Hulk Hogan Returns to the WWE Three Years After Being Fired for N-Word Tirade
Hulk Hogan is in Saudi Arabia, brother.
Three years ago, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan was fired from the World Wrestling Entertainment after a transcript of Hulk Hogan using the n-word numerous times leaked. All mention of Hogan was scrubbed from the website and WWE stopped promoting merchandising with him on it.
So…all is forgiven?
On Friday (November 2nd) Hulk Hogan made his return to the WWE. He appeared at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Hogan is hosting the event and he annouced to the crowd:
It’s awesome to be here back in the WWE,” Hulk said … noting how excited he was to get on a plane and fly across the world to make his return.
— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018
The event was already controversial because of the fact that it’s happening in Saudi Arabia, just weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud has been fingered as the person behind the killing, and star wrestlers like John Cena and Daniel Bryan tapped out of the event.
Of course, the reaction to Hogan’s return to the WWE was mixed.
The irony of Hulk Hogan’s Real American theme blaring to open WWE #CrownJewel in Saudi Arabia is… somewhere between hilarious and appalling.
— Alex Hooper (@lexhooper) November 2, 2018
— Jeffrey Taylor (@JeffreyShowLive) November 2, 2018
— Sage (@TheKingA256) November 2, 2018
Me: FUCK Hulk Hogan
Me when Real American hits: pic.twitter.com/fjzBtTHA01
— I hurd i was cancel 😂😂 (@briebelIas) November 2, 2018
Wait you’re saying Hulk Hogan is right now providing positive P.R. and cover for a power-crazed billionaire who’ll stop at nothing to silence his critics
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) November 2, 2018
I still in my heart of hearts didn’t think Hogan was coming out at #WWECrownJewel. I had faith that the company and Vince would have more sense than to do that to people. But I was wrong. @VinceMcMahon‘s greed and inhumanity really knows no limits. I’m disgusted.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) November 2, 2018