These exclusive sessions will give WWE fans an opportunity to get autographs and photos with their choice of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins™, Randy Orton®, Roman Reigns®, Dean Ambrose®, Bray Wyatt™, WWE Divas Charlotte™, Paige™ and Becky Lynch™, WWE Legend Sting™ and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®.
On Saturday, August 22, a special “SummerSlam Panel” will take place at Barclays Center, giving fans a chance to ask questions directly to WWE Superstars. The topic of the panel will be NXT®, where WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins™, NXT Champion Finn Bàlor™, NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks™, WWE Superstar Kevin Owens™, WWE commentator Corey Graves™ and host Byron Saxton™ will discuss the evolution of one of the hottest entertainment brands in the world seen every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on WWE Network.
The “SummerSlam Panel” will feature a 90 minute discussion and Q&A with fans in attendance. General admission and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available. The VIP ticket includes priority floor seating, a professional photo with select panel Superstars and an exclusive, autographed limited edition poster.
Tickets for “WWE Superstar Meet and Greets” and the “SummerSlam Panel” will be available this Saturday, August 1, at noon EST and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.barclayscenter.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center on Monday, August 3 at noon. For more information on SummerSlam Week activities, please visit www.SummerSlam.com.
In addition, WWE NXT will make its historic debut in New York City on Saturday night, August 22, as NXT Takeover: Brooklyn will emanate live from Barclays Center. NXT Takeover: Brooklyn is NXT’s biggest event to date, and will be broadcast live on WWE Network. The main event will feature Finn Bàlor™ defending his newly crowned NXT Championship against former Champion Kevin Owens™. The event will also include appearances by NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks™, Samoa Joe™, Rhyno™, Enzo Amore™, Big Cass™, as well as a special appearance by international superstar Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Tickets for NXT Takeover: Brooklyn are currently available through Ticketmaster.
WWE announced today that SummerSlam will expand from a three-hour show to a four-hour telecast live on WWE Network and now begin at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23. SummerSlam joins WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania®, as the only two events with four hours of live non-stop action.
Emanating live from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak. In addition, WWE Network will also air a one-hour live SummerSlam Kick-Off Show starting at 6pm ET.
Radar Online has released more racist comments from Hulk Hogan, from the same tape that The National Enquirer released on Friday.
The comments could be against actor and singer Jamie Foxx. Hogan was talking about the billionaire black music producer that he talked about in the previous comments. He said:
"F*cking n**ger… he had Jamie Foxx coming in on the 22nd track."
"I didn't even tell Brooke about it. F*ck her. Brooke and (name withheld by Radar and The ENQUIRER) met in Miami. Brooke f*cks up a ten million dollar deal I had with the Saudis. Brooke says, 'F*ck you dad.' She's never said that. She flipped a bird at me."
Radar notes that it couldn't be determined if Hogan was calling Foxx or the billionaire the "n word."
Hogan goes on: "I have this huge f*cking house in Miami. My family never comes home. They went to LA. F*ck 'em."
July 26, 2015
Fomer WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has been on a heavy press tour to promote his new book, and is pulling no punches when it comes to telling stories about his WWE career. Yesterday on Opie Radio, Bryan elaborated on a huge backstage argument with Triple H.
"I had gotten a stinger in a match and lost feelings in both of my arms. I have a mentality of never stopping a match. Whether it's really good or really bad, that's my mentality," Bryan said.
Bryan said that despite him repeatedly telling the ringside doctor that he was going to be okay, Triple H was sending word to stop the match, which infuriated Bryan.
"I had never had a stinger before. Triple H tells the medical doctor at ringside to stop the match. I sprinted into the ring and tried to keep the match going with Randy Orton, because this was going to be the biggest win of my career to that point," Bryan explained. "I did a top rope dropkick, and I couldn't get up, I couldn't move my arms. Randy, he's on the ground going 'Dan, Dan, what the F are you doing?'"
Shortly after, Triple H had the match stopped.
