Will Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape Affect His Legacy in the End?

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan enters the stage prior to his bout against Ric Flair during the Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Hulk Hogan has done more to bring attention to the world of pro wrestling than anyone else, but that has not always been a good thing.

Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a battle over a tape that was leaked which shows him having relations with the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge.

Suddenly that nickname sounds dirtier than it used to.

Hogan is no stranger to controversy. In fact, he was practically born into it and has been dealing with issues stemming from his fame practically since he became famous.

When Hogan's popularity was exploding he faced accusations of holding others down for the sake of his own career. This is common with almost every top name, though.

When he was at his biggest popularity-wise he was accused of doing steroids, an accusation he would end up admitting was true on a Federal witness stand.

During his reality show, Hogan Knows Best, he was again met with criticisms, but this time they had nothing to do with a wrestling ring and rather how his family acted.

After numerous surgeries there have been many calling for him to retire from the ring altogether, something which seems very unlikely given his passion for the business.

When Hogan went to TNA with Eric Bischoff it ended up turning into a circus, with people saying they will bury TNA just like they did with WCW, even though that was debatable.

The car accident his son Nick got in did not do anything to help Hogan's life either.

A long and expensive divorce took a lot of Hogan's money and put it into the hands of his ex-wife, but the Hulkster kept on going like he always does.

Now he is under fire yet again for a leaked tape which shows him engaging in what some refer to as "wife-swapping," although there is no indication whatsoever of Bubba getting anything from Hogan's wife, so the term swapping seems wrong.

We'll call it "wife-sharing."

Lawsuits have been filed, battle-lines have been drawn and his former best friend is now someone whom he is trying to take to court.

The life of one of the most recognizable names on the planet has always been filled with insanity and controversy, and yet Hogan always comes back from it.

This scandal involving the tape might be embarrassing. It might make things awkward at home. He may have lost friends because of it.

But, when people look back at him in 10, 15 or even 100 years this will be just another fact about him and not the thing that defines him.

Hogan doesn't just have the biggest pythons. He also apparently has the thickest skin of anyone on the planet.

Very few people have gone through the level of criticism Hogan has received over the years and almost nobody has come back to be more popular than ever time after time.

What do you think?

Will this scandal be remembered as something that defined Hogan or will it just be another factoid about him?


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