Hulk Hogan has exposed who made the ultimate decision to fire him from the WWE, revealing it to be none other than Vince McMahon.
Everyone would have expected it to be the CEO of the entire company, but the manner of which it happened is the most intriguing. The Hulkster unveiled all in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.
He recalled that once the news of his racial sex tape was released, he spoke to Triple H on the phone. He said: "Triple H was telling me the USA Network was reacting very badly, and they had to make a quick decision, and that was to put me out to pasture. They were under heavy fire and they were scrambling.
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“The only person I talked to was Triple H. I called him and told him there was some old news coming out from when TMZ first reported the tape and there were some racial slurs on it. Triple H said, ‘Okay, thanks for calling. Let me talk to Vince'.
“He called me back a half-hour later and he goes, ‘I’ve got some news and it isn’t good. Vince said that you need to resign.’ I never heard from Vince or talked to Vince. In the middle of the night, they just fired me.”
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When it came to proceeding with legal matters, Hogan said the WWE didn't want to talk to his attorney, David Houston. He said: "They’ve known me for over 30 years and they know I’m not a racist, so they should have went to the source.
"I don’t use the word, ever, except for in that moment of anger, so I wish WWE went to the source instead of the symptoms. I could have explained I’ve tried every day since then to be a better man."
In the end, we all know what Hogan wants to do one day, return to the WWE. He says he has learnt his lesson and regrets everything he said.
“The only place for me to be would be the WWE. That’s where my home is. I thought I’d go step-by-step, crawling uphill with WWE, to explain how wrong I was, but that opportunity wasn’t there,” Hogan said.
“I’m having the chance to now say, ‘If you hear it in a movie and you inherited it growing up as a kid, you shouldn’t use it.’ It’s so hurtful on so many levels. I shouldn’t use it, the WWE shouldn’t use it in their programming when they’re doing skits. It shouldn’t be used at all. … If I had a chance to work with Vince and help people, we could help fix a lot of things together.”