Sting NOT Officially Retired -Cageside Seats
After reporting future WWE Hall of Famer Sting would be retiring at his upcoming induction ceremony, TMZ caught up with the Icon who says his neck is okay and he’s not officially retired. Here’s hoping he’s not just playing semantics here and we get another chance to see the Stinger inside the Squared Circle.
Bobby Roode & Eric Young Done with TNA – Impact Wrestling
Just when I go saying nice things about TNA’s future in last Thursday’s roundup, word hit this weekend that two of my favorites from TNA are on their way out. Bobby Roode and Eric Young asked for and were given their releases from TNA Wrestling and finished up with the company following this past week’s television tapings.
Hulkster $115 Million Dollars Richer – With Spandex
The jury in the Hulk Hogan-Gawker sex tape trial awarded the Hulkster $115 million dollars in damages on Friday. $55 million for losses due to his WWE firing and scrubbing from the history books and $60 million in emotional distress damages.
EVOLVE Hosting Global Cruiserweight Qualifiers – PWInsider
NXT General Manager William Regal announced this weekend at an EVOLVE event, EVOLVE will be the U.S. home for qualifying matches in the Global Cruiserweight Series.
Last Tuesday live at the Verizon Center, The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show & Chad Dukes Versus the World had the opportunity to spend some time with the Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose, the reigning Intercontinental Champion.
Ambrose discussed the WWE grind, his role in WWE, how much of himself is what you see on screen, comparisons to Roddy Piper and the possibility of facing his Shield-brother Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Check out the interview below or the full episode of The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show with an additional interview with the Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper HERE.
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News is coming quick on the Hulk Hogan situation. Catch up here and here.
People Magazine has posted a statement from the Hulkster concerning the transcript posted by the National Enquirer and Radar…
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE. The transcript featuring that conversation was published online by the National Enquirer.
“This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise,” Hogan told PEOPLE. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
. . . Hogan told PEOPLE he will use the situation to “improve as a person,” and takes the matter as an “important learning experience.”
Further, Hogan said that he resigned from the WWE, and was not fired.
. . . His lawyer David Houston confirmed to PEOPLE that he’s officially resigned from the organization.
“He decided to resign from WWE because he didn’t want to put them or his family through this,” Houston told PEOPLE.
If you’re in the dark about this situation start by checking out Richard Martel’s post on the controversy HERE.
WWE has now issued a statement regarding their separation from Hulk Hogan in wake of alleged racist comments by Hogan.
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
In addition, The National Enquirer and Radar Online have now posted quotes from the transcripts in question, allegedly made to Heather Clem from Hogan’s 2012 sex tape. In the transcript, Hogan reportedly uses the N-word several times while complaining about his daughter Brooke’s career and relationship decisions, to put it mildly. Since the transcripts are part of sealed court documents I will refrain from posting direct quotes on Chad Dukes Wrestling. However, you can read Radar Online’s article HERE.
I awoke this morning to find Hulk Hogan was one of the top Twitter trends in the world. I immediately went to his Twitter account and found that he wrote the above text at 1:17 AM this morning. Uh oh.
A quick trip to WWE dot com showed that Hulk Hogan had been virtually erased. Search results for Hogan pulled up only content related to other wrestlers. The Tough Enough main page (at the time of this writing) linked over to the main Video content for WWE.
Google always has the answers, though. Rumors swirled about a potential tape (whether it’s audio or visual remains unknown), allegedly having to do with the Hulkster using racial slurs directed towards The Rock. One contributor to CNN has apparently seen the transcript…
Mr. Hill also tweeted that he did not believe that this situation is related to a video from a few years ago which featured Hogan simply discussing the use of racial epithets. We’ll have to wait to see if/when the transcript and/or audio is released for confirmation, though.
What we know for certain is that most traces of Hogan have been erased from WWE dot com. Reportedly, he’s been removed as a judge from Tough Enough. The last time I can recall the WWE so swiftly cutting ties with an individual in such a manner would have been in the days following the Benoit murder/suicide. We also know that the above tweet came from Hulk Hogan’s Twitter account. His last tweet was nearly a week ago, concerning the Gawker/sex tape ordeal. Also a CNN contributor, and perhaps a few others, have seen “the transcripts.”
That’s all we know for certain at the moment. Bookmark CDW, follow @DukesWrestling, and we’ll keep you updated.