By this point, anybody reading this post has already heard about and read the transcript of Hulk Hogan’s racist tirade that was recorded from his sex tape. If you have not read it yet, the link to the story is right here: Hulk Hogan Racist Rant.
When I woke up this morning, I had a text from my friend that said “you won’t believe the Hulk Hogan news when you wake up.” Being a wrestling fan, the first thought that popped into my head was that he died. Unfortunately, that is how most wrestling fans are programmed. So I immediately went to my phone to check the news. And for Hulk Hogan, what was coming out might be the next worse thing after death.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. First off, the National Enquirer isn’t the best place to get news from. It’s credibility isn’t all that great and I wouldn’t consider it to be credible very often. But when the WWE released its statement that it released Hulk Hogan from his contract, you just knew everything had to be true. The WWE wouldn’t jump to release him if they didn’t do their due diligence on the matter.
As I said above, this may be the worst possible thing for Hulk Hogan outside of dying. A career that he built up over the span of 30 years is now tarnished. The Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania brand is shot. Bobby Heenan used to joke around about the Death of Hulkamania all the time. This time, however, it may officially be dead for good.
There were a lot of people who considered Hulk Hogan an American Icon. I was one of them. In the 1990s, he was the All American good guy on TV. Kids looked up to him. He told them to make sure they took their vitamins and said their prayers. Not only kids, but adults as well looked up to Hogan and saw him as an American hero. Even wrestling fans nowadays still treasured Hulk Hogan. We all know about the backstage politics that Hogan played and some of the stuff he did behind the scenes, but he was still considered a legend in the wrestling business. As Arn Anderson once said, even if you don’t know anything about wrestling, people would say that it was the thing that Hulk Hogan did.
But now a picture of Hulk Hogan will no longer be posted on American holidays representing America. You won’t be blasting “Real American” at your 4th of July parties. Instead, Hulk Hogan will always be associated with racism. He will no longer be a cherished part of American lore. Some people will try to defend him, but the fact that he admitted he was a racist in the recording pretty much squashes all of that. Parents can’t talk to their kids watching wrestling for the first time about Hulk Hogan with any joy. Deep down, they know that Hulk Hogan apparently has a side to him no one knew about anymore.
As a Hulk Hogan fan I’m more than disappointed in today’s news. While you can’t take away anything that he has done for the wrestling business, you can’t look on it with great joy anymore. Any clips of Hulk Hogan celebrating with kids and doing good deeds will always have that thought of racism in the back of my head. I have a Hulkamania shirt that will be forever buried in the bottom of my dresser.
I have a feeling of disappointment running through me today. Yet another American/sports hero has shown a side to him that makes you look on them in a different light. Of course, sleeping with a good friend’s wife should have been the first sign that you knew things were bad with Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan has let down a whole generation of wrestling fans that looked up to him, that bought his merchandise and sang his praises to all of their friends. In today’s day of equality among all races and sexes and sexual beliefs, it hurts to hear these Hulk Hogan remarks even more. In one day, Hulk Hogan has gone from beloved hero and biggest wrestling name of all time to known racist and having a legacy tarnished in the blink of an eye.
Hulkamania died today. And it will never run wild again.
Until Next Time,
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