"When I came back, I was hot. I don't want to say we got nose-to-nose, because he's 6'3. We came pretty close. They're more conscious of protecting us from ourselves," Bryan said.
Bryan said that Bryan quickly realized he was wrong, something his eventual wife, Brie Bella, would tell him as well.
Destination America has dropped the 8pm EST airing for Ring of Honor TV on Wednesday nights. They still have the 11pm EST airing but the first is no longer scheduled. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Destination America is trying out new programs in the 8pm time slot but this is not a good sign for ROH. This Wednesday an episode of "Bigfoot In America" is scheduled while "Mountain Monsters" is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th.
Meltzer noted that unlike the TNA roster, ROH talents were informed of the 8pm EST showing being dropped before the news broke. They were given the excuse that Destination America is trying out new programming in the time slot.
July 25, 2015
Hulk Hogan’s racist remarks have been dominating the media in the past 24 hours, but is there more to come? According to Gawker CEO Nick Denton there is. Denton stated the Hogan lawsuit would feature, “a third act which we believe will center on the real story: the additional recordings held by the FBI, the information in them that is Hulk Hogan’s real secret, and irregularities in the recordings which indicate some sort of cover-up. In the way of so many news stories, the deeper you go, the more interesting it gets.”
There have been many names being discussed by WWE to replace Hulk Hogan on Tough Enough, and those names include Ric Flair, The Miz, Chris Jericho, and the possibility of rotating the coaches as judges.
Wrestlezone.com has learned Hall of Famer Bret Hart is on his way to meet with Vince McMahon about taking over Hogan’s role on the show, and it’s a very strong possibility Hart will end up landing the job.
World Wresting Entertainment was on a roll.
On July 8, Wells Fargo WFC -0.74% initiated coverage of WWE with an outperform recommendation. Shares of the entertainment company increased 14% the two-week period through Wednesday, making shareholders $160 million richer.
But after it was reported that WWE was going to sever its ties with former WWE champion Hulk Hogan due to alleged racist remarks he had made long ago that were leaked to the National Inquirer two days ago, the company’s shares have tanked. Although no longer pinning opponents in the ring, Hogan was still an important ambassador for the WWE brand and was used to promote events.
Yesterday, shares of WWE plummeted almost 4%, to $16.60, swiping about $50 million from shareholders. Meanwhile, the overall market, and shares of MSG (perhaps the closest public proxy to WWE), the company that owns regional sports networks as well as the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers, slipped just 1%.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is set to go to trial in a $100 million personal-injury lawsuit against Gawker Media, which posted video of a sex tape of him. Yesterday, Hogan apologized for his remarks, but WWE’s shares fell further in after hours trading last night to $16.00.
We noted earlier this year that WWE Network would be premiering a "Camp WWE" animated comedy series in late 2015. Billed as WWE's "first adult comedy," the show is a partnership between WWE and Seth Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
We now have new details on the show as Executive Producers Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and John Harvatine and casting directors Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee have been looking for voice actors for the Camp WWE tapings. The tapings will be on August 9th in Los Angeles and those doing the voice work will be paid $906. Below are details on the characters:
* Vince McMahon - head of the camp and a 50 year old, big brash, ego-maniacal billionaire who is also a loving father that hates complaining campers and ass-kissing subordinates, but loves money and power and is always thinking of new ways to run down his competition. Vince's character is billed as "clearly, the most intelligent character on the show."
* Triple H - a 14-15 year old co-head camp counselor called Hunter. His character is tough and intimidating and he's a vindictive prankster who is always trying to get Vince's respect and always trying to win the love of Vince's daughter. Hunter considers himself to be highly intelligent "but still has a long way to go."
* Stephanie McMahon - the other co-head camp counselor, her character is also 14-15 years old. She has all of her father's traits - arrogant, ruthless and intimidating but lacks the maturity to get the job done. She tries to run the camp but runs to her father at the first sign of trouble. Stephanie's character is "beautiful, bold, confrontational and fearless."
