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WWE Rumors: Hulk Hogan won't return anytime soon due to Paige controversy

Simon Cotton
12.37K   //    24 Mar 2017, 19:35 IST
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15:  TV personality Terry Bollea aka Hulk Hogan leaves the press conference today after discuss legal action being brought on his behalf. Counsel will discuss the two civil lawsuits suits being filed October 15, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  The first is a state court action against Heather Clem and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. The second is a federal court action against Gawker Media.  (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
When will the WWE bring back Hogan
? And what will the fans think?

What’s the story?

Cageside Seats reports that Hulk Hogan may not return to the WWE anytime soon due to Paige’s recent controversy. The report claims that because of the incident, the WWE won’t bring Hogan back as they do not want to bring attention to the either situation.

In case you didn’t know...

After leaving TNA Impact Wrestling in 2013, Hogan returned to the WWE under a Legends contract and would make sporadic appearances; including WrestleManias 31 and 32. In 2015, Gawker leaked the audio from Hogan’s private tapes, where he could be heard using racial slurs against African-Americans.

This controversy led to the WWE firing Hogan, removing him from their Hall of Fame page on their website.

Paige was hacked last week when several private photos and videos were leaked online. This issue led to many people bringing up similar situations with WWE Superstars including Hogan and Seth Rollins.

Many believed that Hogan would make his return to the WWE this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his match with the late Andre the Giant, but he informed fans he won’t be at the show this year.

The heart of the matter

Many fans have expected Hogan to return to the WWE for a while now since the controversy with his leaked racial rant has died down, but this seems even less likely now. While reports have claimed that the WWE won’t be punishing anyone involved in the Paige controversy, Hogan seems to be feeling the effects of it.

What’s next?

There’s no doubt that the WWE will eventually bring Hogan back. It’s only a question of when the company decides it’s the right time and how the fans respond to seeing him return after everything he’s said.

Author’s take

Hogan’s comments dealt a major blow to his persona as the ultimate good guy in professional wrestling. If the company were to bring him back now, there’s really no telling what could happen. He could receive a hero’s welcome or be booed by a significant part of the audience. 

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Simon Cotton
Multimedia Journalist, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts.
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