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Eric Bischoff on Hulk Hogan’s reinstatement into HOF

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Eric Bischoff in an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard section talked about Hulk Hogan getting back in the WWE Hall of Fame and the backlash he got after his reinstatement.

Bischoff said he is happy that Hogan got back in the HOF because Bischoff knows how much it means to Hogan.

“I was really happy when I got the news because I know how much it means to him,” said Bischoff. “We’ve discussed the potential of this scenario for a long time.

On the backlash and hate, Bischoff said that people are going to hate no matter what. Bischoff thinks that those people want to be “noisy” and “get attention.”

“You’re going to have haters no matter what you do. You could cure every disease known to man and, still, someone’s going to hate you. But I don’t think people value that kind of negative input as much as they used to because people recognize it for what it is, and that’s people who want to be noisy and get attention.”

WWE had released the following statement on July 15 announcing the reinstatement of Hogan back into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hogan was originally inducted in the class of 2005 by Sylvester Stallone.

“STAMFORD, Conn. — After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”

Click here to read the full interview.

  • The Truth

    People can change. I hope that Hogan regrets what he said and has changed. I know I’ve changed my views on things in life. I used to feel one way on gun control and the death penalty, then I got a little older and my views changed. No one is perfect and there is no one deed that is worse than any other. Forgive the man and move on.

  • CC

    So your argument is two wrongs make a right?

    There is a huge difference between some comedians etc making a few comical white jokes and a broken down white hasbeen being a disgusting racist.
    Are you suggesting that the pain meds turned an non racist into a racist? Absolutely ridiculous defence. They always say that once you let drink or drugs let your guard down, the real you comes out. And that is exactly what happened here if you use your defense.

    But the drugs had nothing to do with it, this was the real Hogan, saying things he thought nobody but the other person would hear.

    And what has annoyed people even more, is when he spoke to the WWE locker room, he did not even apologise. He just made yet another excuse.

  • Spartacus111

    Blown out of every proportion there is. Watch the language of a black entertainer and it’s ten times worse. People use foul langauge. The guy was almost freaking dying from back pain and many other issues. Was it wrong? Yes. is Hogan known to be a racist in his years of wrestling? He was said to be the blackest White guy around by some. get over it. He is back where he belongs. Look att that Ultimate Warrior. now, the WWE even has an Award withhis name on it after all revolting things that dude was spewing for decades!

  • Sean Christopher

    Some of my favorite wrestling personalities are really, really disappointing me. Disheartening to say the least.

  • Darrin Tyler

    Hogan hates anyone that isn’t white. I guess Eric forgot that.

  • CC

    Aww, they now let primary school kids post here.

  • Fredrick


  • CC

    And once again an “old school” white guy thinks saying people who think Hogan is racist are wrong.
    So apparently anyone who is black and feels Hogan is racist is just saying it for attention.
    Kinda shows you even more why the industry has always been so difficult for anyone to break the glass ceiling if they are not white.

    Granted, in Bischoffs defense, WCW were better than WWE with Ron Simmons then Booker T making it to the top earlier than WWE would have ever done, but even so, to suggest that anyone put out by this is just “making noise for attention” is ridiculous.