* John Cena - an 8 year old camper described as the "most adorable, cherry, upbeat boy scout type" and a cute goody two-shoes who will do anything to make the other campers happy. Cena's character is also described as a polarizing figure at the camp who is sometimes used by others to do their dirty work. He annoys people because he never gives up at anything and is always trying to inspire others.
* The Undertaker - the scariest 8 year old you'll ever meet, a large gothic kid obsessed with mystical powers and death. His character is based on Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy and Satin from Game of Thrones.
* Big Show - a big, dumb and gentle 8 year old. Big Show's character is both childlike and monstrous in size but doesn't understand his own strength or the meaning of any word with more than two syllables. This was described as an 8 year old Homer Simpson.
* Mark Henry - the strongest 8 year old in the world, who loves food and girls. He brags that he knows everything about women but it comes out that he knows nothing about women.
* Hulk Hogan - this character will be nixed due to the racist comments controversy but they wanted Hogan's character to be a camp legend who is huge, powerful and charismatic but tired from being old and being from a different era, still trying to connect with people by calling them "brother."
* The Bella Twins - Brie Bella is the cunning, cute and sneaky one while Nikki Bella is the tomboy of the two and has the best body of all the women campers. They sometimes play "twin magic" on unsuspecting campers.
* Ric Flair - a camper who is 5 years older than everyone else that rides in limousines and jet planes. His character is cocky, always styling & profiling and is also the dirtiest kid in camp who shocks Vince with stories of his sexual conquests.
* R-Truth - Neither big or bright but is funny and drives people crazy with his misguided theories on why things are what they are. His character is also the most gullible camper who always gives you second and third-hand information that's almost impossible to believe.
Vince McMahon is taking heat for using the n-word on WWE television back in 2005 after Hulk Hogan’s contract was terminated Friday when he was caught using it multiple times in a racist tirade. The segment in question was with John Cena and was in front of Booker T and Sharmell.
TMZ obtained a quote from a WWE spokesperson, who said, the 2005 segment “was an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies.”
WWE has reached out to all of their licensees and partners to inform them that all references to Hulk Hogan and all images of him for current or planned licensing projects must be dropped immediately.
It looks like TNA has begun to scrub Hulk Hogan from its company platforms, as Hulk Hogan has been removed from the Alumni section of TNA’s website, and his merchandise has been pulled from TNA’s online shop.
July 24, 2015
As noted, next week on the WWE Network will be "Kliq Week" to promote the upcoming "Kliq Rules" DVD and Blu-ray set that comes out on Tuesday. Below is the current line-up:
* Monday after RAW: 30-minute sneak peek at "The Kliq Rules" DVD. The description reads like this:
"A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, The KLIQ Rules!"
* Tuesday at 10pm EST: 30-minute "The Kliq: Behind The Curtain" special. The description reads like this:
"Triple H, HBK, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman reunite in this revealing look at the most dominant group in WWE history, The KLIQ!"
* Wednesday at 9pm EST: 90-minute "The Kliq Moments and Matches" special. The description reads like this:
"Relive the sweetest moments and matches in KLIQ history, and hear never before told tales from the men themselves in this retrospective."
* Thursday after SmackDown: 30-minute "Kevin Nash: Too Sweet" special. The description reads like this:
"Celebrate the career of Big Daddy Cool as WWE cameras follow Kevin Nash during his 2015 Hall of Fame induction."
WWE Tough Enough is seen as such of a priority right now that Vince McMahon has skipped every SmackDown taping since the show premiered so he can be live in Orlando at Full Sail University, according to PWInsider. Vince is usually at almost every Tuesday night SmackDown taping but he, along with Kevin Dunn, have made Tough Enough a top priority.
Polygon, the video game website owned by Vox Media, has spoken to representatives for 2K Games, who gave them (as well as IGN) the following statement:
We are highly respectful of the way that our partners choose to run their business and manage our partnerships accordingly. We can confirm that Hulk Hogan will not appear in WWE 2K16.
Polygon also asked the 2K representative if Hogan would be removed from any past WWE games. They were told that while it was a "fair question," the company has "no other comments at this time."
