Hulk Hogan Reportedly in Discussions for WWE Return After Sex-Tape Scandal

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2018

FILE - In this May 25, 2016 file photo, Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, appears in court in St. Petersburg, Fla. The shell of Gawker has settled with Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of Gawker.com and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.  Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday, Nov. 2 blog post said that the “saga is over.” Denton filed for personal bankruptcy because of the $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court over a sex tape.(Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool)
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Hulk Hogan reportedly could return to the WWE, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com. 

Per that report, "conversations are underway for Hogan, 64 years old, to return to the company. Discussions began several weeks ago."

In a statement to Johnson, the WWE noted: "We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes, however, he is not under any contract with WWE."

Johnson speculated that Hogan could return as "an authority role for the Smackdown brand," adding that, "It fits logically, given that Shane McMahon has taken a 'leave of absence' from his role as Smackdown Live’s storyline Commissioner and Daniel Bryan is returning as a pro wrestler, but that’s just a guess."

Hogan was fired by the WWE in 2015 after a video from years prior surfaced and showed Hogan launching into a racist tirade. Hogan also found himself engaged in a lengthy lawsuit against Gawker Media after a sex tape of his was circulated publicly. 

Hogan ultimately won that case and earned a $31 million settlement after bankrupting Gawker. 

The former WWE superstar was one of the most popular and accomplished wrestlers in his heyday and remains an icon in the wrestling business.

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