World Wrestling Entertainment has never had a star quite like Hulk Hogan. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was a massive draw in the 1990s back when the company was known as the World Wrestling Federation. “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, The Rock, John Cena and so many others have been popular characters who made the WWF money and who helped the company compete with and then ultimately defeat rival brand World Championship Wrestling. As much as each of those men cemented their places in WWE history, Hogan stands out in a different way and above every other wrestler who has ever performed in North America.
Without Hogan, it is possible and maybe even likely that the first ever WrestleMania would have been a massive flop, a mistake that would have meant the end of the WWF. Hogan not only became the face of what grew into an international property. He branched out beyond the ring, becoming the star of a television show and also a Hollywood actor long before Rock was featured in summer blockbusters. Hogan, in many ways, paved the way for the men and the women who could go on to become superstars in the WWE years after the Hulkster made his first departure from the company.
By now, you probably are aware of the comments made by Hogan that resulted in the WWE ending its relationship with the wrestling icon in 2015. Hogan has not denied that he has, in the past, used regrettable and hateful language. Apologies made by the legend of the wrestling industry have not, as of the posting of this piece, meant much to the WWE. Hogan remains a missing figure on the website for the WWE Hall of Fame. Hogan said some awful things. There is no question about it. With that said, the time should eventually come when the WWE forgives Hogan;
10 The Punishment Doesn't Fit The Crime
9 Hogan Has Defenders
8 His History With WWE
7 Give Him A New Role
6 His Age
5 The Be A Star Program
4 What's The Worst That Could Happen?
3 Could Be Useful For The WWE Network
2 He Was Not On The Job
1 Time Heals All Wounds
This was mentioned earlier, but it deserves its own section at the end of the piece. Not only does time heal all wounds. Time allows us to forget, let alone forgive, individuals such as Hogan. Skip ahead 12-to-24 months ahead past November 2015. By then, people will not only have forgotten why Hogan and the WWE parted ways in the first place. Everyone will have moved on and become either outraged by some other celebrity or consumed by a different cause. The WWE choosing to forgive Hogan will eventually not even register a blip on the entertainment radar. It is just a matter of “when.”
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