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Smark Henry Roundup: Hulk Hogan Responds, The Wrestling World Reacts

We reported earlier on Hulk Hogan getting erased from the WWE Universe due to a leaked racist conversation, as well as his succeeding apology. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse for him after 2012's scandal over a leaked sex tape.

This of course comes after his initial Twitter response to the whole shitstorm his comments created.
We're rounding up all the responses from the wrestling community over this whole scandal. So far, we're seeing a whole range of reactions, from shock, to disgust, to pleas for sympathy and understanding.


Mick Foley in particular has been pretty vocal about his unwavering support for Hogan.

We don't expect CM Punk to be reverent over anything, and his recent Twitter update goes exactly as you'd expect it to go.
Long-time friend Roddy Piper, in an appearance on Rich Elsen DirecTV Audience Network, pretty much says we're all just a little butthurt.

"You guys are sensitive. Hang on. I know people who have to get up to walk five miles for water first thing in the morning. I’m just saying this literally happens to me my whole life.

With Hulkster, I don’t agree with all his choices, you know what, I don’t hear people saying all the great things he does. When he was on the Wheaties’ Box, all those kids that said their prayers and took their vitamins. I don’t hear them saying that. They just want to nail this. I just think it is a little… I think everybody needs to get a life. I don’t think that anybody should just go to hurt your feelings for no reason."

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan still seems dazed over the whole thing, via 105.3 The Fan.

"I've never seen that side of him and it's crazy, all this stuff, like I just... the first time I heard about it was an interview about 20 minutes ago, because I've been doing book-signing stuff like all day. Yesterday, I got back to my hotel room at about 10-or-11-o'clock last night and then I woke up this morning just in time to start doing phoners, and everyone is like, 'Hey! What do you think about this thing with Hulk Hogan?' I'm like, 'Wait, what thing? What are you talking about?' And like, I had no idea. So, yeah, not in any of my dealings with him."

Jim Ross, in a blog entry on, is taking a more pragmatic view on the situation.

"I'm not sure what I'm expected to say about this sad and unfortunate matter except that there is obviously no place in our world for racism or racist banter. Hulk made a grievous error in judgment, a major mistake, that he will have to live with this rest of his days. One can only hope that every one who this matter touches can learn from it and move forward in a positive manner. The WWE acted quickly and decisively in this matter to which they are to be commended.

In any organization, there should be zero tolerance for matters such as this along with domestic violence and, to a large degree, drug policy violations, as well. The only way changes that are needed in our society can evolve is to penalize the offenders as severely as the law will allow so that those that follow think twice or three times before traveling down the same road.

It will intriguing as to how Hogan will attempt to rehabilitate his damaged image and what the future holds for him. We live in a forgiving society when those that want forgiveness and hopefully that will be the case here over the course of time. No one should celebrate the misery of others nor can these transgressions go unaddressed. Being human, we all make mistakes and all we can hope to accomplish from those errors is to never make them again and to learn from them as well. Hopefully, after his long and memorable career within the squared circle, Hulk Hogan's lasting legacy will not be that of his actions that have come to light in the past several hours"

Virgil can't seem to stay out of wrestling news lately, and you just know he's got something to say about Hogan. And surprisingly, it's something very positive.

The five-time (FIVE-TIME! FIVE-TIME! FIVE-TIME! FIVE-TIME!) World Champion Booker T has one thing (ONE THING!) to say about things.

The World's Strongest Man (and this site's spirit animal) Mark Henry makes his disappointment clear in a statement posted to his Twitter account.

"Unfortunately, I'm getting hounded today by media regarding my thoughts and experiences with Hulk Hogan. I'd prefer not to be thrust into this, but as the requests have been significant I feel I have a responsibility to make a statement of some sort. At a minimum to ease my personal burden regarding this topic.

We all know that we have history as it relates to the company, me and this unfortunate subject matter of racial slurs and prejudices. I don't want to and will not re-hash that, but I do want people to know that I do not condone racist behavior or speech of any manner. Again, I do not plan to speak on what happened in the past, but I would like to offer this statement about the current situation and events that hit the news today.

I'm disappointed in the comments made by Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan). I've known Terry a very long time as both a work colleague and as someone I consider a friend. I'm hurt and offended that he expressed his feelings in the manner and tone that was presented on the tape. I am however, pleased that WWE took swift action in response to his comments and I support the position the organization is taking on this matter: a no tolerance approach to racism."

The Hulkster's daughter Brooke posted a show of support on her Facebook account as well, begging everyone for a little more understanding in a more poetic form.

"If You Knew My Father"

If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know his tender heart.
He’d never want to hurt his fans,
or family from the start.

If you knew my father,
you would know how hard he fought…
and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.

