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Triple H: Hulk Hogan Can Absolutely Be Forgiven


#ReturnImminent for Hulk Hogan?

In a promotional call for Survivor Series conducted by Triple H, the WWE's Executive Vice President for Talent and Live Events, he had this interesting quote when asked if the company could ever welcome Hulk Hogan back after his disastrous racist scandal earlier this year.
For me I hope so. 
It's about reinvigorating his brand and him as a human being and the confidence within the world as to who he is. But the one thing about people in general, when somebody is on top they love to see him fall and when they fall they love to see him make that comeback. They're great stories and I think that's where people are. 
Do I think he can be forgiven and make amends with the world and move forward? Yeah absolutely. But at the same point in time for us in that time frame you're putting up a message to the world of how you'll tolerate things and how you'll react to things. And we did what we needed to do and he'll do what he needs to do to get himself back. 
And its not, to me, at the end of the day for him, how he's perceived by the world, him as a human being, I'm sure is a lot more important to him than anything else. And re-establishing who he is as a human being I'm sure is of utmost important to him and I'm sure he's gonna do it and when he does we'll go from there.
Now that's a lot of corporate doublespeak, to be fair, but this is a significantly warmer tone of voice the WWE has taken towards Hogan since the scandal broke out. 


If there's one great talent Triple H has had as an executive apart from his push to build up NXT as a critical darling, it's been his flair for brokering peace with such estranged names as the Ultimate Warrior and Bruno Sammartino. With him in the equation, there's probably no bridge too irrevocably burned. 

This is also a huge 180-degree turn from Vince McMahon's response during the WWE's Q2 investor report stating that Hulk Hogan no longer being with the organization having any material effect. 


We're not 100% that Hogan's actions while he's gone properly reflect "doing what he needs to do to get himself back," including signing an endorsement deal with a sports gambling website or blaming his upbringing and poverty as a youth for his bad judgment, as he did in an interview with Good Morning America, saying:
Out of everything that I've been through, this one hit me probably the hardest. 
I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I want to kill myself. Yes, I was [suicidal]. And I was very mad at my daughter - for really no reason, I was upset over a situation that happened between her and her boyfriend, and I had no idea I was being taped. 
No I'm not. I'm not a racist. I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it. But a lot of people need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was South Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income, and all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word. The word was just thrown around like it was nothing. 
I would say that is very fair [that he inherited a racial bias]. The environment I grew up in, all my white friends, all my black friends, to hear the word a daily basis when they'd greet me in the morning, that's what they'd say to me, "good morning so-and-so'. I think that was part of the culture and the environment I grew up in. 
Oh my gosh please forgive me. Please forgive me. I'm a nice guy. It's not the Hulk Hogan that rips the shirt off and bang-bang-bang slams giants. You know, I'm Terry Bollea, I'm just a normal man. 
Everything I've done my whole career, my whole life, was like it never happened. Yeah, like I'd never existed. Oh my gosh, it was devastating. 
If anybody, should of disowned me, it should of been her [Brooke]. You know? She should of been the one to throw me out like the trash, but instead, she showed me more love than anybody. 
She's been so supportive, she's been the direction of my attack, you know? I was not so mad at her boyfriend, I was mad at her, you know? And she instantly said, 'I don't even need to forgive you, cause I'm not mad at you'. 
Just because a person makes a mistake, just don't throw him away. You don't throw good people away. If everybody, at their lowest point, was judged on one thing they said, and all of a sudden your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said ten or twenty years ago. It'd be a sad world. People get better, everyday. People get better.
Time will tell if the WWE will ever actually welcome the Hulkster back with open arms, but until then, we'll keep an eye out for further developments with the once-beloved former Hall of Famer.


Do you think it's time for Hulk Hogan to be forgiven, or do you think he hasn't done enough yet to show he's a better man? Let us know your thoughts, Hulkamaniacs. 

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