WWE 2K16 is being hyped as literally the biggest WWE video game, with by far the most expansive roster in the franchise's history. Unless something changes drastically in the next few months, though, we now know one WWE legend who won't be in the game.
CBS-DC is reporting that WWE issued the following statement to their own Chuck Carroll:
WWE and USA Network plan to announce a new judge next Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET during WWE Tough Enough.
Meanwhile, WWE has removed both the Hogan edition of "Beyond the Ring" and the '80s "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling" cartoon series from WWE Network. At this point, it looks like that's the only Network content being removed, but it could change.
They likely check off too many boxes as something that would be a bad look in light of Hogan's racist comments. It would be impossible to erase Hulk Hogan of all people from the archives, so removing shows like the Hogan documentary and Hogan-centric retro cartoon are just about the only things they can do on the network.
Hulk Hogan and WWE announced they had cut ties on Friday after a transcript from a 2006 video in which he freely used the “n-word” was leaked.
The transcript was contained in a sealed deposition that is part of a $100 million lawsuit Hogan filed against the gossip site Gawker for posting online a video of him having sex with a friend’s ex-wife. The sex video in question is the same recording on which he made the leaked racist statements.
Hogan has refused to settle with Gawker, and the lawsuit will likely go to trial later this year. Originally set for July 6, the trial was postponed earlier this month after the 2nd District Court of Appeals filed a proceeding regarding trial rules, stating that some of the defense motions were filed too close to its scheduled start date.
The timing of the leak has at least one person suspicious: Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston.
“I have my suspicions, as you can imagine,” Houston told FOX411. “If I can find out it is Gawker who leaked the transcripts, we will bury them.”
Gawker President and General Counsel Heather Dietrick denied the site had anything to do with the leak.
WWE issued the following statement:
WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Hogan issued the following apology:
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it…”
“This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise…”
“I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
Hulk Hogan has been captured on tape spewing foul-mouthed racial slurs — including the N-word.
In a shocking world exclusive, RadarOnline.com and The National ENQUIRER — in a joint investigation — has learned that sordid pillow talk caught on an unauthorized sex tape includes a revolting conversation in which the pro wrestling icon unleashed a filthy bigoted attack, littered with the N-word and other disgusting racial insults.
The star of the WWE — whose real name is Terry Bollea — directed his vulgar and prejudiced hatred at his daughter Brooke, who he accused of sleeping with a black man.
Using language so hate-filled and vile it would shock even his most ardent fans, Hulk brazenly blustered to Heather Clem — the wife of his former pal Bubba “The Love Sponge,” with whom he was covertly filmed having sex with in 2012 — that he was an unabashed “racist.”
“I guess we’re all a little racist,” he crowed on the tape, multiple sources have confirmed exclusively to Radar and The ENQUIRER.
Despite his TV image as a born-again Christian, the tapes prove that Hulk is a very different man off camera!
In a startling exchange, the 61-year-old told Clem — who he sued for invasion of privacy after their XXX tape was leaked to a website — about his frustrations with blonde bombshell Brooke, 27.
“She is making some real bad decisions now,” Hulk said, sources tell us. “My daughter Brooke jumped sides on me. I spent $2-3 million on her music career, I’ve done everything like a jackass for her.”
The bitter bodybuilder continued, “The one option Brooke had, Brooke’s career besides me, is [to] sell beach records.”
At that point on the tape, the former “Hogan Knows Best” star bemoaned how a “black billionaire guy” had offered to fund her music career.
He also attempts to use bizarre, twisted logic in an attempt to justify his bigotry at the man.
“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son,” Hulk raved, the sources add. The boyfriend wasn’t named, but Brooke was openly dating Miami rapper Yannique Barker, who goes by the stage name YNIQ, by early 2009. Barker, 29, is the son of Cecile D. Barker, the founder of SoBe Entertainment.
“I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever.”
Then, in a tirade to rival the racism embarrassments suffered by Mel Gibson and “Dog The Bounty Hunter,” Hulk unloaded even more hatred!
