While the media is under the impression that Sting has retired as an in ring performer, the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion feels differently. When asked by TMZ about his status, the man legally known as Steve Borden flat out stated that he was not retired. He didn't stick around long enough to answer any follow up questions, so his status for Wrestlemania 32 is still unknown. Sting also refused to answer a question about Hulk Hogan.
March 20, 2016
The mainstream media has once again made mention of WWE, and this time it is because of Kanye West. The rapper was throwing a huge launch party for his new clothing line and wanted famous faces to be there. Among those that he invited were Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. Kanye also stated that he wanted every awesome wrestler to be invited. Neither Hogan nor Flair attended the party, but David Otunga showed up with Jennifer Hudson.
February 12, 2016
Rumors are floating around that Hulk Hogan could be brought back to WWE before Wrestlemania 32 rolls around. The belief is that the company is trying to stack as many big names as possible with John Cena on the sidelines. Some are concerned that bringing Hogan back will result in backlash from the media, while others believe that all has been forgiven. Hogan will more than likely be making an appearance.
January 16, 2016
Even though he is no longer with WWE, Hulk Hogan is still relevant enough to the mainstream media for them to interview the former world heavyweight champion. He recently stated that he wished that the company would have simply suspended him for the racial controversy as opposed to firing him. Doing that made Hogan look a lot more guilty than he feel that he is. The belief is that he will be back with World Wrestling Entertainment some day.
October 28, 2015
When he found out that TMZ was going to posting a controversial video on him, Hulk Hogan immediately called WWE to inform them of the situation. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that Vince McMahon never even bothered to talk to him during the entire ordeal. Hogan stated that Triple H was the one that kept in touch with him. HHH was also the one that gave Hogan the bad news about their business separation.
September 15, 2015
Earlier in the week, Bret Hart sparked some controversy when he accused Hulk Hogan of being happy that Roddy Piper died. The cheap shot did more damage than normal because Hogan is still under the weight of a racial controversy. Hogan decided to respond through social media. He stated that the comments were out of line. Hogan also said that he is praying for Hart.
September 5, 2015
Rather than being passive and staying out of the spotlight, Hulk Hogan opted to tell his side of the story to the world. ABC was more than willing to grant that wish, as they showed no hesitation in booking him for an episode of Good Morning America. He reiterated that he was not a racist and begged for forgiveness. Hogan stated that he was hurt by WWE removing his work from their media.
August 31, 2015
A person that was unintentionally hurt by the Hulk Hogan scandal is said to be Havok. She did a good tryout for WWE, but management opted to hold off on signing her because some racial comments she posted years ago on social media resurfaced. The front office doesn't want any ties whatsoever to racism, so rumors are saying that she has very little chance of being picked up by the company.
August 8, 2015
When the racial controversy involving Hulk Hogan erupted, WWE was extremely worried about the blow back that might come their way. By quickly cutting ties with Hogan, they managed to cushion the blow a bit. While management will never admit it, the belief was that the company was internally worried that the Michael Hayes situation would come back to light in the mainstream media.
August 1, 2015
While some fans are emotionally acting out against WWE for being so quick to fire Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, who happens to be a good friend of Hogan, defended Vince McMahon for his decision. He mentioned that a publicly traded company has to be sensitive towards their fans, investors, advertisers, board members, mainstream media and others. It was a necessary move to make.
July 30, 2015