Looks like the WWE tapped out to pressure to rid themselves of Hulk Hogan after news came out the wrestler went on a racist tirade and even used the N word.
Rumors began to swirl about the Hulkster’s position with the company late Thursday after Hogan’s name and photo had disappeared from WWE websites.
Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, helped the WWF go mainstream and become one of the most recognized sports entertainment brands in the world in the 1980s. Hogan left the WWF in the early 1990s, then came back for a stint in the early 2000s and then again in 2013. Recently, Hogan, 61, has been featured as a judge on the reality contest show WWE Tough Enough, which airs weekly on USA Network. He’s since been removed from the WWE Tough Enough cast page.
Hogan’s name and photo had also been removed from WWE’s alumni page. Hulk Hogan themed merchandise was no longer listed on WWE’s merchandise site either.
WWE released this statement about cutting ties with the Hulkster:
“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 took to Twitter early Friday morning with this message:
“In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH”