Just hours ahead of Sunday night's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view, the company announced via WWE.com that arguably the biggest name in the history of professional wrestling has been let back into the WWE Hall of Fame following a three-year suspension.
As soon as the WWE confirmed on their social media accounts that Hulk Hogan had been reinstated to the Hall of Fame, it was clear that he was on his way back in.
In a statement released on Sunday, the organization said this is his "second chance" after his innumerable public apologies and volunteering with children's programs. Although the tape has pretty much been scrubbed from the internet after Hogan sued Gawker for leaking the footage, audio of the wrestler using the N-word accompanied the leak.
When Hogan was ousted from the WWE Hall of Fame, he was also deleted from the company's website and his merchandise was taken out of the company's online shop, The New York Post reported. Sound off in the comments. Hogan appeared in ESPN's 30-for-30 documentary on Ric Flair and a recent HBO documentary on Andre the Giant, which WWE co-produced.
He was reportedly heard saying in the recording that "I am racist, to a point" and repeatedly used the word "n*****".
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He has been praying for this moment every day and "finally feel (s) like I made it back home", the wrestler said.
Charly Caruso spoke about Hogan on tonight's Extreme Rules Kickoff and said he was backstage mingling with the Superstars, and that everyone is happy to have The Hulkster back in the WWE family. "Only Love 4 the WWE Universe, brother HH".
Hogan tweeted: "Just met with the @WWESuperstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming".
Hogan received a standing ovation, with numerous wrestlers hugging him, making the legend "very emotional". He issued an apology after his comments were revealed, calling them "unacceptable" and saying "this is not who I am".