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Hulk Hogan says unforgiving wrestlers don’t understand the brotherhood of wrestling

Hulk Hogan was welcomed back into the WWE Hall of Fame on July 15 and spoke to the WWE locker room about the scandal that forced him out of the WWE back in 2015.

While Hogan issued an apology for the comments he made on tape that was released that year, a few superstars and many fans felt that Hogan wasn’t sincere or didn’t understand what he did wrong. Notably, Titus O’Neil and the New Day came out on Twitter, saying that they didn’t accept Hogan’s apology.

In an interview with Bill Apter on The Apter Chat, he went over the events that led to his return to the WWE. During the interview, Hogan discussed his apology to the locker room and called out those that did not accept it.

It is what it is. I said those words, it was totally unacceptable, and I just really wanted to get in front of all the talent and apologize because I know I hurt this business. You just wanna move forward. I hope the brotherhood can get back to the way it was because you know, when you’re in the ring and somebody is body slamming somebody or pile driving somebody you protect your brother and you make sure physically that they’re safe.

Outside of the ring, you’re supposed to protect your brother. In this case, it’s a situation where, you know, 75-80-90% of the wrestlers are protecting me, giving me another chance to move forward. But…you know…there’s just a few wrestlers that kinda don’t understand the bond that the brotherhood of wrestling. And hey, if someone makes a mistake, you need to forgive them and move on and try to let them prove themselves.

I just feel I wish I could have one-on-one conversations with people who really don’t know me and try to maybe explain myself better.

H/T to Sportskeeda for the transcription.

Hulk Hogan’s comments are sure to rile more feathers in the wrestling world. Do you think he has a point? Should everyone forgive and bring Hogan back in with open arms, or has he done enough to be forgiven? Let us know in the comments.

  • BiggEZ

    This just shows how the WWE Hall of Fame isn’t legit. Why did they even remove Hogan out of the Hall of Fame? Because he made a racist remark? Sports Hall of Fames are filled with racists, cheaters, women beaters and all other sorts of unsavory people. Ty Cobb was a well known racist during his playing days and MLB knew he was a racist and he still went into their Hall of Fame because even though he was a racist, he was a great player. Hogan put WWE on the map and he transcended the sport, so to speak. He was probably a racist before they put him in, and WWE probably knew it, so by them taking him out and disassociating themselves from him until he “apologized” and then putting him BACK in doesn’t really make sense. If he does it again, what will WWE do, take him out of the Hall of Fame again? Come on Man….

  • Brad Grillakis

    Really? Why should anything go towards black community for the settlement? Why don’t you tel your black community to stop using the N-Word in rap music and in black community themselves. That tape should have NEVER have been leaked in the first place b/c that violated his “Privacy.” Do you understand what the term “Privacy” means? He don’t owe the black community no money but he does owe the younger kids and younger generation an explanation and explain why what he did was wrong using that term and that’s what he has been doing with the Boys and Girls club and other places.

    People makes mistakes in this world. Nobody perfect. Everyone deserves a 2nd chance unless you a murderer, pedophile or did other violent crimes.

  • Luke

    His actions after he made those mistakes?

    Ok then.

    How much of his settlement with Gawker went to black charities?

    If the number is more than $0, I’ll take his “actions” as a valid argument, but apart from that there were no actual actions, just half-hearted apologies where he blamed his circumstance and his environment without suggesting he was simply wrong and needed to improve. Suggesting that people need to move on from their feelings in regards to what HE has done smacks of insincerity as well.

  • rob

    they are manchilds, that´s all

  • Brad Grillakis

    haha nice one.

  • Mr Perfect’s body was perfect.

  • Brad Grillakis

    It sounds like by your account “CC” and others when people make mistakes you can’t forgive and instead want those people to kiss your behind before apology is accepted. How about looking at Hogan action after he made those mistakes b/c “Actions Speaks Louder Than Words.” Do you even have a clue what Hogan have been doing trying to make Amends?

    No body is perfect in this world and I would wager YOU have done bad things or said things in a bad way that you shouldn’t ave said. We all have at some point in our lives.

  • CC

    Says he said something “unacceptable” then says people should just accept his apology because “wrestling”.
    Shows how genuine his apology was.

  • Fall in a hole

    New Day and Titus sound like they came from broken homes where their dad wasn’t around. They need to let go of this hatred and anger and grow up. Hogan’s life will continue regardless of if they forgive him so they might as well do the right thing and forgive Hulk.

  • Omar

    Hogan is a simple victim blamer.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    That sounded like, such a douchey and arrogant comment. I personally at not a HH fan and never have been, but that sound extremely weak and unforgiving. His generation, is long gone and so is his “brotherhood”. Completely different locker room, style of wrestling and thoughts, than it was in his day.