We always fight a battle
that people never see,
and sometimes when you’re hurting, you don’t think logically.

Human isn’t perfect,
and perfect is not he,
but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.

Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well.
He taught me folks are so much more
than shades could ever tell.

And If you knew my father,
you would know he’s down to earth.
He may have slammed the giant,
but remembers life’s true worth.

If you knew my father,
if you just walked in his shoes…
then you would know that microscope that comes with yellow boots.

If you knew my father,
you would see your own in mine.
And if he was your father, you could never find divide.

Cause me- I bet your father
or someone that you love
Maybe regrets something
they wish they’d never done.

So if you know my father,
remember he’s a man,
and you would crave relief if people judged everything you did.
The lord says to forgive them,
don’t be the one to stone…
so please remember his strong arms when you were all alone.

The lives he’s changed, the friends he’s made,
the people he’s inspired…
It makes me sad to see my dad
defeated and so tired.

If you knew my father,
you would know just how he’s hurting…
For he loves every one of you, regardless of your story.

And if you met my father,
I know he’d give you love!
He’d lift you up, apologize and give you all a hug.

For those who think you know my father,
remember who you are.
We all can make mistakes and carry ugly scars.

Because I know my father,
I can promise this-
Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip.

We all continue learning.
This life can be so rough…
So if you know my father, please try not to be tough.

My father has a daughter,
and I have feelings too.
And if I knew your father, I would do the same for you

Hogan's old buddy and two-time World Heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman has something to say on the issue, via an interview with TMZ.

"I have known Hulk Hogan for well over 20 years. I do not condone the language he used, but he is no racist, he is a good guy. He is a friend of mine. We have hung out together and we have even been in the ring together. I consider him a friend."

Big E of the New Day is a little cryptic in his Twitter post, but he's definitely not feeling some positivity today.

Disco Inferno has something to say too. Because if Disco says it, it must be true.

Former WWE Superstar MVP chimes in as well to remind us all that the greatest tournament in the wrestling world is maybe just a little bit more important than the Hulkster's current drama

Matt Hardy is out there dishing some Mattitude with a hearty sprinkling of Matt Facts too.

The Iron Sheik doesn't just want to make Hulk Hogan humble, he wants his job and the chance to break his leg.

Kamala the Ugandan Giant claims that this side of Hulk Hogan is a side he's personally never seen.

"That's not the Hogan I know. Hogan always treated me like a gentleman. He genuinely cared about me. He was my friend. He'd tell me, 'Brother, I'm getting my money. I hope you're getting yours, because you're putting asses in the seats.' When it came to our matches, he valued my input. He'd always say, 'What do you want to do out there, brother?' I'd tell him, and then we'd go out there and do it. He's a sweetheart of a guy.
I'm not mad at him at all. Deep down, he's really not like that. He's a super-nice guy. I don't believe he's a racist at all, no matter what he said,"
Reigning WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella took time out from her busy schedule to preach on diversity in the WWE.

"We just love to celebrate individuals who come from different walks of life. At WWE alone, we have such a diverse set of talent, of employees, of fans and you know, that's one of the things that makes WWE so unique and not only WWE but Total Divas. 

Look at our cast [on Total Divas]. Our cast, very diverse and you know, everyone's from a different background, different nationality, and I think that's what makes our show so interesting ... as you see all these girls from different backgrounds come together and empower women."
Even toy manufacturer Mattel made a very strong statement in response to a Twitter inquiry from a fan.

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, who has been very vocal in his criticism of Hulk Hogan even prior to this whole debacle had a series of extremely harsh words for the beleaguered Hulkster. Holla if you hear him!

We may remember Eric Bischoff for saying "Controversy creates cash," but even he admits the WWE did the only thing they could have done.

“Well, first of all, I think WWE handled it the only way they could. In the entertainment business, especially when you’re a publicly held company, you have to be sensitive not only to your audience, but you have to be sensitive to your advertisers. You have to be sensitive to your business partners.” 

“You have to be sensitive and respectful of so many different people within the business of the entertainment business that you have to be responsible and you have to take responsible action, and I think that’s exactly what WWE did. I don’t see how they possibly could have kept Hulk in the position that Hulk was in as a quote-unquote ambassador of their company with the kind of horrible publicity that is surrounding him now and will like surround him for quite awhile given everything that is going on.”

Finally, The Rock had something to say too, in an interview promoting his new HBO series, Ballers. 

“I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us, by the way. I’ve known [Hulk] for a lot of years, my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business. My uncles helped train him too as well. I have not known the man to be racist." 
“It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—and not justifying what he said—we’ve all talked trash, especially in private. He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”


We'll keep updating this piece as more reactions come in. If you've got any tips, drop us a line, fellow smarks.

What do you all think? How do you feel about Hulk Hogan's apology? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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