According to sources, he said: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!
“I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger.”
Radar and The ENQUIRER has learned explosive transcripts of the loathsome conversation have been filed in a Florida court, under seal, in a bid to prevent them from being publicly released.
But an extensive news probe uncovered five independent sources who provided the dramatic contents of the tape to this publication.
Hulk did not return a request for comment.
In a developing situation, it appears as if WWE Hall of Famer and current Tough Enough judge Hulk Hogan has parted way with the company. The reason stems from rumors of a tape existing featuring Hogan allegedly going on a racial tirade.
Hulk Hogan's profile has been removed from the Alumni and Hall of Fame sections of WWE's website, all of his merchandise has been removed from WWEShop.com, and Hogan has been removed from the cast listing on Tough Enough's website. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer noted that the WWE Website was told to remove all references to him.
In addition to this, Curtis Axel, who has been playing a parody of Hogan in recent months, had his profile photo switched from the parody character to his normal persona. You can see his profile at this link.
Hogan returned to the WWE in 2014, after over six years away from the company.
Hogan tweeted the following early Friday morning:
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH
July 23, 2015
To hype their upcoming "The Kliq Rules" DVD and Blu-ray, WWE has announced "Kliq Week" on the WWE Network for next week and it begins after Monday's RAW. They tweeted the following:
Daniel Bryan joined David Shoemaker and Peter Rosenberg on ESPN's Cheap Heat podcast, to promote his new book, Yes! My Improbable Journey To The Main Event Of WrestleMania. Here are the highlights, and be sure to check out the full podcast at this link.
* The hosts pretend to read off their notes and call Daniel Bryan a "professional wrestler," and he's surprised it doesn't say "sports entertainer." As is turns out, they were joking, but Daniel Bryan said he doesn't get reprimanded for using the term. He notes that in WWE appearances, he'll just say "WWE Superstar."
* Daniel Bryan says he feels great, and says "The situation is I've been cleared by one doctor in Phoenix, but the WWE doctor is hesitant to clear me. I guess they don't want me really talking about it."
* Bryan thinks that from WWE's perspective, they wanted him to bring prestige back to the Intercontinental title. He says the situation unfolds on the new season of Total Divas.
* Bryan talks about missing a flight for the Money in the Bank PPV because nobody told him he was needed for the show. He contacted travel people and writers, and nobody had any idea why.
* He says WWE is looking out for his best interests, and times have changed.
* "There's mixed opinions on what's best for me," Bryan said. "It's not like I just have some guy who's my buddy who just happens to be a doctor (that cleared me)."
* Daniel Bryan confirmed that a combination of CM Punk leaving and Batista not panning out as reasons why he ended up main eventing WrestleMania. He says that the idea was presented a couple of weeks after the Royal Rumble. He said that he's not kept abreast of things.
* He says he had to contact John Cena to get Vince McMahon's number and said Vince has called him twice in his life, one of which was in 2008 before an ROH show. He says he tells the story in the book.
* Initially, he felt the pressure of being Bryan Danielson in WWE instead of Daniel Bryan, but CM Punk's career path helped WWE give him an opportunity.
* Daniel Bryan says he gets more frustrated following Brie's career than his, because guys get more opportunities. "If I'm on TV and losing every week, I'm losing in ten minutes. I get the opportunity that I can wrestle. For the Divas it's different." He says it's hard to be popular when you're losing in three minute matches every week. He puts over Total Divas, and how hard the twins work.
* Bryan says he still thinks as a wrestler and has plenty of ideas saved up. He still watches wrestling when he's bored.
You know, yes but I don't know to what degree. You know what I mean? Does he think I should ever main event another WrestleMania? I would say probably not. (laughs) It's interesting. I think he likes me, he sees me as a valuable performer. He sees me as someone who makes the company money. But I still don't think he will ever see me as "the guy" in the way he sees John Cena as "the guy" or in the way he potentially sees Roman Reigns as "the guy". To this day, I still don't think he sees me like that.