Hulk Hogan has been persona non grata with WWE for over a year now, ever since he was sacked right before a racist rant leaked associated with his sex tape and subsequent lawsuit against Gawker. On Wednesday, Gawker and Hogan finally settled their lawsuit once and for all, so it would seem his days of scandal are at an end.
Since the very public case is now over, we speculated that a reunion of Hogan and WWE would probably not be too far away. We’re not the only ones who feel that way, as fellow nWo founding member Scott Hall believes the iconic wrestler and the company that made him a household name will be sympatico soon enough. He elaborated in a new interview with Sports Illustrated.
“Yes, Hulk will be back,” said Hall. “After a thirty-three year relationship with the WWE, he had a bad day—and that bad day was nearly ten years ago. That sex tape happened during a brutal time in his life. He was going through a divorce, his son Nick was in a car crash, paralyzed his buddy, and was facing jail time. His daughter was starting her hip-hop career, and Hulk was backing that, paying money out of his own pocket for that. The whole world was coming down on him, and he slipped up. He said the wrong thing. I’ve been around Hulk a lot and never seen that side of him. I’ve only seen a kind, generous guy. If the door is not open for him, it should be.”
Hall is far from the first peer of Hogan’s to stick up for his character after all the scandals broke out. But he’s likely extremely corrent that the door will be opened sooner rather than later and Hogan will receive a hero’s welcome in his homecoming. Go ahead and pencil him in for a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando next year.