This morning the WWE separated themselves from the man that made that company a household name. If you were to visit any WWE related web page it would be difficult to tell that Hulk Hogan ever worked there, much less that he was still under contract yesterday. After tapes of racist comments made by the Hulkster have gone public, the WWE has said they’re done with him, but some of Hogan’s friends have come to his defense.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman posted two tweets today in defense of Hogan. In the first he mentions his 25 year relationship with Hogan:
In 1997 Dennis Rodman was on suspension from the NBA for kicking a cameraman. He decided to keep himself busy by doing a little pro wrestling on the side. Hogan was in the middle of a career resurgence as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the leader of World Championship Wrestling’s New World Order. Bringing in the bad boy of the NBA in colorful, unapologetic Rodman was a perfect fit. Rodman’s defense of Hogan may not be the most welcome for Hulk Hogan, considering the “People Dennis Rodman Supports Club” currently contains North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Rodman’s second tweet attempted to get some additional celebrity support for the WWE Hall of Fame member:
As of this writing, none of the mentioned sports stars have Tweeted back in response to Rodman.
Most of the rest of the wrestling world is just in shock. Mike “Virgil” Jones, who wrestled during the same period as Hogan’s glory days tweeted out support for Hogan, though the tweet has since been deleted. Current superstar “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry took a more measured approach, saying that while he considers Hogan a friend, he believes the WWE made the right decision.
For what it’s worth, Hogan’s daughter Brooke has composed a poem in support of her father. It’s an important point. since Hogan was referencing a man Brooke was dating when he made the comments as part of the infamous sex tape which Hogan is suing over. Although, it was a lawsuit regarding Hulk's sex tape that allowed all this came to light.
While Hulk Hogan hasn’t lost all support he certainly has a lot of ground to make up if he wants to ever rebound from this nightmare. Until then he and Dennis Rodman can hang out together and do... whatever it is Rodman does these days.