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.