WWE has announced that Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into their Hall Of Fame. As most of you know, Hogan was let go by WWE the years ago after it was reported that he used the N-word on a tape from over a decade ago.
This is the biggest step towards bringing Hogan back into the fold and the belief has been that he would be back sometime this year, perhaps as soon as SummerSlam in New York City. Hogan has said in recent interviews that talks with WWE have gone well and he has indicated that things were close in regards to a new deal. Hogan was working as an ambassador for the company and made special appearances on Raw during his previous run.
We reported earlier that Hogan was seen in Cleveland, Ohio which is just a couple of hours away from the site of tonight’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in Pittsburgh, PA. It certainly seems plausible that he will appear on the show tonight but that is not confirmed. We’ll see if they make some sort of announcement tonight. One person in WWE has pitched the idea of announcing Hogan as the special guest host for SummerSlam but we don’t know if that is something being considered by Vince McMahon.
We will have live coverage of Extreme Rules tonight beginning with the Kickoff show at 6 pm eastern and the main card at 7 pm eastern.
Here is WWE’s official statement on Hogan:
“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. ”