Although Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest stars in WWE history, the 64-year-old has not appeared for the company since July 2015 when he was fired after the leak of a video where Hogan used racial slurs. Since then, Hogan has won a hugely significant lawsuit over media company Gawker, but a WWE return has remained far from likely.
Last week, it was revealed that Hogan had been in talks with WWE, which was confirmed by WWE themselves in a statement.
“We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes,” revealed the company, before adding “however, he is not under any contract with WWE.”
Considering the nature of Hogan’s leaked comments, it is likely that WWE’s main media sponsors would have an issue with Hogan returning.
Mark Henry, who co-hosts Busted Open Radio, was asked about Hogan possibly returning to WWE and he had some interesting things to say.
”There are leaked videos of the Andre story on HBO coming up, on the 29th is the opening in Los Angeles, and he’s in it. It’s kind of a deal where you have to accept it. He’s a public figure. It doesn’t mean that everything that he’s done is forgiven, you just gotta take the good with the bad and see how you could help the situation. I’m sitting on the chair of the delegation and they’re not ready. I’ve had many talks, with dozens of guys, and the consensus is there’s a lot of work to be done to heal that wound and to fix that wall.”
When asked about the delegation, Henry revealed what exactly was behind the group.
“The delegation is pretty much all of the more established African-American wrestlers in the country and in the world, for that matter. Every promotion… there’s not a wrestling promotion that doesn’t house someone from the delegation.”
As for what Hogan needs to do in order to reintegrate within WWE, Henry had some strong thoughts on what he could partake in.
“There’s gonna have to be more community service and outside work. Support for programs and even creative programs that deal with diversity in the workplace. … I don’t process everything like everybody else. I believe that everybody should be given a second chance but I also believe that you have to own your issue, whatever that issue is. You gotta try to make closure on everybody else’s behalf, not just yours.”
Henry will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next month, but it remains to be seen if Hogan will be joining him at the ceremony in New Orleans.
You can listen to Henry’s comments below.
"I don't know if I'm ready. There's a lot to be done." – @TheMarkHenry addresses the discussions between Hulk Hogan and the WWE, if we should see him at #WrestleMania 34 and what Hogan should do if he wants to come back. pic.twitter.com/CfZ23zlLaO
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) March 24, 2018